Ideas of lists:
1. A to Z List: Make a list of something from A to Z. It could be a list of things you want to do, or a list of things that inspire you.
2. Words You Like List: What words inspire and motivate you or just plain out make you feel good? Making a list of 10 or 100 words can be a great art journal prompt.
3. Favorite Movies: What movies do you love? Create a page inspired by your favorite movies.
4. Favorite Songs: I love music, so making lists of songs is pretty simple for me! You could make a list of songs that make you happy, songs that make you sad, songs that remind you of a person in your life, songs that help you fall asleep. What’s on your playlist? Use that as inspiration!
5. List of Places: You could make a list of your favorite places to go, places you’ve traveled to, or places you would like to travel to, or places you have lived.
6. List of Foods: What are some of your favorite foods to eat or cook?
7. Clothes List: List everything in your closet, or just what you’re wearing for today or some of your favorite outfits to wear.
8. Make a Currently List: What are you reading, watching, listening to, eating, needing, wanting, and missing right now?
9. The To-Do List: Do you have a never ending to-do list? Don’t be afraid to include your to-do lists in an art journal.
10. Things to Try List: What are some things you would like to try? Maybe you’ve got a zillion things on Pinterest awaiting you, or maybe there’s something new you’re interested in learning and doing.
11. Goals List: What are your goals for this week? The next month? The next year? The next five years? Art journaling about your goals can help bring them from idea to reality!
12. Your Thankful List: What are you thankful for? Creating a list of things you are thankful for can help you appreciate even the smallest things.
13. Makes Me Happy List: What Makes you Happy? Make a list of things in your life that bring you joy.
14. Makes me Sad List: Knowing the things that make you sad can help you understand yourself better as well as can make for some interesting art.
15. Shopping Lists: Shopping lists might not sound like the most exciting thing, but it can be interesting to see what’s on your “to-buy” list in your art journals.
16. Childhood Memories List: What are some of the things you remember from being a child? What things remind you of being a child?
17. Quotes List: What are some of your favorite quotes? Create a list of them on your art journal page. If you have many, many favorite quotes, consider breaking them up into different categories, ie: favorite love quotes, favorite sad quotes, favorite inspirational quotes.
18. Best Decisions You’ve Ever Made List: Each day we make hundreds of decisions, from what to eat for breakfast to what to wear for the day. Sometimes we make big decisions too – like moving somewhere new or changing your lifestyle habits. Make a list of 5 or 10 best decisions you’ve ever made.
19. Things I’d Rather Be Doing List: What would you rather be doing instead of what you’ve been doing? Make a list of things you would like to do all the time.
20. List of Firsts: Your first kiss, your first date, your first job, your first drive, your first teacher, your first concert, the first thing you do in the morning…making a list of firsts can be very interesting!
21. Rainy Day Ideas List: What can you do on a rainy day? Make a list of things you can do for fun or to relax while the raindrops patter on the windows.
22. Books List: What are you reading lately? What are some of your favorite books of all time? What’s on your “to-read” list?
23. Wishlist: What things are on your wishlist?
24. Talents/Strengths List: Make a list of things you are very talented at or some of your strengths. Not only is this a great topic for an art journal page, but it will make you feel good about yourself too!
25. If I Ruled the World List: What would you do if you ruled the world? Make a list of the things you’d do differently or change.
26. Bucket List: What’s on your bucket list? What are things you’d like to do before a certain milestone in your life?
27. Ought to Do List: Are there things you should do but don’t want to do? You can make a list of chores or tasks you don’t feel like doing but should do.
28. Daily Life List: What do you do on an average day? Make a list of your usual activities you do each day.
29. Someone You Admire List: Make a list of people you admire and look up to. Or, additionally/alternatively, make a list of the characteristics of someone you admire.
30. Ways to Relax List: Make a list of what relaxes you and helps you feel calm.
31. List of Things You Find Beautiful: What do you find beautiful? Make a list of things where you see beauty.
32. Inside Your Bag List: What do you keep inside your purse or briefcase or other bag you carry around with you each day? No bag? How about your pockets or what you keep in your car?
