Are you in a creative rut, ran out of ideas for your next blogpost or simply crave something new? Well, you have come to the right place! Because I have collected and wrote down my 6 favourite sources to get inspiration!
The question that I get asked the most is ‘where do I get my inspiration from?’ And my answer would always be that I don’t now, it just happens. But after the last time that somebody asked me this, I started to think about it and I realised that I had been untrue with my previous answers. It doesn’t ‘just happen’, I do have a few inspirational sources, I just didn’t realise that I did.
Looking back on my blog projects most have them have a hidden inspirational source and today I would like to share those with you, so that you can see that all of the inspiration that you need is probably already inside of you!
There really is no need for extreme measures to get an ‘original’ article or one-of-a-kind project, my main sources of inspiration are so simple that it probably won’t take long before you have written a whole new set of articles for your blog!
In the six categories below you will find tips on how to use certain mediums for your own work in combination with examples of my inspirations and results combined to show you how easy it can be!
Scroll down for the list of sources to get inspiration for your next blogpost.
Art too artsy for the DIY and fashion blog community? No way! Art has been making it’s way unto the runway for years now (think Iris van Herpen) and the DIY community is also starting to embrace the traditional idea of art and combining it with approachable projects.
Visiting museums, flipping through photography books, or making art yourself. These are all things that can help you to get inspired for your next blogpost. They can be abstract watercolours for that new desktop wallpaper, still-life paintings for you next bouquet arranging course, sculptures to help you think of 3d DIY projects, you name it!
I have been using the Rijksmuseum ( a Dutch museum) website a lot for my DIY projects. On their website you can view and download high ress. images of their art collection. They even encourage you to use them for projects! I have been inspired by all of the floral paintings and drawings and after using it for a Temporary Tattoo DIY, and a Shoe Transfer Project, it was time to take it to the next level and combine my favourite works into two fabric prints and turn them into a purse project.
This shows that the art scene has an unlimited amount of visual beauty to inspire you for just about anything!
Movies (and tv-shows) can be oh so inspiring. There are many things that you are probably already unconsciously ‘borrowing’ from your favourite movies. But you can also be inspired by a movie and use that in a practical way : think of the colour-schemes and how rooms are decorated in the movie; why not sew a similar cushion cover or re-think the placement of your furniture.
Special tip: My all-time favourite movie inspiration sources are the movies by Wes Anderson. The sets, the costumes, they are just moving moodboards on my screen!
Not only decorating ideas can be used from your favourite film, costumes and fashion statements are also a big part of the movie experience. Annie Hall’s tomboyish suit, Audrey Hepburn’s classic outfit in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, Kate Hudsons retro coat in “Almost Famous” and my favourite: all of the over-the-top colourful outfits Fran Drescher wore in “The Nanny”.
These can all be used as examples and inspiration for your next outfit post, whether you dedicate the blogpost to your favourite character or simply get inspiration from a small detail in a movie scene.
Unconsciously, I think that we all ‘borrow’ things from each other when it comes to thinking of where an idea came from. Being inspired by something and trying to recreate it is one thing, but looking back at your own work and realising that it has so many similarities to something else that you just can’t imagine that you didn’t notice it before, happens to me a lot!
This outfit-post that I did for instance, (left photo above) is as retro as one of my favourite movies: The Royal Tenenbaums. The character ‘Margot’ that Gwyneth Paltrow portrays is such a great personality to capture on camera.
Whenever I do an outfit post I like to experiment and for this one I wanted to go retro and a bit ‘moody’. I guess I must have watched that movie in the same month, because the colours and my choice of ‘mood’ really match Margot’s style.
Are you really struggling for fashion photography shoot inspiration? Go Disney! I think that all of the girly girl fashion bloggers have done at least one Disney character-pose without even realising it! I am also guilty of that fact in my Bright & Bold outfitpost. Opening a window, rosy cheeks, a slight smile on your face and red lips to match.. All that is missing is a singing bird helping you get dressed:)
OTHER CREATIVES / PINTEREST
Maybe not one of the most ‘unexpected’ sources on this list, but definitely one that can’t be missed: other creatives aka friends/blogs/Tumblr/Pinterest, etc.
