So I've written a couple of posts about inspiration boards, having put off making one myself since about 2009. lol Yes, that's right - I've been collecting what nots and what have yous since late 2009. I started a box labeled: "Inspiration Board" so that when I finally got off my creative backside to put it together, I would have everything I needed (and hopefully would still be inspired by it, lol). I'm happy to report that I did it!!! (In your face 2011!) I am very pleased with my final result and can't wait to share it with you!
This is what I started with, an old canvas of mine of a painting I didn't really care for and wasn't attached to very much.
Since some of the items in my box were things that needed to "sit" i.e. - they were dimensional, I got the idea to use the inside of the canvas instead of the outside. (This is a great trick if you need a "shelf" looking section for your piece or want a ready made frame.) So I Gesso'd and painted the edges turquoise, added some shots of turquoise mist then glued on pink sequins (one of my current favorite color combos: pink and turquoise :D).
I started to play with the objects in my box to see what might look best and used one of my favorite tips, useful for scrapbooking or any project where you want to try out layering different materials before you glue down: take a picture! If you take a picture of your layout before you start gluing, you can reference the picture and won't forget where you want to place things.
Anyhoo, after doing this it occurred to me that some of the background might show through and I did not want anyone seeing some ugly old canvas so I decided to get out my trusty Mod Podge and cover the background completely in vintage magazine pages. That way if something showed through (which did end up happening) then it would look like I planned it that way instead of just showing blank space. :P
And finally, my finished result! I am so in love with how this turned out. There's so much of "me" on this board and it really does inspire me to get everything back out and create all over again!
**I've included so many things here that some of you have sent to me. I never lie when I say that I'm inspired by you and anything that is sent to me gets the best home! :D
If you don't have one already, I encourage you to create your own inspiration board (and let me know if you do!)
Even if you don't create an actual "board", think about starting a box where you keep those little doo dads that have special meaning. You can create an inspiration board, book, table, wall, box, anything where you can see it every day and be inspired to be you!
Thanks for taking a peek! And don't forget, all next week I'll be hosting giveaways to celebrate my 2 year blogoversary, there will be something new up for grabs every day! :D
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