The hardest thing about art, no matter the medium, is finding inspiration for your next piece. Whether you’re designing a magazine cover, reworking a company logo, or making art just because you want to, finding inspiration for your project can help you create something truly unique and reflect who you are within it. The unfortunate thing about inspiration is that it can’t always be plucked from thin air; sometimes, you need help to get where you need to be. Luckily, there’s plenty of ways to find that inspiration outside of your own imagination, especially offline.

 

Travel

 

This one may seem a little obvious, but it doesn’t make it any less true. Traveling outside of your town (or country!) can open your eyes to new cultures, people, and experiences you otherwise wouldn’t be exposed to. Traveling gets you out of your comfort zone, and that alone can bring about possibilities you never considered before. Whether it’s booking a last-minute flight or visiting a new city for a weekend, exploring the world will inspire you and connect you with our global community.

 

Antique Stores and Estate Sales

 

Antique stores are bound to have little treasures from the past that are itching to be seen and appreciated. These hidden gems might be something you didn’t even know you needed, but you’ll absolutely need to have it once you see it. Visiting the stores in-person makes for a more personal experience than searching on the internet, and going there with a specific project or theme in mind can help you make connections between it and the objects you see that you otherwise wouldn’t have considered.

 

Pinterest

 

If searching the internet is more your speed, then scouring Pinterest is bound to give you a load of different ideas to choose from. It’s a free social media platform based on images and videos posted there by its users, and users are able to gather these by “repinning” them to a specific board. Once you create a board, Pinterest will make post suggestions based on the title you give it, and after you’ve pinned a few posts to that board, it will continue to recommend similar pins to what you shared, making it an endless source of inspiration that sticks to one theme per board. It’s also a great place to create project mood boards.