Want a blast of creative inspiration and motivation? When I need a kick in the butt, I turn to my top video playlist to jolt myself back into action. These are must-see videos for all creatives!
Are you feeling a bit creatively drained or empty?
Remember that we all need to fill the well with inspiration. Input can help spark up the fire inside of you, so here’s a round-up of my favorite inspiration posts on the blog.
I hope they motivate you to create, create, create!
- Inspirational Note to My Artist Self
- Finding Inspiration and Putting it to Use
- Inspiration: The Creative Life Path
- Inspiration: Learning to Love Winter
- Feed Your Soul and Print Some Motivational Art
- Some inspiration and sneak peeks…
- Inspiration from Nature
- Inspiration from past work
- Blog It Forward…My Personal Inspiration
- All About Zines – Inspirations and Resources
- Inspiration from Crayola colors…
- Color Inspiration All Around
- Travel Inspiration
- Inspiration from Zines and Podcasts
- All Magazines Provide Inspiration
- Inspiration from George Michael’s December Song
I know that sometimes it can be such a challenge.
Even if your brain is racing with possibility and your hands are itching to create…
You might be a bit too tired…
Or perhaps so darn sleepy from last night…
Or maybe something has gone wrong and you are feeling down and irritated.
Or maybe you haven’t been able to find the time to create.
Perhaps you are feeling oh so overwhelmed.
A bit lost and insignificant in this big, wild and crazy world…
Know that you are unique, amazing, wonderful and creative just as you are.
You’ve accomplished so much already and there’s plenty of room to grow.
Stay true to yourself.
Do what you love – those things that bring a smile to your face.
Don’t forget your humble beginnings and tiny successes.
Don’t lost sight of your hopes and dreams for the future.
Enjoy the ride.
Love… love… love.
I stumbled across a free course by Dirty Footprints Studio called Total Alignment and found it really helpful in working through some creativity bumps. I think we all feel a bit of funk at times and Connie’s videos and exercises really help you to work through them. A workshop to align your body, mind and heart with your creativity!
I hope you find it helpful, so enjoy for some creative inspiration this week.
We can all agree that the Internet has opened up a whole new realm of inspiration and connection for creatives like you and me. We have instant access to so much content and visual stimulation. It can be a feast for the eyes, propelling you into a world of imagination.
Unfortunately, you’ve probably experienced information overload as well. Inspiration can quickly turn to overwhelm and self-doubt. It’s important to limit your information diet, but of course you want to take advantage of everything available as well. It can be fun to surf your favorite blogs, scroll through Pinterest and leaf through your favorite magazines, but then what do you do? How do you put inspiration to use?
Physically using your print magazines and tactile materials…
I’m a huge fan of print magazines and have a pretty hefty collection on my bookshelf. This year I’ve decided to really put them to use. Yes, they are beautiful and precious, but they would serve me better if I cut them up and used them in my journaling. I can also give specific issues to creative friends when an article would serve them well. Finally, I could also donate books to the library and allow others to gain some inspiration and knowledge. I need to process and pass things on.
Thinking back to 2012, so many books and magazines were kept safely on my bookshelf – collecting dust. So I’m making it a point to go through my physical inspiration stash and use them somehow. This goes for art prints, papers, stationery – all those bits and pieces of inspiring materials we tend to hoard. Stop hoarding, start using!
Using digital and virtual inspiration…
It’s sad to see many print publications disappearing these days, but thankfully a new generation of digital publishing is rising up to take its place. I definitely turn to online magazines and virtual content for inspiration as well. I want to share my list of favorites for visual eye candy, but before you click away, I wanted to talk a bit more about how to put that inspiration to use first.
Although you are looking at something virtual, if it peaks your interest, don’t hesitate to snap a photo or print out a copy to include in your journal. You have to take notes somehow if you are going to put that inspiration to use. I often have my journal beside me, so that I can doodle and jot down notes while perusing around.
To take it a step further, don’t just clip or bookmark the inspiration. For those who use Evernote, it can be too easy to just clip everything and never have time to look back! Think about why you want to stop and record that inspirational spark. I find it best to actually write out my idea as a task or project.
The point is to take in the inspiration, digest it and really think about how you can apply it to your work and life.
It really only takes a few minutes to see something inspiring and then decide that you actually want to start a series of prints in that same color scheme. Or perhaps a certain geometric design you saw will be the starting point of your next line of sewn bag design. Put inspiration to use by taking that tiny step ahead in the process. Eureka – inspiration hit – now what does that mean for you? I guarantee that changing your mindset in this way will help you feel truly inspired and more importantly – productive – at the end of the day. It’s really inspiration time well spent.
Now here’s my list of inspiring publications…
- Stampington & Company magazines
- Indie zines that are so unique and wonderful on Etsy
- Mollie Makes website and magazine
- Gathered via iTunes store
- The Simple Things (view sampler here)
- Anthology Mag
- Tickle the Imagination magazine
- Style Me Pretty
- 91 Magazine
- Bird’s Party Magazine
- Inspired Ideas by Amy Powers (preview here)
- Blossom Magazine by Amy Butler
- Covet Garden
- McCall’s Spring Lookbook
- Ruche Lookbooks
Of course, taking a walk outside and snapping photos can be amazingly inspiring as well. Putting inspiration to use can apply whenever that spark ignites.
I want to add that it’s not about making your recreational time about work – by no means. If you are taking time to recharge then acknowledge that the time is spent for that reason. However, if you are out trolling for inspiration, then make sure you put that inspiration time to use in the end. Looking for inspiration is completely different from recharging your energy!
So what sources do you turn to for inspiration? Have you put that inspiration to use?