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Art Journaling Prompt: How Do You Approach Something Difficult?

 

It’s time for another art journaling prompt: Describe how you approach a difficult task.

This one is deceptively simple and there are several ways to start. You can lead with a straightforward list of steps. If you choose that way, I’d encourage you to elaborate on those steps with how you feel or why you choose them. The expressive part of this prompt is in learning more about yourself when dealing with difficulties.

Another way to start is to take an intuitive direction and explore why something might be hard for you and how you feel about doing hard things in your life. Choosing this way to start is more open to visual imagery and a free-form style.

Or, choose the combo platter! Start with the concrete steps and let that flow into an intuitive exploration. The important thing is that you feel like the page has expressed what you’re thinking and feeling.

Head over to the group to see what’s up.

 

 

 

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Wanderlust 2019 – Early Sign Up Discount – Year Long Art Journaling Class

Have you heard about the amazing yearlong art journaling and mixed media program called Wanderlust 2019?

Each week, you’ll get a beautiful video from talented teachers around the globe.

The Wanderlust class is carefully handcrafted to

  • teach you different styles of mixed-media and art journaling,
  • stimulate your creativity,
  • motivate you to enjoy the process of making art and overcome the inner critic once and for all.

Best for last: our own resident expert Jolene has been selected as one of the 2019 teachers!

As a gift from Jolene, sign up early and get an amazing 30% off – you’ll save money for more art supplies AND get early bird bonuses.

Go ahead and take advantage of this great savings and get in now! (That’s Jolene’s special affiliate link so she gets a little bonus at no extra cost to you if you use it to get your discount.)

 

 

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Art Journaling Prompt: Use a Color You Don’t Like

Art Journal Prompt Colors

I’ve got an art journaling prompt for you today that may surprise you: Use a Color You Don’t Like

Say what? A color I don’t like?

I know it sounds kind of crazy and not very much fun. But, hear me out…

First, you don’t have to use a lot of it. If you really don’t like slimy green, I’m not asking you to coat an entire page with it. Just look for a place to add a drop of that snotty stuff. It’s amazing what a little touch of an unexpected color can do to liven up a page.

Second, and this is the more important reason, working outside your comfort zone, even a little bit, is good for expanding your creativity. Having a constraint or requirement in an otherwise wide open space can inspire you to think more expansively.

So, grab that paint, pencil or paper in that weird shade you haven’t been able to figure out and give it a try!

Head over to the group to see what other folks are doing with strange colors.

 

 

 

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Art Journal Prompts – 101 Words to Think About

Art Journal Prompt Colored Pencils

101 Art Journal Prompts

Use these art journal prompts as a boost for inspiration when you’re starting a new art journal page! Choose one and write, draw, collage and paint your thoughts.

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1. angel
2. bag
3. basket
4. beads
5. bench
6. birdhouse
7. black
8. boat
9. bold
10. book
11. bow
12. box
13. butterfly
14. candy
15. castle
16. celebration
17. cereal
18. circles
19. cityscape
20. clothesline
21. clouds
22. coffee
23. contrast
24. cross
25. crown
26. cupcake
27. curls
28. dandelions
29. dashes
30. delight
31. dice
32. discomfort
33. door
34. dreams
35. dress
36. earth
37. fairy
38. family
39. feather
40. fire
41. fireworks
42. fishing
43. flags
44. forest
45. gift
46. glasses
47. glue
48. graffiti
49. grass
50. green
51. hanger
52. heartbeat
53. hearts
54. hill
55. ice cream
56. island
57. jar
58. ladder
59. lamp
60. light
61. luggage
62. magazine
63. mask
64. moonlight
65. nest
66. neutral
67. ocean
68. orange
69. paisley
70. pebble
71. pillow
72. pinwheel
73. prayer
74. puzzle
75. rain
76. rainbow
77. ribbon
78. ruler
79. sand
80. scarf
81. seashell
82. shadow
83. shapes
84. silhouette
85. sky
86. snow
87. socks
88. sour
89. sparkle
90. stars
91. string
92. stripes
93. sweet
94. table
95. tags
96. tears
97. umbrella
98. water
99. window
100. windy
101. yellow
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Art Journal PLAYbook Challenge for Beginners: Magazine Bits, Letters, Hand Lettering, Bird – Week 4

Magazine Bits, Letters, Hand Lettering, Bug-a-Doodle Bits, Bird – Week 4

Wishing you a warm welcome to the Art Journal PLAYbook Challenge! 

