Improvise: to make, invent, or arrange offhand
After deciding on a design using a thumbnail sketch, sometimes I find it does not provide enough information to render it in beads exactly. That’s what happened in my most recent design, the Spring Flower necklace. If you’ve been following my posts about Compositions, I explained about using a thumbnail sketch.
The skill of improvisation is useful here. Once the necklace was completed I felt the flow of the outside edge of the necklace was not what I intended. I wanted a more cohesive connection between components. It seemed like a jagged edge.
(Before and after the final adjustments…)
I left the necklace out on display for a couple of days and pondered it. It was obvious that it needed more flowers and possibly vining but how to place them was not so clear. I beaded a couple more flowers and placed them in the gaps. Again, I left it out to contemplate. Each time I walked past the necklace I could see more clearly what needed to be done and whether the new solution worked or not. I tried a couple of different options and finally chose one that fit my expectations for this design.
Improvising is a skill that gets better over time. The more I practice designing intentionally I can see more clearly when and where a design offends my sense of aesthetics. I am encouraged by this process of making distinctions and refining my processes. Each iteration usually provides more information and gets me closer to the original vision.
- Follow your thumbnail as closely as possible
- If it doesn’t meet design intent, improvise and create new solutions to get it to a place your originally intent.
- If your original intent does not work, contemplate completely new directions and proceed until satisfied.
The stronger this skill the more readily able you will be to start a design from a sketch and see your own personal aesthetics emerging.
Thank you for reading!