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    Daily Paper Prompt #33: Art Material Color Palettes

    The prompt is to document one of your art materials. Your array of watercolors, acrylics, markers, colored pencils, even washi tape. Arrange the samples in a pretty composition or in a grid drawn with a ruler. Write all of the color names {and code numbers, if any} and then draw or paint a swatch of that color. 


    You can do this on small pieces of watercolor paper. For paints, you might want to make part of your swatch at full strength and the other part thinned with water.

    Another idea is to do a "top ten" list for art materials, as Hanna and I did in our stitched journal swap last fall.


    Daily Paper Prompt #32: Invent-a-Font


    Invent-a-font or emulate a font that you find interesting. Draw examples of the entire font from a-z and 0-9 -or- write words in various fonts from your imagination. I created some examples for you to get into the font groove.


    Daily Paper Prompt #31: Finishing

    Today, a little break. 

    Listen to music.

    Finish one of the prompts that you didn't do.

    Use one of the techniques in another piece of art.

    Read another chapter of a book.


    Daily Paper Prompt #30: Creative Reading

    “With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon,
    who could not be happy?”

    Oscar Wilde

    Read a bit of a book on something creative. Perhaps one chapter. Mixed media art, journaling, sewing, quilting, collage, writing, etc. You never know where your next idea will originate! 

    Four (4) books that I adore:

    1. Artist's Journal Workshop
    2. The Creative License 
    3. The Journal Junkies Workshop: Visual Ammunition for the Art Addict
    4. Creative Illustration Workshop for Mixed-Media Artists

    Daily Paper Prompt #29: Swirly Writing

    Today's prompt is to draw a swirl or waves in pencil and then write your thoughts along that line. Try this with various pens if you wish. The line can intersect itself or go in an inward or outward swirl. Try this on a painted background, as your journaling on an art journal page, on a postcard or index card. Paper. Just paper.


    Daily Paper Prompt #28: Nature Journaling

    "Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace."
    May Sarton

    9x12" aquabee journal, gelly roll, neocolors

    Go to a garden and sketch what you see. Focus on the individual plants rather than the entire scene. Don't worry about the composition of the page, just the details of the plants and flowers. Try drawing in pen or in pencil {without erasing}. Think of this as DOCUMENTATION rather than art. You are simply trying to CAPTURE the shapes so that you can remember what they looked like. Does the leaf have a deep vein running through the center? Are the tips of the petals pointy? Is the rock a circle, or more oval, and is there an indentation? Sometimes you have to squint to SEE what you want to see. We aren't drawing the entire scene, just picking out bits and pieces and documenting. Nature journaling. Write a little phrase about the plants, noting the color or texture or a memory about a time you worked in the garden.


    Daily Paper Prompt #27: Slow Journaling

    Slow journaling in gellyroll on black gesso in an altered book, more pix at Altered Book: black.magenta.

    An excerpt from this page about the bookstore, "I like to take notes at the bookstore... things I think of, quotes, books to investigate further, facts, sketches, notes, creative ponderings etc." I used a Rapidograph nib in my 8x8" Clairefontaine watercolor journal. The upper half is with a .6mm nib and J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir. The lower half is with a thin .35mm nib and J. Herbin Rose Cyclamin ink.

    A page from 2009 written by the pool while the kids were swimming.

    Play with each sentence in your mind until your thoughts concise. Slow journaling allows you to document thoughts in a unique & creative way. This is one of my favorite ways to get thoughts to a page in an effective, imaginative & pretty way.

    To set up the page, draw wavy lines horizontally or vertically. The waves should not be symmetrical or consistent in any way other than going all the way across. You can paint each stretch with watercolor or gouache and let it dry thoroughly before writing. Use a pen that will not bleed into the paint {test first on a corner}.

    Decide on your journaling topic and start at the top with title, date, perhaps the type of pen or ink. Write your words by stretching the letters to meet the top and bottom of the waves. Go slowly to ensure your words are legible. If the wavy lines are far apart, the letters are tall; if the wavy lines go downhill, the letters might go at an angle. Write SLOWLY, choosing each and every word DELIBERATELY with forethought.


    You can use slow journaling to...

    1. Become more mindful of the world around you.
    2. Document thoughts & ideas.
    3. Describe an object or experience with vivid details.
    4. Think deeply about a topic.
    5. Letter quotes and lyrics.
    6. Use adjectives galore.
    7. Create art from words.
    8. Practice line drawing skills.
    9. Savor the moment.
    10. Focus your mind & relax.

    You’ll find a video tutorial about slow journaling with a dip pen and ink here: 

    Read about One Sentence Journaling {Liz Massey of Creative Liberty interviewed Quinn McDonald about one sentence journaling a few years ago, good stuff}. Quinn blogs at Quinn Creative.

