Look with an artist's eye and see things that no one else can see. For instance, while walking around you may notice something beautiful catch your eye while shopping, running errands, hiking, or traveling. Also, the collection of objects can be incorporated into collage. Perusing through a garage sale, antique store, or flea market will expose you to unique trinkets of personal value. Travel can also be a great resource for collage work as it is a great way to capture the memories of a destination.
Carry a camera (or smartphone) wherever you go
Sometimes the best inspiration can come from something you spontaneously see. Taking a quick snapshot, of the way a tree twists its branches and the elegance of a gently folding leaf, is something you can revisit for ideas. Saving these images with a handy device will provide you with ample opportunities to exercise your creative muscle. Gathering images will stimulate the imagination and serve as a springboard to launch creative projects.
Visit an art or crafts supply store
Just visiting a favorite store can get you thinking about all the exciting things you can do with all the materials on display. Thumbing your fingers through a soft brush, browsing the colors of paints, and discovering all the textures and prints of fine paper gets the creative mind going. Ideas for using materials you may not have thought of before can open you open to creative possibilities.
See how the professionals do it
Visit art museums and galleries from an artists' perspective. Study the styles, use of media, techniques with color, contrast, composition, and lighting each artist uses. Observe the feeling each piece invokes in you. Get ideas on how you would create a comparable subject. If anyone is around, ask them questions about the artist, their work, and their inspiration.
Designate a space where you can be messy
Putting aside a corner or workstation in your home will allow you to organize the materials you will need and store them together in one place for easy access. This will also serve to function as a gathering place for all things related to your art projects, including the accumulation of inspiring materials. Encourage your creative muse to visit by keeping this space comfortable in your own way- music, a window, a view, fragrant scents, quotes, images, a picture- a place you will want to retreat to. From this space, you can feel free to simply create.