Calling All Artists! Inspiration Roundup (February 2018)

Are any fellow artists in need of a boost of inspiration? Approximately once a month, I’m going to do an “Inspiration Roundup” filled with anything that’s succeeded in getting my creative juices flowing. Hopefully it’ll help you too!

First Inspiration: Crochet

My daughter continues to grow and grow faster than I ever thought possible, so most of her baby afghans don’t cover her toes anymore. I’m taking this opportunity to learn a new crochet stitch and make her a bigger afghan. I am in LOVE with these colors!

crochet inspiration afghan

I’m using Red Heart Super Saver yarn in claret, oatmeal, and antique, for any interested crocheters or knitters.  I also downloaded their free pattern for this corner to corner blanket. Obviously I picked different colors, but I am actually following directions this time. I can’t wait to see the finished product!

Second Inspiration: Calligraphy

My mom is also commissioning a calligraphy piece. I used to practice calligraphy quite a bit – I even did calligraphy on a lot of the awards presented each year at my high school – but it’s been years since I picked up a fountain pen to write instead of draw. I figured it couldn’t hurt to do some drills and learn a new style in the process. Thanks to a well-timed Instagram ad, I stumbled on The Postman’s Knock. Two tutorial packs made their way into my life. I can’t wait to get started:

calligraphy inspiration

As a bonus, it’s already given me some new ideas for miniature drawings. Stay tuned for their addition to my Etsy shop.

If you liked this post, you will also like the VanDuinen Studio newsletter that comes out every Friday! Not only do I keep you updated on this website’s news, but I also share my favorite links and projects from around the internet. On special occasions, you’ll even find coupon codes for my shop. To sign up, simply visit the Get Inspired! page and enter your email. Let’s make this a true community!


P.S. If you like the idea of inspiration roundups, check out the second installation here. You can also join VanDuinen Studio’s Inspiration Club to connect with fellow artists and share ideas!

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