Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas Art Journal Prompt Event!
We’ve been getting something fun ready for you – a special art journal prompt series created just for us by my very wise friend Carolyn of @Whollypiecemeal. Better still, there’s a giveaway at the end!
Starting Christmas day, you’ll find a post pinned to the top in the group with the prompt for the day and the Christmas “Or.” Create a journal page, tag, or journal card using the “Or” or the prompt as a starting point. Then post your creation in the Facebook Group, with your answer to the “Or” along with the hashtag #12Days to enter the giveaway.
Each time you post with the hashtag, that’s one entry so you’ll want to do all of them. Hint: That hashtag is how we’re going to find all the entries so be sure to use it!
When the 12 days have ended in January, we’ll collect the entries and draw a winner for a book that I have in my personal library: “Surface Treatment Workshop – Explore 45 Mixed-Media Techniques” by Dalrene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran Wilson. It’s a treasure trove of mixed media goodness. Bonus: I’ll add a special sample of artist ephemera from my worktable for you to create with!
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!