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    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 61 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.

    NEW PROMPTS EN ROUTE! We're going beyond 61, folks!!!

    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}


    Daily Paper Prompt #61: Create to the Rhythm of the Music

    Our guest hostess is Marit Barentsen! You can find Marit blogging at Marit's Paper World, creating mixed media artwork or orchestrating behind-the-scenes as the editor of Featuring Magazine. I've linked to Issue #4 because you'll find my article on creativity tucked inside!!!

    Take a sheet of paper and a tool to your preference (pencil, marker, crayon(s) or paint and a brush/palet knife. Turn on the radio (or have someone put on music without you knowing which song it will be). It can be all kinds of music – lyrics are not important so classical music can be used as well. Close your eyes and be surprised by the sound. Move your pen over the paper to the rhythm of the music. Then look what shapes / rhythms you put on the paper and work from there.

    The basic I created with a paint and palet knife while listening to Mr. Probz - "Waves" {links to YouTube}


    Final art piece created from the original background {above}.


    Another example - the basic was made using a black marker while listening to Herman Brood - "Saturday Night" {links to YouTube}. A tutorial on how this work came about can be found on Marit's blog!

    There's an index to all of the Daily Paper Prompts.


    Daily Paper Prompt #60: Monochromatic Collage

    monochromatic: one color + black + white 

    pick a color, any color. use that color plus black and white and create a collage 

    There's an index to all of the Daily Paper Prompts.


    Daily Paper Prompt #59: Altered Maps

     Use a map in your artwork. As a background for an art journal page or artist trading card, as an element in a collage. You could use it simply for color or texture. Or you could use it to tell a story... i.e. a map of a specific place, an imaginary map, a map describing a place or the setting for a dream.

    Think of all sorts of maps. Subway maps, maps of botanical gardens, maps of dreamworlds, a map in the back of your favorite sci fi novel. 

    There's an index to all of the Daily Paper Prompts.


    Daily Paper Prompt #58: Hand-Carved Stamps!

    Our guest for DPP #58 {fifty-eight, can you believe it?} is Gabriele, a journaling mixed media artist from Germany! I met Gabriele through the DY Facebook group, through her colorful contributions and warm comments.


    Stamps! What a great tool! And there are so many ways to use them. As I started with Art Journaling about 1 year ago, I was overwhelmed by the enormous amount of art materials you can buy in the US for scrapping, card making and AJ. Some of the stamps were so great, I absolutely wanted to have them, because the artists works were so fantastic and I wanted to create pages like that also. For me it was not easy and very expensive (very high shipping costs from US) to get them. I made about 3 pages and 5 tags with my new wonderful stamps and then I realized, that my pages did not have the desired appearance, my tags looked all the same and most important of all: THAT WAS NOT ME. For a few prints it was perfect, but then it got boring. I realized, my pages started loosing their unique character. I would end up with something many other people have. This was not my intention.

    How to solve that problem? I spent a long, long time searching the internet for alternatives to ready made stamps. I finally found some videos about artists making their own stamps and stencils. And they were so different in style and material, I knew this was it!!! A lot of work, but the chance of developing own ideas and patterns was worth it. I tried carving potatoes, which is a short time solution and a good practice, but not for longer use. I finally found some material called speedycut, which I use for more detailed and complicated stamps. I work on it with linocut tools.

    But my favourite carving material is packing foam.

    It comes in all kinds of colours and thicknesses and it is for free! Mine came with some loudspeakers, and is very easy to work with. I use a simple cutter, which you can get at the craft store for very little money, many of you will have it at home.

    I like the rawness of these prints, the stamps are easy to use with acrylic paint, or ink, whatever you like. Due to its buffed surface, when using acrylics, the print is rich in texture, which is an attractive contrast to even backgrounds. And (very important) it takes only a very short time to carve them. When a stamp is damaged, you can easily make a new one or another one.

    I use my stamps mostly with acrylic paint, often outline them with markers or pens in different colours. Here are some examples that show how many varieties you can have with a small amount of stamps.


    For me the most important thing is: a self cut stamp is an individual piece of your own personal art and everything you create with it carries your personal mark. For me it makes a great difference, if I use stamps created by someone else or my very own. Give it a try. I am sure, you come up with many different patterns, you always wanted to have, but cannot find them ready made. Why always spend money on things, that are so easy to create? Thank you very much Tammy, for being such a wonderful host! Thank you very much, my fellow artists, for your stopping by and your interest! And now: free you Mojo and have fun!

