A creative collection of ideas and prompts to never run out of inspiration for deeply personal art journal pages. Practice your artistic skills while recording your thoughts and experiences. Each one of these one hundred ideas will prompt you to express yourself by fusing drawings/paintings and words into unique and insightful art journal spreads.
100 Art Journal Ideas
1. New beginning
Starting something new is always filled with many contrasting emotions like excitement and fear. Those are turbulent and most memorable times of our lives. Create a painting that captures the essence of a new beginning.
2. A perfect moment
Draw your vision of a perfect moment.
Have a message you want a lot of people to hear? Make a graffiti illustration.
4. Words that describe me
5. View from my window
Make a watercolor painting of the view from your window.
6. Inspiring quote
Use watercolors to make a background. Write the inspiring quote of choice in a medium that will make the text prominent on the pages and add more details and accents.
7. One day in my life
8. Unpopular opinion
We all have some unpopular opinions we don’t share out of fear. Set your’s free by creating a bold spread that features words and illustrations.
9. Line art I
Choose an object or a scene and draw it using a continuous line technique.
10. One word
Choose a word (that is not a noun) and then paint the meaning of it without writing that word.
11. The world as I see it
Use whichever medium you’re most comfortable with to make an abstract image of the world as you see it.
12. Motivating words
Invent something and draw a sketch of it.
14. Same but different
Draw one object ten times in ten different ways.
15. Random shapes and thoughts
Paint abstract, random shapes and fill them with thoughts you most frequently think.
16. Doodles and rants
17. Thoughts about life
18. Thoughts about the passing of time
19. Thoughts about people
20. Thoughts about love
21. Thoughts about climate change
22. Thoughts about freedom
23. Thoughts about control
24. Thoughts about sadness
25. Stencil art
Play around with positive and negative stencils using acrylic paint.
26. I had a dream…
Create an illustration of your recent dream.
27. Today’s lunch
Make a drawing of your lunch.
Create a watercolor painting of your home.
29. Secret door
On one page draw the closed door with clues as to what hides behind them and on the other page draw the opened door and reveal the scene that was hidden.
30. A joke
Make up a joke or a comical situation and create an illustration of it.
31. Last book I read
Make a painting that depicts the core message or just one moment from the book and write your thoughts on it.
32. Flowers and affirmations
Paint flowers and write affirmations.
Draw windows with each showing a different view.
34. Book cover
Recreate a cover of your favorite book.
35. Abstract art
Play with colors and shapes. Use different media and techniques.
36. Line art II
Choose an object and draw it in a cross contour technique.
37. String painting
With string and acrylic paint make a string painting.
Draw a collage of different patterns.
43. Favorite art
Create your own version of your favorite art piece.
Using whichever medium and in whichever technique create an image that displays symmetry.
Make an image full of contrasting colors.
Make a painting full of opposites. (good vs. evil, big vs. small, smooth vs. rough, new vs. old, calm vs. chaos)
47. Worlds apart
Create a drawing that combines two things, one that is very common and familiar to your culture and the other that is from a distant culture.
Make a drawing that features one or many spirals. Like a spiral staircase, a snail’s shell, or some other spiral item, real or imaginary.
51. Finger painting
Create an abstract painting using only your fingers.
52. Paint with flowers
Go for a walk and collect different flowers then use them as a brush to paint in the journal.
53. Paint with the non-dominant hand
Use your non-dominant hand to paint a background. Then write about the thoughts and feelings you had while painting.
54. Sponge stamps
Take a sponge and cut it into different shapes. Make a painting using sponge cut-outs and acrylic paint.
Trace the shape of your hands, then draw or paint on the drawing of your hands.
56. Childhood memory
On one page draw yourself as you believe others see you and on the other page draw yourself as you wish others would see you.
59. Me today
Make a portrait of yourself as you look today.
60. Me as a superhero
If you were a superhero what would be your superpower and how would you use it to make life better?
61. Younger self-portrait
Make a self-portrait of your younger self.
62. What I love about myself
63. Things I don’t like
64. It saddens me when…
65. My fears
66. A love letter to myself
67. My journey
Create a drawing that shows the “road” of your life from your childhood until now, with all significant moments.
68. Favorite tradition
70. Rainy day
71. People I love
Draw a circle for each person and inside the circle draw something that reminds you of that person.
72. Favorite person
Create a tribute to your favorite person.
73. Inspiring person
Choose one person you find inspiring. Make their portrait and write about what makes them special to you.
Draw a scene of your family that shows all of you doing something together.
75. I miss you.
76. I’m grateful for…
77. When I’m alone
78. Magic mirror
Make an illustration of a magic mirror that can show all your deepest desires as reality. What would a mirror show when you would look at it?
79. One day I will…
Create a collage that represents life on earth.
81. My vision for the future
82. Things I can’t change
Draw something/everything that you deeply care about but have no influence over.
83. My dreams
84. My goals
85. Growing old
86. This is my soul
If your soul had a shape, what would it look like?
Draw or paint a landscape you find appealing.
Draw a detailed map of a place, real or imaginary.
94. Night Sky
Using watercolors paint a dark background. With shiny or glittery markers draw constellations.
95. Magical garden
96. Favorite animal
97. Tropical paradise
98. Cafe vibes
100. Fireworks and resolutions
Make a dark background. With light and shiny markers draw fireworks and write resolutions for the next year.
Hope these art journal ideas and prompts will give you plenty of inspiration to create wonderfully varied and uniquely yours art journals.
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