Kick-Start Your Art Journal (10)


"It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power."
Alan Cohen

The important thing is to start. Somewhere. That's the hardest part. Your ideas will flow from that point. Think PROCESS. Really. It's just for you. Have fun. These prompts enable you to skip the part where your brain can't decide what to do, and get messy!

<the office> Do a loose journal page using ONLY yellow legal paper, white lined paper, graph paper, stick-notes, crayon, #2 pencil, stapler/staples, tape, ruler, stencils & protractor. 

<monochromatic madness> Select ONE color. On your table or workspace, pull out all pitt pens, microns, watercolors, neocolors, acrylics, pastels, pencils, thread, yarn, floss, stamping ink, india ink... in any shade of the ONE color you selected. Build a page using these materials and black or white if you wish. From Sixty Minute Artist, Painting Lesson: Yellow Cup.

<kid creations> If you have kids, ask them to paint the background of your page. Then finish the job. Or use part of your child's discarded artwork {my kids often throw their art away, and I ask if I can use it} in an art journal collage.


<characteristic> Use the Character Name Generator to develop the main character for a short story you will write. Optional: Use an ultra-short version on an art journal page.

<mad men> Devise a poster-type advertisement to sell your car. Get as kooky as you wish in exxagerating the good or making fun of the bad qualities. Use images, doodles, descriptive writing and typefaces to market your product.

<sewn> Develop a page that looks like it's been sewn together. Consider embroidery stitches, a variety of thread colors, small details, texture. The trick is that you cannot use any fiber or thread whatsoever.

See all of the Kick-Start Prompts.