Creating Bookish Mood-Boards // ft. my totally amateur attempts (part 1)

Hola!! Welcome back y’all! Hope you’re staying healthy and safe and finding ways to enjoy this quarantine/isolation.

Today, I’ll be sharing with you guys my attempts to make mood-boards.

Yes. Mood-boards. You know, those totally aesthetic and gorgeous boards that follow a certain theme and look so pretty and polished when made by other people? Yes, exactly. Those mood boards.

How did I even come up with the idea of trying to create one? How did it turn out?? What was my thought process that resulted in the below disasters???

Lol. Cause they are kind of disasters.

Continue reading to find out.

First question: How did I even come up with this idea?

Well, I was kind of bored, as we all are during this time, and I wanted to do something artistic. But I didn’t want to paint because I didn’t want to bother getting up and looking for my brushes and paints and then looking for a canvas. And I didn’t want to draw either because I am positively miserable at drawing.

And then I saw this totally beautiful recreation of the Lunar Chronicles’s (? grammar smh) covers by the ever talented and ever wonderful and ever amazing May @ My 1st Chapter which you should totally check out right now because I’m telling you, IT’S AMAZING!!!! I’m still blown away by how amazingly she recreated them (especially Winter!!!).

Anyway. I was so blown away by May’s awesome talent that I had the utterly hilarious, and I mean hilarious, idea that maybe I could be good at digital drawing. Because obviously I’ll be better at that when I absolutely fail at making a simple properly shaded cube.

Yup. You guessed right. I totally failed at digital drawing as well.

But not to worry, because I was soon re-inspired by seeing this really pretty lavender themed vision-board and I went all “awwww” and then I went “why can’t I do that! I can do that!!”

And that’s how you and me are here today looking at my mediocre attempts at being artistic.

I could’ve really consolidated this weird story into like three sentences, but I feel like being extra today πŸ˜€

Honestly, it’s kind of hard to find good, free images that accurately represent what you’re trying to show from a book. It’s even harder when it’s a Fantasy book. And I only made one that is based on a mystery because I feel like if I were to make a board for every mystery book that I’ve read, they’ll all probably end up looking exactly the same. Lol.

Because of that, I’ve actually only made 4 boards that are based on books, one general reading board, and one all about sweets. Because I love sweets and I just had to share that one too.

So, I thought of two ways of talking about each mood board.

  • One, I’ll share my thought process for each mood board in a loose and fun way and hopefully it’s semi-funny.
  • Two, I’ll just talk about each mood board and what each picture stands for in a regular and “formal” way.

I couldn’t decide, so, I’ll let you decide for me! Below are my first two mood-boards (I have 6 in total, so there’ll hopefully be 3 of these posts) with an example of each way that I mentioned above.

Vote in the comments which version you prefer!!

The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

Thought process:

  • Obviously, I need to include a crow. (spends 10 minutes searching searching searching…)
  • Why can’t I find a crow that’s flying with wings spread out and all that drama???
  • All these crows are so tiny
  • Okay, this one looks okay. (insert crow)
  • Next up, I need a fire. Because that’s the major thing that basically starts this whole book.
  • (searching searching…) why are these fires looking so pretty? (searching searching searching….)
  • Okay, that one looks good. (insert fire)
  • Now what should I use for the last picture?
  • Eggs? (searching…) nope, all these are Canva Pro and I am NOT going to have a watermark ruining my aesthetic. no. thank. you.
  • (five minutes later…) Okay, maybe one watermarked image won’t be so bad?
  • Ugh, whatever. Okay. Something else.
  • (Gets distracted by GoodReads)
  • (15 minutes browsing through books)
  • Waaiitt, right, my mood board. (halfheartedly searching) I didn’t know making mood boards had to be so stressful (starts giving up)
  • Oh wait I’m a genius!!! I can represent Thia’s depression!
  • (searches “depression”) hmm. i don’t want to use a face. (more looking. frustration setting in again)
  • you know what, I’ll just use this (insert “depression”)
  • now for the quotes (searches quotes from book)
  • (rereads my mini review because nostalgia)
  • (inserts quotes)
  • okay, the color is totally off. I can’t have a bright orange fire, a yellow “depression” pic, and then a greyish crow.
  • (messes with colors)
  • i think i’ll go with a grey scheme
  • (more messing with colors)
  • ahh, Canva has filters!! (puts “greyscale” filter)
  • hmm, that makes the fire look better. now for depression (messes around, puts “street” filter)
  • this crow looks great grey, but it needs to be grey-er. (gets a box graphic. fits to image. makes dark grey. increases transparency)
  • ahh, wonderful. I’m such a genius. (smiles like I’m Picasso or Raphael or something)

