So, there are definitely times when you stare at your art journal and think, what the hell am I doing, am I right? I know I do. One of the best ways to figure out what to do is to just start playing. Put down some gesso and paint and use some of your favorite stamps or techniques. If you do this, your page will begin to talk to you sometimes and you can figure out your direction.
Art Journal Prompt: JUST PLAY! Our art journals are the playgrounds of our imagination (phrase courtesy of Donna Downey, who is an AMAZING artist, FYI). Let your imagination play and enjoy the process. Put your emotional baggage aside and just grab something you want to play with! You’ll be amazed at what happens when you start a page without any preconceived ideas!
Honesty Moment: This is how I start most of my art journal pages. I allow the paper and the supplies to tell me what kind of mood I’m in. As I’ve mentioned before, I am not a journaler by nature. I don’t enjoy putting every emotion or feeling or experience I have down on paper, but I do enjoy turning those emotions, feelings, or experiences into works of art. I usually start with a good layer of gesso, then grab whatever it is my fingers find themselves wanting to be stained with. Once I get the vibe the page is giving off, I’ll probe my brain a little bit and decide what type of page I should make it: goofy, irreverent, inspirational, sexy, inane, etc. Let the free nature of art journaling take you on a ride instead of trying to create a ride out of art journaling.