"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. I'm soooo curious to see what is created from this prompt!
<Mixed Monochromes> 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. Brilliant post at Sixty Minute Artist entitled Painting Lesson: Yellow Cup.
<Chaos> If you have kids, ask them to paint the background of your page. Then finish the job.
<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! Flickr artist Laura*tm created Inches: Sew Crafty.
<Collect> Inspired by the photography in A Collection a Day, 2010, pull together a collection of items from your home, photograph them together. Now pull together a page focused on the process of collecting, the photograph you took, a sketch of the objects you collected, or something you collect. Think repetition of form, similar yet different.
Check out the entire series of Kick-Start prompts!