How to fuel your creativity (with tiny tweaks)

Let's talk a little about tolerations.  What?! You know, those things we tolerate that cause us stress, frustration, wasted time... those things.

I'm getting real here now, and showing you one of my most embarrassing tolerations; laundry basket and suitcase living!

 
 

This drives me nuts and my husband just shakes his head.  I try so hard to put it all away and then little by little I allow it to creep back.  

What does this have to do with art?

Well, I’ve been thinking recently, about how easy it is to be passive - both in our lives and in our creativity.

It’s so easy to “put up” with things that no longer serve us instead of changing them. These unnecessary annoyances drain us of energy, impact our mood, and stop us from feeling as fulfilled as we could. Those laundry baskets have been there for months.  

The one small action of just putting it all away would solve the problem. It would save me time, irritation, and it would take me less time to actually find the clothes I need if I didn't have to dig through a laundry basket!

This approach of tolerating minor irritations has carried over into my creating more directly too.

For example, I just never sharpen my pencils. That means that most of the time, my choice of pencil is dictated by what still has a point. Crazy, right? I should be in control of which pencils I use in my work. I could open a store with the amount of Stabilos I have...that's a stretch, but you get the point!

How to fuel your creativity (with tiny tweaks).  Dealing with life's tolerations and how they affect your creative process.  @robenmarie Article by Roben-Marie Smith #art #mixedmedia #creativeprocess

Another example I have - and I’m sure you can relate to this one, is that I never clean out my paint tubes and bottles. I let them crust over, to the point where I can’t squeeze out any paint (or at least not without gunking up every pair of scissors I own). Instead of prompting me to use different colors, this just prompts me to… buy more paint. Again, it’s crazy. If I took those few moments to clean the openings of my paint bottles, I would spend way less, and take up (slightly) less space with my paint stash.

Here's a good one, and I am a bit embarrassed to admit it, but when my memory card gets full (they are all 64GB, which is huge) for some reason I just don't take the time to transfer the files to an external hard drive, freeing up space so I can keep filming.  Nope, I purchase another 64GB.  That is pretty crazy, I know.  

Honestly, I barely even notice the things I’m just tolerating now. I’m so used to my habits, that I can’t see where I’ve been holding myself back.

You're shaking your head, right?!  You have them, too!

But I don’t want to let my past actions keep me in a box. I want to clear space in my studio (and in my mind) for creative change. That means looking for my tolerations with new eyes, and taking a stand. Sharpening those pencils (I did buy a new an improved pencil sharpener). Cleaning those paint tubes.

Human beings tolerate what they understand they have to tolerate.
— Jane Rule

How do you know if you’re being held back by your own tolerations?

  • Do you surround yourself with stacks of unfinished projects, instead of either finishing them or putting them away?

  • Do you keep trying to sketch with pens that are drying up?

  • Do you use 50 paper clips to hold your journal pages in place, instead of 2 strong binder clips?

  • Do you create in semi-darkness, rather than replace that light bulb?

  • Are you using scissors gunked up with washi tape?

  • Are you sulking about a skill you don’t have, despite already purchasing online classes to help you improve?
     

There are many things in this world we must tolerate, but blunt pencils should not be one of them. Tweet That!

What tiny tweaks could you do, if you knew they’d fuel your creativity?

Leave me a comment below, and share your story.  I am off to unload some laundry baskets!

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Say "Hello" to the FABRILAGE Workshop

 **where collage a fabric unite **

Early Pricing ends on 9/24 so don't delay!

 

Happy Mail Art Pockets

Anna Friesen

I remember the first time I received happy mail. It was a little envelope decorated with washi tape, and inside were delightful little snippets of happy and life-giving words snipped from magazines.

Design Team member Anna Friesen is sharing with us how she has made her very special Happy Mail Art Pockets with us. Create a beautiful piece of Art to share with someone via good old fashioned pony express. Be inspired to make your own happy mail with her wonderful video tutorial. She uses stamps from Paperbag Studios and Art Pops™ to create this gorgeous piece of Art! @robenmarie @annafriesen #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

To see such a beautiful thing in your mail box is such sweet serendipity and it can turn a grey day into a happy one. Seriously. It happens to me often! Giving is special, but so is sending! I love sending cheerful art on the pony express! 

If you really want to touch someone, send them a letter.  - Australia Post - tweet that!

We can always use ideas to pretty up our mail art, right? Enter these sweet little pockets. I used a 5x7 gelatin plate to start the design. Rubber stamping on the plate is an easy way to add texture and shape to prints, and who can resist the whimsical images of Paperbag Studios stamp sets?! Not me. :)



Going Deeper...