Art Journal PLAYbook Challenge for Beginners: Magazine Bits, Letters, Hand Lettering, Bug-a-Doodle Bits, Bird


Click here for details and to download our list of prompts!


Each week there are two beginner prompts, two intermediate prompts and a bonus prompt. You are free to pick and choose your comfort level or complete them all! Just have fun!


Please note, if you choose to purchase any of the affiliate products listed here I will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you, and for that myself and my family thank you!



Week 4

beginner prompts:


#1 magazine bits


This week I want you to add bits and pieces from magazines on as many pages throughout your journal as you can. You could cut out random bits, or focus on a theme like “faces” It’s your journal, your playtime, YOU decide! Keep it simple and have FUN!


*TIP: Remember we are layering throughout your journal. Add these magazine bits on top of some of your beginning layers throughout your journal.


Add variety to the sizes of your magazine bits…small, medium and large!


*TIP: Remember you can add more layers to your pages by using previous prompts throughout the challenge. Each week is an add on. So, add as much or as  little as you choose!



Art Journal PLAYbook Challenge for Beginners: Magazine Bits, Letters, Hand Lettering, Bug-a-Doodle Bits, Bird
My first real attempt at using magazine bits in my journal. Out. of. my. comfort. zone.


#2 letters


Add letters throughout your journal. Draw them! Cut them out and glue them to your page! Make them thick! Make them thin! Write in cursive. Write in print. No thinking. Just play! 


You can take it a step further and practice patterns with your letters! 


*Tip: Remember the purpose of this challenge, to learn through PLAY. You are purposely making messes not masterpieces at this point. If you’ve made something beautiful, you are probable doing it wrong! 🙂

  

Art Journal PLAYbook Challenge for Beginners: Magazine Bits, Letters, Hand Lettering, Bug-a-Doodle Bits, Bird


intermediate prompts:

#1 hand lettering

Practice hand lettering words or phrases. This can be intimidating, but do not fear! At this point you could experiment with your own handwriting. Thick lines. Thin lines. Loops. Block lettering. You will probably hate your own lettering. That’s ok! This is practice. This too, is a part of our learning process. No worries, it may be covered up at some point in our journey together! Putting in the time to practice is what is important!

*Tip: One of the most important aspects of art journaling (that seems counter-intuitive) is layering – the process of covering up parts or all of previous layers. By layering, covering up some or all of the work you have put down previously, your work becomes more interesting with more texture and depth. 

Art Journal PLAYbook Challenge for Beginners: Magazine Bits, Letters, Hand Lettering, Bug-a-Doodle Bits, Bird
Yep, these will probably be covered up, but at least it is practice! 


#2 bug-a-doodle bits
This week I want you to add some bug-a-doodle bits to your art journal.  Bug-a-Doodle Bits are free printables of my original artwork I have created that I offer free online here. I can’t wait to see how you incorporate them into your art journal!

*TIP: When gluing bug-a-doodle bits to your art journal,make sure your glue is completely dry before moving on to another page. Stuck pages, holes and tears happens if you get into too much of a hurry! 


Art Journal PLAYbook Challenge for Beginners: Magazine Bits, Letters, Hand Lettering, Bug-a-Doodle Bits, Bird
Since I normally work in bright colors with flower designs I decided to print out copies of Bug-a-Doodle Bits in black and white and collage with them to try something a little different.
Art Journal PLAYbook Challenge for Beginners: Magazine Bits, Letters, Hand Lettering, Bug-a-Doodle Bits, Bird


BONUS prompt:

bird


You are free to interpret this prompt in anyway you want!


Art Journal PLAYbook Challenge for Beginners: Magazine Bits, Letters, Hand Lettering, Bug-a-Doodle Bits, Bird
I drew this bird onto tracing paper, colored it, cut it out and glued it into my art journal.



Now, it’s YOUR turn! 


Remember we are making messes, not masterpieces (not yet, anyway!). This challenge is an exercise in play, experimentation and practice without the stress of perfectionism.


Remember to use our hashtag via your social networks:


#artjournalplaybook

…share your work with our community 

…and don’t forget to share this post and pin it! 


xo,
Jennifer Suzanne







Art Journal PLAYbook Challenge for Beginners: Magazine Bits, Letters, Hand Lettering, Bug-a-Doodle Bits, Bird