“Everything has already been made and done, but… not by you!”, this is one of the first things that they taught me at art school and it has been a helpful reminder whenever I felt insecure about an idea.
For me the quote means that you can get inspiration from others, (I actually insist on it!) and use that inspiration to transform an idea into your own style, taste and uniqueness.
When looking for inspiration for a new Do It Yourself project, I usually go to Pinterest and see what has been made in the last few years. While browsing and collecting, my brain is already coming up with ideas about what I am missing in my lists or ideas about how to transform existing projects into new and improved ones.
My clock project for instance: I had these pieces to make my own clock, but I needed a surface or platform to transform the pieces into an actual clock. I found that people had made clocks out of stuffed animals, mirrors, wall paint, you name it! It was so much fun to see the endless possibilities and it truly inspired me.
The same goes for my concrete planter. Concrete has been a very popular DIY material in the last 2/3 years and I have been so excited to see all of these amazing projects that are made out of this raw material. The only thing that I wanted to do different, was to make it as accessible as possible to make something out of concrete. No special and/or expensive molds, just basic supplies. And it worked!
What would you do differently when it comes to DIY trends?
Did you hear? The 90’s are back! What a better way to get new inspiration than browsing through your old family albums! (no matter which decade;)
For me that means a lot of pictures of me and my sisters wearing bright colours that didn’t match at all. I am not sure how my sisters feel about this, but I am actually thankful that my mom would dress us up like that, because I think that it is the main reason why I love prints and colours so much!
Oilily, the brand that you can see in the picture above, was the brand that my mom loved to dress us up in. (I think that we actually had that yellow dress in the middle) and the prints and mixed styles is something that still puts a smile on my face when I look at the picture.
To use your childhood wardrobe for your next blogpost, you don’t have to wear or copy your style. But it might help to look at a few older pictures of yourself or look the clothing brands up that you used to wear and see if there are parts of it that you still like.
For example, I am especially still inspired by the colour combinations that Oilily dares to use and applied them to my Granny Square Sweater DIY (on the left).
From song lyrics, to videoclips and album art. Music can easily be used as a visual inspirational source! Growing up with MTV, music videos had a great impact on me and gave me a lot of ideas on what type of things I wanted to make when I got older.
But even these days, music is one of the most important inspirational sources to me. I never craft without music in the background and biking without music in my ears is very unheard of.
One of my most recent music-inspired blogposts was my Canvas Cutout Star Light DIY. The black and white star was inspired by my hero: David Bowie. His last album before he passed away is called “Black Star” and I loved the simplicity of his albumcover and merchandise.
DAILY LIFE / TRAVEL
There are a lot of people that say that they get most of their inspiration from ‘daily life’, but I never really understood what that means before writing this post. To me it was always a very vague term, that says that even brushing your teeth can be inspiring. But scrolling through old photos, I did recognise a lot of things that I used for this blog and started to realise what ‘daily life inspiration’ truly means.
The subway tile photo above for instance was taken here in Berlin and matches the timeline when I started to use the blue/white/black color-combo a lot in my styling photography.
Finding that subway photo helped me to understand how we can use everyday visuals into new projects and work, without taking it to literall. Tile colours, typography on posters, wallpapers in restaurant bathrooms, these are all things that we could try to notice more and use for our own memory moodboards.
Speaking of “daily life” and travel, growing up in The Netherlands, it is unimaginable not to have a project that is inspired by a Dutch windmill like my DIY painted mugs.
And I am sure that you have also seen a few landmarks or suddenly realise that you can use a certain iconic image from your childhood or travels and portray them in your new post project!
Are you inspired yet?! Hopefully these tips and my stories have helped you to get out of your creative rut.
Do you have other inspirational sources? Let me know in the comment section!
I can’t wait to read all of your new inspirational blogposts!