16 Art Journal Prompt Ideas for Music Lovers

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I love listening to music while I create my art journal pages, and I find many songs to be very inspirational for page theme ideas.

Because I love music so much, I decided to create a list of music and song journal prompts you can use to get started in creating art journal pages.

This list of 16 music related art prompts may be just what you need to be inspired to create something new!


Music in Art So Many Ways

There is so much to love about music, and I can’t possibly separate music from art. Whenever I am creating I absolutely have to have some music playing!

I also love to create my own songs, and yes, most of the songs you hear on my videos are indeed songs either I or my husband have written.

Art journaling for me is a great way to capture a mood or feeling for a song as a mood board or even use it as a place to think of some different song lyric ideas.

I also make a LOT of song references in my art – I’ll post a couple of pages with some different song references throughout this page between prompts and see if any of you can identify some of the songs and artists. 🙂

Here are some fun music inspired ideas to create in your journal!

1. Illustrate a song with a vivid storyline or plot.

2. Make a page about your favorite musical instrument.

3. Turn on the radio and create a page inspired by the sound of the first song you hear.

4. Put your mp3 player on shuffle and create a page based on the song that is played. A page inspired by the Song “Slow Down” by the Autumn Film

5. Songs From the Past: What is a song from your childhood or teenage years you remember well? Create a page based on the mood/beat/memories of the song.

6. Listen to a genre of music you don’t normally listen to while you create today.

7. How has music helped you get through tough times?

8. Create a page inspired by your favorite concert you’ve ever been to.

9. Create a page as a tribute to one of your favorite musicians.

This is what happens when you listen to Radiohead and Elliot Smith on the same playlist while creating!

10. Create a page about a quote about music.

11. What makes you want to get up and dance?

12. Music of the Decades: Choose a decade and listen to some of the music from it while creating your art journal pages

13. Invent your own musical instrument – draw/paint a picture of it or describe the sound

14. Go to 8tracks.com and browse by a mood or genre of music – choose a playlist of songs for whatever mood inspires you and create a page while listening to the song.

15. Make Lists of Songs/Bands: I love making lists, and listing all of your favorite songs/bands or songs/bands that remind you of something or put you in a certain mood can be a great inspirational starting point for an art journal entry.

16. Incorporate pages of sheet music in your project.


Hope you enjoy these fun music inspired prompts! If you do any of these, I’d love to see your finished projects in our Artjournalist Community Facebook Group!

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3 thoughts on “16 Art Journal Prompt Ideas for Music Lovers”

  1. you are an art journaling machine – there is already more info on your website than in most books on the subject. the 365 prompts are amazing ! I am ‘new’ to adding the words to my sketch book and can’t wait to start on the 365 ! Thanks for your generous ideas and sharing…

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