My TOP 10 websites for inspiration & pretty things ǀ Justine Leconte


hi everyone, it’s Justine. when you are on YouTube, you receive video suggestions pushed to you based on the type of content that you’ve been watching before. same thing when you’re on Google, you
need to type in an actual question, something that you want to know, for the
machine to be able to give you a list of websites that might have the answer
you’re looking for. you always have to know and tell the machine what you want.
so how do you get the more creative input, the kind of content and ideas that
you wouldn’t come up with by yourself?… personally I want to see new things, on
broader topics and well curated, quality over quantity,
so I actively look for websites that have a point of view in the way that
they’re curated, that have pretty pictures and that bring me the new input and
broader perspective. I bookmark those websites and I keep going back to them
actively, almost daily, today I’m sharing my list with you! number one: this is
colossal. this website has several categories: art, photography, illustration,
etc. I love that the photos posted are always big good quality and the articles always
link to artist profiles, further readings and so on, recently there was a
post about an artist who paints on used tea bags. this is wonderfully pretty, look
at that. mini paintings! she painted one tea bag every day for 363 days. now she’s
even getting a show in Philadelphia so if you are based there, please go and send
me pictures 😉 the last post that I saw was a video of a woman making paper by hand.
let me tell you: I had no idea that many steps were needed in the process. on there
they post like an article per day (max.) so it’s definitely a pace that you can
actually keep up with. number two: Ignant. this one is a major website for people
interested in modern design, the clean and white type. it also has several
categories and I enjoyed the part on architectur:e you see in possible houses
in impossible places. I find it funny to scroll through the photos and imagine
myself living in those places. when I see a minimalistic house like this one and
the bathroom is picture-perfect. I always wondered what would happen if I
put a colorful tube of toothpaste on the sink. do you think it would ruin these
tactics and the concepts? probably 😉 number three: boom with many O’s. this website is
mainly crowd-sourced, which means that anyone in the world can send in the art
and then the staff picks which one or which pieces will be featured.
so it is kind of crowd-sourced but still curated. since everyone can
submit. you can be sure that you will get a great mix of styles, genres, color
palettes etc. the website also publishes interviews and so-called
“artist spotlight” articles where they show several artworks by one person. it’s
like a mini online exhibition. if you don’t want to go to that website every
day, you can even get their content directly in your inbox: they have a
newsletter and it’s good. number four: feature shoot. that one is mainly about
photography and about telling stories through photos. for example taking
pictures of horses backs as if they were landscapes! I think that’s a brilliant
idea and the curves of the animals are just perfect, so beautiful. it’s also on
this website that I learned about The Print Swap: you send in a photo taken by
you. anyone can participate. a jury selects winners and then each winner
receives a print from another winner’s photo, so it’s a random swap and I love
the idea. if you were interested and you decide to participate in this, you’ll be
competing against me 😉 but last year I think there were 2,500 winners out of
45,000 entries so there are in fact many winners. it’s a fun thing. number 5: 500 pixels. dedicated to photography, as the name says. here I like the category
“discover” because it’s a full wall or feed of beautiful photos. like Tumblr but with
curation and professional editors. the best one is the feed called “editor’s
choice” in my opinion, and you can save your favorites in a personal gallery
when you’re logged in. it’s hard to find good photos on the
internet really, that’s why I think that this resource is a great one. number six:
print pattern. it’s a blog on Blogspot. this is more of an amateur blog with
lots of banner ads, but let’s ignore that… it is also a huge repository of all
types of patterns, on all types of surfaces, if you scroll down on the blog,
you’ll see the categories on the left side: this is rather how I browse through
all the archive. they already have over 1200 designers featured on that blog so
it’s really a huge database. can you tell by now that I like websites with a mix
of different aesthetics and people? number 7: Google Cultural Institute on fashion.
Google has a project which consists in gathering all artworks from the world,
ideally, to put them online for people who can’t travel to a specific country
but will still like to visit a museum there or look at the art that’s there.
now they’ve started to do the same for fashion and they are collaborating
with the best museums worldwide to make fashion history more accessible. they
curate the content along four categories: fashion icons, fashion movements, like
street star in Tokyo for instance, making-of, we see the crafts behind traditional
clothing from everywhere, and the connection between art and fashion. one
of my favorite museums in the entire world is featured here: it is the Frida
Kahlo Museum in Mexico City. if you’re there trust me.
go visit that Museum in live, it’s six stars out of five 🙂 number 8: color lovers.
this one website is just about color. you have color palettes and you
can upload your own, you have patterns, you have shapes… looking at color
palettes can be very helpful to find out what you like. when browsing you will
quickly see that you really love some color palettes by people and that you
hate others and it’s a great help when you build a capsule wardrobe, for
instance, and you’re trying to decide which color
combinations you want and which ones you don’t want. so this is not a resource I
go to daily but it’s something to bookmark for when you’re changing your
wardrobe, or redecoratign your house. I’m sure that would work great also for
interior design. number 9:Etsy. you probably all know that one. it’s the online
shop where DIY lovers and crafty people can sell what they create, the result of
their work. it’s a lot easier to do it on Etsy than to create your own website and
it’s a good place to start a small business from home, for instance. there
are many success stories that have emerged through Etsy. but I use it
differently: basically I use only the category “supplies and tools” it’s full of
materials that you’ve never seen before, and probably never missed before, but as soon
as you start scrolling through you get ideas of things that you could make. last
time I visited, I found something called arm knitting: do you know what that is? in
the US, probably yes, in other countries, probably not. you take chunky wool and
you knit it with your arms and with your fingers. without needles. they say you can
make a huge scarf in like one and a half hours. that sounded great so I ordered some
wool to try that and it’s going to be my next DIY experiment. number 10: Craftsy.
this one is for you if you think that you’re not good at DIY and craft things
but you wish you were. they have good online classes in
photography, sewing, knitting, etc. they also sell the supplies that you need for
those hobbies. if you have no idea what you need, they even have kits with
what you need + instructions to make the thing that you want to build. they
make it very easy to start. if you’re still looking for a hobby for this year.
doing something with your hands and giving your brain a little break might
be a good idea. highly recommended. this is my list of 10. I’m not sponsored by
any of those websites and even if, I would still only talk about those that I
personally use and like. all the links are in the description down below, as
always. thumbs up if you enjoyed this video and if you feel
inspired! and feel free to share your potential website tips, your own secret
bookmarks with us / with me, because my bookmark page has no storage limit and
I love to discover new sources of inspiration. thank you!

