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Wednesday
Mar282012

Mood Board Inspiration

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I want to share a blog post that really struck a cord with me personally and that got me inspired as a creative. Last week the lovely Holly of Decor8 talked about the practice of making physical mood boards in her post Mood Board Books to Inspire. Like a journal of sorts, Holly has been creating these inspiration boards since she was a kid, collecting little odds and ends that struck her fancy and then arranging them into physical, tangible boards. She described using them for not only work purposes but for personal reasons as well and a board might capture her specific feelings at a certain point in her life. Not only were these boards providing her with inspiration in the present but she could open old books and be inspired by past collages as well. What a lovely thought! Her words inspired me to act and create my own board.

I have been working with this cerulean blue color this week and this beautiful hue has made such an impression. I think of Mediterranean waters and Greek islands when I see it. As I was working away I noticed other treasured items around my studio that all felt like they belonged together. I started compiling them on my desktop. I remembered Holly's words and felt good infusing new life into these pieces. Not all are necessarily worth keeping (some might even be considered trash) but for whatever reason I kept them because they spoke to me. Instead of stuffing things into drawers, I like the much more creative alternative of mood boards.

Holly then went on to say, "I believe that the more you either write down or visually share with yourself and/or others, the more you capture your imagination in a sense and freeze it,  perhaps it helps put you on your way to gaining a bit more clarity as you make your way through life." I thought that was so beautifully put and I definitely agree. My dreams don't always feel real until I verbally express them to myself or my loved ones and I think making these mood boards is a great exercise in getting better at expressing one's creativity. I get a lot of ideas but many don't get translated to paper and I quickly forget. If I could have flushed out these ideas and started to physically represent them, who knows how much they could have inspired me.

I definitely recommend reading Holly's post and looking at her beautiful boards because she has shared quite a few pictures. As a creative person I think it will give you just the right amount of encouragement. It has for me. Obviously tools like Pinterest allow us to make mood boards efficiently and quickly all the time but there is something so great about tangible items. They have a texture and spirit to them that can't be conveyed over the internet. 

Holly challenged her readers to make more of these personal boards over the next year and see if they help in gaining a better sense of self. I am looking forward to taking up this challenge but more importantly learning how to better articulate my ideas by visually describing them. 

Do you create mood or color boards like this? For you, what is the most effective process for expressing your ideas?