Immediate gratification. That's what my jewelry is often about. I love to create. I find the process meditative and relaxing BUT I also love the results. There are two things that really drive me; one is having something fabulous to wear, give away or sell at the end; the other is the knowledge: a new technique, a combination of color or shapes that I've never tried before.
The reality is that my attempts are often hit or miss - and I think most people would say that. But, one thing that I'm just learning - and lord knows it's taken me a long time to get here - is that planning my design
would save me a lot of the 'misses' in the scrap pile.
What does it mean to plan your design? I'm sure it's different for everyone. Until now, I really thought I did plan. I have a sketchbook after all. I doodle design concepts such as the shape and size. I use colored pencils
For the first time ever, I'm using a bead board. I'm pretty embarrassed to admit that I've never actually laid out a design on a bead board before. I've used them to store beads - but never to actually lay out the beads and plan the design.