With that out of the way, I'm giving you 3 fun ways to spark your creativity and get painting. I even have a list of ideas for you! Use this technique when you want to try something new in your journal or sketchbook. When you want to be inspired or challenged to try something new. It's also a great way to try all those new art materials that you haven't opened.
Prompt picker #1
Prompt picker #2
Write each idea on a small square of paper and fold them up. Keep your ideas in a nice jar. You can easily add new ideas to the jar as you think of them. You can even colour code them, as above, so you can quickly pick a subject and a colour, for example.
Prompt picker #3
If you love lists and option 1 and 2 just seem like hard work, use a random number generator (or a child!) to help you choose.
Create your list of materials you want to try and objects you want to paint.
Ideally number each row.
Then simply plug in your total number of rows into the number generator and away you go.
Eyes on the Prize
Online classes are wonderful and SO inspiring. Plus there are a lot of free ones too! But sometimes, when you are short on time, you need to spend that time doing, not watching someone else. After all, it's the practise that helps you learn. Don't fall down a YouTube rabbit hole to find that it's time to start dinner and you still have a blank page.
Free ideas list to get you started
27/1/2023 12:59:34 pm
Thank you so much for this article, Hannah! It’s just what I need right now and you’re so generous with your lists and ideas- thanks again!!!
27/1/2023 01:35:09 pm
You are so welcome, Josie! I'm glad you find them useful. :)
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Surf Artist, Hannah Katarski is based in Fremantle, Western Australia. She creates ocean-inspired art that is bohemian, retro and fun.