My friend John invited me for lunch and art time at his home last Friday. It was a spectacularly fun day. John suggested that we play the "prompt game" that he has used before with other art journal friends. John would give us each a prompt to do in our journal and set a time limit for working. Then I would come up with something and a time limit. Back and forth we went. By the end I was using a list of prompts that John has compiled as I ran out of ideas. It was great fun and very freeing to work that way and with a time limit. I felt free to try things I would not ordinarily do. John, as always, did a wonderful spread, which he didn't think he'd finished when we finally decided to stop.
It was surprisingly tiring, this having all this fun! By 4 PM I was done in (and I'm sure John was more than ready to get rid of me!). I like what I've done in my journal. I think it's finished....but maybe not.
Partial List of Prompts:
- add gesso and use a roller with a design carved into it to make texture on the page (I used black gesso) on a page I had previously preprinted yellow
- write in black Sharpie on your spread---either just words of a haiku (5/7/5)
- stencil a border around the spread
- use metal tape (the sort used in heating ducts---I have no idea what it's called but it is adhesive backed and you can get it at your local hardware store)---and tear out shapes to use on your page, then use black paint to antique them
- use a credit card to spread two colors on your spread
- use fiber paste on one side in three places, then fold your spread in half so the fiber paste spreads onto both sides of the spread---when dry, sand and then color with a spray ink
- find three photos or three words, or a combination of both, from a magazine and paste onto your spread
- stamp a repetitive design with a stamp or your fingers onto your spread
- use an image of an animal
- tear shapes from wallpaper and use
- thin gesso and then pour onto the spread, turn the spread and allow the gesso to drip---do this in more than one place
- use graphite pencil
- use a white pen to follow shapes
- use a postage stamp
- add something to be the focal point(s) to the spread
I highly recommend trying this to free yourself to trying new methods in your journal or sketchbook. I learned a lot by doing this (and watching John work!).
Thanks, John! I had a wonderful time.