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The Official Guide to Daisy Yellow Creative Prompts

"Our time is so short
and the future so terrifyingly long.
Through the art of brush, pen, and lens...
we possess a swift and sure means
of touching the conscience
and clearing the vision."
Ansel Adams

Spending time on creative stuff is one of the keys to happiness. Most of my creative time is spent on art journaling, drawing mandalas, doodling & photography. You might do embroidery, watercolor, acting, sculpting, cooking, collage, writing, creating crossword puzzles, gardening, nature journaling, quilting... or developing the perfect latte. It all swirls around the creative process.

A guide to the creative prompts & challenges scattered across Daisy Yellow...

Art Journaling 101: Introduction
Art Journaling 102: Art Materials
Art Journaling Tangents & Tactics, video tutorial series
Art Journaling for Kids + Teens
Prompt60, 60 art journal prompts
Daily Paper Prompts, 67 techniques-based prompts
No Frills Creative Prompts, photographic prompts
Kick-Start, art journal prompts
Prompt6ix, randomly phrased creative prompts


Daily Paper Prompt: The Index

"Go ahead into life, full-blooded, courageous and leap for the adventure. But you must do it soon—before the summer of your youth has cooled off into caution. You are magnificently charming—and you come like a torrent. But you will be spent on the futility of little things. You are not a watercolor. You are carved out of life—and there can be no petty hesitancies about you.”
Ruth Reichl

Official Index of Daily Paper Prompts

A series of 67 techniques-based creative prompts that can be worked at your own pace and interpreted on paper of any size, from index cards to full pages in your journal to loose pieces of cardboard. A little nudge to help you commit to a recurring creative "date" on the calendar of your life. It doesn't have to be a B-I-G decision in capital letters. It's just a tip of the hat, a nod, a wink. A bit of time every day for yourself. I suggest that you work the prompts in order ~ but ~ feel free to simply skip a prompt that you don't feel like doing, or a prompt where you don't have the materials. You can be as clever as you wish with your interpretation!

Disclaimer: The intention of these prompts is to learn, practice or otherwise interpret a variety of techniques that could then be components or lead to ideas for your artwork. The DPP might or might not wind up with a lovely finished work that you adore. Try to look at it as practice and exploration. Or art material testing. Playing with techniques or ideas.

DPP #1: Paint a Rainbow

DPP #2: Windows

DPP #3: Drips

DPP #4: Flowers

DPP #5: Linear

DPP #6: Certification

DPP #7: Leftovers

DPP #8: Faded

DPP #9: Games

DPP #10: Stitch Paper

DPP #11: Ogee Pattern

DPP #12: Round

DPP #13: Grid

DPP #14: Saturated Color 

DPP #15: Words

DPP #16: Dictionary Love {Gretchen Miller}

DPP #17: Chandelier

DPP #18: Create an Art Travel Kit

DPP #19: Mail Art

DPP #20: The Blues {Patricia Dattoma}

DPP #21: Stamp a Mandala

DPP #22: Mapping

DPP #23: Draw a Mandala

DPP #24: The Simple Plastic Card

DPP #25: Create Art Elsewhere

DPP #26: Artist Trading Cards

DPP #27: Slow Journaling

DPP #28: Nature Journaling

DPP #29: Swirly Writing

DPP #30: Creative Reading

DPP #31: Finishing

DPP #32: Invent-a-Font

DPP #33: Art Material Color Palettes

DPP #34: Puzzled

DPP #35: Documenting Markers, Pens & Pencils

DPP #36: Messing Around with Paint {Natasha White}

DPP #37: Block Letters

DPP #38: Color Grid {Hanna Andersson}

DPP #39: Paint Lines

DPP #40: Create a List

DPP #41: Scraping Paint

DPP #bonus: Haiku

DPP #42: Hand-Lettering {Teresa Robinson}

DPP #43: Brainstorm!

