I’ve been quite unwell recently with a sinus infection. Mostly been sleeping, feeling sorry for myself and watching a lot of nature programmes! I’ve also been doing a lot of art journaling and over the last few months I’ve found a lot of inspiration online through other artists work. I am obsessed with Pinterest!
This made me think of doing a series of blog posts on inspiration once a month. I am definitely a person who goes through phases of struggling with a creative block. It is almost like I have either too many ideas or none at all. So I am going to put up some themes and tips about this in the next few months.
Here are a few things I purchased and have felt inspired by over July and August:
My interest in Gothic art has been growing and bought Weirdo Noir which is a beautiful and informative book on contemporary pop Gothic art. It features lots of contemporary artists doing work in comics, illustration and is a refreshing change to all the shit candy pop stuff you see in mainstream day to day life. As I am also exploring sculpture, I am fascinated with art dolls and bought The Doll Scene which is full of gorgeous handmade dolls by interesting mixed media artists across the world. I love art books in general but thought I needed something a bit different to inspire me to go in a new direction.
I’ve also become interested with everything circus related and want to incorporate that into my art somehow, and when I saw The Greatest Show On Earth: A History of the Circus I thought it would be brilliant. And I was right! A lovely hardback book with beautiful pictures and very easy to read. I love history and this is a great insight into where performance and the circus came from.
I find a lot of my new favourite artists online and came across Elizabeth McGrath who does stunning, gothic mixed media diormas and paintings of creepy, twisted creatures. I bought her book Everything That Creeps and it is just gorgeous from the hardback front cover to every single page. I feel inspired by her creations.
Aside from books, I also got a few cute things that made me very happy and possibly look a bit crazy. I got a new tattoo, a butterfly on my forearm, which will become part of a sleeve, an ice cream bag and fun stickers from Skinnydip London which are just adorable, a cactus necklace (I love cacti!) a cute bee broach (my new collection obsession) and this sweet mini tin which I have no idea what I will put in I just love tins and the fact that a cartoon lamb is smoking on it!
I hope you liked my little post update, I have lots of ideas for posts coming soon, including more art journaling, fimo clay things and even one about tattoos. My room really is becoming a craft museum/ library!