Monday, August 16, 2010

inspiration monday


i've discovered that most days inspiration comes from my favorite art supplies. to me, there's nothing more exciting than to learn that a new line of paper products has just been released (and making a bee-line to the crafts store to purchase it), or to find some watercolor pencils in colors that i don't already have (hard to believe, but true.). and what's even nicer is when it comes to inspiration, we can still use those same supplies, but just in different ways!
for example.....

*if you're a painter, instead of putting your brush to canvas, why not
jazz up an old pair of keds......or give a tote bag a face-lift?

*if you're a journaler, how about creating some collaged cards
or ATC's with your leftover magazine and decorative papers ?

*if you're a quilter, why not try creating a fabric journal?

*if you're a paper artist, how about making something fun for your house.....
like new placemats, a cute banner for your kids' room,
or a sweet paper wreath for your door?

*if you love working with fabric, why not create an art doll?

*if you love scrapbooking, how about using some of those same techniques
to personalize a pretty apron?

*if you love to draw, why not abandon your pad of paper and
create a masterpiece right on the wall?

and if you love creating happy-choco-art like me, as long as you keep your fingers wrapped around a pencil, you'll always find a way to doodle!



31 comments:

rachel awes said...

what thumbfun ideas!
your pencil pal is
the towering tops!
xoxox

Dolores said...

Your pencil and little guy made me smile. I'm still working on that fabric journal...

patricia e said...

Lori, you've given me lots of great ideas ~ Now I just have to get my fingers and hands busy creating...Bye the way I just love that little o'thumb.

Rebecca Anthony said...

This image is precious!
Your ideas are scrumptious!

Rachel said...

I love your little drawing! Thanks for all the ideas - I'm now thinking of how to make some fabric journal pages...

Nancy said...

WOW...so many ideas and I love them all because I like playing in lots of different fields...You've given a week's worth of inspiration.....

Love your doddle art...so precious....

Have a wonderful Monday sweet girl....

Martha Lever said...

Oh my Lori, this is just too cute for words. They are all just so cute. They need a name. Have you named your little thumb guys? SO CUTE!!!

Patty S said...

what GREAT ideas!!!!!!
all of them!
your little fingerprint people are so cute - i love this one and his slightly large pencil! heehee!
i do a lot of those things on your list, so you gave me lots of ideas. thanks lori! :-)
xoxoxoxo

Patty S said...

what GREAT ideas!!!!!!
all of them!
your little fingerprint people are so cute - i love this one and his slightly large pencil! heehee!
i do a lot of those things on your list, so you gave me lots of ideas. thanks lori! :-)
xoxoxoxo

Marie aka Grams said...

Great list with tons of ideas. This list needs to be hung on everyone's bulletin board. Now, if I could just find the chocolate...

shibori girl said...

Is that a chocolate thumbprint I see there? You've created a really charming drawing there!

xoxo,

Kate

kuroba said...

hi! I just discovered your blog (from you Etsy shop). What a whonderful set of ideas!

I've been expanding my artsy horizons too, by turning my sketches into hand-embriodery projects :)

Estivalia

Jancalligrapher said...

Good morning, Lori, have a great day. xoxox

Eden said...

Lori, these are the best tips!! Just last night I was teasing my husband, that I'd just doodle a mural on the wall (directly on the wall) in my family room! Yikes!! But I must find something to do with that bare wall. Thanks for the inspiration and I LOVE your little pencil guy, these guys are so fun!!

PaperPumpkin said...

I love your (our) little friend and I think your creative ideas are perfect. You know how to think out of the box...and out of the bag of chocolate?!!!!

Martina said...

Great advise, fin ideas - and a very sweet image. Well done Lori :)

Pinkllilac said...

Love the little and pencil so cute.
Hugs Linda

Pat said...

This guy needs his own tv show...or book...or line of greeting cards...

Denise Collins (nee Gilgannon) said...

I don't know which idea to try first! Thanx!

cathyb said...

Lori - I just saw that you will be interviewed on Carmen's site on Thursday - yeah - I can't wait to hear the interview - congrats!
PS love the pencil

Becky Shander said...

I love how something as simple as a pencil can bring you joy. And thanks Lori, for all the joy you spread.

mademoiselle G said...

Bonjour! Thank's for the ideas! And Brussels is nice isn't it? ^^ I've had forgot these acquarelle pencils...I used to have fun with these!

Kerri said...

so cute that little guy is! :)

Beedeebabee said...

Oh Lori...You need to copyright this little guy and his pencil! They just can't get any cuter or more perfect!. I LOVE THEM!!! ...and as usual, you words are sooo inspiring! xoxo's Paulette

Elena said...

To think that out of a little fingerprint accident was born a whole series of finger pals. Too cool and love the ideas!

Jymi said...

:)

Kelly Warren said...

I want to do all the above! still loving those little thumb people. I mentioned you in my blog post today. :-)

Createology said...

This adorable thumbprint just screams "Back to School". I love a brand new Ticonderoga pencil or my favorite 0.5 Pentel clik pencil. Happy creating...

P.s. I love your letters doodle from the last post.

Jennifer DeDonato said...

Those are some great ideas Lori! Your dude is some kinda cute.

K said...

Difference: when I doodle, my doodles look like doodles. When you doodle, your doodles look like complete and very meticolous art!

aimee said...

i'm glad you pointed this out - it seems like it would be second nature for artists to constantly be trying new stuff with old things, but at least in my case, i'm much more likely to try new stuff with new things. i get into my routines, my ruts, my comfort zone with materials i like and sometimes it's hard to budge.

if that pencil guy isn't the cutest ever.

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