Creating Art Using An Inspiration Board

Inspiration/Mood Board

The wellspring of inspiration is vast and diverse, flowing through countless channels. One method that never fails to ignite my creative spark is the art of crafting an inspiration or mood board.

But, let me clarify – the realm of mood boards transcends the boundaries of artistry alone. These visual collages are versatile, serving as conduits for inspiration across a myriad of creative endeavors, from home decor and journaling to story writing, film, music, and beyond. Allow me to share this cherished process with you, with the hope that it may kindle your creative flame if you’ve yet to explore its wonders.

The creation of an inspiration or mood board can take various forms. It may find its digital expression through platforms like Pinterest or Adobe Spark, or manifest tangibly in the physical world by way of magazine clippings or printed online images. The possibilities are as boundless as your imagination.

It’s worth noting that the images you incorporate into your board should be viewed as wellsprings of inspiration, not commodities for resale or misappropriation. There’s immense value in allowing these visuals to stoke the fires of your creativity.

If concerns regarding the ethical usage of images loom large in your mind, fret not. A helpful resource lies in the post titled “How To Use A Reference Image & Make It Your Own“, offering insights into the proper utilization of references while safeguarding your creative integrity.

In essence, the creation of mood boards is an art form in itself, an alchemical process where disparate elements converge to birth new and original ideas. It’s an invitation to embark on a creative journey where inspiration knows no bounds, and I encourage you to step into this world of endless possibilities and let your imagination run wild.

How to Use Images

Above, you’ll find my mood board featuring five carefully selected images. Whether you choose to incorporate just two of these images or opt for a collage of 500, there’s no fixed formula to follow – it’s all about what resonates with you.

Within this mood board, I’ve included two images of women: one showcasing a vibrant outfit, and the other focusing on the intricate details of her facial anatomy. The abstract painting featured is a creation of my own, while the leaves and flowers are sourced from stock images. The underlying concept revolves around identifying elements that captivate your interest, amalgamating them, and then crafting a unified composition around these components.

In the final artwork, you can discern how the mood board, brimming with inspiration, has influenced the creative process. Yet, the resulting piece stands distinct, bearing little resemblance to any of the individual images on their own.


I had so much fun creating this colorful art! I would love to know if you have used inspiration/mood board or if you have not, does this inspire you to do so. Please feel free to comment below!

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