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can't live without in your studio and why?

I'd say stencils are my most essential tool. The shapes often spark an idea and if not that, they give me an easy start of color and shape.

Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? Why?

The nuances of colour and the infinite ways hues interact with each other. It's a conversation and I want in on it. :)  


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The 100 Days Art Pops Collection Blog Hop, Giveaway and Tutorial

I'm Having a blog hop!

To celebrate the launch of my new 100 Days ART POPS™ Collection I'm giving away not one, but two awesome prizes for this blog hop! Tweet That!  

Prizes

Three spots in my new online class, FABRILAGE that opens on September 13.
One set of the Digital 100 Days ART POPS™ Collection to one of my lucky readers!  
Five additional sets of the Digital 100 Days ART POPS™ Collection for each of the other blogs in the hop.

Be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and leave a comment to increase your chances!!


What are Art Pops™?

ART POPS™ are the mixed media art pieces inspired by the whimsical, saturated pages of my art journals. ART POPS™ provide bold and fanciful POPS of COLOR for your favorite projects including Project Life, Mail Art, Art Journaling and much more. Rock your world with ART POPS™!


How do you enter?

I'm glad you asked!  All you have to do to enter is comment on this blog post and then keep on hopping across to all of the Design Team member's posts, leave a comment on them and be entered with more chances to win. Giveaway closes on Monday, September 11 @ 5:00PMEST.

Where do I go?

Here are the links to all of the amazing Design Team Projects so be sure to visit all of them, leave a comment and increase your chances of winning!

Blog Hop Schedule

Roben-Marie Smith  - That's Me!

Karen Gaunt

Anna Friesen

Kristi Nazzaro

Jenni Zmuda

Ashli Oliver

Tag in a Bag Video Tutorial with Roben-Marie Smith. Join @robenmarie as she walks you through this easy and fun tutorial as part of her #playingtagartchallenge. #diy #mixedmedia #tagart


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Tag in a Bag Video Tutorial with Roben-Marie Smith. Join @robenmarie as she walks you through this easy and fun tutorial as part of her #playingtagartchallenge. #diy #mixedmedia #tagart

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Fabrilage Workshop:
Denise, Lindy and Cathy
100 Days Art Pops™:
Jill R., Suzanne R., Funky Peacock Studios, Beth P.,
Cre8tive Cathy and Robyn W.

Here We Go - Altered Travelers Notebook

Ashli Oliver

A dear, dear friend of mine is moving across the country and I want her to have an easy to carry notebook to gather all of her road trip ephemera!

Design Team member Ashli Oliver is sharing with us how she has made this beautiful and meaningful gift for her friend. Be inspired to customise your own unique Travellers Notebook with wonderful video tutorial. She uses stamps from Paperbag Studios and Art Pops™ to create this gorgeous piece of Art! @robenmarie @ashlioliver #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

I just love the fabulous Doodles and Daters Rubber Art Stamps that contains the journaling and list images. I was inspired to utilize those, along with the tab set to create a truly interactive notebook to hold her memories!

A pencil, coupled with white paint, can create endless possibilities!  Tweet That!



Going Deeper...

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can't live without in your studio and why?

A Pencil! Boring, I know... but I feel like if I have a good pencil, I can create just about anything! And, if I could pick one more thing to go with that, it would be white paint. A pencil, coupled with white paint, can create endless possibilities! 

Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? Why?

I love working with faces! I feel like they make my page come to life and just breathe personality into my project!


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Messy Art Zine Video Tutorial

Jenni Zmuda

Zines seem to be the latest fast approaching craze. I couldn't resist trying to make one myself. Once you get the hang of folding it, the possibilities are endless.

Design Team member Jenni Zmuda is sharing with us how she has made her gorgeous messy Art Journal Zine with us for her design team project. Be inspired to make your own one of a kind zine with her wonderful video tutorial. She uses stamps from Paperbag Studios and Art Pops™ to create this gorgeous piece of Art! @robenmarie @jennizmuda #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

You can use printer paper to make your zine. The thinner the paper, the easier it is to fold. I chose to use a page from a magazine. Its thicker and somewhat water resistant. Keep in mind the more medium you add, the more the paper may warp and crinkle up.

Let the words pop

I chose a page that had text as well as imagery. I love the little pops of words and pictures showing through adding to the visual interest. Some say my work, this Zine included, is messy. Well, they'd be right. LOL! I work very intuitively, without much thought or planning; layering on paint, inks, stickers and stamps.

Too much thinking gets in the way of the process. - Tweet That!



Going Deeper...

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can't live without in your studio and why?

