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Friday
Jan022015

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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Friday
Jan022015

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. 

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Thursday
Jan012015

Prompt60 #2

Art prompt: For Prompt #01, you found a composition book or journal to use for your explorations. Perhaps you started stapling stuff inside, or wrote some notes. So turn to the next blank page or simply find an open spot on one of the pages you've already started. Yup. Right smack in the middle of some notes you took at the book store. This prompt is to draw a mandala with teeny, tiny doodly shapes. 

Let's start the mandala by drawing a circle in the center of your page. Add some fun petals and then build your mandala in imaginary lines as I've shown with the pastel arrows. The goal is not to draw straight lines, but to draw, just draw, and play. For the little shapes, use anything at all. Symbols, boxes, dots, letters, stars, butterflies, swirls. The lines of my doodle shapes are not perfectly straight, and that's okee dokee. 

What is Prompt60? 

Prompt60 is a new series of journaling prompts that will challenge you with sparks, ideas & quotes. My goal with this series 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 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. Work the prompts in order and post when you wish. Post your work in the DY Facebook group or post on instagram with tag #prompt60.

Go to the Prompt60 Index.

Wednesday
Dec312014

Prompt60 #1

"It is precisely the way which is productive
- this is the essential thing;
becoming is more important than being."
Paul Klee

Are you ready for the first prompt?

Art prompt: Start a documentation notebook. Add notes, scribbles, to-do’s, sketches, doodles, coffee stains, books to read, quotes, and plans. Jot down trivia, add stamps, random conversations that you overhear, practice doodle ideas. Use staples or washi tape to stick things onto your pages. Anything goes! Find a notebook or journal that you can use this month for creative explorations. Not so precious that you will hesitate to fill it with colorful stuff! Disclaimer: Many, but not all, of the Prompt60 prompts will fit nicely in a little journal with 90 or 110 lb or thicker paper. Others might work better on index cards or watercolor paper.

It's quite useful to keep this type of journal. You can add bits to this journal throughout the next few months. It can be a space where you don't worry about results, only the information and ideas tucked inside. You can use it to test materials, document color palettes, draw patterms and make lists. 

This is a plain, unlined, medium-sized journal, small enough to carry around yet big enough to hold a variety of items on the pages. This particular journal is a blank, unlined 5x8" Moleskine hardback drawing journal

Editor's Note: I've been drawing in these journals for years and recently started adding ephemera with washi tape or staples but you will likely want more substantial paper if you are doing mixed media work. Here are some good all-around journals/pads to try: Strathmore Visual Journal with Watecolor paper, Bee Paper Super Deluxe Sketch Pad and wirebound Strathmore 300 or Series Watercolor Pads. You could also use a Moleskine Sketchbook which has cream colored paper {like a manilla folder} which in my experience will work for drawing and can handle light acrylics/collage but not watercolor.  

What is Prompt60?

Prompt60 is a new series of journaling prompts that will challenge you with sparks, ideas & quotes. My goal with this series 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 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. Work the prompts in order and post when you wish. Post your work in the DY Facebook group or post on instagram with tag #prompt60.

Go to the Prompt60 Index.

Monday
Dec292014

Crossroads Workshop: Peek #2

I am developing a new mixed media workshop called Crossroads. My workshop will be one of 21 art workshops in 21 Secrets Spring 2015. In Crossroads, we will work at the intersection of thread, paper and paint and explore our thoughts in ink. I've been brainstorming, sewing, inking, painting and filming and will start the serious video editing next week! We'll be sewing & painting paper with watercolor and/or gouache.

This is my third teaching gig at 21 Secrets! Here's how it works! On April 1, 2015, you'll gain access to twenty-one workshops via a downloadable 150+ page ebook with video tutorials, photos and instructions... plus a private Facebook group to post your work. 

You can register for 21 Secrets Spring 2015 at a special rate of $89 for 21 workshops. Instructors receive payment for teaching via registration links. If you register via a link at Daisy Yellow, I'll get a portion of the registration fee. Thank you in advance for your support!

The workshops are for artists at any level and the learning environment is warm, friendly and down to earth. There are folks who have been art journaling for many years and others dabbling in art for the first time. 

Here's Peek #1!

Sunday
Dec282014

Rainbow {Holiday} Lights