    There's an index to all of the Daily Paper Prompts.


    Daily Paper Prompt #57: One Word Journal Page

    {This is my 12 yr old daughter's art journal page - see another just like it}

    Create an art journal page focused on ONE WORD or a very, very short phrase {just a few words}. First, create a background in any way you wish. Messy paints, squiggled doodles in orange sharpie, watercolor stripes, collage... your pick. The word or short phrase is the focal point of the entire page. If you want to write/journal on top of the background, the word can be the launching point. 

    Then dip a brush in black fluid acrylic paint, craft acrylic paint or dark india ink and paint your word or phrase. If you've never painted words, it's really the same as writing, but with a brush. Another option is to use a black Sharpie marker or Pitt brush pen. Wait until the painted word is completely dry {an hour or two later} and outline it with metallic paint marker, with white gellyroll, or white colored pencil. If you have a thin brush, you can outline this word with a lighter color of paint.

    There's an index to all of the Daily Paper Prompts.


    Daily Paper Prompt #56: Torn Paper Collage

    The prompt is to use torn layers of paper to create a collage. I made two examples by tearing japanese papers to create the look of mountains or waves with various peaks and valleys. 

     The first is stitched to an index card, with the stitching echoing the waves.

    The second is glued in a simple journal that I created with watercolor paper. I painted the back of each piece with fluid matte medium and glued to the page. Above the papers, the perfect space for slow journaling. {How convenient... DPP #27: Slow Journaling}

    Remember to work your layers so that there is an illusion of depth. The mountains or waves closest to you will be glued on the topmost layer, so I actually glued the highest bits here first and worked my way down.

    There's an index to all of the Daily Paper Prompts.


    Daily Paper Prompt #55: Patterns on a Grid

    Our guest for DPP #55 is Anika {also known as A is for Anika} who has taken instagram by storm {or at least by pattern} with her pattern-a-day challenge. I "met" Anika through instagram when I noticed a series of elegant patterns in mediums that seemed to change by the month. I liked the simplicity of the challenge and did the challenge in December 2012. It was a blast! 


    Creating patterns is a great way to express your creativity. You can spend as much or as little time on them as you want, and the results are always satisfying. There are a number of ways to approach drawing patterns, but one of the easiest ways to begin is to use grids. You can use them as a fixed structures that are incorporated into your patterns or as a starting points to make very un-grid-like finished products. In any case, having a few lines on the paper often makes it easier to get started.

    When I first tried out making my own patterns, I used a sketchbook filled with graph paper. It's still one of my favorite surfaces to draw on, and I use it in several ways to help me compose patterns.


    • Incorporate the boxes of the grid into a pattern. Fill the boxes solidly with color, or decorate them with different textures such as lines or dots. 
    • Draw organic shapes at regular intervals. Use the grid to space the pattern evenly.
    • Ignore the grid! Try out a scattered pattern on graph paper. Add shapes randomly while striving for an overall balanced composition. The existing printed lines make an interesting background to this kind of pattern.

    What to do when you don't have any graph paper handy? Easy! Make your own!

    Draw a grid with pencil and use it as a guideline to arrange elements of a pattern. This is a convenient way to start since you can erase the pencil lines when you are finished, (assuming you don't use pencil to draw your pattern!) and it will look like you freehanded an evenly spaced pattern!

    You can use a ruler to create a precise grid, but I like to draw my lines on the fly. The squares usually end up being a little wonky and imperfect, but I enjoy the irregularity. There are 2 ways to approach creating a hand drawn grid:

    For a relatively more even grid, start by dividing your paper into quadrants.

    Continue to divide the sections in halves until you have the desired size grid.

    If you prefer an uneven grid, draw your lines from one end of the paper to the other, and then from the top to the bottom.

    You might be surprised by how hard it is to get even divisions across the page, but this is great technique if you're after a grid with a little more character. 

    Use your hand drawn grid to create a pattern with markers or watercolor. When you are done, erase what is left of the grid for a clean background.

    If you use watercolor to make your pattern, try adding pen or marker detail in analogous or contrasting colors for a little extra visual interest.