Hmm...there are so many! lol It changes from month to month. Right now I can't live without my Stabilo Marks All pencil. It writes on anything and never gets gummed up and unusable, like so many other pencils/pens.  But mostly, I can't live without a good quality gel medium. Something thick, and not too runny. Something that can hold lots of media in place. Liquitex Matt Gel Medium is a favorite brand.

Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? Why?

Just being able to make a mess. To let loose without any rules or pressure. We put way too much pressure on ourselves to be perfect. Art, the kind of art I do, is very cut and dry. Slap it down and see what happens. Don't like it? Gesso over it and start over. There are no mistakes. Only opportunities for added texture.


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10+ Savvy Ideas for Creating on a Budget

It’s easy to get distracted by all the amazing art supplies lining the walls of every craft store.

It’s easy to believe that without investing in all of those materials, you will never create great art.

I, for one, have been lured by the colorful, textured and liquid delights lining the shelves of art supply stores.  Self-control is not easy when I walk into a Dick Blick!

But that’s a belief I want to change. Creativity is not about having fancy paper, or expensive paint, or the latest marker on the market. Creativity is about making something, simply because you feel drawn to do so. Tweet That! And the beauty of creating mixed-media is that anything has the potential to become a creative supply.

Don’t believe me?

Well, sit down, pour yourself  a cup of tea - I suggest Chai, and let's dive into my tips for creating on a budget.

Look at what you already have.

Our homes are filled with creative opportunities.

Substrates: Junk mail and cardboard packaging are great surfaces for your art, as are catalog pages (I love using Anthropologie catalogs in my art). If you’re an art journaler, you could bind your own books using all of these bits and pieces, or recycle an old book or diary. One of my favorite handmade journals is created with old book covers. 

Collage fodder: Collect things from your everyday life. Used stamps, receipts, gift wrap, old greeting cards, leaflets, postcards, images or words snipped from packaging, junk mail, and magazines… the list goes on!  Just about everything is fair game in my book.  If I "think" I might use it, I save it!

Printmaking: Look at the different tools that surround you that could create interesting patterns in your work. Cardboard tubes and old bottle lids are great for making circles.  I use an old metal ring that used to live on an overhead light in my studio.  It kept falling on me while I was working and it finally dawned on me that it would be perfect for creating arty circles.

Mesh bags (like the kind you get fruit it) can be used as stencils, as can pretty much anything with holes in. Look at anything that could leave interesting impressions.

Textiles: Different kinds of yarn, string and twine can be great additions to your mixed media projects. You can also chop up old pieces of clothing (those that are beyond repair) for fabric. I removed the trim from an old t-shirt and stitched it onto my art apron.  Take apart broken pieces of costume jewelry and use them as embellishments. Seriously, your imagination is your only limit when it comes to your creative tools! Tweet That!

Adhesives: Duct tape, electrical tape, fabric tape, masking tape, painter’s tape… it all has a different look, and could all be incorporated into your mixed-media projects.

Office supplies: Don't even get me started on file folders!  I love me some of those!!!  Mark-making tools can be found on every desk across the country - ballpoint pens, a Number 2 pencil, and colored highlighters. Ring reinforcers, neon post-its, sticker labels, newsprint paper, paper clips and staples could also be used in your art.

Seriously, your imagination is your only limit when it comes to your creative tools!
— Roben-Marie

Make your own.

Spray ink: Grab yourself an empty spray bottle and dilute ink, liquid watercolor, or craft paint. You can then use these to create fun, colorful backgrounds to work on.

Stamps: Carve intricate designs into wood, erasers and rubber, or snip shapes from fun foam to create simple handmade stamps. These work really well when dipped into craft paint - but don’t forget to wash them afterwards!

Stencils: Grab a craft knife and cut designs into pieces of card stock or acetate, then spray using your DIY spray inks.

Embellishments: Doodle onto scraps of interesting paper, or print using your handmade stamps, then cut around your shapes, these can then be added to your mixed media creations as embellishments.

Shop smart.

  • Shop at big chain stores, and rummage through the discount bins.

  • Coupons are your friend.

  • Explore thrift stores and flea markets.

  • Look online - you can often find heavy discounts on craft supplies there.

  • If you really want to try a fancy new supply, buy one or two of your favorite colors to experiment with first. You can always add to the collection later.

I want you to see that if you look at your surroundings with new eyes, you will find inspiration. You will find supplies to use in your artwork, and you will unleash your creativity, without bankrupting yourself in the process.

I’ve also found that using free or cheap supplies gives you permission to play. You stop worrying about “wasting” your nice paper, or paints, or markers.

Instead the focus is on the process, and that’s how it should be.

What are your favorite ways to create on a budget?  What is your favorite find or tip or trick? I would love to hear your ideas!

