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Dana's Inspirations

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Dana Christiansen
Midwest, United States

Have you always been creative and what’s the earliest work you can remember creating?

I have and some of my earliest memories are laying on the floor with my favorite coloring books and crayons.

What's your studio like and how do you keep organised?

Through a whole series of events I've downsized from a spare bedroom to a corner of the living room. I liked having a separate space that I could close the door to if I was mid project and left the place a wreck. BUT I had also forgotten how much I enjoy being in the hub bub of family activity as well. I arted in my living room the entire time my kids were growing up. It feels natural for me. I organize by keeping similar products together. The things I use all the time are always where I can see them and at arms reach.

Where do you look for inspiration?

The reason my blog is named Danas Inspirations is I am inspired by virtually everything I can see or touch. Colors in nature are a huge source of inspiration but I could also be inspired to create something by a beautiful scarf or piece of jewelry. Being a lover of color my entire life I will have to say color is usually what inspires me first followed closely by textures.

Whats in your pencil case / camera bag?

This is where that "have to see it to use it" thing comes in to play for me. If it is relegated to a drawer it is not the items I use all the time. The "stuff" I use all the time is organized somewhat neatly on the top of my desk and on a table next to me. It holds all of my acrylic paints, watercolor palette and crayons, pencils, markers and gel mediums. Close by underneath the table I mentioned is a large canvas file folder holder which contains all of my different watercolor papers, etc.

Any tips for someone suffering from creative block?

I think Picasso nailed it when he said, "Inspiration exists, but it has to find your working." I have a lot of different passions including mixed media, watercolor, drawing, photography. If ideas aren't coming for one venue maybe it's time to just grab the camera and go for a walk.

Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?

oops, I guess I jumped the gun with the last question! Yes, I have a LOT of hobbies and crafts. They range from needle arts to gardening and everything in between.

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
Changes all the time but I really like documentaries
My son's <3
St Louis, MO
too tough to chose! one of the ones I will watch over and over though is Legends of the Fall
Magazine / Book
The Outlander Series and anything by Stampinton
Historically Mucha and Botticelli. Current way too many to name!
Acrylics and Watercolor both together as in Mixed Medial and seperately
Tool or Product You Couldn't Live Without
If I had to limit it to just a few it would have to be pencil and paper