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It's All Too Much

here's the background before the orange stamping; i pumped up the sharpness in photoshop on this one

11x15" art journal page, bristol board, golden fluid acrylics, gesso, eraser stamps, found stamps, stamping ink, hardware stamps, photographs, pitt pen...

The stamping on this page was inspired by Print & Stamp Lab by Traci Bunkers. And by Traci's use of photographs of herself on her art journal pages. I don't use many photos on my pages and I finally sat down and printed a LOT of photos and hoping to push myself to use them. I started with the goal of using lots of pastels on this page, colors I am completely uncomfortable with! I layered neocolors and gesso and made indentations in the gesso with found stamps like little medicine cups. Then it just got out of control and lots of stamping and chaos ensued!


I can no longer focus!

So many blogs full of so many ideas.

So many photographers and artists at flickr.

So many tumblrs, pinterests, tweets.

The eye candy is infinite.

A few years ago I could peruse and savor, and then go be creative.

I feel like I'm all over the map.


What process have you used to pare down the "inputs" to your creative muse?

How do you decide what blogs to cut from your feed reader?

Have you unfollowed not out of disinterest but to better focus?

Do you take digital holidays?

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Reader Comments (11)

i do take holidays from blogs so i can center in on what i myself want to focus on. when i'm filled to the brim with inspiration, that's when i know it's time to take a holiday. either that or when my body gives out on me. :D

05.25.2011 | Unregistered Commenteropal

Love your page Tammy! So true! I think for me it seems to be cyclical. When I am wanting to expand my creativity, I am in the "take it all in" mode. But when I have an idea of what I want to work on, it's parred down naturally. So, if I've got a project on hand that I'm excited about, I am not around the blog-o-sphere as much.

05.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterEden

It's true that it's becoming harder and harder to focus. Too much inspiration can lead to no creation. In the past month or so, I have started to un-follow blogs because it was just too much. There's no rhyme or reason to my selection though there are some blogs that I could not stop following because they always bring me something good (like yours and Hanna's for instance...)
I hope you'll find a way to make it work for you.

05.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMissKoolAid

My rule of thumb is to purge my twitter and google reader every six months or so. I only keep those that speak and inspire me. It's so easy to fall into the, "you add me, I'll add you" mentality but in my opinion it ends up defeating the purpose of that social media. I also make sure that I create first, socialize later so I don't overwhelm myself and end up doing nothing at all. It's just about balance. I sometimes walk away so my voice doesn't drown in that vast sea of creativity. That's what I'm in the process of doing now.

05.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJazmin

Love your pages Tammy, and thanks Sophie for your kind words! :-)

If I didn't love my google reader so much I would really hate it!

05.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenteriHanna

I have recently been thinking the same thing. I am in inspiration overload. I have been trying to put in some creative time before looking at anything on the web each day. Sometimes all of the new creations uploaded each day start to make me feel unproductive. I have to keep reminding myself that what I see is the work of many people. I do like that we are now able to see what individual artists are willing go share not just what some magazine editor has chosen to show us (that includes a pattern and how to make it section).

I have so far resisted joining facebook and twitter. I spend too much time reading blogs and browsing flickr. As for blogs I have pared down to just a few. And most of them are people I know. I follow your blog because I love all of the color in your photos and I like to see your creative process. My creative outlet is mostly fabric, thread, and yarn. I like bringing in ideas from very different sources and trying to do my own thing with them.

Yeah, it's hard to keep it all in balance.

05.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

Looks like you've struck a nerve with this post, Tammy. It's important for me to be plugged into the Matrix, but it's also good for me to take a break every once in a while. If I don't, I find that I become 'overstimulated and over-saturated with ideas and not enough time for anything. I usually scan my blog feeder to see if something interests me, and try to answer all of my bloggers comments. I also try to limit my computer time - otherwise, there's not creative time for me. Am interested to see what some of your followers comments will say. Hugs, Terri xoxo

05.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerri Kahrs

You could spend all day being inspired and never have time to do anything with that inspiration! I don't use a reader but just go to the blogs when I have time. I think not using a reader helps me to not get sucked into more than I have time for. I figure if I spend more than an hour online, then I'm cutting into time I should be doing something else.

05.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKirstin

Nice thoughts on the overload. Last year for the month of November I unsubscribed to everything for a month to clear my head and my inbox. Then after a month I only re-subscribed to the ones a consciously missed. They were not the ones I thought. Terah. From CED

05.28.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCowgirl Red

All: I see it as exploring and I enjoy seeing all of the fresh ideas, the artwork, the everything. I'm not really seeking new ideas, I just love to explore and don't want to "miss" anything! It's become obvious to me that it's all too much input. Information overload. Sensory overload!

05.28.2011 | Registered Commentergypsy

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