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    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: 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}

    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

    DPP #㊿+⑱

    DPP #⒮ḯ✕Ť⑂➸ℕḯᾔ℮

    DPP #7︎⃣ꀛ




    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!


    Daily Paper Prompt #64: Contour Drawing

    “It had long since come to my attention
    that people of accomplishment rarely
    sat back and let things happen to them.
    They went out and happened to things.”
    Leonardo da Vinci

    3x5" index cards, ink, gouache

    This Daily Paper Prompt originated in the 2014 ICAD group at Facebook where we started doing blind contour drawings of ourselves. So grab a few index cards and a fine-nibbed black pen. Close your eyes and draw a girl, trying not to lift the pen. You can draw your vision of yourself or draw any girl. I love how my drawings turned out - with a bit of depth and playfulness.

    Draw a second set of girls while looking in the mirror or while looking at models in advertisements. These were models in Vogue.

    For this prompt:

    1) Draw a face on an index card with your eyes closed {squint if you must, but keep going with that line work}, keeping the pen to the paper, drawing one line, non-stop.
    2) Draw a face on an index card while looking at a photograph of a face or your beautiful self in a mirror.  

    Here's an example of what blind contour drawings look like, and the value of this technique. Per the Lane Tech site, "We all new the drawings would be silly and incorrectly proportioned, which took the pressure off making a great drawing and allowed students to focus on observing closely and recording like a scientist."

    Here's a great video by artist Diego Sierro showing a contour drawing...

    Find an in-depth lesson in blind contour drawing by Bartel Art.

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


    Daily Paper Prompt #63: Layering Inkjet Transparencies {Lauren}

    Paper-fanatic Lauren Bergold is back for her second round of collage-themed DPP prompting! Here's hot-off-the-press DPP #63 for your creative fun.


    Thank you, Tammy, for inviting me to chime in today with an idea I hope will inspire you!

    My favorite medium is collage, and I like lots of layers. One of my favorite ways to add content without extra weight and bulk is by printing my own photos and digital compositions onto transparencies made especially for inkjet printers. They're available at any office supply store and are a great tool for making your art even more personal and unique.

    This example features a photograph I took of the Statue of Liberty, which I placed over an architectural diagram, then added a few more vintage paper layers before stapling the entire thing to a large butterfly cut from a magazine.

    Photos are probably my favorite way to use this technique, but there are LOTS of options: layer a quotation or poetry over a real-life collage, just by printing out a text document on a transparency instead of paper; scan vintage ledgers, interesting book pages or old love letters to add depth and interest; create a collage of digital brushes for a grunge effect. The best part is that since you're creating the original as a digital file, you can re-size, re-color and re-print as many times as you'd like!

    Clear layers blend seamlessly and sometimes it's hard to tell which bits are which, so here's a shot that also shows the photo on its own.

    If you're wondering why Lady Liberty is left-handed in this example... (In real life she isn't!)'s because inkjet transparencies have a smooth front and a "pebbly" back; it's the latter which holds the ink and allows it to dry. Thus, before printing, you'll want to click the printer dialog box that allows you to print "mirror image" so that your images and/or text are oriented correctly. It's also a good idea to use the transparency or high-gloss paper setting, to reduce the chance of smeared ink. In this case, you can see that I forgot to flip the image, but let's just call it creative license.

    I hope you'll be inspired to try this technique, I think you'll find it opens up a whole world of possibilities! There's a "companion" post on my own blog with examples, tips and tricks for using and printing with inkjet transparencies, and some ideas for substitutions.

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


    Daily Paper Prompt #62: Random Act of Art {Mary}

    Mary of Uncustomary has devised DPP #62. 


    Sometimes you’re having a bad day (or week) and you experience something that restores your faith in humanity. Wouldn’t you love to be that restoration for another person? You can! Every day is an opportunity for you to practice kindness in your life. It's one thing to do nice things for the people you love and see often, but what about everyone else in your community? You all share something in common, whether it's a job, status, or neighborhood. Reach out, make an effort, and brighten someone's day!

    A star made out of washi tape that was left in Federal Hill Park, a place with one of the best views in Baltimore. Hang paper ornaments from trees, door knobs, or fences!

    One way that you can try to do this is by making things that you leave around your city, AKA Art Abandonment. There are many ways to do this with paper! You can write down song recommendations on index cards, fill note cards with nice messages, or decorate a small poster with an inspiring quote.

    Today, make something that you can leave in public.

     Ideas of places to leave your art: public bathrooms, inside a magazine at a bookstore, taped to a pole, inside of a free newspaper receptacle, on a bench, tacked to a bulletin board, etc. (Don’t forget to consider the weight of your art and elemental factors like wind!)

    One of 24 "Clues For Living Life" cards that were scattered around Baltimore City with ideas, suggestions, and things I've learned about living [original post]. Think of a theme to create a series with and leave them all over the same way you would with an Easter Egg Hunt.

    I've done over a hundred guerrilla art installations in my city, and many of them have been based in random acts of kindness. Often, I will leave my card with the things I leave around, and sometimes I receive e-mails from people thanking me for making their day. One woman even wrote me to tell me that my note had inspired her to keep her job as an artist, which she had almost decided against after her studio burnt down! I feel that I have been gifted a very positive disposition in this life, and it's my mission to share that with the world. My main goal on this earth is to experience joy and then share it with as many people as possible. I hope you'll party with me today and always.

    A big sparkly valentine (good for any time of year) that was left in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on Valentine's Day [original post]/ tape up your fun shapes to any flat surface like bus stop shelters, maps, or abandoned building.

    Just create something that you'd be happy to find, then leave it for a stranger to find!

    It's that simple!

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


    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.