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No Frills Prompt 8: Collections

Each Friday, new creative prompts that are simple, flexible and fully customizable. Great for collage artists, photographers, art journalists, writers and everyone in between.

a collection of sunlit beads in spice jars

Like all of the prompts in this series, this is easy peasy! You can respond in whatever way you wish, but do create something in words or images. The photograph and the word COLLECTIONS can be used together or separately. Don't overthink this, see the intro for help.


♦ write a stream-of-conscious page about things you collect, things your mother collected when you were a young child or things your kids collect

♦ create a cheerful art journal background of vivid cobalt blues + lime greens

♦ photograph your collections or those you find; make a mosaic at Big Huge Labs

♦ use beads on an art journal page




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Reader Comments (4)

Hello, Tammy--I just wanted to let you know that I used the no-frills prompt today & journalled about collections I've had (past, present, imagined), and it was really fun. Thanks for all your posts and the inspiration they provide!

01.14.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRR

RR, Yay! Super happy to hear that the prompt lead to journaling for you today! I LOVE the idea of journaling about an imaginary collection.... what fun!


01.14.2011 | Registered Commentergypsy

I'm working a week behind (what's new), but here's a green and blue journal page response to your prompt. AND I've now journalled on it! *gasp* Haven't uploaded that photo yet though ;-)

01.24.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSam

I took photographs of my two collections (old keys and buttons) separately. I scattered them on a blank, white surface and angled the camera to play with shadows. Thank you for inspiring me to do this, I love them. :)

✭✭✭ {Tammy}: Ashley, I am really happy to know that you had a great time doing this prompt. The shadows of the keys must be fascinating! Now I need to start a key collection, that sounds really cool.

10.22.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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