Kick-Start Your Art Journal (Part 6)


"I don't know what good composition is.... Sometimes for me composition has to do with a certain brightness or a certain coming to restness and other times it has to do with funny mistakes. There's a kind of rightness and wrongness and sometimes I like rightness and sometimes I like wrongness."
Diane Arbus

So why all the prompts? Just to get you rolling, so you spend 10% of your time thinking about what to do and 90% actually doing it! The joy of art journaling is in the process of creating your pages, playing with color and words and images. It's creative play-time!

<dreamy> Leave an unlined journal and pen beside your bed. If you wake up and you were dreaming, before you get up or open your eyes, reach for the journal and try to write as much as you can about what you were dreaming. It will be scribbly since your eyes are closed, perfect for tearing into interesting bits. Or use the topic or imagery from the dream within your page.

<gridded> Work in a grid format, adjusting your perspective. 

<unread> Take a look at your pile or shelf of unread books. Jot notes to yourself, or record them with a digital voice recorder. What story do your unread books tell about you? What are your wishes and dreams, based on the books you see? Are you happy or sad? Base your page on these thoughts and ideas. You could even use the paper cover of a hardback as the base for your next journal page, applying gesso as desired, and layer, adding notes as desired.

<fortune cookie> Use your next fortune as a muse, letting the page go wherever you wish. Or use the lottery ticket numbers on the back somewhere on the page!

<web design> Pop over to 25 Fun & Creative Web Designs from DeviantArt by Spyre Studios. Pick one and use it as your muse or creative inspiration. Use the colors, the theme, or think about the mood the site creates by use of imagery. The idea is not to COPY it but to be inspired by fun design.

<soap opera> In an oddly amusing shift of perspective, imagine your life is a soap opera. Indeed on some days it surely feels that way. Use images and words to show an EXXAGERATED version of your life. The good things are 100x better than reality and the bad things are 100x worse. Think gaudy, over-the-top, embellished, ridiculous, high drama, adventure, intermingled images...

See all of the Kick-Start Prompts.