Create a Inspiration Board

Inspiration boards can give you insight to what trends, styles, or designs are important to you right now.
Creating a board is easy and requires only a few supplies. It can be created in a day or take weeks to complete. Their is no right or wrong way, it's all about what inspires you at the time.

You can make your inspiration board any size and it can be created on paper, poster board, canvas, a cork board, or any other type of board you may have.

Working on a cork board is the most versatile; you can change it as often as you want and do it for certain projects, different seasons, or the mood you are in at the time.
There are no rules to creating your board. It’s just a matter of finding photos, objects, fabric, examples of texture and colors that you can pin to your board.

Three tips to remember when making your board:
1. Nothing is off limits - keep your eye out for anything that inspires you. Photos, magazine pictures, fabric, personal memories.

2. Follow your instincts -let your subconscious guide you. You don't have to understand why it inspires you at the moment; you just have to find it interesting.

3. Embrace fantasy - ignore realities of everyday life. Again just choose what really inspires, even if it not something you would ever choose.

A small list of sources for inspiration:

European fashion magazines - they push the style envelope, so you will see more innovative and cutting-edge photos.

Home and garden magazines - great source for textures, fabric, patterns, and shapes.

History, old movies, and pop culture - use the web for pictures you and easily print and add to your board.

Celebrity photos - always a rich source of inspiration.

Your favorite web sites and blog - another great source.

Once your board is complete you will want to take a little time to analyze what you have on your board. You may see a pattern of what style or direction you can take your art in right away, or you may find your board random with no clear pattern. Sometimes you just have to walk away for awhile and when you comeback your theme will be clearer to you.

Creating your board should be fun, and having the option to change it as often as you like will make your board a great source of inspiration.

Have you created a inspiration board?

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  1. Great post! I've been thinking of putting up a crafty inspiration board above my work area for some time :)

  2. You can also make inspiration boards on polyvore.com and print them out!

  3. Thanks for the link Chelsea! Cool site.

  4. I like the idea! I should have lots of pitures from places I want to visit :)

  5. I've had several throughout the years. Things come and go, but what's most interesting to me is to see the things I cling onto and put up again and again.

  6. what a great idea i'll have to work on one of these.

  7. I'm glad I saw this. It's the perfect Sunday afternoon project on a rainy day like today!


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