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Prompt60 #5

"Because watercolor actually
moves on the paper,
it is the most active of all mediums,
almost a performance art."
Nita Engle

There are two prompts today. Do the one that you wish to do. Or combine the two in some ingenious fashion. 

Writing Prompt: Cut out words from your ephemera collection, magazines and brochures and write a poem about the ocean. These are often called "found words." Glue the poem to a page in your documentation journal or an unfinished abstract background in another journal. It's OK to have several journals in process.

Art prompt: Create an art journal background where part of the page is blurry or soft and the other part of the page is crisp and focused. If your journal paper is thin and not good for wet media, you can paint on a small piece of paper and attach it to your journal with notes about what you did.

Ideas? For the blurry side, you could swoosh paint around with your fingers or paint with watercolor on wet paper. For the other side, you could paint neat lines with a brush or paint on dry paper. If your journal paper is quite thin, you could do this on watercolor paper and then staple into your journal. If you aren't in the mood to paint, what about cutting out magazine images of soft, dreamy ideas for one side and concrete, sharp, focused ideas on the other?

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Doodle Boxes

"Ideas excite me, and as soon as I get excited,
the adrenaline gets going and the next thing I know
I'm borrowing energy from the ideas themselves."
Ray Bradbury

I draw little boxes, paint them with gouache and add doodles and patterns with a dip pen and india ink. This simple act has been quite engaging....



"Creative people need an engine to produce
and be interested in the process."
Margaret Henkels

Happy New Year! 

Good evening from Texas on a chilly, windy, white-skied day. We have a chance today, as we do every single day, to decide and reflect and plan and resolve and strategize. I like the fresh energy of a new year and all of the potential it brings. So I like to ride that wave as long as possible! Over the holidays I've been painting with gouache on my little corner of the dining room table and the pages are literally stacking up and falling over! I feel like my style has made an interesting jazzy turn where I'm starting {such a tentative statement} to feel the same freedom with gouache as I do with acrylics. 

Ideas for starting something new in January?

You are invited to play along with the brand new Prompt60 series which begins today. There's no complicated registration or sign-up process, just DIVE IN. 

If you would like to start an art journal this year, learn what it's all about in Art Journaling 101 and then start the 67 Daily Paper Prompts to practice a wide variety of ideas & techniques. 


Prompt60 Index

Prompt60 is a growing series of journaling prompts that will challenge you with sparks, ideas & quotes. My goal is to inspire and gently nudge to do something creative in your journal. The challenge will help you strengthen both your artmaking & writing practice. The series will contain a mix of topical, art, creative & writing prompts, ideas for how you might get those words into your art journal and all-around fun ideas.

There is no time constraint for this challenge. You can't be late with these prompts. So there is no expectation that you'll do a prompt each day, but you are welcome to do them in a way that works for you. Some weeks you'll accomplish more art and other weeks not-so-much. You can work the prompts in any order, but I do suggest working on Prompt #1 first! Skip those you don't feel like doing or don't have the materials. 

I will post one prompt per day as a fun way to roll them out, but you can work them over the course of the year or half year if that is your goal. Post your work in the DY Facebook group or post on instagram with tag #prompt60.

Disclaimer: Prompt60 is not about gorgeously designed pages or design principles but rather developing and nourishing a love of collecting and playfully tidbits for your journal. You might or might not wind up with a lovely finished work that you adore. Try to look at it as practice, testing, exploration & experimentation. 

Official Index of Prompt60 Prompts

Hi there! I will update this list with links until we get to Prompt #60. You are welcome to work on this series throughout 2015.

Prompt #1: Documentation Journal
Prompt #2: Teeny Icon Mandala
Prompt #3: Green/Book Design
Prompt #4: Creativity Quote
Prompt #5: Blur|Sharp
Prompt #6: Framed
Prompt #7: Get Out & Sketch
Prompt #8: Brainstorm
Prompt #9: Catalog Textures
Prompt #10: Dots
Prompt #11: Old Paintings
Prompt #12: Stamp & Stencil
Prompt #13: Cut & Paste
Prompt #14: Color Stripes
Prompt #15: Alphabet
Prompt #16: Map Ephemera
Prompt #17: List/Happiness Instructions
Prompt #18: Neutral Palette
Prompt #19: Design-a-Doodle
Prompt #20: Typography
Prompt #21: Found Poetry

If you are looking for more prompts, hop over to the 67 Daily Paper Prompts.

And there are even more prompts in each issue of the DY Zine!


Prompt60 #4

Writing Prompt: This is a free-writing sort of prompt. Write your thoughts regarding this quotation about the creative habit, hand-letter a favorite quote into your journal or use alphabet stamps to "stamp" this quote into your journal.

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Prompt60 #3

Art prompt. Open any novel and you'll see that the words don't go all the way to the edges of the page. Good book design follows the "canons of page construction" as described here. The text goes inside the red rectangles. Note the outermost left and right margins are wider than the innermost margins. The top margin is narrower than the bottom margin. Keep in mind that it is not necessary to measure this for your art journal, or to design pages like this, but it is a lovely concept and good to know.

Source: Public Domain image by Jossi 

For this prompt, work on the next empty two-page spread in your journal, or on a piece of rectangular cardstock placed in landscape format. There are two goals for these pages. First, to focus on fun variations of one color. Second, to leave space around your collage for writing/journaling. 

Create a page about the color green. You could choose Avocado, Olive, Arsenic or Lime Green, or anything in between. If you are using a journal with sturdy paper, you can use a brush to paint a thin layer of green acrylic paint. If your journal has thin paper, you could leave the background unpainted and focus on selecting green colored stuff for your page. 

Treasure hunt for green in your collected papers: old greeting cards, paint chips, gift wrap, wall paper, book covers, stickers and postage stamps. Glue to the page using a glue stick, fluid matte medium or mod podge. The margin of 1-2" around the edge is the type of space you see in a book layout. If you want to add a bit of grunge, draw borders around the images with a charcoal pencil or dark Caran D'Ache Neocolors.

When the page is dry, add words in that margin space that you left open! A good black pen for writing on painted backgrounds is the Faber-Castell PITT artist pen {brush nib or perhaps an F or M nib}. A good white pen for writing on dark backgrounds is the Sakura white Gelly Roll.

Here's a video where I add papers to a painted background and edge with Neocolors: Flowery Grid.

Three fun ways to add words?

a) Include words or phrases {cut from magazines or brochures} as part of your collage.
b) Write your thoughts around the border of open space that surrounds your collage.
c) Incorporate light colored paper in your collage and write or stamp words on it. 

Go to the Prompt60 Index.