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New Challenge: UnBlank that Page!

Our own creatively curious muse – Carolyn Hawkins of WhollyPiecemeal – is sponsoring a challenge to help get past that blank page. It’s THE BLANK PAGE challenge time!

At some time we have all sat down to a blank page and wondered if we could just call it “White cat in a blizzard” and be done with it. This challenge will be a fun way to experiment with ways to make that page unblank.

If you want to play The Blank Page Challenge, take out any size paper and follow the prompts as they come your way. Share your creation as a comment to each prompt post. Create the first thing that comes to mind when you read the prompt. Remember: the point is to make the page unblank. Head to the Art Journaling for Beginners Facebook page to see examples.


  • 1. Read the prompt,
  • 2. Unblank the page,
  • 3. Share in all your favorite places.
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Art Journaling: Say Goodbye to 2020

It’s been quite a year! And, now it’s time to say goodbye to the past year.

It’s easy to forget the importance of looking over our past, valuing it, honoring it and saying a proper goodbye. Without doing that, it’s hard to turn to the future and clearly see the possibilities there.

So, our own wise and insightful Carolyn Hawkins of WhollyPiecemeal is helping us with a way to manage the transition into the new year with an Art Journaling Goodbye to 2020. She suggests making three pages, a triptych if you like, or dividing a page into thirds. The three pages/divisions represent:

  • Where you are and have been in the past year,
  • The transition space you’re in now, and
  • What your dreams and goals are.

Create your pages to say goodbye to 2020, honor the transition and welcome the future!

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Art Journal Prompt Series – 12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas Text


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!

Surface Treatment Workshop for art journal prompt

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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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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.