Monday, September 5, 2011

inspiration monday


confession:  when i first saw this sweet little book at the store, i didn't give myself permission to buy it right away.  i went back to the rack three times before i decided to bring it home with me.  yes, this book looked mighty happy, and i'm always in the mood for some happy......but i kept hearing that little voice inside me asking "hey, don't you usually work in blank journals?".  then i realized that's exactly why this doodle book appealed to me!  sometimes the thought of a blank page is too overwhelming.  sometimes you need a little kick-start to get you to the next place.  and sometimes you just need to do something a little different.





so once i was back in my studio with my new doodle-friend, i thought this would be a great page to start with (well, i guess it was already started.....all i had to do was finish it!).




and i decided that i like the way simon thinks!




 then i thought i'd try to think outside the candy jar a bit......




and do a little lettering......because i really only know of one type of candy.....




then i decided it might be fun to take something that's obvious,
and put my own cheesy twist on it....




cheesecake, anyone?!


 conclusion: when you're in your favorite art store and walking back to the book rack for the third time,   that's usually a sign that it's time to ignore the little voice inside and go with what inspires you!
(you'll be glad you did!)

{pages finished using micron pen, water-soluble markers, waterbrush, 4B pencil}





49 comments:

Jane Monk said...

NOw that is pretty darn cute ... glad you did give in!

Janet said...

I think I'm part mouse.

PaperPumpkin said...

I haven't seen this book yet at my art stores...wow! You are so sweet and inspiring, Lori. Love ya. Kath

Julie Bagamary said...

These are great Lori. Glad you went for it.

Bonita Rose said...

I have seen these books and me too.. I've always thought they wud be fun to play with.. good for you for delving in.. love your pages! hugs xo u hv inspired me today!

Doda said...

that is cute, cute , cute! It's about time you had a book of your own in that bookstore! xxx

nacherluver said...

Holy Cow! Your imagination is top notch! How absolutely colorful and adorable. Love Simon's "I love art" t-shirt. Great touch!

emily said...

This looks so fun! And I have to agree, there is no other type of candy besides chocolate worth eating! I'm a watercolorist primarily, I'm curious about how you work with the markers? Is there a brand you like better? Any recommendations for starting with these?

Eden said...

Just Brilliant and fun too!! You sound like me when you go back 3 times before you buy something! Hahaha

Ann-Margret said...

LOL! Those are all so cute and clever. :D I had to laugh at the cheesecake one. Fun!

Dymphie said...

Cute and Clever! (that's what I wanted to say too, so I did :)) I just love the way your mind works. A lot of fun going on on these already cute pages, you turned them into adorable ones.

Rena said...

your art and amazing lettering makes my heart melt.....pretty powerful!!!
xxx Rena

Createology said...

Your style is so special that you have even taken this "plain" doodling book and raised it to your uber chic level of art! I absolutely adore your pages...every little detail and heart. Happy Inspiration Monday to you dear...

Chel said...

Ahh- we got a book like this for Gracie yesterday- we found a whole rack of them at the bookstore and sat for about 30 minutes, ooooh-ing and ahhh-ing over them. We came home with two, and I am sorely tempted to nab one for myself!

Nicolette said...

Lori, you never cease to amaze me! So clever, and so cute!

Thanks again for making me smile...

Martha Lever said...

Oh my goodness gracious, girl! The cute factor is off the charts on this one!

Jeanette said...

Lori, how fun, creative and clever! And, yes I agree a blank page can be daunting, this is a great antedate, for sure. You are a well-spring of great ideas and awesome execution! Hope you have a lovely Labor day! XO ~ Jeanette

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garden clippings said...

I agree 100%. Love your doodles in the doodle book. very, very fun!!!

Claire M said...

What a fun idea! Wish I'd been a 'mouse in the corner' to witness your joy as you worked through the book.

Cynthia Schelzig said...

This made me smile...especially nibbling on cheesecake......what a sweet book and love what you did with it....a fun project for sure!

Jessica said...

what a nice thing to see at your page. i did buy for my son and daugther the same sort of books, so this might be a little inspiration for them.

by the way i love your blog.

IsaNorris said...

trust you to turn simple doodles in little work of art.
Love those
isa

Eulalia said...

I want it too!! Your fantasy is never ending! Marvellous Lory.
xoxoxo Eulalia

Margaret said...

Amazing!! You are such an inspiration with your journalling. One day I will try but very much doubt that I will be 'publishing' my work for all to see (and laugh at!) lol

Margaret said...

Just had a thought!!!! Maybe you should host a challenge blog. You start off the pictures as in the books and we, your adoring fans, have a go at finishing them . What do you think?
Margaret xx

Kate said...

Love it. Now I want one of those books. I really think it really is cute the way you finished the drawings.

sUz said...

what a great find loRi! i'm glad you indulged your creative muse even if it did take a little nudging :) xOx, sUz :)

upstateLisa said...

Oh I so love those drawings and that lettering.. it's "fransic" (?) well... that is the word verification word, sounds almost like fantastic!LOL

We Three 3 said...

Your pages are terrific! I'm a new follower and looking forward to your future posts!

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Only you..and we're so glad it was you! Darling :-)

rachel awes said...

you know how to
complete things
so they are
full of delight
& deliciousness
& love.
XOX

Patty S said...

i think this is my favorite inspiration monday post yet!!!!
your doodle additions fit so perfectly. (and i love the cheesecake page! too cute!)
great work - you creative gal!!!! xoxox

Beedeebabee said...

Oh Lori! Your artwork made those pages so extra special. I LOVE how you did the cheesecake...there's your super cleverness kicking in alongside your charming artwork just like always!
What a great post...it's so nice to get the giggles first thing in the morning...thank you! xoxo
Paulette :D ...AND, I totally agree with what Doda said!!!

Jennifer Shults said...

Oh these are so cute! I love love love the look of all of these. The lines are so clean and I love your writing... it's always perfect.

Cre8tiveQueen said...

What a great book! Your illustrations fit perfectly! =) I love your style!

Andria said...

This looks like such fun! Thanks for sharing.

wv said...

fill in the gaps!

perfect!

LuckyDog said...

You are *so* amazing, Lori!
I'm glad you went back and got it.
XOXO, Donna

Christine E-E said...

everyone needs some inspiration! the pictures you've drawn are adorable!

Isabel said...

omg Love it!!!!!!Love youre creativeness!!!:O)

Twyla and Lindsey said...

You are making that book adorable! Love how your imagination works! Twyla

Melisa said...

How fun! I love the cheesecake!

Atticelf said...

This totally makes me smile! I did the same thing with "Wreck This Journal". Bought some as gifts but never one for myself. Finally did it and so glad I did. Now I'm keeping my eye out for this one. It looks like so much fun, Lori!

PrairiePeasant said...

How cute! It's good to give in to your impulses once in a while!

lissylew said...

I am in LOVE with your pages!!! They all turned out so CUTE!!

Kimberly said...

Your work is brilliant. You have a wonderfully creative imagination. TFS with the rest of us.

Amanda Guest (Dover Publications) said...

These images are so much fun! I work for Dover Publications and we're launching a Facebook page for our drawing books. Would it be okay if I used your photos? I'd also love to pin them on our Pinterest page: www.pinterest.com/doverpublishing.

Thanks so much for sharing these! It really made my day to stumble across your finished pages.

Isabel said...

Usted nos enseña en cada ocasión que cualquier pequeño dibujo puede acabar siendo una pequeña joya. Gracias por mostrarnos su maravillosa inspiración. Besos.

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