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Kick-Start Your Art Journal (11)

Welcome to the Daisy Yellow Kick-Start Prompts!*

There's also a handy index of all of the kick-start prompts.

It is about relaxing and being creative, not about what you produce. The key is to get started. It doesn't matter how. This is a series on tricks to conquer a creative block or the desire to hyper-control your page.

<alphabetized> Draw a HUGE {seriously ginormous} letter in the center of your page, doodle inside the letter, and create an art journal page about a color or pattern that starts with that letter. Here, I did a page about the color yellow. P = plaid. D = Doodle. R = Rainbow.

<songified> Look through itunes and focus on a song that you frequently play, or a song that goes around in your mind. Choose a song as the muse for an art journal page. You can start with lyrics and create a page around the lyrics. Or create a "mood" that reflects a song. For example, I did a page where I tried to create the mood of Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb. A trippy, hippy, psychedelic feel, with the photo of the open windows providing a bit of a haunting twist.

<Worded> Create an art journal page which is comprised of words with little if any imagery. To develop the text for the page, consider using a constraint. For example, limit yourself to adjectives. Or three-word descriptions... linen pale blue. Or adverbs. Or a haiku. Or use only words, and no imagery whatsoever. The page above is from my Exacompta journal. Nonsense words in block letters drawn with white Sanford Uniball pen on an abstract acrylic background. The only image is one of my art journal prompt cards.

<Nib Impact> Write with a much thicker or different type of pen nib than usual. For example, if you usually draw or doodle with 005 Sakura Microns, try the wider, softer nib of the PITT brush marker or the metallic free-flowing nib of a Sakura GellyRoll. Write about how the writing tool changes how you work or the designs you choose to draw. Drawing in my Art Doodle Love Journal with a Faber-Castell Big Brush nib marker, I found my patterns surprisingly different. As expected, they are more bold. But more importantly, the drawing experience felt quite different. 

See all of the Kick-Start Prompts.

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Reader Comments (3)

ha! i sooo love your nonsense words - very creative!

02.13.2014 | Unregistered Commentergretchen

Lots of LOVELY ideas here - I'm going to try some in my endless search to challenge myself out of the rut which is my usual way of doing stuff!

02.14.2014 | Unregistered CommenterRosie

I really like the big letter idea will have to give that a try.. I also like the look of all those white words think I have a background perfect for that..
Sandy :)

03.1.2014 | Unregistered CommenterSandy :)

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