As an English major in college, I learned the term stream of consciousness from reading the novel The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. It was a challenging read, yet an utterly fascinating one all at the same time. In literature, stream of consciousness is “a method of narration that describes in words the flow of thoughts in the minds of the characters.”
In psychology, stream of consciousness is “the conscious experience of an individual regarded as a continuous, flowing series of images and ideas running through the mind.”
So what is stream of consciousness in crafting? I look at it this way… it’s that inner monologue you have in your craft room while moving from project to project. And I had that “flow of thoughts” recently myself.
What started as my attempt to play along with the Top 5 Gallery Idol challenge (using adhesive in creative ways) took me on a crafting journey of sorts. Let’s see where my mind took me that day.
I have to say I was pretty stumped with the Gallery Idol challenge. Like, what do you do with adhesive other than stick things together? I ended up dousing a foam heart from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L with red glitter to make the heart at the bottom of the iPhone. In the grand scheme of things, the Smart Phone dies from My Favorite Things ended up being the star of the show.
*sigh* And that’s why I’m SO not a Gallery Idol! Ha!
My die and glitter mood lead me to the next card. My flow of thoughts told me that gold glitter paper would look downright amazing behind the windows in the Super 2 cityscape die from Paper Smooches. Add in a bold sentiment from the Super Script set from Altenew, and it’s a sophisticated card. That was fun!
So the mind is a crazy thing, right? This cityscape made me think of summer vacations and my mind whisked back to my childhood summers. The big thing back then? Vacation Bible School (aka VBS). I spent many summers attending and then many summers being a helper at my church’s VBS (either with music or crafts – SURPRISE). This Sunday School Songs set from Neat & Tangled was just the right way to pay homage to those summers of days gone by! Lots of great memories!
So where will your mind take you on your next creative journey? Sometimes just going with the flow is a fun way to spend an afternoon.
Enjoy the journey!