I, however, am inspired by line & shape. To get things started when I was working on 'The Shirt', I would use some of the blank space to clean my leaky pen. From the smudges, I'd create shapes. Sometimes those shapes would lead to something tangible, like a monster or some sort of alien foliage.
For Spoonflower's Hand Drawn fabric of the week contest, I created Subconscious Garden. I started it with a bean shape, inspired by some woman's shirt pattern at the park. I'm not sure about how I thought 'bean' since her shirt was a large scale paisley print but I did.
This bean led me into all the other lines. At first I started to think seed pod of something floral, then it became butterfly, then more likely a moth.
Subconscious Garden - A 'Color Me' Fabric. It will be available soon for purchase, the order is processing.