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.
<Recycle Pages> Find an art journal page you don't want any more, for any reason, and paint gesso over the page. Or find a page that you want to keep secret from yourself! Let some bits show through. With the texture and abstract look that you create, start a new page. Yes, an infinite loop...
<Mind-Maps> Do a mind map to spark an idea, or make it the focal point of the page. I shared a mind map about color in Color Series: Inspired by Blue.
<Scents> Go to a store that sells lotions or other wonderfully scented things. My favorite for delightful scents, vivid colors and innovative products is Lush. Buy something and put it on your page. I know that soap & lotion aren't archival. This is your journal. We're not creating for the Smithsonian.
<Photography> Take 10 photographs this week. Use one at random as your prompt. Or use the next vintage photo you find. Use the photo as-is, reverse it, make it sepia or B&W, do a photo transfer. I discussed photo transfers in Art Journal: Summer.
<Location> Go to a place where it would not be out of the ordinary for someone to sit down and write, such as a museum, a bus stop, train station, conservatory or garden. Write down whatever comes to mind.
<Game Love> Thinking of the games you used to play as a child (indoors or out) and sketch the outline of the board or playing field on your page. Now look at the page from a distance, what comes to mind?
Theoretically Related Posts:
- Check out the entire series of prompts to Kick-Start Your Art Journal!
- Art Journaling 101: Some Ideas to Get Started
It is about relaxing and being creative, not about what you produce.