If you’re looking for a little inspiration for your summertime creativity, look no further. Check out these 15 summer art journal prompts and get creating!
Better weather and lighter days often mean we spend more time outside during the summer. I embrace this as much as the next person, but I still like to spend time creating too.
A really nice thing to do at this time of year is to make art journal spreads dedicated to the season. You can use your favourite memories and photographs to make some lovely pages in your art journal that you can come back to in the cold, dreary days of winter.
If you want something to do on a rainy summer day or you just need to spend some time indoors out of the sun after a lot of hot days, take a look at the following summer art journal prompts.
15 Summer Art Journal Prompts
- Experiment with a summery palette in your projects, including yellows, oranges, greens and other bright colours.
- Create a beach scene and give it some texture by mixing sand with PVA glue and painting it on.
- Include part or all of a photo you’ve taken of something that happened during summer.
- Incorporate some words or phrases like summer, sun, beach, fun, ice cream, pool, etc.
- Make a spread dedicated to one of your favourite ever summer memories.
- Try and encapsulate your most recent/favourite summer holiday in one spread.
- Use a sponge with some paint to create interest and texture, like gentle fluffy clouds, sea foam, dandelion clocks, and tree tops.
- Create a field of wildflowers by loading up a paintbrush with some slightly diluted brightly coloured paint and flicking it at a simple green background. Repeat with a couple of other bright colours. (Be sure to cover your surfaces first as the paint will definitely go further than you expect!)
- Use a pen with a fine tip to draw the outlines of lots of different shapes of flowers.
- Create your favourite ice cream or ice lolly from your childhood (or now!).
- Use torn paper to make the sun and long strips of paper for its rays. Write something you love about summer along each ray.
- Create an abstract sunflower from blobs of paint or pieces of torn paper.
- Create a spread using summer flowers that you’ve picked and dried.
- Draw a glass of lemonade with a straw and lemon slices and write some of the things you’ve done this summer in the drawing.
- Create a summer bucket (and spade) list, writing down the things you want to do, achieve and experience this summer. (Bonus points if you draw the kind of bucket and spade a child would use to make a sandcastle!)
I hope you find something in this list of summer art journal prompts to help inspire a bit of creativity — even when the weather is good outside.