And that’s it for The Storm Crow.

Be sure to let me know your thoughts on the board. And I totally won’t mind if you say that it’s kinda really really bad lol. Constructive criticism is the way to grow as a person and I’m all ears for it!

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Thought Process:

For this one, I wanted to represent each of the characters and also include something that is related to Paris and the Exposition since that was a major part of the story at the beginning as well.

For Laila (L’Enigme), I added the pastries and the ballet shoes. Those are the major “functions” of her character: she dances as L’Enigme, and she runs the pastry side of the hotel.

For SΓ©verin, the floor plan is the best I could come up with, because how exactly do you represent the leader? The floor plan is supposed to represent his planning and cunning as he prepared the heist. Probably not the best option, but I couldn’t think of anything else.

For Zofia, we’ve got the machinery. Since she loves to create things, I included a machine that’s technically in her laboratory. I probably should have also added a chemical reaction or something of the sort since I think she messes with chemicals too.

  • The pastries can also kind of represent her since she loves eating them the most after Laila

For Enrique, the books. He’s the big history nerd and the philosopher and all that, so the books are supposed to represent his love for learning and information.

For Hypnos, I couldn’t really come up with anything besides a mansion since he’s super rich. But I couldn’t get a free Canva pic of a mansion, so I choose the center image which is supposed to represent a great hall or something like that. Not really sure actually.

For Tristan, we have the garden. That was his domain in the book, and he was extremely talented with anything plants, so I had to include that. I thought about including Goliath (Tristan’s pet tarantula) but no. No. I don’t like spiders. At all.

And then the first picture is one I got from Wikipedia which is supposed to depict the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris. I’m not sure if that’s actually what it looked like, but it’ll have to do.

So I arranged all those images the way I did, and then I got a square shape, fitted it over everything, and I put a green-grey tint to it, and increased the transparency. That way all the bright colors would be muted and it won’t be overpowering over the rest of the duller images.

I chose the green tint since the cover of the book is mostly green. And yeah. That’s it. Of course, I put the text in the center, but that’s it.

Be sure to share your thoughts on this one as well in the comments!

So, I wanted to try something out. Since there is a “poll” feature when you click on Feedback, I was wondering if I could embed a poll inside a post. I didn’t find anything to do that though, but this form looks like it would work as well so we’ll use that for today.

Which do you prefer: my first thought process aka Messy Thought Process, or my second one aka Composed Thought Process?

Vote here or vote in the comments!

So, that’s it for this post. It was actually pretty fun to write and I can’t wait to read your votes. So please, do vote!

Do you think my mood-board designing skills are any good? Which of the two did you prefer?

Have you ever designed a mood-board? How did it turn out?

How are you keeping busy and entertained during this highly annoying social distancing? Chat with me in the comments below!

