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I post daily (photos of my journal pages, things that inspire me and personal bits and pieces) to inspire and encourage others. I have always believed that if I can do it, so can you.

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I love teaching and truly believe that deep down inside everyone is an artist, capable of creating something. There is power and knowledge in the act of creating something with your own hands, made from your own heart and head.

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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Ideas and Prompts for Writing in Your Art Journal

The journaling that you see on the page above isn't anything special or mind blowing. It's totally me though and that's what I'm after when *I* journal.

I usually start a journal page by writing the date (day, month and year) as well as a bit about the weather (temperature and anything notable. Anything other than sun in L.A. is notable to me.) Rarely do I write about my day in terms of "We did this or I did that..." It's more about what's floating around in the top of my head at the moment. I'll create love pages dedicated to my husband. I'll write about my son and how much I love him and how proud I am of him (or what he did that irritated me today!) I'll write a response to something I heard or read in the news that bothered me. I'll rant about something that's bothering me. I'll procrastinate (see the page above.) I'll talk about something that made me happy and laugh. I'll journal about my dreams, hopes, desires, wishes and things that I am yearning to do or see. I journal when I'm mad. I journal when I'm happy. I journal about EVERYTHING. I don't care who reads it or what they think because my journal is for ME.

A handful of some of my favorite, simple every day prompts for journal writing are:

1. Who is in the room with you? What are they doing?
2. What did you do today? What do you wish you did? What do you wish you didn't have to do?
3. What made you smile or laugh today?
4. Who or what pissed you off today?
5. What can't you get out of your mind?
6. What are you wearing? What do you wish you were wearing?
7. Describe a short segment of your day in detail.
8. What's bothering you?
9. Make a wish.
10. What did you really want to say?
11. How are you feeling?
12. I wish I could change...
13. I am so grateful...
14. Really?
15. I love it when...
16. I just read (watched, listened to)...
17. (Insert quote) and respond to it.
18. Where do you want to go?
19. I really want to...
20. Makes me happy (sad, mad, thoughtful, insert any emotion here) when...

I use these as a jumping off point if I don't know what to write about. I usually suggest to my students that they start their journaling by picking up a pen and picking one of the above (if they don't know what to journal about.) If nothing hits you immediately start by brainstorming. Write the prompt out onto the page. Then write as if you are talking back to the prompt, "Why am I writing this? I should be doing the dishes or something more important or...I can't believe what happened today..." don't take your pen off the page. Keep writing. If writing is hard, make marks or squiggles until you hit something that strikes a nerve and it gets you writing.

You don't even have to write a lot! Sometimes I write a sentence or two and I'm done. Sometimes it seems like a book. It's all about my mood and what I feel like I need to "say" and get out onto the page. I have been keeping a journal for a long time and I know when I've done everything that I needed to do. It's almost like taking a deep breath, exhaling and knowing deep down inside that it's done.

More tomorrow.


daisy69778 said...

Thx Kelly! I am saving these great questions when i get ready to do my next page!

laurie said...

i love the color on this page! thanks for all the great prompts - all i need is some time to myself. :-)

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Desert Mermaid said...

I've kept a written journal so long (almost 37 years) that I have internalized all this kind of prompt. It's all SO immediate for me now ... but how I enjoyed reading the list, realizing I DO use all of those, in one way or another, just unconsciously. My current favorite, for when I'm 'dry', is just to write the word: DUH I guess because it makes me laugh, and once I've laughed, my thoughts are loosened up. I RARELY ever write less than 2 sides of a comp book page - I have been trying to 'write less' for the past decade and though it happens SOMETIMES, it doesn't seem to be my style at all to be -- er -- concise (hee!).

and this page rocks, Kelly ...

Courtenay said...

These are great prompt suggestions. I often write about the mood I was in most of the day or if something happens in the day I just can't shake- good or bad.

cookievf said...

Hi Kel,
You ALWAYS inspire me... great list and your page is sooooo soft & peaceful!

Thank you for all the time and effort you put into your posts, prompts and pics! I'd categorize myself as a deep thinker and very passionate about art and life. Along with using my written journal as a tool for prompts I'm inspired by absolutely everything!

"MY" problem has always been knowing where to begin, once i have a background! And i definately think too much about layering collage elements, lol.