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie

Mini Inspiration Journal Video Tutorial

Sherry Canino

I love to create mini journals that I can carry around in my purse to jot a note down in or fill with inspiration. If you saw the size of my purse you would know that the journal has to be quite small for it to fit! LOL!

When I was going through the beautiful Art Pops™ Cards by Roben-Marie I knew that the size would be perfect for something like this.

Design Team member Sherry Canino shares her gorgeous mini Inspiration journal with us for her design team project. Fill your own custom journal full of beautiful images to motivate and inspire you. She uses stamps from Paperbag Studios and Art Pops™ to create this gorgeous piece of Art! @robenmarie @sherrycanino #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

The colors and creative elements in the Wait for Me Art Pops™ Collection was already an inspiration to me, so I felt it quite fitting to create a little inspiration journal with these products.

Inspiration is all around

I believe that Inspiration is all around us, we only need to open up our eyes to see it, our minds to know it and our hearts to receive it. Tweet that!



Going Deeper...

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can't live without in your studio and why?

 My most important tool would be my imagination - if that's considered a tool. When you use your imagination to come up with a project or idea its where the art starts. I can't live without my music in my studio, it's honestly where I draw a lot of my inspiration from and it definitely enhances the mood of the project I'm working on.

Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? Why?

I think I go through phases where I have a favorite product or element. Right now I'm crushing on watercolors, I haven't worked with them much so they are still a bit of a mystery to me and that really draws me in and excites me. I enjoy working with new elements that I don't already know what the end result will be.


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3 Instagram Apps For IOS That Will Change How You Share

Hey, Instagram!  Inquiring Minds Want to Know!

What time is best for ME to share?

Which photos are best to share?

What are my analytics?


Instagram is my favorite social media platform because it is visually beautiful, uncluttered and easy to use!  With the addition of Instagram Stories, it is even sweeter!

The techie side of me is always on the look out for new software and I love taking them for a spin.  I found three Instagram apps that I want to share with you: Prime for Instagram, Lisa Photo Assist for Instagram and Analytics for InstagramNote: as of publishing date, these apps are only available in IOS iPhone.  
 

3 Instagram Apps That Will Change How You Share by Roben-Marie Smith @robenmarie Prime for Instagram,  Lisa Photo Assist for Instagram, Analytics for Instagram #instagram #apps #robenmarie


Prime for Instagram

So, what's your Instagram Prime time? Is it Friday at 10AM or Wednesday at 3AM?

How nice would it be to actually KNOW what time is the best time for you to post to Instagram?

Prime for Instagram's powerful algorithm processes hundreds of thousands of data points to determine when your followers are online, their activity, their relation to you, and, ultimately, when you should be posting to Instagram.

Prime generates a personalized Prime time for you for each day of the week. It also processes alternative Prime times, so that you can post multiple times a day or whenever best suits you while still getting the most hits on your posts.

Plus, Prime allows you to schedule as many posts as you want (including the option to add a caption to them). You can also track the success of all of your past posts.*

Have an Android?  Take a look at The Preview App.


Lisa Photo Assist for Instagram

Can't you pick the best photo for Instagram? Lisa checks thousands  of features while calculating on your behalf.  Lisa also recommends hashtags tailored to the content of your photos and that's a huge time-saver!

Select the photos that you have no idea which to post. Hit the button! Let Lisa analyze each and every detail so you can KNOW which one to post!**


Analytics for Instagram

Analytics for Instagram give you what you need for your accounts, including:

- You can monitor followers, followings, and posts

- Get daily updates and with the Pro account, get updates every hour

- You can watch multiple accounts, even if they're not your own accounts

 

What are your favorite Instagram apps and why?  I would love to hear about them!

Have a blessed day!
 

Roben-Marie

 

*Information from the Prime for Instagram website.
**Information from the Lisa Photo Assist website.

Chance - An Art Journal Page Video Tutorial

Karen Gaunt

I'm a great believer in not reinventing the wheel when it comes to using techniques in my Art Journal. I love to revisit older ideas and re-purpose them, use them in new ways.

Embossing powder is definitley one of those old school techniques and I love how it looks on my journal page against the colors on my background. 

Design Team member Karen Gaunt shares her "Chance" Journal page with us. Be inspired by her techniques as she uses stamps from Paperbag Studios and Art Pops™ to create this gorgeous piece of Art! @robenmarie @karengaunt #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

I was excited to play with the distressed alphabet for this journal page. The large, chunky and irregular letters worked so well across the center of the spread.

