Saturday, February 8, 2014

SATURDAY STUDIO: INSPIRATION BOARDS

A year or so ago, when my magazine pile was getting way too unwieldy, I made this.


Oh yeah, now I remember! I made it when I took my very first 21 Secrets class. The instructor said that whenever she hit a roadblock in her creativity, she would sit down with a pile of magazines and just start ripping out anything that struck her fancy, without pausing to analyze why. Later, when she started gluing them into her inspiration book, patterns and preferences would begin to emerge. I used to do something similar whenever I needed to decorate a new house or landscape a new garden, and it worked really well for me. I decided to give it a go. I demolished that pile of magazines, and even got a good bit of it glued into the book. But then life got in the way, and my "inspiration basket" was left to languish in a corner for a good long while.


The other day I noticed that my magazine pile had again morphed into the leaning tower of Pisa, and since I was a bit stalled for art inspiration at the moment, I decided to pull out that basket and get to work. One of the magazines I tore into was Stampington's Where Women Create, and I noticed that most every studio featured there had some kind of "inspiration board" on the wall.

I had one of those in our Houston town house, and used it for everything from decorating and garden design to merchandising ideas for the garden center where I worked. I really miss it now, but alas, there is no wall on which to hang one in my wee little bedroom studio.



Hang on a minute, hold whatcha got! What if...


What if I were to hang a bulletin board on the back side of this door? It's easily seen by me when I'm in this corner working, with the door slightly ajar, but invisible from anywhere else in the house. Brilliant, ladies and gentlemen -- your inspiration never ceases to amaze me! You do inspire me, you know, whether you realize it or not. Sometimes, all it takes is for me to write or post something here, and see it through your eyes, rather than my own.

Fast forward a few hours, et Voila!


Now all we have to do is get it hung! (easier said than done)
 

1 comment:

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

I always find an image or two that I just can't part with and that bulletin board is where I stick mine as well. Good luck getting it hung. xox