7 Places to Find Inspiration for Your Next Lettering or Art Project

design team - shannon Jan 13, 2022
How to find inspiration

Have you ever sat down in front of a blank piece of paper or canvas and had no idea what to create on it?  Even now as I’ve been lettering and painting for almost 6 years, I sometimes have trouble finding inspiration to help me come up ideas.

I’m Shannon, from the Pigeon Letters Design Team, each month I’ll be sharing new tutorials right here on the blog! Today’s post is a little different because I’ll be sharing some of the most common places or sources I get my inspiration from.


Watch Shannon paint as she talks to you about sourcing inspiration.




Depending on where you are in the world, your scenery is going be different than mine and other artists(even if they live where you do) and that alone can provide you with inspiration to create something that is unique to you! I live on a small tropical island, so it’s no surprise that I get lots of inspiration from the sea, sand and sunshine. 




You can also get inspiration from the animals, plants, colors, shapes and textures of thing found in nature even if they are not based on where you live!  And depending on the type of artist you are, nature can also inspire you to incorporate natural elements like, leaves, rocks, flowers, sticks, shell, sand etc. into your project.



There are so many art books out there that share tutorials and projects for you to create. Flip through the book and you’ll find lot’s of inspiration within the pages. In the example below, The mountains in my painting were from Peggy’s Guide to Nature Drawing and Watercolor



Inspiration may not only come from the material taught in the book. You can also be inspired by other types of books for example with children’s books, coloring books, graphic novels, comics you can get inspiration from the covers, color schemes, typography or illustrations within.


Want to grab your own copy and draw beautiful mountains, or other magical things found in nature?




Much like nature, food can provide you with an array of colors, textures and shapes that you can grab inspiration from and start creating! 



One of the most common things I do when I have no idea what to create is to use lettering or art prompts. Each month, there are lots of themed monthly challenges hosted by artists over on Instagram, pick the prompt listed for that day and create something based on it. 




There’s also a website that I like to use called Sketch Design Repeat, with prompts aren’t numbered so you can pick whichever you feel like and just create something. 


Old Artwork

Take a look through your old artwork, pick something and recreate it! You can choose something that didn’t exactly turn out how you wanted it to at the time and give it another try. Or you can pick something you loved creating and make it again! 


Something New

This can be a new tool, technique or a completely new medium or art form!  Trying this new thing will allow you to get out of the confines of you usual medium and open a world of new possibilities for what you could create. When I first started my art journey, I was using only brush pens and markers only. This then led me to exploring trying acrylic paints, alcohol inks and even procreate. 



Inspiration doesn’t always have to come from outside sources, sometime ideas will pop into you head randomly or if you’re brainstorming you’ll come up with ideas of what to create on your own. 



Inspiration can come just about anywhere or anything and as an artist you should definitely store or write them down your ideas when you get them. Even if you don’t try them at the same time, you can always go back to them when you’re in a creative rut!  I personally get Christmas art ideas any time of the year, so I usually write them in my notes app in a “Christmas Ideas” file so that when it’s time to make Christmas art, I have ideas ready to go! 


I hope this post has sparked some ideas for you because next month, I’ll be sharing tips on how to turn your inspiration into artwork! 

Shannon is a freelance artist from a small island in the Caribbean called Barbados! She creates fun and unique content, whether it's with markers, watercolors, acrylics or on the iPad to inspire other creatives. Check out more of her tutorials here!