Taking chances with art

I don't often have a deep and meaningful aspect of my Art Journal but when I do, it has a special place in my heart. I picked the word "Chance" for my journal to reflect all of the chances and risks that I am taking in my life just now. Taking chances is what helps us to grow as Artists and humans. Tweet That!



Going Deeper...

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can't live without in your studio and why?

I't so hard to narrow down what would be the "one" thing isn't it? If I had to push myself I would probably say that my Gelli Plate is my most important tool that I have. I nearly all of my pages there is an element of it in there somewhere. 

The one thing I could not live without though has got to be my book text and old books. I can't seem to make anything these days without adding in a found poem!

Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? Why?

I'm not sure if you would class it as an "element" of Art or not but the thing I love to work with the most is my own imagination! I look at the shelves of art journals that I have completed and I am always blown away by how many different ideas I have been able to come up with and still continue to imagine. It so important that we look at all of the wonderful things we've already made and achieved. I don't think that we take the time to do this enough, we're always too busy looking ahead at the next "new" thing.


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The 100 Day Project Week Fourteen + 2



@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.

Day 97

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Altered Art Tag Tutorial

Kristi Nazzaro

I enjoy altering shipping tags and knew that for this first project I wanted to stay within my comfort zone. I love adding stamps to my projects and the Art Fusion set was the perfect compliment to this piece.

I enjoy adding various textures to my pieces while building up my layers. Adding torn and frayed fabric to my art symbolizes for me the threads and pieces of our lives and how we move forward in life with these experiences - whether good, bad or indifferent and how they stay with us. 

Design Team member Kristi Nazzaro shares her process for making her gorgeous altered art tag with us for her design team project. Be inspired as she uses stamps from Paperbag Studios and Art Pops™ to create this gorgeous piece of Art! @robenmarie @kristinazzaro #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

I began this tag with a base layer of gesso to prep the surface. This hides the bland color of the tag and begins the transformation. I then chose acrylic paint as the background to establish the color scheme. The process of transforming a basic, plain shipping tag into something bold and colorful is truly magic to me. I find repurposing everyday objects as a theme in the art I create. 

I added acrylic paint to my stamps and stamped using various masking techniques. The first impression is always bold in color but I love seeing the varying degrees of color each generation of stamping provides.

I have been experimenting with stamping on fabric and love the uncertainty that comes along with that technique. Allowing myself to try new techniques and having no expectation of results has been a huge area of growth for me as an artist. I found that in the past, I strive for perfection in my art had really smothered my creative process. Letting go of preconceived notions and unrealistic expectations has allowed me to enjoy all of the aspects of creating - the good, the bad, the ugly and the sheer joy.

Art is my avenue of connection.

Often art connects me with other people, however, I find that art also allows me to connect to myself on an entirely different level. I see where that connection has me growing in all the right places.



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15 list prompts for your art journal

I am a big list maker.

I am also a big journaler.

So what do you get when you cross lists and journals? A very happy Roben-Marie, that’s what.

Aside from keeping your life organized, lists are a great thing to add to your art journal spreads. Tweet It!

15 List Prompts for Your Art Journal by Roben-Marie Smith @robenmarie and a Free download of 21 Jump Starts for Daily Journaling #artjournaling #journaling

Many of my students struggle to bring the journaling into their art journals - the actual writing part, I mean. And one of the tips I give them is to incorporate lists onto their pages.

These don’t have to be shopping lists, or to do lists, or lists that you would actually use. They could be lists of your favorite things, or lists of your dreams and thoughts. The idea is just that you take the pressure off yourself, and write down a few words.

These words could be covered up completely by paint or collage. They could form part of one of your journal layers. They could even become the focal point of your page. That’s up to you.

To help overcome a journaling block, I encourage you to start with a list!
— Roben-Marie

To help you overcome your journaling blocks, I encourage you to dip into my list of 15 list prompts for your art journal. Tweet That! 

  1. Your favorite ways to start your day.

  2. Meaningful quotes.

  3. Books that have changed your life.

  4. The best things you’ve ever tasted.

  5. Most adventurous moments.

  6. People you couldn’t live without.

  7. Favorite art supplies.

  8. Significant dates from your life.

  9. Your ultimate playlist.

  10. Things you’d like to do this summer.

  11. Movies you watch over and over.

  12. Favorite colors.

  13. Places you’d like to visit.

  14. Acts of kindness you intend to carry out.

  15. Things you’re beyond grateful for.

Tips:

  • Use list prompts as a way to practice your hand lettering. Tweet That!

  • Use alphabet stamps on found papers and collage onto your spread.

  • Cut letters or words from magazines, junk mail and book paper to create your list.

Have fun with these ideas!!

Have a creative day!

Roben-Marie


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