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Tips, Ideas, and Inspiration

I’m sure you know which images I’m talking about – the ones that aren’t really supposed to be there, and yet our brains tell us they really are there. They’re the ones we see in things like clouds, floor tiles, painted papers, the moon (remember that guy?) Most of us have experienced this funny phenomenon and believe it or not, there’s a word for it — Pareidolia (păr′ī-dō′lē-ə.) According to Merriam-Webster.com, pareidolia is “the tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern.” Here’s a fairly obvious one that I saw in some sunset clouds in 2012 and that day, clearly, there was a fork in the sky.

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For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed finding pareidolia, and now I especially enjoy finding it when I’m creating. I have several examples of it, but today I want to share a couple of my favorites with you. This first one came about when I was working on a canvas for my grandson and I was filming the process for my YouTube channel. I didn’t even see the hidden image until I was in the editing process. I was so surprised when I saw this portrait of a man’s face, complete with crazy hair and a big moustache, in the background of my canvas! It’s sort of Mark Twain-esque, and he may even have a cigar in his mouth, LOL!  He’s facing toward the left… If you’d like to see how it was created, literally by accident, you can click here.

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The next one is also from one of my YouTube videos. I was getting ready to create a mixed media index card, using one on which I had already created a background. I had actually picked up this card several times, but just wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, and I kept putting in back in the pile with the others. But oddly, this particular time, I suddenly saw what was there all along.  And maybe, just maybe, that was the reason I kept putting it back. Was I unknowingly waiting for the time that I could see what was there?  We may never know, but it’s amazing to me how clearly defined the image was when I looked closer and started sketching it.  Click here to watch how I brought it to life.

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Then, just the other day I saw something else that was interesting…

So I urge you to keep your eyes open for some pareidolia in your creations.  There may be something hiding there that you could bring to life. And believe me, it’s so much fun when you do!
Until next time,
Cat

P.S.  I first heard the word “pareidolia” from Meri at TheMeriAtlier.  Check out her YouTube channel for some wonderfully inspiring videos!

People often ask me what inspires me to create. My answer is… just about everything!

Since I started creating mixed media art, I see the world so much differently than I did before. I notice things like light and shadow more readily and I now see amazing color combinations everywhere – in clothing designs, product packaging, home decor items, and especially in nature.

For example, the towels in my guest bath inspired me to make this collaged piece. You can watch how I create it by clicking here.

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Nature is actually one of my favorite inspirations. I used to spend a lot of my time photographing the ocean, the moon, clouds, trees, flowers, birds, insects, etc., and I still do, sometimes. But now I’m finding so much enjoyment in making collages, drawing, painting, and doodling the wonderful things I see in nature, too.

Things created by other artists also inspire me. I watch YouTube art videos and browse photos on Pinterest, when time allows, and what I see there motivates me to create. And that is why I make YouTube videos myself – my goal is to inspire you to be creative and have as much fun as I’m having.

And here’s something you may not realize — YOU inspire me, too! When you leave positive comments for me, not only do I enjoy them, but they also motivate me to continue creating and sharing, and I am very thankful for that.

So, if you’re looking for some mixed media inspiration, take a look at the world in a new way. Not the whole world at once, LOL, but just look around you and if you see something that makes you smile, instead of just seeing it, really look at it and let it motivate you to create something. Whatever it is you make, it doesn’t have to be perfect, and most times it’s better when it’s not! I find that when I’m not overly critical, and I just relax and play, I really enjoy it so much more. Success!

Thanks so much for dropping by,
Cat

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