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20 Things Dare

I did a little brainstorming.

20 things I have never used in my art journal:

  1. masking tape
  2. a tax return
  3. delicate violet ribbon
  4. a menu
  5. a plaid fabric swatch
  6. fingerprints
  7. a thesaurus
  8. lyrics from Dark Side of the Moon
  9. glitter
  10. a page from an econ textbook
  11. a Wal-Mart receipt
  12. indigo velvet
  13. a diagram of a bicycle
  14. a spiro-graph
  15. a CD cover
  16. kids' stickers
  17. avery address labels
  18. a cereal box
  19. twigs
  20. blue painter's tape

Now I've got 20 new ideas.

In the comments, list up to 20 things you've never used to create an art journal page, numbering each idea. The catch is that you can't repeat anyone's ideas!


Go to the 20 Things Dare Squared to brainstorm Things You've Used in Your Art Journal!

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Reader Comments (16)

1. graph paper
2. food
3. pressed flowers
4. handmade paper
5. origami
6. complex circuit/mathematical equations
7. microbiology drawings
8. Shaving cream
9. newspaper
10. pawprints from my three dogs
11. bleached ink
12. alcoholic inks
13. dirt/mud
14. magazine photographs
15. black and white photographs of little children (just seems weird!)
16. angels
17. lace/doilies
18. verses from favorite hymns
19. mandala drawings
20. old stamps, postcards, etc.

first time posting, but I've been enjoying reading your blog very much. I love all the color and texture. :-)

05.15.2010 | Unregistered Commenteragnespterry

Agnes, Thank you for posting the second set of 20 things, and for commenting. Comments are so appreciated. I have been wanting to try alcoholic inks (assuming they come with a Margarita), and ooh, lace doilies would be wonderful for stamping through... ~ Tammy


05.15.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

It's funny how many of the things you had on your list that I have used in my journal. There isn't much that I haven't used in it, but I'll try to come up with twenty.

1. grade card
2. a contract
3. safety pins
4. fabric from a well loved article of clothing (I have used a tag)
5. a pop up
6. a snippet of hair
7. beach sand
8. chalk
9. natural dyes from plants
10. home made ink
11. wine
12. a shadow silhouette
13. TV listing
14. potato or other vegetable stamp
15. something I didn't want anyone to read
16. photo negatives
17. a traffic ticket
18. spider web (you can catch them in wet paint)
19. rock rubbings or drawings made with rocks
20. a photo copy of a body part

05.15.2010 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

Dawn, Thx for posting the next 20 things. My dad found boxes of old 35mm slides in his attic; I've used a few thus far. Love the idea of using tv listings, that fun grid format. I didn't know you could catch spider webs in paint!


05.15.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

wow, you guys are good!! It'll take me waaay too long to come up with another list of 20, but here's what I have so far (hopefully there aren't any repeats)

1) an X-ray or CT scan (I have a CT scan I want to use, just haven't done it yet)
2) a feather
3) an original drawing by me
4) metal tape
5) sewing on paper
6) something I found on the ground
7) something metal (like a washer or bottle cap)
8) not really a "thing" but: a black and white page *
9) a color I DON'T like *
10) a dip pen & ink
11) white out
12) spray paint
13) string
14) corrugated cardboard

that's all I can think of for now... there's some great ideas here!
(I've never written anything I don't want anyone else to read either; I guess I'm still a llittle too insecure about my journal to do that.)

05.15.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Jennifer, Thank you for adding to our growing list, indeed it is getting harder already! I put a star next to the two that are not "things" or used to make the page, but I like both of the ideas nonetheless. I still don't think I've ever done a black _ white page. My husband is using foil tape in a house project this week, and I have considering trying some on a page.


05.15.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

I have never used:
2. string
3.images cut from an old book
4. symbols or signs
5.lollypop sticks
6.polymere clay embelishments
7. sweety wrappers
10.sewn in fabric
14.texture paste
16.lyrics from a song, used in such a way that it relates to my life at the current moment
17.famous women
19.the colours turquoise and orange on one page*

05.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMakealife

Makealife, I combined your lists. I've got a bunch of paper coasters from bars, and hadn't thought of using them in an art journal. And symbols from old books sound intriguing and could lead in a lot of directions. I'm loving turquoise lately, all shades. (fyi, we aren't counting specific colors as we creatives could fill 100 pages with color combos). Great list.


05.16.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

i'm going to bookmark this post and come back often - what awesome ideas!

05.17.2010 | Unregistered Commenteraimee

1. cotton balls
2. nylons
3. Old CDs
4. Old cassette tape
5. plant labels
6. seed packets
7. graph of something (how I spend my day, week?)
8. charcoal (I know it's not unusual but I've never used it)
9. wood stain
10. plastic wrap
11. aluminum foil
12. coffee
13. cork stamps made from wine corks by me
14. popsicle sticks
15. food can labels
16. phone book page
17. thumbprint drawings
18. playing cards
19. tire marks

I can't think of anything else. I love this list. There so many cool things to try.

05.18.2010 | Unregistered CommenterKirstin

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