You don't have to follow any rules. You don't have to show anyone your journal pages, or you can show the world. Be careful not to get bogged down with what to do with a page.
<limited palette> Try working with just one color, in various shades or textures. Or two colors. Or just neutrals. Or transparent colors. Get inspiration at Color Series: Inspired by Orange.
<quote> Write or attach a quote to the page first, let the quote guide your color and images, or design your page and then find a quote that expresses the feeling as in Altered Book: Millefleur Colors and add the quote last. Quote as muse or quote as part of the page.
<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
<my summer vacation> Pretend you are back in elementary 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.
See all of the Kick-Start Prompts.