Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Where do you find your inspirations.

Many times people ask me where I come up with bead ideas or jewelry designs. I have heard so many people say they have lost their Muses and fight to come up with fresh and new ideas. 
My best advice is to look around. I look to nature, art, buildings and history. 
My very best advice is to keep a inspiration journal. Get a fun blank book and fill it with sketches, pictures and ideas that pop into your head. Make sure you write it down! I don't know how many ideas I have had that I have forgotten. Look though magazines and clip out pictures use a glue stick and paste them in your book
See if you can use these images  as a jumping off point for a new design. 
 The hydrangeas in the top photo have been on my mind for a while. I love the colors and HAVE to think of a way to interpret that into my work.
Oh and aren't these pods to die for. Yummy.
The shapes in the onion domes of Russia are very similar to the shape of my Pods. Look at the way they are decorated. I could totally do it in glass and can't wait to try.
So what are the ways that you use to keep you excited about your art?
How do you find inspiration?


  1. Good idea to keep an inspiration journal. I love the way those domes look. So fanciful and fun. Like they are made of candy. I would totally love to have an onion dome bead. Get crackin' Miss Libby! I want to see where that inspiration takes you!
    Enjoy the day.

  2. The domes are really cool looking, and would be great to see what you come up with in your pods to look like those! I cut pictures too and pin them on a cork board above my desk, so I can refer back to them sometimes when I need a starting point.

  3. What a great idea, might take that idea and run with it too. I think it's always good to find fresh and new ways to inspire us, I love the poppy pods. I have big purple ones come up in my garden every year, different place each time, which is fun. The dried pods are great.I love your pod beads,and can definately see them in the Russian domes.

  4. These are fabulous! Remind me to look at these again. Thanks for the inspiration and reminder to take out my scrapbook!