Like art hanging in your home, having an inspiration board in your creative space is super important. We should always be surrounded by imagery that motivates and influences us to be amazing and create our best work. Even if you're not working on something in particular, collecting and displaying images that inspire you will definitely keep creative energy percolating in your mind — until you're ready to bring that "thing" to life.
Last Friday I posted on Instagram a weekend challenge for folks to take some time during the weekend to make something, anything. A cake, video, blanket, jewelry, drawing, website — anything!
My studio has been in dire need of an inspiration board, so my goal for the weekend was to finally make a canvas covered one and get it up on the wall. It already makes such a difference. I spend so much time in that space, so every time I look up I see these images that make me happy and excited to create.
Want to make your own canvas covered inspiration board? Here's what I did:
• Cork Boards (I got mine from Target — they come with a wood frame, so I had to remove it)
• Canvas (try Dharma Trading Company, a fabric store or art supply store)
• Staple Gun and staples
• Scissors (to cut the fabric)
• Measuring tape
1. My cork boards came with a frame, which would not work with the canvas so I removed it (took some work but I finally got the frame off). Hanging hooks were attached to the wood frame so I used the screw driver to remove them (save these).
You can ignore steps 2-4 if you don't want to cover your board with canvas. I wanted my board to blend in with my wall, which is why I chose to cover it with canvas.
2. I measured the canvas and cut the material about 3" bigger than the board (all the way around). This allows me to fold over and staple the canvas in place.
3. Pulling tightly, I folded the canvas over to the other side and stapled, the staples were about 3" apart. I started with the top and then the bottom, then side to side. Don't do one side and then do a top or bottom, to keep the material tight you have to do the opposite sides at a time.
4. Using my screwdriver I reattached the hanging hooks to the back of the canvas, about 3 inches from the top and 2.5" from the sides.
5. Now you're ready to measure and hang. Use your measuring tape to determine where you'd like to hang. Use the leveler to make sure your holes are in the right place.