    • Use a "light hand" when drawing your grid with pencil, and it will be much easier to completely erase the guidelines when you're done with the pattern. 
    • If your pencil lines are dark and you have a hard time "seeing past them" to create the pattern you want, erase the dark lines just enough so they are faded, but not completely gone. This way you can use the lines and intersections to place your pattern elements where you want them without being distracted by dark, seemingly permanent lines. 

    It's a cool trick to be able to draw your own grid, and then erase it when your pattern is finished, but I also like to create patterns that use the grid as part of the design. When approaching a pattern in this manner, start out by drawing your grid with marker, watercolor, paint, etc. You can draw the lines by hand, or use the help of a ruler if you prefer.

    Once the grid is on the paper, embellish the squares with shapes or texture to finish the pattern.

    Tips: Find inspiration from traditional techniques that often incorporate grids into designs:

    • Tiles: Notice how a single tile can match up with others to create different effects. Draw your own tile and see what the pattern looks like when they are repeated.
    • Quilt Patterns: Simple looking quilt squares often meet up with one another to make complex patterns. Can you come up with your own variation of a traditional quilt pattern?
    • Plaid: Try using watercolor or other transparent medium to come up with a unique plaid pattern!

    If you don't want to take the time to draw a grid before starting a pattern, try to simply "imagine" a grid.

    Without the use of an actual grid on the paper, you can still draw a pattern that is arranged in a grid layout. Starting at the top of the paper, draw a row of repeating or alternating motifs. Below that first row, draw another row of the same motif(s), or come up with a new shape for the new row. Line up the motifs vertically so you start to build vertical columns as well as rows. Try to keep the rows and columns even, but embrace imperfections as you make them. Repeat for as many rows as desired.

    When you've filled the page with your pattern, go back and add other elements to the spaces where your imaginary grid lines "intersect". If your pattern is looking a little unfinished, you can always add more detail lines or color.

    I've had so much fun drawing and exploring pattern over the last few years. The possibilities are truly endless, and it's a fun tool to incorporate into any creative endeavor. I hope these ideas have inspired you to make at least a few unique patterns of your own!

    There's an index to all of the Daily Paper Prompts.


    Daily Paper Prompt #54: Organize Ephemera

    “If you run out of ideas follow the road; you'll get there”
    Edgar Allan Poe


    Take some time this week to organize your art journaling ephemera. It might be unrealistic to organize everything in a few days, but making some small steps toward organizing your ephemera might lead you to some interesting discoveries and will make working in your journal easier!

    Part of collecting stuff is organizing said stuff! I organize my paper ephemera and abstract papers in several ways. For example, my Japanese washi papers are stored together in a large basket. Several tiny sucrets cough drop boxes (altered with washi tape) hold fodder like postage stamps, fortunes, words and mini-MOO cards. A variety of abstract painted pages are organized in clear plastic boxes made for scrapbook papers. Similar boxes hold magazine/catalog clippings, maps, brochures, tags and random ephemera.

    Wouldn't it help to get a little organized? 

    Great spots for your paper stuff: zip-lok baggies, baskets, lidded plastic containers, shoeboxes and cigar boxes. You can store ephemera + collage cuttings by theme, type, color, size, or usage. For example, you might keep stuff to create "people" together {dresses, clothing, faces, shoes}, keep found words or phrases together {for found poetry or wise remarks on journal pages}. Or maybe by color - greens in one zip-lok, blues in another, etc.

    There's an index to all of the Daily Paper Prompts.


    Daily Paper Prompt #53: Triangles

    This three-sided prompt is from guest hostess Denyse Whelan!


    Hello! I am Denyse, an Australian K-6 retired principal who always wanted to do Art in High School as a 'proper' subject but was told to do a more 'rigorous' subject. More than 45 years later, here I am, loving the freedom, the thinking, and the creativity of Art in my life. I'm a highly visual learner and love to take photos as well as to create. Finding Daisy Yellow's ICAD challenge has changed my life.

    When it was suggested I could take this idea and see what I came up with as a Daily Paper Prompt (thanks Tammy!) I couldn’t get the triangle shape out of my head. Best to start creating. I did two (and a few more) and then I went for a drive. Not to find triangles, just some Spring (in Australia) photo opportunities. I was driving peacefully along a back road of North West Sydney when ‘bam’ I saw Triangles.

    In fact, so many I said it outloud! I safely stopped, drove back to the spot and found this!

