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An outstanding example of Romare Bearden’s technique! Created during the civil rights era, Bearden’s large-scale collage—or “montage painting"—is made up of layers newspaper, magazine clippings, and colored paper. See it in-person (and in full + large scale) as "Portraits and Other Likenesses” opens this week at MoAD. →

Romare Bearden, Three Men, 1966-1967; Art@ Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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HOW TO MAKE AN INSPIRATION BOOK!

A few people asked me a while ago for tips on making an ‘inspiration book’, so I decided to make a little tutorial!

Firstly… WHAT IS AN INSPIRATION BOOK? An inspiration book (for me) is a notebook where I collage pictures that inspire me. These pictures include health motivation, photographs of places I want to travel, ‘lists’ from Tumblr that inspire me, and more! Basically any picture to inspire me to be the 'ultimate version of myself’. I organise all my pictures into categories and I have a section for each in my inspiration book, e.g. Health, Europe, America, Tumblr Inspiration, etc. so I can find things easily! Now, how do you make one?

STEP 1: GET PICTURES OFF THE INTERNET!

Collect pictures that inspire you, save them, and print them! The best place to look for pictures is Tumblr! Make sure you try and get the highest resolution (quality) of each photo so you can enlarge them and they don’t blur (you can do this by right clicking on picture and selecting “search google for this image” then clicking “all sizes” to find the biggest size). Some example pictures can be seen in the 2nd and 3rd photos above!

STEP 2: CUT OUT PHOTOS AND ARRANGE!

This step is pretty self-explanatory, but basically cut out all your photos and arrange them in a notebook (which will now be your inspiration book! - I use an A4 marbig notebook from office works, approx $5). If your using lists and pictures like I do, try to get a combo of both on each page! If you want to you can separate all your pictures into different categories. For example, I have a section for photos of places I want to go to in Asia, another section for Europe (and other sections for all the other continents!), and I also have a section for ‘healthy’ pictures like fitspo and workouts. You can see in the 4th photo above how I arranged a page of my inspiration book. It may take a bit of work trying to collage them in the best way so there are no big white spaces of notebook, but it is worth it cause it will look really good!! :) 

STEP 3: YOU HAVE YOUR OWN INSPIRATION BOOK! ENJOY!!

Congrats! You’ve started your inspiration book! Now whenever you need some inspiration, you can just flip through it! I love re-reading all my inspirational lists (if you don’t know what I mean by inspirational list, see example here and also more here) sometimes before I go to bed with a relaxing cup of tea. Also every few months (or however often you want) you can add more pictures! I love going through my Tumblr archive and picking out my favourite photos to add to it!

Hope these tips helped to anyone that wanted to know how I made my inspiration book! Thankss! xx Courtney