"In the haunted house of life,
art is the only stair that doesn’t squeak."
— Tom Robbins
If you need some tricks to get yourself in gear and get messy in your art journal, you can use the prompts as written, or embellish as you wish.
Pick one or try them all. Take the first step. Go.
<BOAT DRINKS> Write much thicker or much thinner than usual. If you usually draw or write in thick Sharpies in your journal, write in 005 Sakura Microns. If you use a thin line to write or draw, try a crayon or neocolor. Does the writing tool change how you work?
<CHANNEL Z> Do an art journal page in a style no-one would expect from you. Surprise yourself. Find one of your styles below and go to the opposite end of the spectrum!
- Clean and orderly <--> Grunge, obscure, shock
- Bold, saturated, psychedelic <--> Soft, pastels, peaceful, poetry
- Intense, detailed handwritten journaling <--> Simple quote, alphabet stamps
- One main color <--> Tons of colors
- Painted acrylic background <--> Colored pencil shaded background
- Collaged magazine images <--> Your own photographs OR no imagery only color
<UNWRITTEN> Pretend you are back at school and your teacher asks the classic question, "What did you do this summer?" Write the response FIRST (or on a simple layer of pale paint or gesso) as the focus of the page, with details or doodles or colors or collage around the journaling. That's the idea behind 13 weeks.
Shoot a photo of work-in-progress and post to Flickr Art Journal Pages Unfinished ---> post really detailed shots of part of a page to Art Journal Details & Macros ---> post your response to any Daisy Yellow prompt to Daisy Yellow Prompts.
- Create Bubbled Brayer Backgrounds with bubble wrap
- How to Trick Your Inner Perfectionist and Become an Art Journalist
- Altered Catalog: Collage Madness
- How to Create a Mother-Daughter Book Club
- Little [Expanding] Set of Paints
Check out the entire series of prompts to Kick-Start Your Art Journal!