100 thoughts on “My TOP 10 websites for inspiration & pretty things ǀ Justine Leconte

  1. I love your channel and I love 🇫🇷 I went to Paris in 2004 and loved it!!!! I hope I can go back one day 🙏🏻

  2. Oh by the way I’m in Miami Florida USA 🇺🇸👋🏻👍🏻 love your videos.

  3. Voy visitar esas páginas gracias por este vídeo. 😚😚 Devianart checalo

  4. Thank you for all of these. I love all things Mexican art myself and would love to see your ne t jewelry collection be all metal but a reflection of either Mexican history or continue with your French theme and choose architecture. I’m saving $$$ to buy your jewelry as rewards for myself as I lose weight this year. I’m looking into a Craftsy class on learning to tailor or alter retail clothing.

  5. Thank you very much. I have been looking for all sorts of creative sites. You've helped !

  6. sorry for ask random questions : could you explain how to treat brittle nails.
    my feet nails become brittle because i have colored nails.
    and, i love etsy's web too.

  7. I appreciate your suggestions. Makes it easier to surf. Really unique and informative

  8. Thank you so much for uploading these websites, I always struggle finding them, especially the more artistic ones!

  9. Justine, I just wanted you to know that I ordered your beautiful necklace you designed and I received it today. It is beautiful! I love it. It is so much prettier in person. I will be wearing it a lot!! Thank you!

