Daily Project Inspiration

I’ve been drawing a lot of inspiration lately ​from the daily creative projects of other designers. They range in subject matter and method of creation, but they do share one big common factor – to create. I am a maker by nature, I thrive on it. During my internet surfing it has really become clear to me that this is a great way to push yourself to create new work, build a portfolio of diverse pieces, learn new skills, expand your visual styles and show off your creative talents. Some of the daily projects that have inspired me are:​

Daily Dishonesty by Lauren Hom
Hand Written Letters by Mary Kate McDevitt
The Daily Drop Cap by Jessica Hische
Daily Drawings by Chris Piascik
365 Patterns by Fifth and Hazel
365 Patterns in 2013 by Ollibird
#365 Drawing Project by Sarah Jane
Logo a Day by Dear Miss Modern (this is a little different, but same principle)

I’ve been thinking about starting one of my own for a while now, and have a few rules that I want to follow. 1.) I want to do something unique. 2.) I want create my work based on a theme. ​3.) I want to showcase varied styles of work within that theme. 4.) I want this to remain a fun endeavor. I’m still hashing out the specifics like length of time, type of work, and how often I will realistically be able to post new pieces – keeping in mind rule #4, but I’m really excited about this. The project is going to kickoff on March 21st with full details and how to get involved if you’re interested.


Share Your Passion

I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting lately with hand lettering and discovered this video by Ryan Hamrick for Holstee. He talks about how he got started and his passion for creating his stunning work. I especially love that he talks about how he couldn’t get the time to move fast enough when he was working regular 9-5 jobs, and now that he is doing something he loves he wishes he could slow it down instead. I remember having these days working office jobs, looking at the clock every five minutes thinking an hour must have passed since the last time I looked and just feeling that devastation when I realized it had only been five and a half minutes. Its funny how the days fly by now when I spend them in my studio. It’s after 5p.m. before I even know it and I’m wishing for more time.

I thought it would be fun to share a recent piece I’ve been working on. It’s fitting for the topic of this post today and I am really loving how it turned out. It’s going to be part of my new personal portfolio site that I am working on to show some of my recent design and lettering work. I can wait to launch it to show off all my new goodies.



Without the Doing, Dreaming Is Useless


I love new ideas. Ideas are my most favorite thing in the world. And I too suffer from creative paralysis. Does that phrase hit home with anyone else, “creative paralysis”? The first time I heard it something clicked and I realized that I’m not the only one that deals with it. The mental overload of projects and possibilities can be overwhelming. I stumbled across this video today while keeping up on my rss feed and completely fell in love with it. If you are a creative professional and are anything like me, you might just identify with this talk like I did. It’s completely brilliant and insightful.

The process goes a little something like this. I get a genius idea – maybe my best idea ever. I research and gather and procrastinate just a little bit, sometimes more, then finally start working. Then the artistic decisions eventually start to stall out the progress I am making. There are so many choices to make and questions to answer. “Which way is the best direction to go? What should I do here?” This continues until my idea haunts me and I avoid even thinking about it. Not long after the project comes to a complete halt as my brain goes numb with overload of possibilities. I couldn’t restart it again if I wanted to. I begin to loathe my idea. It sits in my studio and stares at me day after day. Then my idea turns on me and I begin to doubt myself and my abilities. But something happens, the time passes and all of the sudden the idea has a new life again. I’ve grown, and learned and I have a new light to bring back to the project. So I work and work and work until its finally finished. I feel accomplished. I’m on top of the world. My creative confidence is soaring. I now understand that the idea wasn’t ready when I first thought of it, something was missing. It needed time to develop subconsciously. No, I wasn’t ready for it. I needed time. Everything is right with the world. Onto the next brilliant idea. Sound familiar? Me too, friend.

One of the biggest life lessons I’ve learned is that you take things on as you are ready for them. And that’s okay. Things have a way of silently passing by when you aren’t actively seeking them out. So get ready, give yourself time and trust your instincts. Just don’t wait until you are 100% ready because the day will never come. 90% is perfect.

I highly recommend reading Do the Work by Steven Pressfield. It follows along the same topic line and is hugely inspirational and motivating.

It is not just you.

There is no great reward, without great risk.

I read this post this morning and it really resonated me. Emily Ley and the ladies at Making Things Happen are an inspiration for all of us. It doesn’t matter what we want to accomplish, all that matters is that we have the bravery to actually make it happen. This message is a great reminder for me that it is necessary to take BIG chances to achieve my BIG dreams.

I’m reminded that sometimes all that is standing between me and want I want is fear. Make the decision. Take the leap. See what happens. And even if I don’t end up where I wanted to, at least I tried. There is nothing stopping me from trying again.

A big thank you to Emily for posting this.

Also, the ladies at Making Brands Happen, Emily Ley and Lara Casey, are hosting a webinar series called Business and Branding. Powerful Branding – March 14, Client Experience – April 11, and Get Published – May 16. I know I will be signing up for at least one of these sessions (if not all of them) and am really looking forward to it. More information is available on their website makingbrandshappen.com

Inspired by: Mason Jar Chandlier

I am absolutely loving this diy mason jar chandelier tutorial. Its a really clever spin on an everyday object. I don’t know about you, but I happen to adore mason jars, especially the vintage Ball Blue jars with the old zinc lids. Do you see where I’m going with this? In November, after my life slows back down to semi-normal I am definitely going to be putting this on my to do list. We are using the vintage Ball Blue jars as part of the centerpieces for our quickly upcoming wedding, so I’m going to have 50 jars laying around just waiting to be used.

A huge thank you to Kara Paslay for this great tutorial.

Inspired by: Cuteness

Blame it on the cute factor. I just can’t help myself. I whipped this adorable hat up over the weekend. And I wasn’t the only one enamored with it. Free Froggie hat pattern available here.

7 Rules to Understand Designers

This needs no explanation. Check out Harmonie-intérieure
Home decoration workshop for more of their awesome designs.

Inspired by: Red Hot Pottery

I’d say its more like white hot. Arizona artist Christine Tenenholtz’s pieces are absolutely beautiful. In fact, she has so many wonderful pieces for sale on her Etsy shop that I had a hard time picking just one to post. I love this vase with the stream of flowers down the side. It is so sweet. There is another vase for sale in her shop that I am also in love with with a mama and baby bird perched at the mouth together. I have a small obsession with birds and think its just fantastic.

Artist: Christine Tenenholtz
Shop: Red Hot Pottery

Inspired by: Magnolia and flower illustration

Isn’t this lovely? I just love it.

Artist: Kari Herer
Website: www.kariherer.com
Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/kariherer