Okay, folks, now’s your chance to win a copy of “Journal Bliss: Creative Prompts to Unleash Your Inner Eccentric” by Violette. To enter, all you have to do is share your favorite art journaling or writing prompt in the comment section below. If the prompt is not your original idea, please credit your source with links. The deadline to enter is June 5, 2009. Good luck, everyone!
I’ll start you off with one of my favorite prompts, so grab your favorite pen and find a blank page in your notebook. Ready? Okay. Now make a list of happy childhood memories, as many as you can think of in the next 10 minutes. Working as fast as you can write down anything that triggers a good memory. Start with your favorite candy or cereal and work from there. What did you love to do when you were little? Where did you go? Did you have a favorite toy or book or teacher? Who did you enjoy spending time with?
It’s fine for your list to include responses ranging from one-word answers like “Cheerios” to phrases like “swimming at the city pool,” “picking dandelions for Mom,” “swinging on swings with my sisters at the park,” and “drinking Pepsi out of the glass bottle with Dad after mowing the lawn.” If you’re compelled to write complete sentences, that’s fine. But fragments and phrases will due.
The key is to work fast and try not to linger too long on any one memory. There will be plenty of time for that later. The point of this prompt is to trigger and record memories quickly, so you have a whole list of memories to develop into illustrated entries later. A single memory could be the subject of its own page.
I did this exercise in a class I just finished teaching here in West Michigan and discovered that even those who experienced difficult childhoods where able to make the most beautiful lists of positive memories. So, think back, and see where this prompt takes you.
Chances are some of the same things that made you happy then, will make you happy now. Hint, hint. : )
Okay, let’s hear your prompt ideas….