  10. Another great video, then again, coming from you it's not a surprise! All your video content is really nice. Thank you for sharing! Especially the google institute! Sometimes I get sad that I can't always travel and see as many museums (art and fashion) as I'd like. Now, this will change it for me, although I would still like to see it in reality. 🌞

  11. Justine, each of your videos inspire me in some or another way and I love them so much 🙂

  12. I love this! I am obsessed with your sweater and will be spending the rest of the afternoon trying to find it : )

  13. I was struggling how to connect with something DIFFERENT through internet and accidentally found the answer here! Thank you so much for these amazing websites!

  14. I've been arm knitting chunky knits in my spare time in my country! Little known fun craft. You're going to love it. 🙂

  15. I've you've enjoyed the Frida Kahlo museum then I recommend you to visit the museo del arte popular next time you're in Mexico. Also the museum "Casa Brady" in Cuernavaca is really cool, inspirational and colorful!

  16. Thank you so much Justine. I'm a new photographer as I inherited a family members old Roloflex recently and I'm so interested in the websites on photography you recommended. Blessings to you!

  17. I'm in Philadelphia! I will look for the tea bag painting exhibit & go! How exciting!

  18. Love this video Justine! I can't wait to check out your recommended sites. One of my favorites is Flow magazine, which is produced out of the Netherlands. It features a wide variety of paper, drawing and watercolor artists and is a source of inspiration and mindfulness.😊 I of course love the paper version, but their website is truly unique, check it out!

  19. thank you for your websites i get so much help from this and i am a growner in fashion designer line i have websites which inspired me https://tzurigueta.com/en/textile-design/

  20. This Is Colossal was an amazing tip! Really helpful for inspiration. Thank you!

    Also, I love Saatchi Art for art browsing.

  21. I can't stop watching your videos! I am even forgetting oftentimes my thumbs up as I am so engaged watching and then move to your next video catching up whenever I get my time🙊So much to this, you are such an inspiration!❤Lovelots!

  22. I suggest Spoon and Tamago as another beautifully curated website that covers Japanese design, art and other fun bits and pieces. It’s super inspirational!

  23. I love the website Craftster, they have forums for every craft imaginable and even swaps and craft-alongs. It is almost overwhelming, the number of different craft forums on there.

  24. I'm so happy so many of my favorites are mentioned and recognized!

    messynessychic.com – is a Huge recommend, amazing articles and finds from the net – subscribe and be amazed, I keep finding that a lot of big websites are "stealing the articles" from that source – if you ever read an amazing article on Buzzfeed-it was most probably stolen from Messy Nessy Chic

    galeriemagazine.com – galleries around the world

    creativemarket.com – a market for designers, become a member and sell photography/design/assets or get inspiration
    graphicburger.com – much like the above, a marketplace for designers

    cracked.com – interested in pop culture? love nerdy stuff or just like to question what Indiana Jones teaches young men?

    thetoptens.com – top 10 things of every random thing

    also on youtube:
    Omeleto
    Racked
    Vox
    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
    Today I found Out
    Pop Culture Detective

  25. I really love your videos. I like the way you explain things well. I actually made a mental note to go on most of the websites you recommended especially since I am already into photography. Keep making videos, it's super helpful actually

  26. thank for Ignant) I study Interior desing now and it`s really a great tool and inspiration repository for me. I like internet journals, caose they help to make an unconsiness collage of ideas in my head. Also I want to thank u for that video of fast fashion and link to 3|33 waredrobe. I began to think about life ground tansformation. a lot of thoughts about that concept

  27. Could you please do a video about arm knitting if you liked it? It sounds really interesting and i would like to know how was it for you

  28. Thank you for this video Justine. You're an inspiration and I thank you for sharing your view of the world with us.

  29. thank you for this sites!! please check out also this: behance.net , and metmuseum.org (metropolitan museum of art) in the museum they have digitized their collection 500'000 things. like the google thing.

  30. Thank you for this very inspirational video! It has given me a real boost!!!

  31. These websites look really cool! I'm going to check them out. I love Etsy! I sell my handmade costumes and small accessories there full time.

  32. Oh Justine you were one of the suggested videos on Youtube, and I'm so happy that I clicked and discovered your channel. Really love your videos!

