The 6th stage, although the steps are not necessarily sequential, is Dock.
noun1.a landing pier , some place to put our ideas, to give them structure, shape and form. Even the free-est for of art has a framework some kind of outline.
As artist we have ideas, inspiration, materials (both tangible and technical). How we we wrangle them how we harness them is by docking.
My docking process take many forms. Sometimes simply flipping through my inspirational books, magazines, & art journals spark a form or structure. Sometimes it is through challenges. Oh, there are challenges and then there are CHALLENGES. The challenges I am referring to are the "rules" someone has set to follow. Many art journaling and scrapbooking sites have creative minds that make weekly challenges. These challenge give us form and structure. They set an outline or framework to work within. Some of my favorites are :
Once again my inspiration for the blog comes from the book Changing Patterns Discovering the Fabric of your Creativity written by Daena Giardella and Wren Ross. Read older post for more stages and Collect your FREE ACT cards to keep and use as you choose.