Picking Your Muse

By Definition, a “Muse” is one of the Nine Sister Goddesses, each residing over a specific domain of theater or art. They were once said to inspire their chose craft and those craftsmen so devoted.

Its also a band, but we really won’t delve to much into that right now.

But even if Calliope, Thalia, Urania and their sisters aren’t your thing or you come up bare when thinking of them, that doesn’t mean that you won’t find inspiration else where. In fact, we’ll help you get over that!

Everybody has their share of ideas – both good and bad. Some more good than others… some more bad than others, but that is entirely to be expected. And when it comes to art, ideas are fuel. They drive our passions forward and our passions drive our ideas.

We all have our Muses. All of us. Each one is different though, for each and everyone of us. What one person sees as absolultly inspiring, another will just look at with half-hearted interest. It can’t be helped – and in fact, its actually a good thing.
And who is to say that I Muse has to be something tangeble, something coporeal? Why not think a little broader – the options really could open up to so much more.

One person may find inspiration in that of a beautiful woman, as what one would typically think of as a Muse. Another may find their creativity unfrul at the sight of her lips. Another may find interest in nature, the leaves or a flowers around them, right out their vary window. Another might even see the window as inspiration itself, opening up new thoughts. Another person may find music inspiring, compelling them to create what they hear, driving them forward with a few lines of music.
Other things, invisible things are even vast wellsprings for inspiration – time, something you can’t visibly see can be inspiring, capturing thoughts of mortality, of adventure and the unknown. Seasons, while not quite time, are very inspiring for some. They conjure up well known and ingraned thoughts of the times, of the weather, of holidays and festivals. I myself find Autumn to be very invigorating.
A simple Fall afternoon with a cool breeze during sundown, just when the light hits the bare trees right. I can’t really think of a more inspiring time for myself. But others may have other seasons, other thoughts and other things that drive them.

And believe it or not, lack of inspiration has actually been inspiration before. Some works of art come about solely from the sheer lack of ideas for something else, an act of desperation in some fashion. A head on the piano isn’t all that uncommon when a muscian can’t think of anything, a blank stare on a photographers face, a brush just resting in cleaner, or even a sheet of stark white paper. People have made their lack of ideas work for them – in esscense, an idea from the lack of ideas. How it works, I’m not entirely sure and I wouldn’t entirely rule out the whole Quantum Mechanics thing – but I never specialized in Theoretical Physics…

If you don’t feel inspired, then maybe you just haven’t found your muse yet. You’ll know it when you see it.

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New Motivational and Geeky Prints Now Available!

We’ve got another update finished up and listed, and this time there are plenty of prints for everyone!

First up, we’ve got some fun new motivational prints, perfect for getting you started in the morning – and some to help remind you to end the day right!

Go Out on a Limb - 8x10 Print

Love You to the Moon and Back - 8x10 Print
We decided to add something for the non-coffee drinkers out there – which, rumor has it, exist! Perfect for those who don’t think that Coffee is there Cup of Tea.

Coffee is not My Cup of Tea - 8x8 Print

We also have some prints for those who want to let the world know that they are indeed geeks – and proud of it! And why not, it truly is the age of the Geek, so let your allegiance be known!

Nerd and Proud of It - 8x8 Print

All these prints are now available in our online store!

Fresh Typography!

We’ve got another big update here at Indelible Ink Workshop, once more we’ll be releasing another wave of Typographical Prints! We’ve got plenty to choose from this time around, plenty that we’re sure you’ll love!

We’ve also got another round on the near horizon – more retro science fiction posters are on the way! Something tells us that we’ll be exploring the outer parts of the solar system soon and see what else is out there…

But till we get out past the asteroid belt and see what the deeper realms of outer space have in store for us, we’ve got a large number of motivation and inspirational typography coming out this week – so be sure to stop by the Etsy Shop and check out all the new releases!

Being an Artist

There are many advantages to being an artist – one is certainly being able to create visually what you would like to see in this world. Though it takes time, you can always hone your art form or hobby, with patience and practice to be able to craft what you want to see made. Sometimes this is something that no one else is doing, no one else is crafting, something that one else has thought of. So, you yourself have to fill in this void.