33. List of Advice: Make a list of the advice you’ve received over the years, or list advice you wish you could give yourself or others.
34. List of Things You Are Proud Of: What makes you feel proud for accomplishing or doing?
35. The Never List: What are things you’ve never done? Or things you know you never will do?
36. Website Lists: Make a list of all your favorite websites and websites you visit the most often or sites you have bookmarked.
37. List of Things You Collect: Do you collect items? Whether its for art journaling, or for another purpose, make a list of things you’ve collected.
38. List of Things You Own: What things do you own? Make a list of your possessions.
39. List of Things In Progress: Do you have projects that are in progress or an aspect of yourself you are working on? Make a list of “in progress things”…and it might just help you to finish some of them!
40. List of Questions: Are there questions you have about life that you don’t know the answers to? Make a list of all the questions you have – they can be silly or as serious as you want them to be.
41. List of Fears: What are you scared of? Making a list of fears can help you overcome some of these.
42. Reasons Why List: Make a list of the reasons why you love/hate something. Or Reasons why you’re glad you did something.
43. List of Things You Are Looking Forward To: What are some things that you are looking forward to in the next few days, weeks, month, or year?
44. List of Funny Things That Have Happened to You: What are some things that have happened to you that you can laugh about now?
45. Things That Remind You of Home: What reminds you of home?
46. List of Things You Need to Survive: What couldn’t you survive without? What things do you need to have to live?
47. Things You Know: Make a list of all the things you’ve learned or know.
48. Packing List: What do you pack when traveling?
48 A. List of Inside Jokes You Have: Have a joke only you and someone else understand? Make a list of these so you’ll remember them for later.
49. If I Were a Zillionaire: What would you do if you had zillions of dollars and could spend money with reckless abandon?
50. Fictional Places You Wish You Could Visit: Whether they be from books, movies, or your own imagination, what are some imaginary places you’d like to visit?
52. List of Names You Like: Whether you’re naming future kids, pets, or your household items…there are some really cool names out there worthy of making a list about!
53. Pet Peeves: Make a list of some of your pet peeves. What really drives you nuts?
54. List of Jobs You Think You Might Enjoy: Even if you aren’t thinking about a career change, it can be fun to think of other jobs you might enjoy.
55. Things to Do When You’re Bored: Make a list of things to do when you’re bored.
56. List of Things to Put in Your Art Journal: I like to keep a list of art journal techniques and ideas in my book as it always gives me inspiration whenever I’m in need of an idea.
57. The Best Parts of Today…: Make a list of all the best parts of today! Remember: It’s those little moments in life that matter the most!
58. Favorite Games List: Whether it’s cards, board games, video games, or computer games, make a list of all your favorites.
59. List of Things You Would Do If You Had More Time: There’s simply not enough time in the day, is there? What would you do if you had a few extra hours in the day?
60. List of Colors: You can make a list of all your favorite colors, made-up names you have for colors, or list things that are a certain color (IE: 25 Things That I Love That Are Red).
61. Things to Do When You Are Sad: What helps you feel better when you’re feeling blue? This can be an uplifting list to make and a great one to reference to when times get tough.
62. List of Favorite Smells: What smells do you love? Whether it’s vanilla scented candles or the smell of coffee in the morning or the smell of a fresh spring rain…make a list of all the things you love for a little aromatherapy.
63. How to Be Happy List: Make a list telling someone how to be happy.
64. List of Promises to Yourself (Or Someone Else): What things can you promise yourself (or someone else) to do?
65. List of Things That Changed Your Life: It could be as simple as a book or meeting a certain person…what has changed your life for the better?
66. Reasons Why You Love The Seasons: Do you love winter, spring, summer, or fall? Make a list of why you love these seasons.
67. Random Facts About Me List: Make a fact sheet all about you! List 10-100 random things about you that help define who you are.
