How to stay inspired – with Liv Penny April 12, 2018

Everyone has different ways of staying inspired and keeping creative! So, I thought I would share a few of mine with you.

Instagram is AMAZING

Whenever I need inspiration quick, I’ll always quickly open up Instagram on my phone and see what my favourite accounts are up to. Here are some of my favourites:


Being such a big fan of Wes Anderson’s films and distinctive style, this account is perfect for me! Not only does it tell where each photo was taken, so you can find it for yourself, but it helps me think of how different textures, architecture styles, landscapes, generations and colours can fit together in a shot.


Zac Farro is a musician best known for Paramore, and he’s other band HalfNoise. But, more recently he has gotten involved with directing videos and experimenting with different photography styles. There’s no doubt that Zac practically oozes with creativity. I highly recommend you follow him!


I am a little obsessed with clothes. Yup. But this passion is fuelled nicely by the delightfully selected outfits posted by Manchester based fashion blogger and stylist Megan Ellaby. She has a unique style which experiments with colour, textures and patterns and I simply cannot get enough of it!

Make the most of that camera on your phone

When I’m out and about and I see something that catches my eye; chances are that’ll take a quick photo of it as it might come in handy when looking for some inspiration. I frequently take a group of photos at a certain location of different things I spot that catch my eye. Try this next time when you’re out and about! Below is an example of some of the things I’ve taken photos of when out and about! Below I have grouped them into one photo of the different places I’d been inspired by recently.

Hackney Wick, London

Snape, Suffolk

Ipswich Waterfront, Suffolk

Multi-story car park, Ipswich, Suffolk

Music makes the world go round

The music I’m currently listening to at that moment in time definitely has an influence on the work I produce and this helps me let the creativity flow a whole lot easier. Currently I’ve been interested in old 80s music, with experimental percussion and bizarre synth sounds. The tackier the better! But also, current music has also influenced and inspired what I create too. I’ve listed the songs that really help me below!

Using Pop My Mind

And last, but definitely not least! Using Pop My Mind’s website to see what other artists are getting inspired by and what they can create from looking at other pieces is just amazing. I’ve listed a few of my favourite artists from the Pop My Mind community that help me get creative when I’m stuck in a rut.

Sander Steins


Emma Hampson

What gets you inspired? I’d love to know! Tweet us at @_popmymind or send us a comment below.

Written by Liv Penny

Featured image: Lucy by Emma Hampson