For many years I would buy art magazines because I loved to see what was happening in the general art world- trends, colors, exhibits. When I had too many, I decided to create a scrap book of my favorite pictures. At night, when I was sleepy, I would tear out pictures that tugged at my heart. (I love torn edges!) Later, watching TV or something, I would glue stick them into a journal. These became, What I call- "Windows to my Soul" books, because I found I could see a theme in my saved pix i.e. -what colors I was into, shapes, marks even art wear. It helped me see me, if you understand my meaning.While I never copied any piece, they served as inspiration when I became blocked. They helped me explore my surface design and opened me to trying new approaches in presentation. This led me to my interest in collage, both physically and digitally.
I often would add my own drawings, poems, and favorite quotes.
For some years now I have stopped doing this, mainly because I didn't want to accumulate so many magazines. Piniterest has stepped nicely into it's place. I feel like I am creating scrap books again - but online- digitally- with links so I can go to visit more of each pin's source. Sometimes I feel like Alice, wandering down this site, leading to another and another site. I find it fascinating!
I do try to site the source but I understand Pinterest embeds it now anyway, so copyright issues should not be problemanic. Also you can get a permission to pin badge for your website or blog. I think it might be a way to share your art with many more folks.
It's the ultimate art picture book!
I hope you've enjoyed seeing some my my pages!