Ever get the urge to write, create, or just be in your journal? You pull out that perfect book you spent an hour picking out, you open up to the next blank page, possibility abounding, and then...nothing. Fear not! The below suggestions will get your creative art/writing journal juices flowing in no time.
1. Make a list. Make a list of dreams, wants, needs, to-dos, to-haves, anything.
2. Make it colorful. Fill your page with color in whatever ways you can imagine. Pastels, colored pencils, paint, dirt, household chemicals...
3. Fill it with your favorite lyrics or quotes.
4. Sketch a scene from real life.
5. Make a mind map
6. Write a letter to someone.
7. Fill your page with a single shape. Circles, squares, etc. But don't draw any of them!
8. Make a collage with the daily newspaper.
9. Write down 20 things you're grateful for.
10. Write a story about your upcoming year.
11. Make ten different textures on your page with whatever medium you enjoy.
12. Take it to an art museum and create an original version of your favorite work.
13. Use Flickr to find inspiration for your next page.
14. Illustrate a scene from your perfect day.
15. Make a mini inspiration board of things you want to manifest in your life.
16. Explore a new technique such as tea-staining or using gesso.
17. Use your page to brainstorm ideas about your other art. Paint a new jewelry design, sketch out a scrapbook page, etc.
18. Use something from nature in your page.
19. Make a portrait of yourself using magazine clippings.
20. Write the first word that comes to mind. Fill the rest your page with images related to your word.
21. Tear a page out of another book and use it as the basis of a new page.
22. Use your page to set your artistic goals for the upcoming month, quarter, or year. Make it beautiful.
23. Make a collage inspired by your perfect day.
24. Change up your location to boost your inspiration. Create a page outside, at your friend's house, at the mall, at a playground, etc...
25. Just show up. No matter what you're feeling, open up your notebook, show up to your page, and it will lead you to your next creation.
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intriguewriter from worldwide on October 22, 2015:
Great list! Filling a page is something I am always interested in doing. Especially with my art journals. Thanks for this post!
loggan on August 02, 2015:
i am loggan
Chammi Kaiser on July 08, 2015:
Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.
Patricia on April 08, 2015:
Thank you! I have so many notebook to fill in these awesome stuff! Thanks again
Primadonnacrafts.com on February 02, 2015:
Great ideas and I will have to start journalling again.
Jo on January 05, 2015:
This is brilliant! I've written them all down! Thanks XX
Wqeqeerrrrrrttyyyyuuuîi on June 15, 2014:
I like half of those things
LaZeric Freeman from Hammond on March 07, 2013:
Very inspirational. Thank you.
Abie Taylor on September 26, 2012:
I love my notebooks but I can never find a way to fill them up! Thanks for the article, helped a lot:)
Abie, 12 xxx
jenniferg78 from Philadelphia, PA on February 16, 2012:
This is a great article. Lists always help me see things differently. Good idea for getting the creative juices flowing.
Amanda Beck Mauck on February 13, 2012:
Great Article! :)
Shell Vera from Connecticut, USA on December 22, 2011:
Great article to help those starting out or experiencing a "writer's block" of sorts when it comes to journaling! I also like to note each year what books I would like to read, or make a collage of decorating ideas I would like to incorporate. I also love to collect items from the seasons and save them on the page with a page protector stapled into the journal and words written around it about the event in which I collected them.
Michaelmas from St Louis, MO on April 08, 2011:
Great article. It's an excellent starting point to improving creativity without being intimidating right away
Create the Spark (author) on April 08, 2011:
Thanks for my first comment, Cari!
ArtByCari on April 08, 2011:
This is great to use with my middle school students when they need ideas for their sketchbooks. Thanks.