Amazing Design Inspiration Website: From Up North

I found this website today that I’ve never heard of before. It’s called From Up North. I have no idea how I’ve never heard of it because it is a GREAT site for design and all types of creative inspiration. You’ll never have a problem becoming inspired again.

From up North is a design blog focusing on promoting and inspiring creatives all over the world. We deliver inspiration within Graphic Design, Advertising, Photography, Illustration, Web Design, Motion Graphics, Print & Packaging just to name a few.

It’s filled with images of great typography, photography, graphic design, traditional art, and just about anything you can think of. I found the images below on a blog post of theirs, but there is a ton of work to check out in the Discover tab and the Inspiration Galleries. You’ll want to check out the articles too! Good stuff.

The Girl With the Headphones Ice cream lips illustration Amazing celebrity illustrations

DIY Doodle Baseball Cap

DIY Doodle Ball Cap

Instead of doodling in my sketchbook today, I decided to draw on a pink ball cap I had. I thought maybe I would actually wear it if I spiced it up a bit. This craft is really easy to make, but it’s time consuming.

I like the results, but I kind of wish I would’ve done the entire design in black or just one dark color. I guess I’ll have to make another doodle hat now… Darn ;-)

A few tips:

* Using the fabric markers are just like using regular markers. It feels the same and looks the same.

* If you want to drawing multi-color designs, draw it in one color first and let that one dry before adding the second color or they will bleed together.

* Be careful drawing over the seams. If you draw over half of the seam, the color will bleed to the other half. Plan your design accordingly. (You can see an example in the close-up photos below.)

Materials to make a doodle cap

Things You Will Need:
Ball cap
Fabric markers

* You can find both of these materials at any craft store.  I think my total was around $10.

flower doodles

Step 1 (optional but highly recommended)
Get your ideas down on paper. It helps to give you an idea of what kind of designs you want on the hat and to maintain that same look and feel. Just some quick doodles should be fine.

ball cap brim doodle

Flower doodles on brim of hat

Step 2
Take your drawing from paper to the hat!

When you’re finished, you’ll have an adorable ball cap. Maybe one that you’ll actually wear?

Side doodles on ball cap

Ball cap doodles on back

Drawings on top of ball cap

Happy crafting!

Why You Should Draw Even If You Don’t Think You Can

Why everyone should draw

When I was a kid, I was always drawing or coloring in those cheap yellow-paged, blue-lined notebooks. Surprisingly, there wasn’t anyone in my family that was particularly artistic that could teach me techniques or give me advice, so I learned by drawing what was in front of me. It was the perfect way for me to learn and it became somewhat of an addiction.

Now, I realize that not everyone thinks they have the ability draw, and maybe you think I’m naive for thinking anybody can. But drawing is just like singing, or dancing, or cooking, you get better if you work at it. I continued to sketch because I had the motivation to get it right, but the lessons I’ve learned along the way have been amazing.

You learn so much from drawing


Ask anyone who knows me… I am SO impatient. It’s amazing that I can sit still long enough to draw something for an hour. Believe it or not, I used to be a lot worse in the patience department. My dad always told me “patience is a virtue”, at least once a day. He still reminds me of it sometimes. But it’s true. And drawing anything for any amount of time makes you realize that you will eventually get it right. It just takes time.


Every artist develops a new level of dedication through their work. There’s always motivation to learn to draw what I can’t draw, and the dedication that evolves carries over into other aspects of life.


One of my favorite lessons learned from drawing is understanding reality. You start developing a greater awareness of what is going on around you, how things really look, and how they behave. The best advice ever given to me on the subject was from my junior high art teacher. He said “draw what you see, not what you know”. That sounds pretty obvious, but when you start drawing something that you’re familiar with, like your best friend or your dog, then you think you know what it looks like. So you just draw and you don’t really look at your subject. But when you take a good look at your work in comparison to your subject, you realize that you brain just starts to fill in the details and they usually aren’t accurate.


When I have bad days I doodle in my sketchbook because it helps to ground me. It sounds silly because, when I doodle, I draw abstract lines and unworldly things, but those oddities get all of that emotion out and always brings me back to reality.


