Let’s draw faces! Because I love you, I made up this handy-dandy face generator to remove that “but what do I draw??” obstacle.
Click on the facial-feature buttons below to generate your very own face prompt. I’ve left the hair and accessories up to you for now. But, I plan on adding to this generator over time. Give this post a bookmark and check back for additions. <3
Open your art journal to the next blank page and declare it a Judgement Free Zone. COMMIT to the path of non-judgement.
I find it helpful to start with one of the following:
Close your eyes and draw a continuous line with a smooth pen
Grab your favorite brush and start making brush-prints in your favorite color
Wet the page and drop in watercolor or inks randomly
Don’t start assessing the results of this first pass. Look it over and lean into what you feel should happen next. That might be “throw the whole journal away” or “I hate everything”, but I encourage you to file that away under “Information I’m Disregarding At This Time.”
Try focusing on what color you want to see next to the ones you have. Not “what color would look great here?” but just “what color do I want to put here?”
Add layers to add complexity. Try filling in a block of color with some repeated doodles or marks.
The only goal here is to be able to play freely with no rules and no judgement. Drop the Inner Critic off at the petting zoo. Try not to plan or erase if you can stand it. 😉 Engage in some full-on-spontaneous playtime.
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. 🙂
Fill a page with triangles.
Cut them out of pretty tape or junk mail and glue them in.
Or do all of that at once. 🙂
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.
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.
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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