A sketchbook is a perfect place to capture sparks of inspiration. The low risk atmosphere lets your imagination play freely, allowing ideas to emerge while your inner critic is lulled into a sense of security.
Later on, during that unavoidable, ever-terrifying part of your creative cycle, when you temporarily believe that you will never have any ideas, ever, pick up one of your sketchbooks and read it like the book of designs that it is.
Follow it like a direction manual and map back to your creative zone.
Your "sketchbook" could also be any sort of notebook, or could even translate to any of the infinite iterations of data capture introduced by contemporary digital media, so long as your creative self feels protected when you engage there.
I'm a visual artist and illustrator who creates images and stories
with cut paper, mixed media, drawing and painting. As a teaching
artist specializing in watercolor and collage classes, I enjoy working with children and families engaged in
creative projects and interdisciplinary studies.