68. List of Things to Photograph: Do you like photography? Make a list of things you would like to take pictures of.
68 A. List of Places to Visit In Your City: Chances are there are some great places to visit in your city – make a list of where you would recommend a visitor to visit, whether it be historical landmarks, parks, or restaurants.
69. Creativity List: Make a list of all the things that help you stay creative.
70. Dream Home List: What would you like your dream home to be like?
71. Overheard Conversations List: What conversations have you overheard?
72. List of Things To Do With Someone You Love: Make a list of things to do together with someone you love – date night ideas for example.
73. List of Favorite Magazines: What are some of your favorite magazines to read (or in the case of most art journalists…cutting up, lol)…make a list of magazines you’d like to read.
74. Favorite Artists List: Who’s artwork inspires you the most? Make a list of all your favorite artists.
75. Things People Say: Make a list of the things your kids or spouse or friends or family members say.
76. Sick Day List: What things do you like to do when you’re sick?
77. List of Words That Describe You: How do your friends and family describe you? What words do you use to describe yourself?
78. Reasons to Make Lists: Why do you love lists? Make a list about lists
79. Favorite Snacks: Make a List of Your Favorite snacks to munch on.
80. List of Book Titles: What topics could you write a book about? Make a list of possible book titles.
81. List of Inventions You Wish Existed: What inventions do you wish existed that would make your life easier?
82. List of Business Ideas: Make a list of possible business ideas you could do using your current interests or talents.
83. List of Things to Remember: What are things you should remember? Whether they’re life lessons or simple tips, make a list of the things you know you don’t want to forget.
84. The Worst Movies: Earlier we made a list of the best movies, now what are some of the worst?
85. List of Things You Wish You Could Hire Someone to Do For You: Like to delegate? Make a list of people you wish you could hire.
86. Most Embarrassing Moments: Make a list of the things that have happened to you that were embarrassing.
87. Made Up Words List: Do you make up your own words or use words for things that are uncommon? Make up a list of your favorite made up words you use.
88. What I Learned Today List: Everyday is full of opportunities for learning something. What did you learn today?
89. Things You Didn’t Plan: Life is full of unexpected surprises. What good things have happened in your life that you didn’t plan?
90. List of Things You’ve Searched Online: What have you searched online for answers for in the past few days?
91. Worry List: Experts say you should plan your time to worry so you don’t stay up all night worrying. Makes sense to me! Make a list of the things you worry about – and save yourself from worrying about it later.
92. Events List: Make a list of special events, whether it be birthdays, anniversaries, or obscure holidays like Wear Brown Shoes Day.
93. Flowers and Plants List: What are some of your favorite flowers and plants?
94. Time Wasters: Make a list of your favorite ways to waste time.
95. Manifesto List: What are some words and phrases to live by that are part of your life’s manifesto? Make a list of sayings to live by.
96. List of Things You Love to Touch: What things feel good against your skin? Make a list of things you love to touch.
97. Dreams List: What are some of the dreams you have and hope for yourself or your kids/friends/relatives?
98. List of Healthy Things: What makes you feel healthy, or what do you want to do to be healthier?
99. List of House Rules: What are the rules of your house?
100. DO’s and DON’Ts List: What are the DO’s and DON’Ts to live by or tips for doing something you know a lot about?
101. List of Favorite Poems: Do you like poetry? What are your favorite poems?
Holiday:
1. Illustrate a Holiday Song: Whether it’s “Silent Night” or “Blue Christmas” or “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” – pick one of your favorite holiday songs and illustrate it. I could fill a whole journal full of all the songs I like!
2. Create a Snowflake: There are many different ways to do this. You could cut out paper snowflakes (some directions here), You could doodle them, paint them, make them out of popsicle sticks…the possibilities are really endless! If you want to add some sparkle to your snowflakes, I recently learned from a fellow art journaling enthusiast that glitter nail polish works nicely as an alternative to traditional glue and glitter.
3. Build a Snowman: You don’t have to go out into the cold to build a snowman, you can always paint/draw/doodle one! You can make one or many.
4. Holiday Quotes: There are countless quotes on the different winter holidays, and each of them can be a great place of inspiration for a page (or several pages) in your art journal.
5. Presence: I love the saying “Your presence is a gift” – and this time of the year always makes me feel thankful for the time spent with family and friends. Create a journal page inspired by the word presence and the people who have been a gift to you in your life.
6. Evergreen Trees: Paint/Create a winter scene of evergreen trees, or decorate a Christmas tree. I’ve seen some really cute examples of trees made out of twine, ripped out book pages, buttons, and more.
7. Santa/St. Nick: Make a mixed media painting or collage of Saint Nick or Santa Claus in your journal or write a list of reasons to believe in Santa Claus.
8. Stars: I know nothing about astronomy, but to me it seems like the stars shine just a little bit brighter in the winter months – maybe because of the days getting darker longer. There are also many references to stars in many different holiday stories…making stars being a great source of inspiration for a journal page!
9. Giving: This season it’s quite popular to exchange gifts with friends and family. Make a page about what giving means to you.
10. Traditions: What are some of your holiday traditions? Create a page about the ones that are the most meaningful to you or create a list of traditions.
11. Favorite Holiday Color Combinations: The holidays are full of colors and patterns. Choose a few of your favorite color schemes and use these colors on a page or two in your journal.
12. Favorite Holiday Book/Movie: Is there a favorite book or movie or character for the holidays? Perhaps you could illustrate a scene from your favorite book or movie or create your own character.
13. Hot Chocolate: Hot chocolate is best enjoyed in the winter months. Make a page of a warm cup of hot chocolate!
14. Christmas Town/Village: This year we will be going to Christmas Town in Williamsburg Virginia and I am so excited! It’s so fun to see the different ways cities and towns decorate for the holidays, and it’s a great source of inspiration for different things you can draw/paint/collage into your journal.
15. Naughty & Nice: Santa makes his list and checks it twice…so have you been naughty or nice this year?
16. Grown Up Christmas List: What are your wishes and wants for the holiday season this year? You can write a letter to Santa, make a wishlist, or write about peace on earth.
17. Reuse Christmas Cards: Did you save all your holiday cards from last year? Use them to create a collage or tell a little story about the pictures and images in them.
18. Holiday Poems: You can make “Found Poetry” by cutting out holiday themed words and phrases from books and magazines, write your own poem, or illustrate one of your favorite poems in a page in your journal.
19. Toys: Draw or Paint or Collage a page in your journal of your favorite toys or invent your own toys for kids to play with or pretend you own a toy store.
20. Holiday Baking: Do you make cookies or other special treats for the holidays? Include a page in your journal of your favorite recipe or add some pictures of things you’d like to make.
21. Holiday Spirit: What does it mean to you to have the holiday spirit? What are some ways you can show that holiday cheer and spirit and share it with others?
22. Holidays as a Kid: Write about or illustrate one of your favorite memories of the holidays as a child. Compare it to what it’s like now that you’re an adult…do the holidays still hold the same magic and meaning for you?
23. Past, Present, and Future You: Charle’s Dickens wrote about the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Create a few pages in your journal about the past, present, and future you.
24. Winter Doldrums: Do the holidays make you feel stressed or sad? Create a list in your journal of ways to help lift your spirits during the winter months.
25. Volunteering/Charity Work: This time of the year is a great time to get involved or donate to a cause you are passionate about. Make a page in your art journal about what causes you support and how you’ve helped them this past year.
26. The First Day of Winter: What signs of winter do you see outside your window? What are some of your favorite winter activities?
27. Christmas Around the World: Do some research on how different countries celebrate the holidays and create a page about the ones that interest you the most.
28. Wacky Sweaters: There is a big thing about Ugly Christmas Sweaters (people throw parties for them and everything, I am not making this up!) – try your hand at designing some of your own ugly Christmas sweaters in your journal.
29. Christmas Lights: Try creating a border in your journal of Christmas lights.
30. Looking Back on the Year: How did this past year treat you? What are some of your favorite memories about the past year? How will you be celebrating New Year’s Eve?
Music:
. Illustrate a song with a vivid storyline or plot.
2. Make a page about your favorite musical instrument.
3. Turn on the radio and create a page inspired by the sound of the first song you hear.
4. Put your mp3 player on shuffle and create a page based on the song that is played.
5. Songs From the Past: What is a song from your childhood or teenage years you remember well? Create a page based on the mood/beat/memories of the song.
6. Listen to a genre of music you don’t normally listen to while you create today.
7. How has music helped you get through tough times?
8. Create a page inspired by your favorite concert you’ve ever been to.
9. Create a page as a tribute to one of your favorite musicians
10. Create a page about a quote about music.
11. What makes you want to get up and dance?
12. Music of the Decades: Choose a decade and listen to some of the music from it while creating your art journal pages
13. Invent your own musical instrument – draw/paint a picture of it or describe the sound
14. Go to Songza.com and browse by “Moods” – choose a playlist of songs for whatever mood inspires you and create a page while listening to the song.
15. Make Lists of Songs/Bands: I love making lists, and listing all of your favorite songs/bands or songs/bands that remind you of something or put you in a certain mood can be a great inspirational starting point for an art journal entry.
16. Incorporate scraps or pages of sheet music in your project.
Summer memories:
1. Favorite summer foods: What foods are special to you in the summer time?
2. Journal the word summer and draw/paint/doodle/collage all your favorite things about summertime
3. Favorite summer scents & smells
4. Summer Bucket List: What are the top 5 things you want to do this summer?
5. Love & Romance (while there’s no Valentine’s Day, summer is full of romantic moments and memories – also weddings are popular during the summer months)
6. Sunshine: For many of us, summer is the only time we ever get to see the sun! Create a page about soaking up the rays or staying in the shade.
7. Ice Cream: What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
8. The Beach: The sand, the waves, the lake/ocean…what do you love/hate about the beach?
9. Your summer garden (Don’t have a real garden? Paint/Draw one anyways!)
10. Ephemera from activities you’ve done: Receipts, ticket stubs, event programs…all of these things make for great ephemera to use in your summer pages.
11. Summer Colors: What colors do you think of when you think “summertime”? Browse summer themed color palettes online to inspire you or choose your own!
12. Summer Quotes: There’s a plethora of quotes about summertime that can be used in your art journals. Good Reads is a good place to start if you need some quotes for your journal.
13. Favorite Summer Memory from Childhood: I know when I was a kid summer was my favorite time of year – no school! Think about what you enjoyed about the summers as a kid and create a page (or two!) about it.
14. Summer Reading List: What books are you reading this summer? You can either create a page that lists the different books or create a page inspired by one of the characters or the story plot.
15. Your Perfect Summer Day: What would you do on your perfect summertime day?
16. Travel Plans: Are you planning to travel anywhere this summer? Make a page about the things you hope to see and do and the places you want to go.
17. Dreams: What did you dream about last night? Not only is this a fun way to express your creativity, it can be a great way to interpret your dreams as well.
18. Favorite Summer Sports: Do you like summertime sports like baseball or picnic games?
19. Create a How-To Guide in your journal on how to do one of your favorite summer activities. You can use words and/or pictures.
20. Invent a New Summertime Game or Activity: Think of something completely original, or put a different twist on an old favorite.
21. Summer Road Trip: Did you go on any road trips this summer (or planning on any?) Create a page about what makes a road trip a good one.
22. Favorite Ways to Cool Down: What do you do when the weather is too hot to do anything?
23. Farmer’s Markets: Do you go to any farmers markets? Make a page of your favorite things about them or use packaging/labels from a Farmer’s Market into a page.
