If you’re not a fan of watching art journal process videos, you won’t have seen my ABC’s of Art Journaling series on YouTube, which is fine, but I play with a ton of techniques and see what works and what doesn’t. In one of my videos, the O Page, I played with spray paint which tends to be ignored in a lot of art journaling videos I’ve seen on the internet. What’s so great about spray paint? It’s quick to apply, dries quickly, and isn’t water-soluble. GOOD STUFF, right?!
Art Journal Prompt: Spray it, don’t say it. Use spray paint in your art journal. You can use washi tape or masking tape to mask areas off or use your stencils, if you don’t mind permanently-messy stencils.
I love music. Music and art are two of my most favorite things in the world. Were I faced with the decision to decide which to keep in this world, either art or music, I would definitely have to choose music because I cannot go a single day without listening to music. It’s with me in the car, in the shower, at work, in my dreams, etc. However, song lyrics as an art journal prompt has been done before so I figured let’s take it to my next favorite thing after music and art: movies!
Art Journal Prompt: Use a great line from a movie as the inspiration or title for an art journal page.
From “Erin Brockovich” – “That’s all you’ve got, lady: two wrong feet in f#!@ing ugly shoes!”
From “As Good As It Gets” – “When i first saw you, I thought you were handsome. Then, of course, you spoke.”
From “Forrest Gump” – “…you’ve got to put the past behind you before you can move on.”
Am I the only crazy person who goes around snapping photos of random objects because I love the patterns, textures, or colors? I know I’m not! There are other crazies out there (you’re reading this right now…)! I find texture, pattern, color, and inspiration in almost every single place I look. It’s not hard to find it if you realize it’s everywhere! The texture of brushed metal is stunning, the vibrant blue of an inflatable pool is stunning, the pattern of light dancing off the ceiling from water is spectacular, and the texture of your dog’s nose is adorable (and also inspiring)!
Art Journal Prompt: Fine an ordinary everyday object that gives you inspiration and build an art journal page or mixed media project or scrapbook page (I don’t discriminate against art here at Imperfect Impulses!) using the ordinary object as your inspiration.
Here are a few examples of everyday items which have inspired me.
The awesome patina of an old weathered trash can in Lake Havasu, Arizona…
The awesome color and pattern of a sign at the gas station…
The cool rocky pattern of the material my cubicle is coated with…
Start looking at everything in your life as a new source of inspiration!
See you soon!
It sucks getting old. No, really. Okay, so you’ll probably hit me when I tell you this, but I’m turning 30 tomorrow and it hurts already. I feel like I should be carrying a cane and walking with my back bent at a 90 degree angle. While I may be ever-so-slightly dramatic, I am not thrilled at the impending loss of my youth. As such, I’m going to do an art journal page (hopefully) reflecting my feelings toward turning 30 and figured I could at least post an art journal prompt which would inspire my little Imps to make something FAAAABULOUS! Since the vast abyss of my aging years is staring me in the face, I figure black would be a great place to start with my own page.
Art Journal Prompt: Use black gesso as the base of your page.
Black gesso is awesome. It’s super dark, extremely matte, and challenges you to think about how you’re going to use color. As most student-grade acrylics (such as Liquitex Basics or Artist’s Loft) are not very opaque, this will force you to think about how you want to apply color. Most likely, white gesso will be needed to create a foundation for light colors. Having to stop and think about how you need to apply colors can really get your mind working and make you think about colors in a whole new way.
Art Journal Prompt: Don’t talk in circles. Journal in circles.
While happenin’ hexagons may be the stylish shape of the moment, circles are the “black” of shapes–they never go out of style. Grab some toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, cans, or other circular items to stamp and texturize your next art journal page.
In an effort to keep my blog posts short (effectively giving me more time to art journal and generally live my life), I will be keeping my art journal prompts, well…short! Without further hesitation, here’s an art journal prompt!
Art Journal Prompt: Kitchen aid.
Use an item you would typically use in your kitchen in your art journal. Foil, wax paper, plastic bags, rice, pasta, salt, and so many other items can make awesome texture that you may not be able to make with traditional art supplies. Give it a shot!
Music means so much to me that I have a hard time putting in words the effect it has on me. My entire day can be completely changed by music. I listen to so such a wide variety of music that each song can affect my day a little bit in its own way. I may listen to Miles Davis for a mellow mood, then switch to Lady GaGa to dance, then maybe some Ella Fitzgerald to put me into a swingin’ mood, and then some Rick Astley for an 80’s boppy vibe! Where am I going with this? Well, keep reading, antsy pants!
Art Journal Prompt: Go to your iPod, phone, record collection, CD collection, 8 tracks, or any other form of musical media and pick one song to listen to at random. Listen to the entire song and select one lyric to be the inspiration for your page. Even if you don’t do the page today, write down the lyric on that page to remind you what to do at a later date when you are feeling the inspiration of that lyric.
Honesty Moment: You know I love me some Lady GaGa. Like, LOVE me some Lady GaGa. I am working on a page right now in my art journal that says, of course, Born This Way. I am always trying to think of new things to say and and put in my art journal that’s not totally cliche. As I type, I am listening to Iron Maiden’s “Strange World” and think I may have to do a really funky page which says “I’m happy in my new, strange world” as I love the strange little world that I live in! Inspiration can be found quite literally EVERYWHERE. You have to find inspiration, though…it doesn’t often come looking for you.