365 One Word Art Journal Prompts for Journaling & Creativity

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Sometimes all you need to get going in your art journal is one word to inspire you. This list of 365 one word art journal prompts will help you create fun pages all year round!


New for 2021! These one word journal prompts are now available to purchase as a printable file you can download to print + cut out at home to make your very own journal prompt cards! You can buy them here!

one word journal prompt cards

I love working with these prompts and there are so many ways you can use these!

With just one word, there’s a lot of freedom to do just about anything – you can interpret that one word any way you’d like!

Here’s a couple of ideas for how you can use prompts to spark your journal pages:

  • Use them as a list for things to draw or sketch
  • Use the prompts to find fitting quotes that you like
  • Write about your thoughts and feelings related to the prompt in hidden journaling as a background layer.
  • Use colors and textures that fit the theme, mood, and feeling of a word

There are truly no limits, so while I might have listed some ideas here and there for different words – it is COMPLETELY up to your interpretation!

Sometimes it is fun to challenge yourself to do something new, even if it’s not a prompt that you are immediately drawn to doing.

Without further ado, let’s get onto the list, shall we?


365 One Word Journal Prompts

one word journal prompts

Happiness

Beauty

Sleep

Garden

Imagination

Secret

Give

Thankful

Kindness

Inside

Outside

Jump

Friendship

Love

Fire

Believe

Hope

Faith

Focus

Clean

Angry

Work

Music

Mystery

Envelope

Book

Dare

Choose

Beach

Forgiveness

Disaster

Dance

Mistake

New

Yes

Path

Horizon

Mountain

River

Open

Heart

Soul

Tear

Spiral

Up

Go

Be

Seek

Learn

Balance

Grow

Strength

Dream

Passion

Move

Today

Awaken

Angels

Laughter

Listening

Pause

Peace

Relax

Space

Wisdom

Difference

Begin

Time

Brave

Breathe

Childhood

Discovery

Mind

Energy

Flower

Health

Harmony

Recovery

Stand

Nowhere

Soar

Skip

Fresh

Delicious

Power

Complete

Grace

Legend

Ecstasy

Hug

Proud

Simple

Machine

Victory

Vibrancy

Leadership

Alive

Bloom

Fame

Enormous

Independent

Unique

Metamorphosis

Silence

Project

Smile

Miracle

Amazing

Game

Connected

Muse

Dazzle

Determination

Free

Help

Intuition

Smart

Sweet

Honesty

Useful

Safety

Ready

Vision

Cycle

Discipline

Promise

Patience

Destiny

Rejuvenate

Shine

Talk

Stress

Missing

Age

Success

Motivation

Family

Loneliness

Experience

Future

Vintage

Wings

Letter

Wandering

Factory

Rainbow

Ask

Self

Locket

Home

Cloud

Hunger

Possibilities

Boredom

Innocence

Charge

Rhythm

Date

Consequence

Prescription

Goals

Lost

Found

Cry

Parade

Party

Ice

Dragon

Alarm

Understanding

Uncomfortable

Serious

Opposites

Playful

Attention

Caring

Hero

Lace

Clue

Ideas

Junk

Collection

Radio

Interview

Zoom

Puzzle

Landscape

Advice

Memories

Communication

Compassion

Universe

Loyalty

Sharing

Travel

Voices

Sidewalk

Tree

Story

Why

Maybe

Antique

Action

Culture

Fuel

Desire

Weather

Directions

List

Ride

Wish

Breakfast

Touch

Sadness

Comfort

Circle

Reflection

Optimism

Anxiety

Shadow

Spirit

Stretch

Challenge

Five

Messy

Adventure

Fun

Surprise

Illusion

Mischief

Shy

Lesson

Whisper

Fight

Castle

Protect

Shop

Wheel

Pieces

Leaves

Fool

Productivity

Overcome

Encouragement

Watch

Lighthouse

Mild

Mouth

Rare

Target

Boat

Box

Grief

Heavy

Zeal

Color

Brilliance

Enthusiastic

Approval

Enchanting

Attraction

Photograph

Waterfall

Moment

Paradise

Parachute

Social

Zingy

Number

Little

Sound

Reach

Money

Staircase

Lemon

Wood

Try

You

Quote

Weakness

Bridge

Building

Clothes

Prepare

Teach

Window

Drive

Middle

Microphone

Definition

Shout

Catch

Release

Balloons

Sharp

Crowd

Cute

Cheery

Glow

Apple

Pictures

Swing

Wave

Joke

Cope

Accomplish

Special

Neighborhood

Wonderful

Service

Calling

Magic

Spontaneous

Fluffy

Organic

Silly

Thunderstorm

Toys

Butterfly

Buzz

Vine

Shock

Enjoy

Craving

Respect

Abstract

Rainbow

Train

Invention

Perspective

Genius

Circus

Ball

Crystal

Tranquility

Fairy

Cup

Reality

Forget

Priorities

Journey

Hands

Shoes

Television

Newspaper

Radiance

Hidden

Fright

Climb

Guess

Pretend

Turn

Shatter

Together

Adapt

Keep

Closed

Embrace

Blessing

Block

Pizzazz

Breakthrough

Curiosity

Distance

Zen


I hope you enjoy these one word journal prompts! If you love them, grab the Printable One Word Prompt Cards over at my shop!

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25 thoughts on “365 One Word Art Journal Prompts for Journaling & Creativity”

  1. Thank you for the list, I am anticipating on getting started on my art journal and really appreciate what you have done. Although, I noticed on the list that numbers 13. 14. and 15. are repeated, 257. thru 266 are missing and there are actually only 359 word prompts. I only say this in case you wanted to update the list. I’d be happy to help in any way I can.

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  2. I really love this idea! I’m so excited to start! However, 13, 14, 15 are repeated, so is the word seek. (53 & 57.) Also, 257-266 are repeated. Thanks for the great idea though! 🙂

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  3. Hi, I just like to let you know #49 and #54 are repeated, both are ‘seek’. 🙂
    These are great ideas for Authors, Artists, and Art Journalists. Great job! <3

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  4. I love this idea! And just so you know #147 and #327 are both rainbow, you can switch one of them with truth, idea, or rhyme (I think you don’t have those). I plan on using these words as inspiration for pictures, Ill take one everyday. Thank you!

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  5. This is spooky. Saw your prompts and randomly chose 7 numbers. 3, 55, 110, 231, 365, 75 and 111. I looked them up as I had written them down. I will let you know what happens over the next week.

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  6. I am going to follow Mark’s lead and choose 7 random numbers. The numbers gave me quite a variety: beauty, friendship, faith, angry, envelope, seek, wisdom.

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  7. Thank you for creating these Art Journal Groups and for your generosity in sharing. You have opened up a whole new world for me. Happy Holidays. All the best

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  8. I love this list. When I click on the link to download it gives me a page of characters. Not the prompts. What am I doing wrong?

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  9. Thank you for this fabulous boost to my creative efforts. Entries in my 5-minute journal had been fizzling out, I think because of the sameness of pandemic days. Then I saw the one word art journal prompts. Thematic prompts will jump start my process. Can’t wait to get started!

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  10. I love it! Here in Brazil we do not have almost anything related to art journaling, so this is a espetacular thing for us! Thanks!!!!

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