Instead of feeling sad that winter is still dragging on now Christmas has passed, let’s celebrate winter with these 15 winter art journal prompts. Create art journal spreads and other mixed media and collage work with some of the inspiration in this blog post!
Winter is one of those seasons that can seem to drag on and on. There are the seemingly endless dark nights and dark mornings, for starters. Actually, now I come to mention it, there are sometimes entire days where it never seems to get properly light.
Add that to the cold temperatures that bring icy roads and frozen car windscreens and winter is not much fun. When the festivities and lights of Christmas and New Year have passed, it can feel like we’re waiting for the nights to draw back out and the weather to warm up again.
Okay, so this wasn’t meant to be a summary of all the bad points of winter. There’s plenty of good stuff. Think warm socks, snuggling up with hot drinks and blankets, and evenings in with a good book…
And let’s not forget the beauty of a frosty day when you pretend to breathe out smoke like a fire-breathing dragon (or is that just me?).
I actually want to celebrate what remains of winter rather than wishing it away for warmer, brighter spring days. If you want to join me in this, take a look at the prompts I’ve listed in this blog post and get to work creating something wintery and proud!
15 Winter Art Journal Prompts
- Use a wintery palette of colours like white, various shades of blue, and silver.
- Add a “snowy” texture by using PVA glue mixed with white paint and sand or glitter.
- Use PVA glue to stick thin fabric or netting to the page, allowing it to crinkle a little to add some lovely texture.
- Add white snowflakes on a dark background – draw them by hand with a white gel pen…
- …or create some splatter snow by loading up a paintbrush with slightly diluted white paint and flicking it at the page. (Make sure you cover your table first as the paint WILL go further than you expect!)
- Incorporate some words or phrases like frost, ice, snowflake, and icicle.
- Create a robin shape from torn paper or daubs of paint.
- Tear strips of paper in different shades of green and stick them to the page to make a tree.
- Decorate the top of the page with hanging icicles.
- Include part or all of a photo of a wintery scene.
- Work in mixed media. Combine paint, paper, pens, pencils, fabric, stickers and other embellishments.
- Add some stars. They could be hand-drawn, a splodge of paint or some kind of embellishment that you stick on.
- Try using a needle and thread (carefully!) to add stitches to the page. You could do a border, the outline of a tree or other object, or some tiny details and embellishments.
- Use a sponge with some paint to create interest and texture in the background, and even to create the tops of trees.
- Cut a simple shape out of paper and lay it on the page where you would like it to remain blank. Then paint over the shape (using different colours, or even splatter painting as above) before carefully peeling the shape off to reveal the blank paper underneath.
I hope these prompts help to spark off some ideas in your creative practice.