We Asked Our Team: "Where do you draw your creative inspiration from?"

by Patricia Rawlinson on December 02, 2020

Our entire team here at StudioR12 Stencils is creative in some capacity whether that be painting, fashion, makeup, music, home decorating, renovation, up-cycling, etc. If you can think of a creative hobby somebody on our team probably dabbles in it.

That got me thinking... Where do we all pull our creative inspiration from? What gets us excited to invent and design?

So I asked our team to share. This is what they said:

Abbey: "I like to pull my inspiration from everyday life from being a mom, living on a farm and animal lover, to my interests side of loving movies, comic books, mythology and books. As some of you who know me know that I like a good pun or joke. I love to make humorous designs as well as talking to my son about things that interest him and trying to convey some of his loves into my work as well. I like to make things that can be enjoyed by a wide variety of designers for people so that there is a little bit of something for everyone."

Dustin: "Whenever I need inspiration, I look online, in magazines, etc. at what others have done. Then I start asking questions - "what if I changed this", or "how would these colors go together". There's nothing wrong with building on someone else's idea. The key is to make it your own, to experiment and have fun with it."

Lena: "I have some different style icons in terms of interior decor. I’m a huge fan of Erin Nappier. She has a show on HGTV, but I’ve read some articles on her and frequently Google/Pinterest photos of her work. I also enjoy light, bright colors and tone, so often what I do is look online for color pallets that work. Also, when painting a sign that isn’t for me or is outside of my personal style I consider the style of the art and look online for design in line with that."

Rusty: "A lot of my inspiration comes from different forms of art that affected me as a child. A really big one for me is books. When I was younger I loved to read and it really helped to grow my creativity to create the visuals in the book in my head. Reading was an escape and it really helped me to learn how to make a story interesting."

Kari: "This is my favorite part of social media: Finding inspiration! I have so many screen shots from Instagram and Facebook. I like to browse Pinterest and Etsy to see what the trends are for words, designs, and color schemes. I go through catalogs, not necessarily to shop, but to see how they are staging their photo shoots for new ideas. I'll go through small local boutiques or stores at the mall. I'll watch the background of Lifetime and Hallmark movies - especially at Christmas time."

Steven: "I find that I am most inspired by tech. I like to take the tools I have available to me, and push the limits of what they can do. This applies to anything from pencils, cameras, microphones, and instruments, all the way to the post production software. Most of my creative work is in collaboration with other creatives helping them to achieve a vision. I get a lot of joy in helping them reach their goals, and making their vision a reality."

Carrie: "Well that's a good one! I NEVER have trouble being creative about many things lol, which may not be what people want to hear BUT...it is my profession, so....
Usually I have an object, or a space that requires 'something' additional to complete the room or the project as a whole. I will look around first to see what I have that can pair well with the overall theme I am trying to achieve. If I'm stuck on how to visually achieve it, I always do a search online for inspiration. After seeing examples of either a color palette, or a few examples of things that resemble what I'm working around, I start to build from there.
I'm usually on a budget, so anything on-hand that works would be used before I buy all new. That being said, some inspiration is drawn from a single object that will take purposeful purchases in order to work successfully. One has to be cognizant of any limitations, and sometimes work around that. I mean, you may not be able to afford the luxury wallpaper and a French distressed armoire, but you COULD use paint and a stencil for the walls, and learn a new technique to repaint your existing furniture...the possibilities are endless!
Working with display, I have all sorts of awesome pieces to work with, but often need to group them with a similar color to create a color story of products OR pull things together within a similar subject matter (kitchen; bedroom; accessories) .
I always layer- you can use fabrics, artificial foliage/flowers, small containers or shelves to work around larger objects: artwork, clocks, cool lighting pieces, etc. If everything you have is flat or 2-dimensional, you may consider adding some 3-dimensional objects - like candlesticks, or even a basket with flowers in it for a wall - to make the space more interesting.
Working in 3's or 5's seems to balance well for a combination grouping of items, but ultimately only YOU need to be happy with the finished product. Most things I work on are based on a style, and with any style there is always OPINION. I have found that clients will have a comfort zone with what they find "appealing", whether they know it or not. Again, that's where online examples are a huge benefit. If asked to select 20 images that a person would love to have in their space for whatever reason, one could review those 20 images and see patterns of a certain style, or repetition of a color scheme. Don't ignore those impulses - it's what will give you a finished product that you will LOVE."

Noelle: "I am a YouTube junkie. I love all things makeup, interior design, prints, and typography. I watch a lot of lifestyle vloggers like Zoe Sugg, Ebony Day, and Coffee Break With Dani. Watching them live their lives inspires me. We have a lot of the same styles and when they go out of their comfort zones it shows me that I can try new things too! I also like to flip through magazines (notice I didn't say 'read,' haha). Some of my favorites are In Her Studio, Magnolia Journal, Mingle, and Real Simple."