Besides sketching in a sketchbook I also paste in a design book.
This is something we were encouraged to do in art school. And I like the process of doing it.
Here are a few examples of pages of images from magazines that I have in binders.
I now have about four binders FULL of images that some how caught my attention.
I buy clear plastic pages and just keep adding images that I like.
I go through these binders when I am stuck for ideas and am looking for inspiration.
Inspiration and ideas have to come from somewhere they don’t just POP into your head from nothing.
Take notes while you learn
Always be taking notes, whether you’re reading, listening or watching. I keep notes when I am hand dying my fabric.
Center your notes around your goal.
Taking notes helps you engage with the material: you’ll remember more of it.