"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.
An art journal is a means of creative expression. The only rule is that there are no rules. You do not need lessons. You do not need to emulate any one else's style. If it's stressful or you try to be perfect, that defeats the purpose.
<titled> 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.
<espress yourself> 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> 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.
<chandelier> 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 pursuit> 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.
<playing cards> Design the back of a playing card using paint, marker, anything you wish. Write within the pattern or around the edge of the page. Look for ideas in vintage playing cards, post cards, game boards, carpets, fabric and wrought iron fences.
<space constraint> Tape a square or rectangle of cardboard on your page anywhere. Paint with acrylics using a big wide brush. Pull off the square (it's cool if the tape pulls off roughly). Write in the square. Write from outside to inside round and round or just fill it up. Line it if desired. Another option for this prompt is to paint your page as desired, then tape a square or rectangle of yellow legal paper to the page. Write on it. Or paint your page and on top, paint a square of white or black gesso. Write on it.
See all of the Kick-Start Prompts.