As a reward for completing chemotherapy I ordered myself several beading books. I decided they would last longer than food. Books provide me with inspiration for color, lines and components that I then put together in my own projects. Since color is so much "my thing" I like to be able to hold the books in my hand and look at all of the nuances of color. Then I go to my bead stash to look at the possibilities. The actual beads have so much more depth and light.
These three are my favorite of my new books.
Bead Romantique by Lisa Kan has beautiful, elegant, somewhat elaborate designs. Although there is some wire work she primarily uses bead stringing. There are a lot of Swarovski crystals of one shape or another in her designs. Some are a little flashier than I usually wear. There are several designs and techniques however that I am itching to explore. The instructions and the illustrations are excellent. I am trying to be very disciplined and finish my square face necklaces first. I am not sure how long that will last.
What do you use for inspiration for your art? Are you expressing what you want to express?