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80 Art Journal Prompts to Unblank Your Blank Page

Sometimes we all need a little boost to jump start the creative juices. Here’s a list of art journal prompts to help get you started. I like printing these out on card stock and cutting each one out to keep in a little jar on my desk. Then when I need to, I just reach in and grab one. I don’t allow myself to put it back either (most of the time).

How do you use art journal prompts? Pick one of the art journal prompts from the list below. But challenge yourself. Try not to just draw an outline and something and leave it at that. Create a page around that topic or thing. Add color and meaning. Bring it to life. What does the word mean to you? Does the word invoke a feeling? An old memory? A favorite item you had when you were a kid? Reflect on it for a minute before putting anything on the page.

  • Gratitude page
  • Your dog
  • Coffee cup
  • One word in a magazine
  • Happy Place 
  • Mixed tape
  • Orange
  • Health
  • Roller skates
  • Musical instrument
  • Deck of cards
  • AM radio
  • Bicycle
  • Beach ball
  • Favorite beverage
  • Things that make life better
  • Things that matter
  • Suntan
  • Forest
  • Moon
  • Paintbrush
  • My favorite book
  • Mailbox
  • Three flowers
  • Dice
  • Your shoe
  • Notebook
  • Your last vacation
  • Your next vacation
  • Music
  • Flea market
  • Boots
  • Toolbox
  • Can of paint
  • Breakfast
  • Chess piece
  • Wine glass
  • Chocolate
  • Stargazer
  • Water
  • Thread
  • Candle
  • Grandma’s car
  • Party hat
  • Clock
  • Ladybug
  • Cardboard box
  • Jewelry
  • Sport
  • Mittens
  • Scissors
  • In flight
  • Self-checkout
  • Honey
  • Coffee bean
  • Thumbtack
  • Doghouse
  • Neighbors
  • Art supply
  • Sweater weather
  • Exercise
  • Bubblegum
  • Jukebox
  • Popcorn
  • Snow globe
  • Favorite place
  • Travel
  • Christmas
  • Patriotic
  • Watch
  • Recycle
  • Keys
  • Dots
  • Hand
  • Sponge
  • 10 things to do next year
  • Looking out the window
  • Waves
  • Pink
  • Four-leaf clover

Let us know if you use one of these for your art journal page. Share them with us… we’d love to see your work!

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