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The Unofficial Guide to Creative Prompts

"When you begin a picture, you often make some pretty discoveries. You must be on guard against these. Destroy the thing, do it over several times. In each destroying of a beautiful discovery the artist does not really suppress it, but rather transforms it, condenses it, makes it more substantial."
Pablo Picasso

Links checked October 2014. Some sites are no longer updated but they contain intriguing prompts & inspiration nonetheless. 

  1. Litemind Tackle Any Issue With a List of 100
  2. Hanna devised 49 Creative Things You Can Do Today
  3. CRINID 12 Icebreakers to Kick-Start Your Brainstorm
  4. Rhomany's Realm art journaling links
  5. Atypical writing prompts at Writing Forward
  6. 10,000 Questions a question a day for journaling
  7. A Creative Mint for color palettes and gorgeous photography
  8. Six Revisions design inspiration
  9. Illustration Friday weekly illustration challenge
  10. The Generator Blog tools for generating everything from airline tickets to eye charts
  11. Virtual Sketch Date artists draw from the same reference image for a week
  12. The Hand Drawn Map Association is a burst of inspiration, also the funky maps at
  13. Listography, random life lists
  14. Prompts at WritingFix
  15. Art E-Zine overflowing artistic inspiration Art E-Links


  1. NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month for writers {November}
  2. AEDM = Art Every Day Month, via Creative Every Day {November}
  3. NaNoJouMo = National NonStop Journaling Month via D'Blogala {November}
  4. ICAD = Index-Card-a-Day via Daisy Yellow {June/July}
  5. Inktober = via Jake Parker {October}

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Reader Comments (10)


I will never utter the word "bored" again! Thanks so much for this. :)

07.6.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara

These are awesome. Thank you!!!

11.20.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

you are always so generous. Thank you!

11.20.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim

thanks for sharing. i love the Picasso quote. very relevant for the novel i'm writing. i'll also be using the list of 100 to help generate ideas.

11.20.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Gregory

Thank you so much for being so willing to give of your time and effort to compile these lists....and then share them!! I always feel so inspired whenever I visit your site..:-D

11.20.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDuana

Awesome list to be in, thanks for the mention! :-) I will save this list for a rainy day!

11.20.2012 | Unregistered CommenteriHanna

Hanna's list alone would be several weeks of fun inspiration. Thanks for sharing these!

11.20.2012 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

tammy, you introduced me to so many new things here, & in your daily sharing. thank you so much artistic one! you should be so proud of what you create.

11.23.2012 | Unregistered Commenterteddi

Wow - how never to be stuck for inspiration - visit right here!! Thank you Tammy, so much for all you do :o))

10.30.2014 | Unregistered CommenterTwinkleToes2day

I provide daily art and journaling prompts at my web site. I'd be thrilled if you would consider listing it.

11.24.2014 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

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