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    Daily Paper Prompt #26: ATC

    Artist trading cards are made to be traded, never ever sold. Even smaller than an index card, just as risk-free, just as full of potential. The dimensions are 2.5 x 3.5" or the size of a playing card. Create collages, cut watercolor paper to size and splash paint, stitch around the edges and put a quote inside, make a collaged person with scrapbook paper, layer papers with words on top. The prompt is to create three artist trading cards. If you would like to see my collection of artist trading cards, I made a little video!


    Daily Paper Prompt #25: Create Art Elsewhere

    “Journeys are the midwives of thought. Few places are more conducive to internal conversations than a moving plane, ship or train. There is an almost quaint correlation between what is in front of our eyes and the thoughts we are able to have in our heads: large thoughts at times requiring large views, new thoughts new places. Introspective reflections which are liable to stall are helped along by the flow of the landscape. The mind may be reluctant to think properly when thinking is all it is supposed to do."
    Alain de Botton

    DPP #25: Take your art on the road. Grab your art travel kit {see DPP #18} and a journal and tuck them in a bag or backpack. Draw, write or work in your journal outdoors or in a public space. Consider your backyard, a coffee shop, the library, while waiting for your kid's skateboarding lessons, an art museum or a bench in the park. There is a different vibe in working in a new space. The scents, sights, sounds, mood, even the temperature is different. 

    I've been drawing in public spaces for 6 years. I started taking along a wirebound journal and gelly rolls in my purse {it's a big purse, admittedly} when my kids were at swimming lessons or tae kwon do. Sometimes I listen to listen to my ipod and get immersed in what I am drawing. I've drawn in coffee shops, book stores, airplanes, waiting rooms. In the car at carpool and at the soccer fields of North Texas. At a classical music concert in Venice and amidst tourists in Saint Marks Square. A few years ago, I made a list of places.

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    Daily Paper Prompt #24: The Simple Plastic Card

    Art journalists are intimately familiar with the joy of a simple plastic card. Used gift cards, hotel room key cards, supermarket rewards cards. All good. We collect them like we collect paint chips at Home Depot. These are used for an wide number of techniques. You can use them to stamp lines for journaling, scrape texture, scrape lines, edge photos, edge pages, apply extensive layers of gesso, matte medium, acrylic paint, paint grids... 

    The prompt is to use the edge of an old credit card or plastic card to apply paint in any way you wish. 

    Todays rules: No brushes, no fingers, no other tools to apply paint. Try to get as many effects as you possibly can. Think angles, lines, curves, criss-crosses, multiple colors, etc. These tiny envelopes are called "coin" envelopes, aren't they cute? You could attach a tiny envelope to your art journal page (with a secret inside, maybe), decorate a large envelope to mail the next birthday card you send out, or simply put lines and marks on an art journal background.

    Spread a line of fluid acrylics straight from the container.

    Dip the edge of a plastic card in the paint and "stamp" to make a line. Slide back and forth if needed. 

    To create a larger area of paint, dip in the exact same way, but pull the edge of the card down and across the paper to paint.

    All created with a plastic card and Golden fluid acrylics.

    If you love using plastic cards instead of brushes for your art journal pages, here's another fun technique to create lines and borders on your pages from my 2011 21 Secrets workshop Urban Layer Cake, focusing on techniques for adding layers, texture and visual interest with acrylics with a plastic card. The instructions and videos are now available free!


    Daily Paper Prompt #23: Draw a Mandala


    3x5" index card, gellyroll, collaboration with my daughter

    5x8" moleskine, slicci pen

    my daughter's mandala

    Drawing mandalas is about focusing only on the lines, the paper, the pen. It's all about the lines. My suggestion is to work in pen or marker, no erasing, no goal of perfection. This lets you keep going and not stop to change and fix. If there's a line you don't care for, just incorporate it into something else (make a line into an arrow, a plus sign, a square, for example). To make a circle, draw it around and around a bunch of times. It all evens out into a quasi-circle. 

    Start in the center. Draw something all around or at even intervals. Repeat.

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    Daily Paper Prompt #22: Mapping

    9x12" maps, gelly rolls and sharpie markers, drawn by my older daughter {aka Ruby White} when she was 12.

    Today's prompt is to draw a map of an imaginary place.

    Include the names of places, or numbers and a legend with names. Any sized paper. Markers, pencils, pens, calligraphy pen. A drawing prompt. Streets, creeks, swimming pools, gardens, homes, buildings, waterfalls, farms, barns, pagodas. The place could be as simple as a room in a luxury hotel or as complex as an unexplored manga planet.

    If you LOVE maps, check out Jill Berry's Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking with maps galore, mappy art projects + ideas.