Artist's block isn't as commonly used as writer's block, but it happens all the same. When that happens, artists turn to journal prompts to get their inspiration flowing and put something down on the paper. Sometimes, this means challenging themselves to draw something every day in a month, like during Inktober. Other times, it means drawing something specific during a set time, like making mermaids in Mermay. When all else fails, artists turn to art journal prompts to get them out of their comfort zone.
Here are my favorite art journal prompts I have found over the years.
1. Inspirational Quotes
Write down a favorite quote in a fun font and decorate around it.
2. Illustrate a favorite poem
Copy down your favorite poem and add doodles on the edges.
3. Typography practice
Practice your fonts for titles and text.
4. A heart full of loves
Draw a large heart and fill it full with things you love!
5. Magazine collage
Cut up pictures and quotes you like and glue them in.
6. Your mapPaper World Geography Notebook Brochure Pen Map
Create your own map, real or imaginary, that represents something about you.
7. Mood ring colors
Make a piece using only colors to show your mood.
8. Literal pie chart
Make a pie chart and fill it with doodles of all your favorite foods.
9. Doodle dump
Fill a page with as many little doodles as possible.
10. Paint with tea
Drink some tea, and when you're done, paint the page with a pretty picture made from the stain.
11. Pressed flower pages
Pick up flowers and leaves and press them into the pages.
12. Paint swatches
Go to a hardware store and grab your favorite color palettes.
13. Create contrastNature Black White Art Man Silhouette Silhouettes
Fill the page with patterns using only black and white.
14. Draw a dream
Just like a dream journal, sketch down what you dreamt the night before.
15. Illustrate the elements
Represent each of the elements with a detailed drawing.
16. Fortune cookie future
Paste in fortune cookie fortunes that impact you, or write some of your own!
17. Illustrate song lyricsPianist Music Note Lyrics Instrument Sheet Music
Turn your favorite tunes into a work of art in your journal.
18. Inner goddess
Pretend you're a goddess — draw her.
19. Tape in tea tags
Collect trinkets from places you like, or tags from treats you enjoy.
20. Kiss collage
Make a collage of kisses of all your lipsticks.
Time to crack open a new sketchbook and get to work breaking it in with these brilliant ideas!