Creating an art journal can be intimidating. I remember my first attempt at keeping an art journal. I was so confused and lost that I gave up after a few days because I couldn’t think of anything to draw. Even when I could think of something to draw I couldn’t make heads or tails of what it meant to me. So I turned to the internet for inspiration and found a plethora of possible prompts and projects and different ways to interpret art from a therapeutic perspective. This was great, but overwhelming in its own regard so I almost gave up again, but I figured that someone else would be in the same position, so I decided to sift through all of the possibilities and pull out a selection of simple prompts that could appeal to a beginner like myself. Those prompts formed the basis of this guided art journal. I created a workbook in a pdf format that is easily downloadable and printable.
To access the pdf version of the workbook, click here.
I personally love to see other people’s art and the impact it makes in their life. It is inspiring to see the power of art first hand. So I included some of my own drawings from this book in the hopes of inspiring others. I did not include my entire book, but some of my favorite pages are below.
- “Paint With All the Colors”
- “Hidden In Plain Sight”
- “Color Your Stress Away”
- “How Are You Today?”
- “Words to Live By”
This booklet is only a small collection of all of the possible prompts that are out there. The credit for these prompts or the basic ideas that I elaborated on can be attributed to the following websites and people:
- “50 Art Journal Prompts” by Blacksburg Belle
- “Create a Mandala in Therapy” by Creative Counseling 101
- “What is a Zentangle” by Linda Farmer
- “The Art (Therapy) of Collage” by Art Therapy Spot
- “Color Your Feelings: Art Therapy Interventions” by Carolyn Mehlomakulu
- “Ten Coolest Art Therapy Interventions” by Cathy Malchiodi
- Many prompts built upon the posts that can be found in this blog as well
The images I used that were not drawn or created by myself came from the following websites: