Wednesday, July 3, 2013

25 Amazing Art Journal Theme Ideas

Here are 25 ideas for giving your art journals a "place to go."

1. Retro Journal- Kick it old school.
2. Body Parts- Each page focuses on one part of the human anatomy.
3. Empowerment- Quotes that give you mental strength.
4. Cards- Design a journal around your own version of cards: post cards, game         cards, holiday cards, get well cards, sympathy cards, invitations, etc.
5. Brand X- Side-by-side- their logos vs your version of a logo for the same product.
6. Secret Hoarder- No need to clutter the house, do it in your journal.
7. Poetry in Motion- Use poetry to inspire your designs.
8. My Super Heroes- Mash up some crazy characters and give them outrageous names like Capt. Umbrella or Washer Woman or The Bulk.
9. My Obsessions- Things you obsess over, worry about, or have to have.
10. In My World- Create an imaginary world on each page.
11. Pissy Missy- Things that tick you off. Let it all out. Art is cheap therapy.
12. Life vs Art- Side-by-side layout of a photo and then your rendering of the photo
13. My Spin on It- How you would have designed it, worded it, framed it, dressed it.
14. Positive Affirmations- Only positive words to remind yourself of the good.
15. A Pocket Full- On each page use a different type of pocket to hold whatever.
16. Black and Blue- Only use the colors black and blue to journal things that hurt.
17.Question and Answer- Side-by-side layout. Ex: (on left page)why do birds sing?
(on right page) because they are free to fly!
18. Doodley Do- Only doodles allowed. period. Draw on each page with only one color.
19. Things I Own- Journal about where you got things from or why you bought it.
20. Sans Words- pictures only.
21. Bucket List- Things you want to do before you die. Be sure to have a box on every page so you can put a big red check mark in it as you complete each item!
22. Attitude of Gratitude- Things you are thankful for. Remember the small things.
23. If I Ruled the World- Rules you would make if you were the queen.
24. Song Lyrics- Use the title or a line or two. Or make each page a line from the same song. Songs you loved at different times in your life and why.
25. Movie Lines- Journal your favorite movie lines and create pages for them.

There you have it! My creative juices are flowing. Are yours? Go make some art!!

18 comments:

  1. Great list! Thanks for the inspiration! <3 I found you via Pinterest and can't wait to snoop around your blog some more!

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  2. I absolutely love your blog! I've always wanted to do art journaling, but never really knew how to start. I love all of your examples, pictures, and clear directions! Thank you!

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  3. I can't wait to get started esp. like the poetry and movie lines ideas.

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  4. try a zentangle. Check it out at my blog: www.intheoddlifeofme.blogspot.com

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  5. Thanks so much for sharing this in your blog! My 8th grade students are doing 2nd quarter photojournalism posts, and these are wonderful for that. They can take a pic related to your 25 ideas, and then write about it.

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  6. Love it!! I shared this post on my blog, hope that's ok. You can check it out here: http://polkadotsandphotographs.blogspot.com/2015/01/links-links-links_29.html

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  7. Love it!! I shared this post on my blog, hope that's ok. You can check it out here: http://polkadotsandphotographs.blogspot.com/2015/01/links-links-links_29.html

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  8. Thank you! Those are some great ideas!!! I've been in the sciences all my life so starting out with this right-brain stuff is intimidating sometimes 😘. Gotta get past the white!

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  9. Your collages are galvanizing.

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  10. cool!!!...thnx allot for blogging the ideas..;-)

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  11. Thanks for this! I will keep it in my sketchbook!

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  12. Thanks for the tips! These are great ideas! :D

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  13. I like your site and will be teaching a journaling class soon. You have some great hints! Queen Rose

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  14. I love this list! Thanks for sharing it. :)

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  15. This is a good list, I will use it! Thanks!

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  16. Great ideas for the junk journals I'm making for my grandkids to take to sleep away camp! Thanks for so many inspirations! You filled in many blanks!

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