For 2018, we challenge you to create a monthly art journal page that will inspire and encourage you throughout the year. Join us as we embark on this year-long challenge.
To get you started, we've created a FREE printable containing 12 art journaling prompts that will keep you motivated.
Although we've created one prompt per month, don't feel pressured or force yourself to respond to it that month if you're not feeling it. If you want to journal about January's prompt in March, do it! Make this project your own in whatever ways it helps you flex your creative muscles.
12 Art Journaling Prompts for January to December
Celebrate the power of new beginnings.
Work with reds, pinks, and whites in a new or unusual way.
Embrace the beauty of imperfection. Doodle until you fill an entire page.
Grab some junk mail and use the pieces to create something new.
Pick your favorite quote or song lyrics to decorate this month’s page.
Create a page that uses a mantra or words of encouragement.
Let the weather inspire your next art journal page.
With summer ending, create a summer bucket list or list of your favorite summer memories.
Choose any object in your home and make it the inspiration for your page.
Celebrate the colors of fall and fall leaves.
Make a gratitude list.
Create a self portrait.
Keep Taking Chances — A Monthly Art Journal Project Directions
Now, let's create your own art journal, so you can carry it along with you no matter where you are.
1. Inside Page
Start with the inside page first, with January in mind.
Embellish the first page of a large Moleskine journal with a scrap of vintage book text, glue down with gel medium.
Use a foam brush to dry brush gesso over the drying page.
Tear a colorful strip of paper from an Art Pop card and glue to the side of the page with gel medium.
Use a lid to outline six circles using a Ranger Fude Ball pen.
Whole punch decorative paper from Project Life cards, and glue circles inside the outlined circles. Use your finger to add a light coat of gesso over the circles.
Randomly add yellow and turquoise paint.
Stamp month onto extra-small grubby tag, and attach to the top of the page with a mini clothespin.
Add Small Talk stickers.
2. Front Cover
Embellish the front cover with gesso, then add yellow and turquoise paint.
Outline the circle with a jar and Ranger Fude Ball pen.
Add scraps from an Art Pop and Project Life card, along with book text to coordinate with the inside page.
Punch dots from book text and outline with a black pen.
Stamp inspirational phrase across the front cover with black ink.