I have a confession to make I have not done any papercrafting for this post, and I did not think you would appreciate me rushing to put something together that I would not be happy with and have no use for other than showing you. I promise there will be cardmaking next week. Headaches have plagued me in the last few days, and crafting isn’t easy to do in those circumstances. Unlike a lot of people, I do usually find it easy to use screens though, unless I have a sickly migraine. I have been spending (probably a bit too long 😳 ) on my iPad playing a combination of Homescapes, Gardenscapes, Fishdom and Township (This is not a sponsored post). And I would argue that I am still flexing my creative muscle, in fact, I’m getting creative in a Digital Game.
This post is not the first time I have blogged about playing computer games, and yes I am a bit of a gamer in the sense that I enjoy playing them. My main game as I told you in my New Year Hopes and Ambitions Post is WoW. However, I have always dipped in and out of mobile games on first my android tablet and now my iPad. Over Christmas and still to some extent I am playing Free Fall based on Disney’s Frozen but in the last week or so I have taken to these four games by Playrix. It is fair to say especially when it comes to Township I am getting addicted, or as we discussed back in August, I have Healthy Excess Enthusiasm. I do however feel it is true that games like this can improve my papercrafting and here is my case for this.
How am I Creative in a Digital Game?
PlacementHave you ever been designing a card or scrapbook page and become stuck on how best to place things? I certainly have. When I am playing Township, I am having to work out my placement of all sorts of buildings and gardens. This constant reassessing and moving is all going to improve my eye for aesthetics.
Colour TheoryWhen it was launched, I bought the Rainbow Colour Selector from Create and Craft, and it is a useful tool for working with the correct tonal groupings of colours. Playing these games lets me see how all sorts of colour schemes work together and I am getting a much better eye for what works and what doesn’t. I’m not saying I no longer need the tool just that the practice works alongside it to enhance my colour theory.
Perfect is not always idealWhen I am cardmaking, I often end up trying to have dead straight lines and even patterns, even when creating cards with floral images on. The more time I spend on these games I get to appreciate that often a temporary Hodge-potch placement actually can look far better and more natural than even rows. Once again improving my eye.
Although this is a different type of post from what you may have been expecting I hope I may have given you some ideas for how you could work on your crafting abilities without actually crafting. Whether you have a guilty pleasure like a computer game, you take a bit more interest in those junk mail fliers that come through the door or perhaps you may just take a little bit more notice of your surroundings when out and about. Creative lessons are available from all around us.