Late night adventures at the bookstore

Inspiration is always just around the corner if you’re willing to seek it out. Get out of the house. Drive down to the library or the bookstore. Visit the museum. Go listen to live music. Attend a spoken word event. Seek out your inspiration. As Julia Cameron writes in the Sound of Paper:

In order to make art, we must first make an artful life, a life rich enough and diverse enough to fuel. We must strive to see the beauty where we are planted, even if we are planted somewhere that feels very foreign to our own nature.

So tonight I went hunting for inspiration and found it at the bookstore. Found a book,  Artists’ Journals & Sketchbooks: Exploring and Creating Personal Pages, by Lynne Perrella. It’s full of page after page of ideas and visual inspiration to get you thinking and exploring different styles of artwork.

So here’s my list of top ten ideas sparked from this evening’s adventures:

  1. A dark and moody portrait
    with suns and moons
    in the background.
  2. Experiment with
    image transfers.
  3. Build a collage
    inspired by a
    famous art quote.
  4. Explore different fonts.
  5. Backgrounds with text.
  6. Music Notes
  7. A series of bird
    inspired pieces.
  8. Butterflies.
  9. Tarot card.
  10. Architecture.

So what does your list look like?

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  1. Posted July 31, 2007 at 7:15 am by musing | Permalink

    Thanks for mentioning the book. I’ll have to check it out.

    The artistic process fascinates me. How one thing inspires another which inspires another…

  2. Posted August 5, 2007 at 10:34 am by Crafty Green Poet | Permalink

    I’ve been doing something similar recently. My list of creative crafty things I want to do soon is:

    to finish making myself a diary for next year
    to make around 6 calendars for friends for next year

    plus I have a list of poems to work on

  3. Posted August 5, 2007 at 11:10 am by Natalie Roberts | Permalink

    I’ve always wanted to try making a creative calendar, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. This past year, I was able to find an amazing illustrated daily journal on sale for $4 so let’s me focus on other creative endeavors.

  4. Posted August 9, 2007 at 8:03 am by ambriel | Permalink

    You inspired me to try something new by mentioning how you did automatic drawing on recent comment you made at Melba’s blog. I tried it. The immediate benefit was that it loosened me up for doing more sketches in my sketchbook. Unblocked me.

    with a smile,


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