Art Journal Prompt: Someone (or Thing) You Take Care Of

Working in my art journal as often as possible helps me keep my creativity topped up. There’s no pressure for things to be perfect, and that often results in happy accidents. Those happy accidents inspire a lot of finished work for me. That’s why I share art journal prompts. A little starting inspiration helps conquer the blank page. πŸ™‚


Celia Agnes Art Journal Prompts

The prompt for this Friday is:

Something or someone you take care of in your home.

This could be so many different things.

  • Your pet
  • A plant
  • A loved one
  • Yourself

It might be your car. No wrong answers. πŸ˜€

Think about how you care for your subject, why you do it, and how it makes you feel. You might feel overwhelmed caring for a family member, and that’s okay. Your page doesn’t have to be full of rainbows.

Maybe waxing that car lights you up inside. That’s fine, too.

Remember that your art journal doesn’t have to involve fancy drawing. If you love photography, try printing out a photo of your subject and adding some writing or simple shapes. Grab some magazines and do a collage. In the end, all that matters is that you get the point. It’s your journal and no one else needs to see it unless you say so.

I hope you make time to get into your art journal this week. Show me what you make by tagging me @ceiltastic on Instagram, sharing it to my Facebook page, or simply email me.

Art Journal Prompt: September 16, 2016

Friday brings us a new art journal prompt to work with. I hope you enjoyed last week’s prompt and made something beautiful. This week, we’ll take a look at another tiny joy tucked away in our home. Continue reading “Art Journal Prompt: September 16, 2016”

Art Journal Prompt: September 9th, 2016

Every Friday, I offer a new art journal prompt for you to explore. These weekly art prompts are dual-purpose. They encourage you to show up to your art practice and create. They also serve to help you remember, appreciate, and work through different aspects of your life.feed-store

This week’s art journal prompt is:

Your front door or entrance.

Whether it’s a chippy farmhouse door or brand new and sleek, take a moment with the entrance to your home. You might brush past it everyday without thinking.

Doodle or paint it in your sketchbook, your lines don’t have to be straight. Maybe you’ll take some photos of it. Get a close up of the number, or lock. Include your key if you want.

And don’t forget to take in the big picture. Do you have plants around your entrance? Some nifty lighting? Step back and use all of this for your inspiration.

We’ll have another prompt next Friday, so you can take your time in your art journal and make something beautiful from your entrance.

All done?

Once you’re finished with your journal page, I would love to see it! I’ll feature some of your creations at the end of next week’s art journal prompt. So tag me on Instagram @ceiltastic, or email a photo of your work to with the subject Art Prompt 9/9. Your favorite thing might be featured. πŸ™‚

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Digital Art Journal: How to Make One, Tips, & Resources

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I talked about what an art journal is and why you should have one. But if you’re feeling overwhelmed, you lack physical supplies, or you like the idea of ctrl-z-ing imperfections, then a digital art journal might be your solution.

What program do I use to make a digital art journal?

Use whatever software you have and are comfortable with. If you have Photoshop, then great. But you can also use any of the free programs & apps the Internet has to offer you.

You can use good old MS Paint if you want. The most important thing is that you actually like using whatever program or app you chose. πŸ™‚

Digital Art Journal with PicMonkey
PicMonkey is a powerful, browser-based app for editing photos. The free version is already amazing, and the Royale upgrade unlocks a full playground of effects, stickers, and filters.

What tools do I need?

You can easily make a digital art journal with just your hands. Use your finger as a stylus on your phone, or click around with your mouse/track pad.

A stylus or stylus pen will give you finer control.

And you can download a multitude of free or paid clip art, textures, and brushes from all over the web.

Digital Art Journal Page
This spread uses stickers and backgrounds you can find in my Etsy shop. πŸ™‚

What do I do with my digital journal pages?

Other than keeping your pages in a folder for the occasional slide show, here are some ideas for how to display and enjoy your creations

  • Use them as a background on your PC, phone, tablet, etc. You can create your pages specifically to these dimensions or you can resize and crop them later.
  • Print your pages with a service like Artifact Uprising, a local print shop, or your own printer. You can make photo books, wall art, etc.

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Start Art Journaling: 5 Prompts To Get You Started

You can start art journaling anytime, anywhere. Even if you only have one piece of paper. But even if you have a whole fancy journal, where do you start? If you need a bit of inspiration, here are 5 art journal prompts to get you started.