  33. Hi Justine thank u so much your such an inspiration.keeoit up🍂🍂🍂

  34. Fantastic revelations. You're an excellent. Designer. You inspire !!

  35. Your videos are so much helpful!
    Can you introduce clothing websites that you like?

  36. Merci Justine. Vous êtes une excellente pédagogue pourvue d'une générosité exceptionnelle! <3

  37. Thank you Justine for all the suggestions! A site I like is Creativebug. It is similar to Craftsy. I subscribed for many years; I currently don’t have a subscription but they do two free videos on Facebook live every Tuesday and Thursday, it’s worth watching! They have classes with many well known fabric designers and artists and crafters in many fields, I really like it!

  38. Who on earth are the 40 idiots that gave this fabulous video a thumbs down??? 🙄

  39. I very often use bing images for ideas of how to alter clothes to work for me. I got an idea the other day for a dress of horizontal stripes, and I went to the thrift store and got shirts and cut them up and made a dress nearly exactly like the one I saw on bing images.

  40. Wow! SO inspiring! Thank you! And I love what you are wearing in this video. The pattern on your blouse looks so native ish wich I love! Im exited to follow you! Hi from Denmark 🙂

  41. Thank you, Justine, for all your lovely videos.  Wishing you the best of everything.  You are an inspiration!  I can't wait to visit the websites you mention.  I am a member of Craftsy–love it!.

  42. Your information is interesting ; my boards cover the subjects you like ! Thinking alike .

  43. Very interesting and colourful video, thank you. It actually creates more ideas in our minds and adds more happiness in our lives.

  44. This is so helpful with the abundance of information out there. Thank you!

  45. Thank you so very much! Your suggestions are fantastic and very helpful. 🙂 I really appreciate your generosity! I am a Craftsy fan myself. I have taken many, many of their classes and I highly recommend this website. The teachers are all experts and you can interact with them through messaging and photos. My skills have improved enormously and my interests have advanced farther than I ever imagined. The classes are very reasonably priced, too.

  46. You’re without a doubt my favourite YouTuber. I love how simple your videos are, you give so much good advices and inspo by saying it in the most direct way. So much love 💕

  47. This is absolutely amazing Justine, thank you so much, I am soooo inspired and gonna visit these websites!!!

  48. Do you even hv any haters?
    Cos if you do…
    Dn don't listen 2 dm at all dey r just jealous of u and ur talents.
    YOU ROCK IT ALWAYS!

  49. These are lovely resources! I shared them with my art/photography loving daughter. You might add to this list the Google Arts and Culture app.

  50. Thank you so much for sharing these sites! I was just thinking the other day how I'm always served up the same content and that I wanted to find some new inspiration.

  51. Hi, Justine!
    Thank you for sharing, this is pretty awesome. I am definitely going to use the colourlovers! COLORS 💚💜💙

  52. I love your videos. So smart, witty, and authentic. I run my own arts and literary journal you might like. Take a peek. http://www.meatfortea.com

  53. So glad I found Justine. Her videos are an example of what the internet can be as a force for good and enlightenment and knowledge. Changing my life. So uplifting. Thank you for all the inspiration. Please keep going and don’t change in principle.

  54. I hope you get my comment: An exercise I do to come up with new things is to close my eyes and follow thoughts. I can start at a meadow, then I'll think of bees, then it will be black and yellow stripes, then just stripes, white clothing, models, slick back hair, slides, water, showers, etc and keep going

  55. Thank you for the video, loved the websites. My input is Behance. I think you'll love this website: https://www.behance.net/

  56. Justine, eres una persona muy, muy interesante por eso estoy suscrita a tu canal, los contenidos son bastante inteligentes y llamativos, en realidad fuera de lo común. Gracias por todo lo que nos enseñas y por ese comentario tan lindo sobre el Museo Frida Kahlo. Saludos desde México! 😘

  57. I suggest you go look for the Europeana website. It's full of archives from all Europe including fashion

  58. I love your channel. You're a very nice woman and I learn a lot from you. I'm mexican and I, like you do, think Frida Khalo's Museum is the best. Congratulations!!

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