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Interpreting Other Art Forms for Creative Inspiration

Wuthering Heights (song)

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As one half of Celio Designs, I love to design and create mixed media, handbound collage journals.  However, just because I’m ready to create doesn’t mean I know what I want to create.

Sometimes you stare at the blank pages of a journal or an empty canvas and feel …nothing. That feeling can be both frustrating and intimidating. You’re blocked and are in need of inspiration or a little push.

If you are struggling to tap into your creative abilities it can help to look at other art forms for inspiration. You think every artist works in a bubble and is completely original in their thoughts? Of course not, they find inspiration in things they hear, see, and read.

So why not do the same?  Think of what moves you and elicits a strong emotional reaction… perhaps song lyrics, music, a painting, or a memorable story. You can find inspiration from another artist and let it inspire you to create a collage or journal that is all your own. 

Here at Celio Designs, I find music and books to be highly inspirational for creating mixed media journals. There are thousands of songs that conjure up feelings and memories of first love, lost love, new love, joy, sadness, anger, empowerment, and the list goes on.

Think of a meaningful song. Now if you wanted to convey the message of that song with images, how would you do that? Use the images that come to mind to transform that blank canvas into a work of art.

Books are another great source of inspiration. For example, when I think of the novel Wuthering Heights, I imagine dark, stormy skies, and wild terrain.  I used this imagery as well as one particular quote from the book to create a journal.

The quote “I have dreamed in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.”  Once again, you can interpret the works of another to create something completely your own!

Celio Designs focuses on creating beautiful, unique journals and jewelry.  To find out more about us and what we do visit our website at
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