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Prompt60 #15

Prompt Fifteen is to practice doodling, drawing or otherwise writing the ALPHABET with any mark-making tool.

Option #1: Try to emulate an existing font or just invent some silly sort of writing style. You could add arrows to each letter... or bubbles or rainbows! The pink swirly doodles were already on the pages of my lined journal; you can add some sort of frame if you are in the mood.

Option #2: Write the alphabet over and over again, overlapping, with variations. Write while you are not looking at your journal page. I wrote the letters of the alphabet on the second page above {this is in my Art Doodle Love journal, pg. 91} while watching Boardwalk Empire. I couldn't see what I was doing other than to feel the overall edges of the book.

Option #3: {Disclaimer... I've not tried this} Cut out as many variations of one letter as you can find in one magazine. For the sake of your eyesight and hands, focus {no pun intended} on headlines and larger letters. Glue them into your journal or put in a little glassine envelope and attach to the page. It just sounds so cute.

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Prompt60 #14


5x8" watercolor moleskine journal, watercolor, pitt artist pen, 2011

You are invited to create a page in your journal that studies a single color and variations of that color. Pick any color you wish. Today might be a red day. Or an orange day. Or a blue day. Or perhaps gray. Draw freehand lines in your journal and fill in the lines with color. This page is not about patterns or perfection but about exploration. The order of the colors is of no importance, just play.

This started as a page where I experimented with creating a variety of browns. Years later, I wish that I had noted the paint mixtures. I was pushing myself here, because brown was a color that I rarely used {this has not changed}. Yet I wanted to better understand it! So the intersection of words and art came about because the stripes of color looked quite inviting.

If you want to work directly in your journal and have thin paper that will not take watercolor - or you wish to work in a different medium - I think this would be a fun exercise with colored pencils. Try light sketchy lines with one color and then light sketchy lines with another color. Like if you started with a green you could add a yellow or a white or a peach and still have it be some sort of green. 

On your varied stripes, write a list of memories related to that color.

  • "Brown wooden rulers at school." 
  • "Brown-Eyed Girl, the Stones."
  • "Chocolate truffles on our first night in Ghent, Belgium."
  • The classical guitar my brother used to play.

If you have watercolor or mixed media paper, use watercolor or gouache to create your color concoctions. Please do not be concerned with the "correct" way to mix colors. I do not know the correct way, but I can definitely solve an advanced algebra equation if you wish! Just keep moving forward even if you don't really know what you are doing! You'll learn as you go, collecting tidbits here and there along your path.

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Prompt60 #13

"The scientist does not study nature because it is useful;
he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights
in it because it is beautiful."
Henri Poincare

Lucky 13.

This is an anything goes sort of prompt. Search through your assortment of random papers, including junk mail, notes to yourself about books to read, swatches of wallpaper, playing cards, stickers, clothing tags, handwritten notes, doodles, etc. and attach them to your next few pages.

In this particular journal, I work on a few page spreads at the same time, so that I can pick and choose where I'll put a particular item. But I try to work fast, because I have more fun when I don't analyze what I'm doing! 

Included on these pages? Papers I've painted, clippings from magazines {including Flow}, japanese paper, washi tape, ticket stubs, stamps, a tarot card, gouache paint on black paper, stamped index cards, a photograph taken with a toy camera called a Fujifilm Instax Mini {reviewed here} which is kind of like a polaroid. The subject of the photo is of another page in this journal, another reference to those mirrors where the same image is repeated to infinity. Maybe that's like drawing your hand while you are drawing your hand. Or putting a photo of your fridge on your fridge.

Something to remember. Art journaling does not need to be complicated to be worthwhile. It's as simple as gathering a stack of papers that make you think or smile. Get out a journal, a roll or two of washi tape and a stapler and watch reruns of The Big Bang Theory. It's good for you.

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Prompt60 #12

Here's another fun way to get words onto your journal pages. Use alphabet stamps, stencils or stickers to "write" your words. You can stamp directly on the page or stamp on a separate piece of paper or index card and then attach that to your page with staples or washi tape.

Here's a playful page from 2008 where I used a plastic card to create lines to target my alphabet stamping. The lines always "draw" me in and inspire words.

Above, the back cover of a children's book I altered in 2010, where I used a stencil to write the word ELUSIVE and then alphabet stamps to journal my thoughts. The words at the lower part read, "There's still so much I wish I could understand." And that's still true today. I guess we all feel like that sometimes.

I stamped a bunch of index cards this week while I was testing my ink pads to see which ones still worked. I purchased this set several years ago but I don't know the brand. I've found some cool large alphabet stamps in Traci Bunkers' shop. 

Word-related things that you could add to your page: thoughts, random words, poetry, definitions, rhymes, flash fiction, monologue, dialogue or a joke to a page in your journal. This would also be a fun way to document the name of a plant or label a drawing or diagram.

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All About Neocolor II Wax Crayons

These intensely saturated art materials are beloved by art journalists far & wide. Neocolors can be blended with fingers, used to sketch, smeared and dissolved with a brush or used to paint like watercolors. There are 126 Neocolor II Water-Soluble Wax Crayons, and they are bunches of fun. 

The background for this simple journal page was scribbled with Neocolor IIs and painted with water for a dreamy look.

Here are some examples made with Caran d'Ache Neocolor II wax crayons, index cards & water. The first four are 3x5" lined white index cards. The last three are 3x5" index card dividers {like manilla folder paper}. These cards do not provide the perfect substrate for mark-making and -{that}- is what makes for fun + free experimentation. 

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Prompt60 #11

You can do this one as a writing prompt or an art prompt. Or combine the two in an inventive way. 

Writing prompt: Write flash fiction to describe the history of these old paintings.

Art prompt: Paint some abstract shapes that one might find on the reverse of these canvases.

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