Art Journal Prompt: My Typical Day

This fun art journal prompt will get you thinking about your daily norms.

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In this post, I’m going to share a single art journal prompt that is designed to get you thinking about your life. Which is why I love art. Because art gets us thinking.

It’s pretty deep, neuroscience is saying. When you do art, brain activity is centered in the right side of the brain, where our imagination lies. 

And, imagination is the key to art journaling. When you take out your sketchbook and put in an art journal entry, in whatever medium, your imagination is at work. 

Even if you don’t really feel it. The fact that you’re making art is an indication of the creative process at work. 

When it comes to journaling, sometimes I’ve got great ideas for my journal, and other times I feel stuck. At times like this, I go searching for idea prompts.

One of my go-to websites to spark my creative expression is Pinterest. I’ll browse through journaling boards for art inspiration like this one from KerryMayMakes and this one from JoyfulArtJournaling.

If you’re looking for a journal prompt for today, here it is…

In a sentence: Using the art supplies you’ve chosen and an appropriate surface, depict a typical scene out of a typical day in your life.

That was pretty clear, wasn’t it?

I know some of you have questions. “But there is no typical in my life.” “Every day is different for me.” Or “What should I draw, breakfast, lunch, and supper?”

So I’m here to tell you that those questions are great – because they mean you are making your personal journey down sketching lane. It’s you who gets to decide what you draw in your sketchbook. It’s you who leads the conversation. The prompt is just there to get your juices going.

Here are the basic supplies you’ll need:

A regular pen/pencil and white paper, that’s all. Of course, you can upgrade and use any drawing/painting materials that appeal to you. But if you have that, it’s enough to start. 

Now, if you haven’t yet started, review the directive above and get started. Draw or create, using the directive above.

You don’t have to plan anything out. Just be curious about what will unfold and let ‘er rip.

Here’s the rationale.

We are so used to thinking the way we usually do, that we often get stuck in a our own perspective. That’s not bad, but it’s pretty subjective. And sometimes taking a fresh look from the outside can help us appreciate what is working, and motivate us to change what is not.

In a nutshell, when you look at a typical scene out of your day, you can evaluate from the outside how it looks and feels to you.

When you’re done, give yourself time to look at your artwork. Notice whether you enjoyed this directive.

Whatever you feel, use this entry to decide if you want to make some changes to your day. In this post, I describe how it’s normal to be afraid of change, and what factors motivate people to change. 

Tip: To learn about using art for your own healing, check out the quick guidelines before you get started on this interesting directive.

Happy journaling!