I LOVE the holidays. I know some people dread all the rushing and chaos and the commercialism (and sometimes even the controversy) surrounding them…but I LOVE IT! I’m like a kid on Christmas morning from about November 1st through January!
This time of year it can be hard to find some time for yourself for you and your art journal, but I think it’s important to do it…because all that stress and chaos will melt away while you work…it is seriously a gift you can give to yourself to give yourself some time and space to be creative!
To inspire you to create this season – here are some journal prompts to
get you in the holiday spirit!
1. Illustrate a Holiday Song: Whether it’s “Silent Night” or “Blue Christmas” or “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” – pick one of your favorite holiday songs and illustrate it. I could fill a whole journal full of all the songs I like!
2. Create a Snowflake: There are many different ways to do this. You could cut out paper snowflakes (some directions here), You could doodle them, paint them, make them out of popsicle sticks…the possibilities are really endless! If you want to add some sparkle to your snowflakes, I recently learned from a fellow art journaling enthusiast that glitter nail polish works nicely as an alternative to traditional glue and glitter.
3. Build a Snowman: You don’t have to go out into the cold to build a snowman, you can always paint/draw/doodle one! You can make one or many.
4. Holiday Quotes: There are countless quotes on the different winter holidays, and each of them can be a great place of inspiration for a page (or several pages) in your art journal.
5. Presence: I love the saying “Your presence is a gift” – and this time of the year always makes me feel thankful for the time spent with family and friends. Create a journal page inspired by the word presence and the people who have been a gift to you in your life.
6. Evergreen Trees: Paint/Create a winter scene of evergreen trees, or decorate a Christmas tree. I’ve seen some really cute examples of trees made out of twine, ripped out book pages, buttons, and more.
7. Santa/St. Nick: Make a mixed media painting or collage of Saint Nick or Santa Claus in your journal or write a list of reasons to believe in Santa Claus.
8. Stars: I know nothing about astronomy, but to me it seems like the stars shine just a little bit brighter in the winter months – maybe because of the days getting darker longer. There are also many references to stars in many different holiday stories…making stars being a great source of inspiration for a journal page!
9. Giving: This season it’s quite popular to exchange gifts with friends and family. Make a page about what giving means to you.
10. Traditions: What are some of your holiday traditions? Create a page about the ones that are the most meaningful to you or create a list of traditions.
11. Favorite Holiday Color Combinations: The holidays are full of colors and patterns. Choose a few of your favorite color schemes and use these colors on a page or two in your journal.
12. Favorite Holiday Book/Movie: Is there a favorite book or movie or character for the holidays? Perhaps you could illustrate a scene from your favorite book or movie or create your own character.
13. Hot Chocolate: Hot chocolate is best enjoyed in the winter months. Make a page of a warm cup of hot chocolate!
14. Christmas Town/Village: This year we will be going to Christmas Town in Williamsburg Virginia and I am so excited! 🙂 It’s so fun to see the different ways cities and towns decorate for the holidays, and it’s a great source of inspiration for different things you can draw/paint/collage into your journal.
15. Naughty & Nice: Santa makes his list and checks it twice…so have you been naughty or nice this year?
16. Grown Up Christmas List: What are your wishes and wants for the holiday season this year? You can write a letter to Santa, make a wishlist, or write about peace on earth.
17. Reuse Christmas Cards: Did you save all your holiday cards from last year? Use them to create a collage or tell a little story about the pictures and images in them.
18. Holiday Poems: You can make “Found Poetry” by cutting out holiday themed words and phrases from books and magazines, write your own poem, or illustrate one of your favorite poems in a page in your journal.
19. Toys: Draw or Paint or Collage a page in your journal of your favorite toys or invent your own toys for kids to play with or pretend you own a toy store.
20. Holiday Baking: Do you make cookies or other special treats for the holidays? Include a page in your journal of your favorite recipe or add some pictures of things you’d like to make.
21. Holiday Spirit: What does it mean to you to have the holiday spirit? What are some ways you can show that holiday cheer and spirit and share it with others?
22. Holidays as a Kid: Write about or illustrate one of your favorite memories of the holidays as a child. Compare it to what it’s like now that you’re an adult…do the holidays still hold the same magic and meaning for you?
23. Past, Present, and Future You: Charle’s Dickens wrote about the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Create a few pages in your journal about the past, present, and future you.
24. Winter Doldrums: Do the holidays make you feel stressed or sad? Create a list in your journal of ways to help lift your spirits during the winter months.
25. Volunteering/Charity Work: This time of the year is a great time to get involved or donate to a cause you are passionate about. Make a page in your art journal about what causes you support and how you’ve helped them this past year.
26. The First Day of Winter: What signs of winter do you see outside your window? What are some of your favorite winter activities?
27. Christmas Around the World: Do some research on how different countries celebrate the holidays and create a page about the ones that interest you the most.
28. Wacky Sweaters: There is a big thing about Ugly Christmas Sweaters (people throw parties for them and everything, I am not making this up!) – try your hand at designing some of your own ugly Christmas sweaters in your journal.
29. Christmas Lights: Try creating a border in your journal of Christmas lights.
30. Looking Back on the Year: How did this past year treat you? What are some of your favorite memories about the past year? How will you be celebrating New Year’s Eve?
I hope some of these holiday and winter themed journal prompts inspire you this season to create something marvelous! You don’t have to do all of these prompts, and some of these could be expanded on to make entire journals/books out of them…but at the very least they should get you thinking about your creative holiday spirit!
If you make anything using one of these prompts, I’d love to see it – Please do share what you create in our Facebook Group! And if you have any ideas for other prompts feel free to share – I’d love to hear your ideas as well!