Thursday, March 14, 2019

Armchair Traveling for Inspiration - Destination #2 - Toy Story Land - Disney - Florida, USA


What is armchair traveling and why is it beneficial for 'Creatives'?

What - Armchair traveling is exactly what it sounds like. It's experiencing the sights, sounds, smells, and thrills of traveling while remaining in your comfortable spot at home. Due to age, health, circumstance, or financial considerations, not all of us are privileged to travel as much as we'd like. However, that doesn't mean we can't rack up miles while reclining in our favorite chair with a cup of coffee and hot cinnamon roll while we browse a book, travel magazine, website, travel channel, etc. 


Why - Creatives need constant inspiration, new ideas, and breaking away from the ordinary to capture something illusive that takes root and grows in their imagination, eventually emerging as a design, craft, or work-of-art that is uniquely their own.

Destination #1 - Toy Story Land - Florida, USA
Photo Courtesy of Little Feet Big Adventures


This time of the year many of us are planning our summer vacations. The final choice doesn't really matter, but what does matter is that you're prepared to take advantage of every inspiring aspect of this choice. The first priority should be your family's enjoyment and relaxation. But that doesn't mean that you can't fill your Inspiration Notebook with fabulous ideas for future creative projects. 

If you'll be armchair traveling this summer, what could a 'Creative' find in this one scene from Tory Story Land at Disney in Florida?

Look at how this color plan creates excitement and screams FUN. A very effective color palette for creating that anticipation in children. But children aren't the only ones who are moved by color and react emotionally to particular color sets. Color combinations can move adults to experience a playful, romantic, or serious mood. Test different color ranges on yourself and record your experience in your inspiration notebook. Sparking emotion and mood with color are tools designers use when creating original art and illustrations. 

Other aspects from this scene that are useful are the contrasting shapes: straight lines, waves, angles, and circles. These bold shapes in all their splendid color creates a fantasy of imagined excitement. When designing your next collage, quilt, painting, fiber art, sculpture, etc., you could draw from these elements if you preserved them in your inspiration notebook. 

I don't know about you, but I'm really getting into this Armchair Traveling for Inspiration. Until our next jaunt together, keep your minds and hearts open for inspiration wherever you may find it.

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