Where Inspiration Ends Up

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.
Vincent van Gogh

Inspirational - Three friends peeking through painting by iHanna

I have special notebooks to glue in inspirational images, images that I think I will use as inspiration.

But I also glue stuff that I find inspirational into my diary. And make them into collages. Or postcards. I also have a lot of inspirational clippings, images and quotes saved in various folders around here.

Collecting images Art Journaling, by iHanna

I love so many things, and I collect them all in paper form.

Art Journal: Studio and 3 friends
Side view art journaling, by iHanna

Sometimes I use these images in my art journal, next to one of my own mixed media paintings… also inspired by someone else. There is no rhyme or reason sometimes.

Sometimes I glue stuff into my art journal to clear my table!

Let's clear the table so that we can create another mess, quote by iHanna

Sometimes I wish I was more organized.

Noses and little me by iHanna

Sometimes I just say: never mind, I’ll just glue this in here!

How do you organize inspiration?

5 Responses

  1. HI Hanna!

    I love the painted figures and the idea of clearing the table to ready it for another mess!

    The question about how I organize inspiration is wonderful too. I think lots of times I put it on Pinterest, Instagram, or on my blog, and also then in my journal. Kind of swirls all around these. Great thought provoking question.

    Thank you!!


  2. Just love your journal. Your cut and paste is so unique. Do you happen to have a topic describing how you made the journal? The pages are fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

  3. LOVE that last spread! So good to see your art journal again..

    I organized all my collage stuff in a filing cabinet — but still find it more creatively inspiring to pull everything out and see it all at once.

  4. Earlier this week, I organized two overflowing baskets of scraps – one held scraps of “paper” leftover from projects – scrapbook papers, vintage ledger paper, origami paper, etc. The other basket had similar bits, only the scraps had been parts of papers altered by me with the additions of rubber stamping, paints, etc.

    It was handy to have the scraps in their own baskets, but all piled together, I had a hard time finding just what I needed. So I put my bits into two other baskets that have dividers, sorting by colors as I did so. Now, when I want to add a touch of color to a project, it’s easier to find the color I want to use!

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