DPP #44: Acrylic Leaf Prints

DPP #45: The Sun

DPP #46: Stapled Collage {Lauren Bergold}

DPP #47: Stamping Circles

DPP #48: Ransom Note

DPP #49: Vogue

DPP #50: Negative Space {Jana Bodin}

DPP #51: Borders {Kim Hesson}

DPP #52: White Page

DPP #53: Triangles {Denyse Whelan}

DPP #54: Organize Emphemera

DPP #55: Patterns on a Grid {Anika Starmer}

DPP #56: Torn Paper Collage

DPP #57: One Word Journal Page

DPP #58: Hand-Carved Stamps {Gabriele}

DPP #59: Altered Maps

DPP #60: Monochromatic Collage

DPP #61: Create to the Rhythm of the Music {Marit Barentsen}

DPP #62: Random Act of Art {Mary}

DPP #63: Layering Inkjet Transparencies {Lauren}

DPP #64: Contour Drawings

DPP #ŝї✄тƴ-ḟḯ√ε: Wax Resist

DPP #㉒*⑶: Neocolor Love

DPP #⑹⑺: Paint-it-Black

That's a wrap! 67 prompts focused on sparking your creativity with art journaling and mixed media techniques. Pop over to the next series of prompts, Prompt60!!!


Daily Paper Prompt #67: Paint-it-Black

Doodling in bold black marker in my Art Doodle Love journal... making negative space interesting.

Making gelatin prints with cut-out-petals as masks.

An art journal page from 2010 {not the best photo, sorry} where I started with black gesso and then used a technique I taught in my workshop for 21 Secrets a few years ago called Urban Layer Cake. Find the video tutorial here. My journaling is in white gelly roll.

Stitching painted papers on black paper.

Art journal collage on a background of black gesso. Black acrylics work just as well.

Acrylics and ink on an index card.


Prompt #67 is to create an art journal page or other artwork on paper where black is the predominant color or the background color.

Check out the index to all of the Daily Paper Prompts!


Daily Paper Prompt #66: Neocolor Love

“We are sun and moon, dear friend; we are sea and land. It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is: each the other's opposite and complement.”
Hermann Hesse

There's a video tutorial for using Neocolors to embellish your journaling at Art Journal Tangent #5: Beach Umbrella.

For this prompt, grab your Caran D'Ache Neocolor II water-soluble wax crayons {or Lyra aquarelles or watercolor pencils}. Draw something with Neocolors or use them on a collaged page. Try drawing stripes or a house or a starburst or a grid!

Neocolors are so versatile and an integral part of my art journaling process. You can draw with them as you would any other crayon, use a wet brush to "grab" color from the tip and paint like watercolor, brush over your colored lines to dissolve them and edge photographs or images.

Check out the index to all of the Daily Paper Prompts!


Daily Paper Prompt #65: Wax Resist

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself,
than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”
Henry David Thoreau

Left to Right: 1) wax resist, india ink, alcohol ink, 2) wax resist, gouache, 3) wax resist, high flow acrylics, alcohol ink, 4) ballpoint pen, wax resist, gouache

First drew with wax, then painted with gouache.

First drew stripes with wax, then painted with blue india ink, then dripped alcohol ink in various colors. 

First drew with wax, then painted with gouache.

First drew with wax, then painted with blue high flow acrylics, then dripped alcohol inks in various colors.

{Note this is in a different order, wax is not first...} First wrote random thoughts with standard ball-point pen, then rubbed wax on top of the inked lines, then painted with gouache. You'll need good light to "see" where you are adding the wax lines; I was a bit off! I tried this with several pens and the only one that worked well was a junky ball-point. You know, standard hotel issue pens or one found in the dusty depths of your desk at work.


Start with a candle, a big ol' block of canning wax or an ordinary white crayon. Use the hard wax to draw squiggles or lines on an index card. That's the resist or the mask. For the next layer, experiment with different mediums. What do you like best? What medium allows you to use wax to mask a shape most effectively? 

Check out the index to all of the Daily Paper Prompts!