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.
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!
Wishing you a warm welcome to the Art Journal PLAYbook Challenge!
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!
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! 🙂
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.
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!
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.
BONUS prompt: bird You are free to interpret this prompt in anyway you want!
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:
…share your work with our community …and don’t forget to share this post and pin it! xo, Jennifer Suzanne
Encouragement and Learning for Art Journaling Beginners.