The first 3 are very specific. If you think you can’t draw or make things, or you haven’t for a while, these prompts will help you start art journaling without fear.

The last two prompts are a bit more open. They can be as complicated or as simple as you want. I hope you can use some ideas from the previous prompts if you get stuck. πŸ™‚

Fill a page with triangles.

  • Draw them.
  • Paint them.
  • Cut them out of pretty tape or junk mail and glue them in.
  • Or do all of that at once. πŸ™‚

Grab a newspaper, junk mail, magazine, or anything with big letters.

  • Pick some of your favorite words.
  • Outline these words by hand on the next page.
  • You can slide the words under your work and trace if you like.
  • Fill up the entire page. The more fonts the better.
  • Then, fill them up with color or patterns.

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Make 5 circles on the next page.

  • Now find a favorite poem, long quote, book passage, etc. online or in person.
  • Fill in the space around the circles by copying your chosen text.

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Make lots of sheet ghosts in fancy sheets next.

Make a rainy day on your last page.

And that’s all! I hope you found these prompts easy and inspirational. If you make them, please let me see! Tag me @ceiltastic on Instagram and Twitter.

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Start Art Journaling

What’s an Art Journal and Why Do I Need One?

So what’s an art journal, anyway? An art journal is simply a place where you can empty your brain in a visual way. It doesn’t have to look “good”. You could make a whole page of solid blue, or three pages of little triangles. It’s your brain, and your space to dump it out. There are no rules, art teachers, or critics in your art journal. Go ahead and throw stuff on the proverbial floor.

And, you’re the only person who needs to see it. Maybe show it to your cat, or fish. Or post every page on Facebook if you want. Do whatever feels right for this point in your creative life.

What's an Art Journal

Why do I need to do this?

Do you ever get up from your work and stretch? Or maybe go for a walk when you’re stressed? Art journaling isΒ  another way to stretch, exercise, and free up your brain.

Here’s some science explained by actual scientists and not me (a humble blogger):

Summary: Science seems to agree that making art is pretty good for you. You can use this as a perfectly valid reason to cloister yourself away and make stuff. Because science.

What’s the difference between an art journal and sketchbook?

This answer will be different for everyone. They may be the exact same thing for you. Or you might alternate between sketching and journaling in the same book. There are no rules. πŸ™‚

For me, an art journal is more of a brain dump. I’m not trying to practice or refine anything, and I’m not thinking ahead to a larger piece. I’m just tossing down whatever my brain wants to in that moment.

In my sketchbook, I am usually trying to hone a skill; like anatomy. Or, I’m sketching for a larger project. I might sketch the same thing over and over again. I’m focused on my technique if I’m practicing, and I’m focused on layout and shapes if it’s a thumbnail for something bigger.

Does it have to look a certain way? I’ve noticed a particular style is popular in art journals.

If you search “intuitive painting,” that style is very similar to many classic art journal pages. That makes a lot of sense, since we’re putting down whatever comes to mind – intuitively.

Maybe you don’t like the style of typical intuitive painting. Maybe you’re more of a minimalist. Or you might be somewhere in between. Those are all fine, because your art journal doesn’t have to look any certain way.

Your pages can be monotone or rainbow. You can use a single pen or 10 different products and stickers.


Art Journal Tools

What do I need to start art journaling?

If you have any means of making marks, you can art journal. It can be with scrap paper and a pen. It can be with your finger in a drawing app. You just need:

  • Your brain
  • A way to record what’s in your brain, visually.

That’s really it. But here are some of the tools I use for art journaling:

  • Art markers
    • Faber-Castell, Copic, Prismacolor
  • India ink pens
    • Sakura Micron, Faber-Castell
  • Pencils
  • Kneaded eraser
    • If you have never tried one, I highly recommend
  • Strathmore Visual Journal in 140lb Watercolor
  • Canson XL Mix Media pads
    • These say they can take watercolor but I have not found that to be so
    • Great for pencil & ink, and dryer paint like acrylic is okay too
  • Tayasui Sketches app for iPhone/Android

Do you art journal? Has it helped you make more time for art, or helped you think about something differently?

Feel free to share this with someone you think would benefit from an art journal. πŸ™‚

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What's an Art Journal