Thursday, October 01, 2015

inspiration wall

Long before Pinterest, there was the process of cutting things out of magazines and pinning them up (literally) on the wall for inspiration. For as long as I can remember I have always loved to be surrounded by images and things that inspire me. Today I am sharing a few ways to create a mood board or inspiration wall as a way to incorporate  into your creative space. 

my previous garage studio space

I've had all kinds of creative space over the years- the kitchen floor, a guest room, a garage and now my current studio space. No matter the size of my studio, I've always had a dedicated place for an inspiration board or wall. In my small spaces I used a cork board and as my space got bigger, I dedicated an entire wall to my inspiration. These days I use one side of the moveable walls in my studio as a place to pin anything and everything that inspires me.

Sure you can use Pinterest as a place for brainstorming and as I much as I love to use it, I really like having all that inspiration around me when I am creating. As a really visual person I need to be surrounded by the all the colors, patterns, designs and even quotes. I've found that it's really important for my creative process to access all the crazy random things that get my ideas flowing.

way to My interests, inspiration and projects are always changing and my inspiration wall always reflects those changes. My wall gets changed up and layered as I take on new projects. This process is rarely planned out- I simply gather things that catch my eye that get my ideas flowing. Ironically, many of the things I end up pinning to my wall are notes and old sketchbook pages. I love using my own work as a something that sparks new ideas!

The cool thing about having a wall or space dedicated to inspiration is that you are able to look up at any given moment and reference that inspiration. While I never end up copying anything on my wall I love to have visual reminders of the things that make my art and creativity unique.


Linda said...

I love your movable walls! How lovely to be able to use them to pin all your inspiration. I think inspiring pictures are much better in real life than on the computer (ie Pinterest). Years ago, we 'wallpapered' a wall with magazine pictures, and I kept proper scrapbooks of things cut out of magazine etc. I still have them and look through them from time to time. As I don't have a wall, perhaps I should start a new scrapbook.

Audrey said...

I love that Kafka quote so much!

Stephanie said...

I've been trying to make an inspiration wall for myself! I'm a very visual person too and I need to have the things in my sights to remember them! I have a small art space so I made myself a colored pencil inspired cork board! :) it has been very helpful to keep inspirations fresh in my mind!
P.s. If you want to check out the cork board

Janet O'Connor said...

I can always count on your work to inspire amd motivate me. Thank you!

Team Clark said...

Yes, I have always loved the literal pin boards! I even have a book of my favorite magazine ideas, keep them in sheet protectors and love to look through from time to time. Beautiful treatment of this white wall in your space!

Francisca Nunes said...

You totally right Alisa!!! Draws, scraps, photos all together are so good for inspiration. I have one to in front of my desk the place where I create, and the vibration,the comfort, the visual happiness and inspiration is totally different of an white wall!!! Love your inspiration wall!! You are an inspiration for me to!! Thank you so much Alisa.

Stephanie Martel said...

I love this post! It's so lovely to be surrounded by images that inspire you--thanks for sharing all of your views.

dawn said...

LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!! I wish I could have big white walls to paly with in my house. One day I hope too!!!

Kelly Kilmer said...

I've been doing this since I was young. I love clipping visual images, poems, and anything inspirational and covering my walls with it. My bedroom wall, my kitchen cabinets and my front door are covered with my favorite visual bits! :)
I love seeing what others do with this idea as well.

Gennie said...

Love this painting too much
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