6 thoughts on “Creating Bookish Mood-Boards // ft. my totally amateur attempts (part 1)

  1. I LOVE MOODBOARDS SO MUCH!!! the aesthetic jumped out in this post, ugh im in love. also YOUR INCREDIBLY KIND WORD πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί thank you so much im so soft right now omg rukky you’re so sweet to me. i’m so glad you loved the post, that means so much to me πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί

    ok im almost positive that you’re exaggerating about your sketching and digital art skills bc i feel like you’re probably amazing at it.

    i love your thought process for each picture omg it made me smile so much and I LOVE HOW THEY TURNED OUT!! especially the gilded wolves, i feel like you really captured the theme and characters of the book. honestly i enjoyed both thought processes, the “messy” one was really funny and easy to read but the ‘composed one’ was really informative (especially if you create a moodboard on a book that i’m unfamiliar with, i feel like you give a really good description of the overall themes and mood of the book)


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    1. Aww, thank you! I loved it and I can’t wait for your next post recreating covers!!

      Hahahaha, I’m not exaggerating at all πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I’m probably not fully conveying how mediocrely horrible it is though 🀣

      I’m so glad you liked it!! Yeah The Gilded Wolves was my second one and it shows me getting a hang of it lol. Thank you for the feedback!! That makes a lot of sense, and I might just use both of them in that case. (like messy thought process on top, composed on bottom)

      Awwww you’re making me so mushy and sweet πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– Thank you so much, May darling ✨❀


  2. This is so cool!! I’m oBseSsed. *bows to the sheer talent* Making moodboards is so fun but finding the images is so freaking stressful?! but it’s always really satisfying when you end up with an aesthetic moodboard!

    I really love your ‘messy’ thought process because it’s really fun to read and so relatable!

    I’m really bored at the moment and I keep spending time in front of a device and i really need to get my life together but you know what? it’s okay. πŸ˜‚

    I can’t wait to see all your other moodboard! I hope you’re doing well! πŸ’›

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    1. Aww, no way! This is not talent at all lol. Ugh, yes! It’s so stressful, because you’re looking for just the right image to convey the right thing, and then it’s either not there, or it’s Canva Pro πŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈ True!

      Haha, yup, nobody’s voted for Composed yet, so look’s like the rest of these posts will be messy as well!

      Haha, it’s okay! Hope you’re able to get back on track tho! But it’s good to just let it go and take a break once in a while πŸ™‚

      Thank you! Hope you’re doing well too πŸ’šβœ¨


  3. Oh my word! I love them! 😭😍🀩

    I also love creating mood boards. Since I don’t have the fine tuned talent required for drawing, I find making mod boards and planners and stuff allow me to be creatively without actually drawing πŸ˜‚πŸ™ˆ

    My mom is actually a graphic designer so I get inspiration from her style and sort of do my own thing at the same time πŸ˜„

    Another thing, using Canva is amazing and I personally love it, but I also like using a word processor because you have a lot of flexibility πŸ’β€β™€οΈ

    Freepik, shutterstock, pintrest and Instagram have amazing pictures for mood boards. πŸ™Œ

    Also, a bit of constructive criticism here 😬. But… try experimenting with fonts. For example, the storm crow one looks really cool even though I haven’t read it. So the theme is fantasy and then the font looks a bit too blocky for the theme. If you get me? A lighter font would’ve fitted better…

    The Gilded Wolves one is amazing and I read the book so I can love it more 😍. The font you used on that one actually fits nicely and looks really good!

    Anyway, I know you’re starting off so I don’t want to sound rude or anything, just some thoughts from me πŸ™ƒ

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    1. Aww, thanks!!

      Same. Drawing with me is a disaster, so mood boards it is!

      That’s so cool! Graphic design is just awesome. I’ll try word next time. Thanks for the tip!

      THANK you!!! That makes sense, and tbh, I didn’t think about fonts at all πŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈ But I see what you’re saying, and thanks for pointing it out!

      Haha, yeah, we did BR it! Thank you *does a happy dance*

      Oh no, you’re not rude at all, and I’m glad that you shared what you thought and gave me tips!! Now I can hopefully learn from them 😊

      Thank you so much ✨


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