This is actually how a lot of great things got there start and how countless more will find their way too.

But being an artist is like any other job, it has its perks and it has its disadvantages. One of the major perks sets it aside from most other professions and hobbies, or at least ones that I’ve always been fond of, is that being an artist is being able to do a little of everything. We get to try a taste of everything, get to learn some of this, dabble in a little of that and at the end of the day pick and choose what we take. Not necessarily “how”, but most certainly “what”.

As an artist you learn to see the world around you in a completely different way, somehow appreciating it more. And unless you were born with a paintbrush in hand, you’ll probably spend some serious time learning, studying paintings, drawings and other art – and most certainly your subjects.

I remember as a child, I was always given a pencil, crayons and paper – generally to keep me busy at group functions and gatherings, but it was something that I enjoyed doing. While modest, the pencil, crayons and simple printer paper still form the basis of nearly everyone’s artistic careers. Some just get bigger and more expensive toys – others learn to make what they started with work for them, improving on it.

My Artistic Career started when I saw my parents drawing something for me to try to copy, as I would imagine a lot of kids paths begin. When you first start to draw or paint, your picture may not look like their’s – or even close for that matter. But you knew that it was fun and you want another go – and when that happens you start to see how they did it and begin to dissect it. And this is where the magic begins, where we first start learning, in picking apart what has been put before us. Not critics eyes, no. Just curious eyes.

Maybe your next plane doesn’t look like the one that your parents drew either, so you feverishly go back and erase it or grab a fresh piece of paper when your experiments start covering up the sheet that you had and try again. In doing so, studying their drawing, you see the general shape, the feel, which helps. Then you start again, drawing the wings and end up with something that more resembles taffy on a hot day than that sleek, vintage world war two era mustang that your dad drew.

But this isn’t a problem. Its learning. And it takes time.

We realize that our wings don’t look like theirs and wonder why. So, going back over them, realizing that they are shaped differently, like elongated water drops. Then you may ask why exactly their shaped like that, which would take you down another long avenue, sparking a whole different conversation. But one that would undoubtably help in drawing that aircraft that we were after. By simply wanting to learn how to draw a plane, even as a child, you can start to figure out what makes that plane fly and why, what makes it stay up in the air and not just fall straight down like an African Sparrow carrying a Coconut – which in turn only makes your art that much the better.

While sometimes we may want something to not look conventional, go out on a limb, say Dali or M.C. Escher as examples. While both of those people drew utterly bizarre and remarkable things – they were firmly rooted in some sort of world, generally ours to some extent or other, even if one that made little to no sense. Salvador Dali with his abstract clocks and creatures from other worlds, they still bore some logic, if unorthodox. His clocks just melted rather than told time. As for Escher – his illustrations merely defied the laws of physics and architecture – but still somehow in the end made a certain bizarre sense to the eyes. Both of these men knew the world, what it looked liked – and that gave them the ability to change it upon the canvas and art across the world.

You learn by observing, other’s work as well as your own. Its how we as artists get better. We ask questions so we learn. So to do we observe. Humans are after all a very visual creature, we like to see what we’re doing.

And the best part, whether you think that you’re the greatest that ever walked or just a humble person with a pen and paper, someone who just likes to dabble or who spends countless hours on just one project, whether you sell thousands of designs or just do a drawing for your childs amusement – everyone can be an artist. Everyone puts that hat on sometime in their life regardless of if they ever make a cent doing it. All it takes is a little time and effort to keep that hat on.

There are many more prints coming out soon! The above, Art is Messy, will soon be available in the shop. Till then, you can check out all of our other available prints here!

We’ve also got a page on Deviant Art as well now, so you can go join in the art and follow along there as well!

Ray Guns and Rockets!

Get ready to travel the Solar system in style with our new vintage-inspired travel posters! With a vintage sci-fi feel, they show the galaxy how it may once have been imagined, a place of exploration and adventure, were one could jump in their own rocket and go off for the weekend to see the moon – and who’s to say it still isn’t that way!

