I'm on vacation for a few days to get away from my usual routine and open my mind to new inspiration.
What inspires you? Inspiration is the spark that fuels every creation, be it a painting, a song, a room redesign, a fabulous meal or clothing style. We are endlessly curious about that strange alchemy that turns a thought into a distinctive form. For me it usually starts with color. I become enamored with a particular color I see in nature, at the market or on Pinterest or Instagram and let it bloom into an obsession.
These color obsessions often turn into dolls for my shop. I search through my fabrics to find colors that fit my mood and they become the color schemes I build upon with my toys.
If color inspires you, make a conscious effort to surround yourself with your favorite shades. Set up tabletop vignettes, play with stacks of washi tape, add a bouquet of flowers or collect pretty china in your chosen scheme.
Choose ordinary things such as socks, pencils, beverages or paper napkins based on colors that please you most. Its just as easy to find dishwashing soap in a color you love as it is to buy the same old brand you always use.
If pink is your favorite color this week, go to a bookstore and only look at books with pink covers, or to the grocery store to look for pink packaging. You don't have to buy anything - this is just a fun way to shake up your thinking. Let it inspire your sketchbook musings - photograph and draw your finds!
If you enjoy hits of color inspiration, check out the links I've curated for you below.
Pinterest: my board Color Stories and Supafrank's Colour for a shot of bright color. I particularly like the patterns of Ophelia Pang for her color combinations. You might also enjoy this collection of vintage patterned book covers.
Emily Henderson's website is full of fun decor stories. This video shows Emily bringing a global look to three different design styles via items available at Target. Emily is a former HGTV star, interior designer and a brand ambassador for Target.
The Jealous Curator blog has loads of colorful artworks by current artists to inspire you. Danielle also has a great series of podcasts where she talks to artists about their work and how they go about about making art.
Artists Adam Frezza and Terri Chiao make up the art team Chiozza. They make large, colorful and playful sculptures for whimsical installations in parks, stores and other venues. Their artwork really brings on the smiles.
Instagram has tons of visual inspiration. I follow many artists who produce work in all media. Some colorful favorites include: painters Kindah Khalidy, and Kristintexeira, potters Julie Whitmore and Vanessa Bean, and writer Sara Barnes who writes about illustration artists on her popular Brown Paper Bag blog. Also try A Color Story based on the app and various hashtags such as #colorfullycrafted and #colorful_shots. What are some of your favorite Instagram eye candy hashtags?