"Deprived of their newspapers or a novel,
reading-addicts will fall back onto cookery books,
on the literature which is wrapped around bottles of patent medicine,
on those instructions for keeping the contents crisp
which are printed on the outside of boxes of breakfast cereals.
— Aldous Huxley
acrylics, stamped with silver ink in an altered book
<Title Page> Create a fake title page for a short story or novel that you would like to write; if you don't have a story in mind, create a page for the story of your life. Pull out a few of your artsy or illustrated books for ideas. Think fonts, background color, text, subtitles, etc. Illustrations optional.
<Coffee Dreams> Immerse your brain in coffee, not literally, but use coffee in an art journal page. Write about your love/hate relationship with caffeine, a memorable cafe in your past, describe the coffee rings on your table, journal thoughts on when you started to drink coffee, embellish with real or digital coffee stain texures (from Six Revisions). Find Coffee + Tea inspiration.
<Celebrate Rainbows> An open-ended prompt to celebrate the beauty and magic of rainbows through your art. Do a vivid freestyle embroidery, ideas at Hanna's Dixieland Tree Embroidery and my Just Dream mandala. Create an art journal page to celebrate the beauty of rainbows. Find creative inspiration in doodling + imagery and a rainbow themed mosaic.
<Lights Fantastic> Create art inspired by a chandelier. You could write about an actual chandelier, one from your childhood or a hotel ballroom, a cottage, your grandmother's house. Or use embellishments or patterns inspired by chandeliers. Design chandelier earrings in silver or telephone wire.
<Trivial Words> Use words in the style of The Visual Dictionary or the infamous ransom note to journal your thoughts about something extremely trivial or funny going on in your life. Like the fact that you are out of raspberry jam.
Check out the entire series of prompts to Kick-Start Your Art Journal!