Dr. Lioniser's Proton Pulse Blaster X75 - 8x10 Print

Retro Sci-Fi Moon Travel Poster - 8x10 Print

With the first wave in the Ray Guns and Rockets series (yes, we’ve got plenty more coming soon), we’ll be releasing posters for the Sun, Mercury, Venus, The Moon and even Mars. With these, we’ll also be releasing our first few sets of stickers, with the promise of more sets on the horizon.

Retro Sci-Fi Mars Travel Poster - 8x10 Print

We’re also happy to announce that bigger prints will soon be out as well, printed on much larger, high quality, glossy paper to help show off which worlds that you’ve explored, sights that you’ve seen, or adventures that you’ve had – or the ones that you’re looking forward to!

4 Medium Retro Ray Gun Decals

We’ve also got plenty more of our typography prints in the works, so look forward to those as well! We’ll have more updates coming through the pipelines soon, so check back often and see what’s on the Horizon.

Retro Rockets Decal Collection

The New Prints are now available in the Store!

Throw back the Dial – New Prints Preview!

We may have been silent here for a while – but don’t worry – we’ve been busy! Oh yes, very busy! We’ve been hard at work on some great new prints, many that we’re sure that you’ll love. There are lots of good things on the horizon and we’re very eager to share them with you.

We haven’t stopped working on the typographical and inspirational prints, we’ll still be making plenty more of those – and in fact, there are a few more of those right on the horizon as well. But we also have been busy working on some other fun designs.

We’ve even decided to expand our range and include something that we haven’t offered before – Stickers! Made from high quality vinyl, they’re made to last! In-door, out-door – where ever you’d like to put them. And we’ve got plenty of designs for those coming out now too as well as many more on the horizon.

So get ready to turn back the dial and go back some to a golden era. Get ready for a little bit of time travel and lot of great fun.

Get ready for a time of High Fashion – A Time of High Adventure – A Time of High Science!

The Blank Canvas

A blank canvas is one of those very interesting parts in art – something that holds unbound potential just waiting to be tapped into. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, around here, we get excited to see that blank void, it usually means something great is about to happen, something exciting.

When that first stroke touches down, you know you’re in for a wild ride. Your face lights up as the white expanses recede and your work starts to take up the empty spaces. That’s when art happens, that is where it all starts. Everyone out there goes through that same process when creating, no matter what medium you may be talking about. It’s all the same in that regard.

No matter what you’re working, we all have the blank canvas together. We all go through that same creative step to get to the work that we’re trying to chisel out and create. And that’s part of the fun.

There are innumerable different kinds of canvas – of course the most obvious being, well, a canvas. But in truth, they take many forms and guises, many are hiding right under your noise right this very second, waiting to be tapped into.

Canvas and Paper are the ones that spring up right away, bringing with them thoughts of grey-scale sketches and vibrant paintings. Those may very well be the most common, certainly the most readily available. But that is only the beginning, especially for those who are willing to put in a little more time and effort, to delve deeper and discover other potential and other possibilities.

You can find more just by taking a walk through a craft store or searching the Internet, for each hobby there is another. The list is staggering, even among those that are common, there are still dozens if not hundreds, far to many to name individually.

But for the unconventional, there are many, many more. For someone with an open mind and a little free time, there are no limits. The worn brick wall. The bare ceiling. The untouched backyard. With a little work, and certainly some  effort, each can be turned into a masterpiece.

You can work anything to turn it into a piece of art, anything that you can set your hands on, helping to add another extra little detail and helping to brighten your day – and maybe someone else’s too. Art isn’t just for museums after all. It isn’t something to only be appreciated in your leisure with a fine wine at some fancy presentation.

Think back to when you were a child, back when the side-walk held so much potential, stretching on for miles untold and those chalk drawings were absolute masterpieces in the making.

When you get right down to it, anything can be a canvas, waiting for you to work it. Anything. Any place you can find inspiration, any where there is a place big enough to work, any where that you may find yourself, there is a blank canvas just waiting for you to make your mark and leave an impression, maybe even bring a smile to someones face in the process. The potential is untold. You just have to get out there and give it a try.