When you draw what’s in front of you, whether it be a person, a pet, or nature, it gives you a greater appreciation of your subject and the evolution of your skills. When you observe your subject, it makes you appreciate every line, the way the colors blend, the way the light hits the surface… everything. You start to recognize the beauty in the world. Then, when you look back at your work, even over the course of a few days, and you see the improvement in your skill, you can’t help but smile.

Your turn to draw

So, even if you don’t draw, and don’t think you can, give it a shot. Set a small goal to draw in the evening for 15 minutes every Tuesday, or when you’ve had a bad day. You might surprise yourself.

Here’s some inspiration to get you started:

Michelle Curiel: An artist who uses bright colors in all of her drawings. Her style is feminine and unique. She’s the ultimate doodler.

Moleskin sketchbook artists: A compilation of some really awesome sketches and artists I found while searching #moleskin on Twitter.

Twisted tree sketch: One of my many sketchbook views.

Charlie Layton: This guy draws on his freezer instead of in a sketchbook.

All artists have their own way of finding inspiration

What to put in your sketchbook

How to beat creative block

#onething creative challenge

Where to look to become inspired

Make Your Own Wallet From A Paper Bag, No Joke

DIY wallet from a paper bag

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Who needs Dockers and Fossil when you can make your own wallet? It sounds ridiculous, I know, but it works.

Taiwanese designer, Mr Zhou’s wallet fell apart and instead of buying a new one, he decided to make his own. He happened to have a Starbuck’s bag on hand, so he improvised. 

With an exact knife, ruler, the paper bag and some double-sided tape, he created a fully functional wallet with a pocket for cash as well as slots for credit cards. Pretty neat!

Want to make one? Check out the full tutorial with pretty pictures and detailed instructions.

DIIY wallet with credit card slots

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Or you can watch a video tutorial:


Make Something Mondays:

What a great artist! When you check out the website, look at his Twisted Princess Series. It’s very intriguing.

Originally posted on Broken Light: A Photography Collective:

Please say hello to first-time contributor Ian Arneson, a 29-year-old photographer and digital artist based in Sterling, Virginia. Ian suffers from severe depression and anxiety, and has for more than ten years now. Embracing the art of photography took him to a whole new place, a new state of mind. It became more than just a hobby or something to kill time. It became his outlet, his savior, something to keep living for. Telling stories through photographs fulfills a void within Ian that was lost long ago because of depression. His photos aren’t always autobiographical, but do represent places he’s seen and been, both good and bad, reality and in dreams.

About this photo: “The inspiration behind this photo came from a point in my life where I literally felt as if I hit rock bottom. I felt unwanted, unnoticed, and invisible to everyone I cared for around me. Similar to what you see in…

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DIY Dandelion Silhouette Painting

DIY dandelion silhouette painting


I’ve been seeing dandelion art all over the place, particularly on Pinterest, and I’ve been inspired by it. So I decided to make my own version. But I wanted something a bit brighter and with more than a solid background. So I decided to paint dandelions as a silhouette on top of a sunset background. You can use whatever colors you’d like for yours though. I like the variety in color.

Don’t be discourage if you’ve never painted before. I promise that this one is easy and I’m walking you through all of it. If I don’t have pictures of what I did, I’ve provided links to tutorials that will help you through it.

wall art materials

Things You Will Need:
Acrylic paint

**If you want to use a black marker (pick a sharpie or other good brand to ensure consistent color) instead of black paint for the dandelion, you can do that. That was my original plan since you have better control of a marker, but my Sharpie died. So sad.

sunset background


Step 1
Pick your colors, wet your paint brush and layer them. Then blend the paints so that it creates a sunset effect.

I blended mine from pink, orange, yellow, back to orange, blue and to purple.

Hint: Add your lighter colors first. I started in the middle with yellow and added some white to the right side of the canvas. Then added my darker colors to the left side and blended over the right.

dandelion stemStep 2
Paint or draw the stem of the dandelion and add a ball at the top like in the image above.

dandelion stem 2

Step 3
Add some prongs out to the side and add a small circle to the end of each one.


Step 4
Repeat Step 3 but at a smaller scale. Make the prongs a little bit shorter and the circles at the end a little bit smaller.

dandelion silhouette painting

Step 5
Repeat Step 3 and 4 to make as many dandelions as you’d like. I chose to paint 3 at different sizes.

DIY dandelion silhouette painting

Let it dry and hang your art on the wall to brighten up your room of choice. Lovely!

Happy painting!