24. Stars & Moon: The summer is a great time to go stargazing- make a page about something related to the stars or moon.
25. Design a Tree House: Who said tree houses are just for kids? Draw/Paint one and journal about it’s special features.
26. Summer Gratitude List: What things are you most thankful for in the summertime?
27. Summer Playlist: Is there a certain type of music you like more in the summer compared to other seasons? Any special songs you like to listen to in the summertime? Use a quote from the lyrics in your page, or make a list of songs.
28. Write a Summer Haiku: Haikus are very simple poems to write (5 syllables the first line, 7 syllables the second, then 5 syllables the third) – write one about summertime and illustrate it.
29. Fireworks: Draw/Paint a picture of fireworks
30. Summer in the City/Country: Do you prefer summertime in the city or the country? Make a page about the signs of summer where you live.
31. Lights Out: What do you do when the power goes out in the summertime? Another fun idea: try art journaling by candlelight.
32. What do you dislike about summer?
33. Mid-Year Review: Summer is about halfway through the year – so why not do a mid-year in review of the highlights of the year so far?
34. Observe a Wacky Holiday: Every month is an observance month for something, and there’s a wacky holiday for almost any day of the year. Check out Bizzare Holidays for some inspiration!
35. Boredom Busters: My kids tell me they are bored constantly during the summer months – make a to-do list of boredom busters or things you like to do when you’re bored.
36. Go People Watching: Take an afternoon and sit on a park bench or at a coffee shop and people watch. Sketch the people in your journal or take notes or imagine their story.
37. Favorite Summer Hangouts: Where do you like to visit during the summer? Make a page about your favorite summer hot spots.
38. Create a timeline of the summer so far. Be sure to include who, what, where, and when.
39. Now & Then Page: Create a “summer then” and a “summer now” page. Use photographs or pictures from old & new magazines to show the differences in styles, activities, etc.
40. Family Reunions & Picnics: Create a page about your family members or the last time you all got together. What made it memorable?
41. Staycation: No travel plans this summer? Why not journal about your ideal “staycation” – what you’d like to do around the house or taking a vacation right at home.
42. give a any artist references for artists who draw summer pictures?
1. Write an “About Me” about yourself.
2. A list of things you’re thankful for.
3. Small things that make you happy.
4. The last time you celebrated something.
5. The best thing that happened to you this week.
6. Something you want to change about yourself.
7. Something you could do right now to get you closer to where you want to be in life.
8. Someone you love.
9. A skill you want to learn.
10. Your favorite quote right now.
11. Something that you think holds you back.
12. A word that actually describes your life, and a word you wish described your life.
13. Someone you admire and why you admire them.
14. Something you’re stressed about.
15. Something that’s been making you laugh lately.
16. The happiest moment in your week so far.
17. Write a letter to teenage you.
18. What you like the most about yourself.
19. The one dream you have that you just can’t stop thinking about.
20. The biggest way you’ve changed in the past year.
21. The last bad day you had.
22. The place you currently call home.
23. Your best quality.
24. The last time you tried something new.
25. Three rules you try to live by.
26. Your family.
27. Your bucket list.
28. 5 big goals you have for your life.
29. The last person you said, “I love you” to.
30. A list of things you love about this season of your life.
31. Pros and cons of your job.
32. How you’ve been spending your free time lately.
33. A list of your favorite books and why you love them.
34. Your best friend.
35. Something you’re scared of.
36. Your dream job.
37. Something you’re really good at.
38. Your bad habits.
39. A tradition you want to have with your own family.
40. Sum up what you believe in on one page.
41. Your favorite things about the town you live in.
42. Describe your day in 5 words.
43. The last time you broke the rules.
44. Where you hope to be in five years.
45. What you think you would be doing with your life if money didn’t matter.
46. Write a letter to your future self.
47. Something you’re really proud of.
48. Your favorite way to relax.
49. One way you’d like to grow in the next year.
50. Your favorite way to spend a Friday.
51. A project you’re working on.
52. How you think you’re making the world a better place.