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Monday, 23 April 2012

MCC Card Design Workshop Wk 1 - Mood Board

Links: Glenda Waterworth, My Creative Classroom (MCC)

I struggle with card or tag design & even when I'm provided with a sketch I find it very difficult to choose colours & assemble something that looks pleasing - it easily takes me a week of trial & error (bin filling) to produce one item. I often have to just start with an idea & see what happens. Hence, having learnt so much from Glenda's previous MCC classes, this workshop seemed an ideal opportunity to learn a more structured & informed approach to my creating.

The optional homework for the first week has included the compiling of a Mood Board - not something that I have ever attempted before but quite enlightening. I don't naturally gravitate to using patterned paper so I decided to take an offcut left over from my "J" Alphatag (to be posted in due course) as my starting point. Dating from my initial inkpad purchases (2008) I have some ColorBox Pigment & Chalk "Cat's Eyes" that I tend to forget about so I selected colours to match the paper from amongst those to stamp some egg images which were labelled with tag swatches. Selecting & placing the remaining items - ribbon, gems & punched shapes became very interesting because I was surprised by my own reaction when I placed some of the pink butterflies onto the green cardstock - there was too much contrast so I moved them to the pink/brown/cream area.

 Mood Board (A4 in size)
upper section of Mood Board
lower section of Mood Board

Stamp Chocolate Baroque UA5SP0386 Easter Traditions.
Inks An assortment of ColorBox Pigment & Chalk "Cat's Eyes."
Cardstock An assortment of colours in various textures & finishes from stash.
Paper Graphicus Guild Membership Pack
Punches CarlaCraft (leaves), EK Success (large flowers), Woodware (butterflies & medium flowers), Xcut (tags & small flowers).
The ribbon, gems & sequin are from stash.


Miranda said...

Hi Paula, that is a great idea this way...playing with colours and compositions! When moving one piece to another section you can see and 'feel'what happens when you combine certain colours and shapes. Great idea!
Like your previous tag also with that beautiful cross! And never knew the meaning of the peacock as a symbol! beautiful, warm greet Miranda

craftimamma said...

I agree with Miranda. This is a great idea and very effective too. I have to admit though that I rarely have any idea of what I want my finished project to look like. I usually start with either a colour combo and/or a particular stamp and work from there. I don't think I've ever used a sketch either. For some reason my mind is not very good at deciphering them, lol!

I bet you're going to really enjoy those classes.

Lesley Xx

brenda said...

This post is really interesting Paula and the Mood Board idea really fascinations, yet all makes perfect sense.

Like you I don't gravitate to using DP's (mind you I buy plenty to stroke and admire)ans no matter how many I have, struggle with coordinating them. Somehow it always seems so much easier with inks.

Thanks you so much for sharing the idea.

B x

Elizabeth Allan said...

Wow Paula! I found this soooo very interesting. I was intrigued by the patterns of color and how they flowed into one another as well as the shapes of the pieces.

Rica said...

Hi Paula, glad you have find me at last before I managed to meed you. I have had to make some huge changers!!!

I love your Mood Board, the move and flow so beautifully.
Hugs for now
Heather xx

Lorraine said...

A mood board I just love it i so need to make one this is a fab idea i too struggle sometimes with how my card will end up i love these mood boards xx

xxxtglxxx said...

What a great concept - I would never have thought of using a mood board, though it does look a bit like parts of my desk when I am 'whooshing' around with components.

Amazing how different the effects are when you move bits and bobs around, I quite often open my scrap box and find things just lying together that work quite well :)

It sounds like it will be good for your inspiration and confidence too. Now I can never make more than 2-3 cards a week, and quite often something sits on my desk for 2 days before completion. Mostly because I just cant make my mind up, as it needs to make 'sense' to me if you know what I mean. I have definately NEVER made more than one thing in a day! My dogs see to that.

Anyway, keep up the good work :)



Annie said...

Hi Paula! love your mood board and what a great way of seeing what you have and what it might go with .. .. I might need something a wee bit bigger though! enjoy the rest of your weekend. hugs, annie x

Kathryn said...

Ohhh how lovely and interesting xx thanks for sharing your such a star xx

GinaA said...

Hi Paula, just trying to catch up after my hols. I love this mood board and have left a comment on the MCC site. You are ahead with your tags, I still have J to start!