I decided to share this little series of images as a collage today and am soooo excited about the result – doesn’t it just tell a little story of what this beautiful monarch was up to? The smell of these flowers made snapping these photos even more amazing – hello summer!
Something I get asked a lot is how I stay creatively inspired. Well, I have a mixture of techniques that I’ve learnt over the years and today I’m sharing a few of these…they may not work for everyone but its cool having some ideas up your sleeve just in case! Here goes…
❤ Grab yourself a takeaway coffee and head to the beach for a long walk – enjoy & take in your surroundings! Chances are you’ll come back full of fresh & exciting ideas.
❤ Pinterest! It’s one of my most favourite ways to stay inspired. Create a new board that involves something from your bucket list. My favourite one is ‘dream home’ – I can drift away for an hour pinning like crazy!
❤ Go out with your camera for the afternoon and capture things you wouldn’t normally notice. The wobbly crack in the path, that ladybird on a leaf, the textured clouds at sunset. Anything that is different and beautiful in its own way.
❤ Go to your local bookstore and immerse yourself in the sweet smell of new books & magazines. Pick up ones that interest you and just browse.
❤ Read through your favourite blogs. I have a routine now where I save my faves to my desktop and every morning I read them. There are so many amazing people in the world and filling your own life with the best is important.
❤ I love going to craft stores when I’m stuck on a creative project. Walking up and down the isles – looking at everything sparkly, crafty, patterned and pretty.
❤ Recycle centres & thrift shops! What I love most is that you never ever know what you’re going to find. It’s like diving into a treasure chest of glistening goodies. I’ve had days when I desperately need a new idea for a painting (and nothing is inspiring me) and then there sitting right at the back of an antique store shelf is a beautiful china teacup decorated with floral goodness – the perfect object to sketch ideas from.
❤ Positivity! This one is massive. If you’re being negative about a creative project, it’s never going to flow or be what you imagine. Be positive. Love yourself and the creative process.
❤ Try a new healthy recipe from a different culture! I like to imagine everything I’m doing when I cook, is being photographed. That way, I take pride in what ingredients I’m adding, I appreciate the combinations & colours and I take time with the final presentation of the dish!
❤ Music!! The whole time I paint – or actually as soon as I get up, I switch on music. Music is amazing for the soul and I honestly don’t know what I’d do without it. Have a good old dance and sing if you wish!
If all of these fail, I’ve found is that taking an hour or two to just not think does a huge amount of revitalising. It stops you putting stress on yourself to complete something like a painting or homework or blog posts. Go for lunch, have a bath, go to a movie, hang out with friends or just chill on the sofa. Everyone needs a break!
Do you have any other ways of keeping your creativity inspired? I’d love to hear them…
Usually the inspiration behind my art can spark so quickly that I dont realise the process I go through to actually complete a piece. After sharing my art process with mum, I realised it might be fun to share it with you all too!
When I see something like this that I know will inspire art, I quickly snap a photo of it and my brain automatically picks out the colours and layout. It seems to be the design process behind most of my work. Sometimes I will use one, or multiple images pieced together – like a small vision board to sketch out a design with pencil. Here, I took a photo of an orange tree and a potted plant then pieced the two together.
From there I apply splashes of watercolour, wait for it to dry then doodle with ink pen on top. I always sign my pieces right at the end to signify that they’re finished! I do this because otherwise I ponder over details and can sometimes keep drawing until I have wrecked it. OTP as they say.
And that’s my usual process for my work. This isn’t necessarily how each piece is created but it definitely plays a huge part. Do you have a creative process for arty/creative outlets? I’d love to hear about them!
I discovered this magazine a few weeks ago and am absolutely hooked. Every page is packed with beautiful images and inspiration for your home. They also feature favourite blogs, emerging artists and delicious food ideas. I just wanted to have a little rant about how awesome it is and if any of you are interested, you can check out their website here. What are your favourite magazines?
After my trip to the library, I decided it was time to experiment with a new theme for the Clouds of Colour shop. So over the past week, I have been gathering inspiration to paint vegetables and fruit. I will be adding these new prints to the shop soon but for now, here are a few pics of my progress. Enjoy!