    Steel staunchions. Power Lines.

    Then away along the road again, these:


    And so I created.... and created...

    Two of my many creations based on triangle shape. In the first (above), I started with a DOT in the middle and then added triangle after triangle. The materials are wax resist glitter colours in Neocolour Crayons.

    In this piece, I used a triangle shape (plastic) found in kids’ maths bags. Layered the triangles, and let the pattern take me along. The materials are water soluble Neocolour Crayons and a water brush.

    Bonus: If you pop over to Denyse's blog you'll find the step-by-step process for these works!!!

    Your turn! 

    There's an index to all of the Daily Paper Prompts.


    Daily Paper Prompt #52: White Page

    Create a page of all WHITE things. This could be an art journal page or a mixed media collage. Cut out imagery from catalogs or magazines that is white, off white, cream, and include a little bit of black or brown to balance out the whiteness. Add fabric, white cardstock with small patterns, postage stamps, text with white background, try to get as much variety as you can.

    This is a 9x12" art journal page on heavy cardboard in whites that I created for a guest post at Creative Every Day. The dark brown is actually the background cardboard's natural color.

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    Daily Paper Prompt #51: Borders

    Our guest hostess for this DPP is Kim Hesson of Miss Alayneeah. Like so many others, I met Kim through the DY FB group and was immediately taken by her use of color and her playful mark-making. Kim is an active contributor to the group and always has shares kind and supportive words.


    I was so excited when Tammy asked me to be a guest host for the DPP's! One of the first options that came to my mind was borders! One of the things I like to do when I'm following along with a challenge is to look up the word/s given in the challenge. I feel sometimes it can give me a different perspective on the challenge! So I've already done that for you! Here are a few different links you can go to and find out more about borders:

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/border http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Border

    Sometimes if we will look past the obvious definitions we can come up with ideas that we might not before! Another fun thing to try is to put the word in the Thesaurus. After doing some reading and thinking I came up with pages of ideas for the word border! Of course I have only tried a few of them for now! I did keep a list for future reference in case I ever find myself stuck!

    When I first thought of this challenge I made a list of things I could use to make a border. Here are a few of those things – ribbon, lace, stamps, doodling, stitching, words/journal, found objects, fabric, and scraps. Of course the list could go on!

    My second thought about this challenge was where the border would go. We might typically think that a border would go around the outer edge of our page. If we think past that then we can come up with some different ideas. Anything on your page can have a border! The borders can be in the middle of your page or you could even have several different borders on your page. The border can highlight anything on your pages from photos, quotes, words, or even an object. The shape of the border can even differ from a circle to the outline of a word, or any other shape that you can think of.

    On this first page I did a few different borders. I started out with the background and then used a stencil to trace in the stars. I created these as my borders for the words I would be adding. I chose to doodle them up a bit. After the stars were done the page felt unfinished to me so I added the border around the edge of the paper. I didn't want it to stand out as much so I just used a basic black pen instead of a marker.

    This page also has many borders in it. The main border that I created though was the outer border. To create this border I started with my blank paper and added tape to the outer edges. I added the water color background and other stuff before removing the tape. This left me with the blank white edge that I added my doodles to.


    This 3rd page I started out creating my own pattern paper. You could use any paper you have though. I traced the circles onto the back of the paper and hand cut them. I didn't want my circles to be perfect. I wanted the hand cut look. You could use any shape or paper punch to create this effect as well. I added the circles to a new background creating the border you see here. I haven't decided what to add to the center yet, but there are several choices! You can see I continued to enhance the circle border with pen lines and marks. The outer portion of the page has a simple border as well.


    On this last page I wanted to use my sewing machine! I just love the texture that stitches add to my pages! Here I added paper and stitching as a border to the bird that I chose. I think the stitching and the torn edges add a fun and worn feel to it. I now have a list of ideas I want to try with the sewing machine after doing this page! I can't wait to work on them!


    For me doing these challenges mean trying something fun and new that I might not have otherwise and stretching those creative muscles! I hope you have fun coming up with and finding new ways to use borders on your pages! In the days/weeks to come I will share the steps that I took to make each of these pages on my blog. Be sure to stop by and say hi! Thanks again Tammy for such a fun experience and opportunity to grow and play!

    Find ALL of the prompts at this link: Daily Paper Prompts

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