Grab Some Popcorn

Movies provide many things in our modern lifestyles: they entertain, challenge, educate, touch our hearts, make us laugh and grant us ninety plus minutes of escape from the daily grind.

Movies are also a great source of inspiration.

To state the obvious, Moulin Rouge inspired an entire generation of Art Journalling, ATC making, mixed-media artists with it’s stunning visuals:

With the breathtaking costumes, scenes, and cinematography we all wanted to recreate the Elephant and the Moulin Rouge.

The first time I saw the Red Color Kit I thought,

Elephant! Moulin Rouge! Must have one!

Sadly, since it’s release in 2001, we’ve more or less suffered a barren wasteland of artless imagery with a few notable exceptions like The Science of Sleep:

and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:

But if you look way, way back to the 80’s and early 90’s you’ll find all sorts of movies deserving a second look with an eye to art.

How about the trashy, 50’s cool of Hairspray (the 1988 version, not the stinky remake):

Or the weird, wonderfulness of Edward Scissorhands in all his gothic steam punk glory:

1982 brought us Pink Floyd’s The Wall:

And look back to 1975 for one of my favorite movies, The Rocky Horror Picture Show:

Fortunately, I think these long dark days of drab movies featuring too many uninteresting men talking and talking and talking in conservative suits will finally be punctuated with pockets of dazzling eye candy. Take last week’s “9”; they say it’s not steampunk, it’s stitchpunk *grin* I can’t say if the story is any good but look at the stills, oh my. Drool.

It makes me want to make something with this:

And  this:

And of course, no post about movies that inspire artists can go without mentioning the upcoming remake of Alice in Wonderland by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp. Those two make incredible art together!


Movies themselves are an art form. Next time you are stuck for ideas on what to create, consider making a mixed-media piece, set of ATCs or scrapbook page as an homage to your favorite flick.

If you’ve made a project that was inspired by the movies, please leave a comment so we can see it. Also, I’d love to hear what movies inspire you.


8 Responses

  1. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter – that’s going to be soooo good!

    I loved Coraline, also love Labyrinth and of course Edward Scissorhands… not forgetting the scrumdidliumptious Amelie.

    I haven’t seen The Science Of Sleep – I’ll have to look out for that one 😀

  2. I love the Rocky Horror Picture Show….used to go every Saturday night at midnight. Such fun! Love Edward Scissorhands. I can’t wait the the Alice In Wonderland flick with Tim Burton and Johnny Depp…what a twisted pair they are!

  3. Ah…the Science of Sleep-awesome. CAn NoT WaIT for Alice! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. OOOHHH i love edward scissorhands! and rocky horror!!(lets do the timewarp againnnnnnnnnnn!!)
    love “bram stokers dracula”,, and “brothers grim” ,, “tommy”!!! the “wall!!!
    loved the alice in wonderland with whoopi goldberg as the cheshire cat! the “wizard of oz”
    “what dream may come” was a plethura of visual majic
    “fern gully” “robots”
    “johnnys got his gun”
    cant wait for alice!

  5. What Dreams May Come! *headslap*

    How could I have missed that one? it’s a fave of mine too.

  6. LMAO @ perkynihilis!!!! “headslap” thatsfunny!

    I really liked that movie! it was sad, but the visual majac was worth the tears, I own a copy and still watch it sometimes for inspiration

  7. I can’t wait for Alice!

  8. Nice article. It’s just seems that way sometimes

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