31 summer journal prompts for art and writing

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Stuck in the summer doldrums? This list of summer journal prompts is perfect for inspiring your next writing project or art journal entry.

Try using them to write a scene, as an object or theme central to a short story, or the subject for a poem. You can also use them to describe a reaction they would get from one of your characters or as something that has influenced who your character has become.

If you like documenting your daily life in a sketchbook, you can use these prompts for your illustrated life journals or sketchbooks.

Alternatively, use one a day for 31 days as a summer writing challenge or art journal challenge!

31 summer journal prompts

  1. Summer storms or lightning strikes
  2. Berries (blackberries, raspberries, blueberries)
  3. June
  4. Swimming (in the ocean, in a pool, in a lake)
  5. Heat
  6. Summer insects (crickets, grasshoppers, fireflies, or cicadas
  7. Sun
  8. Drought
  9. Sunburn
  10. Camp
  11. Sandals
  12. Insects: Hornets, Wasps, or Bees
  13. Sunbathing
  14. Moths or butterflies
  15. A summer night under the stars
  16. Lemonade
  17. Watermelon
  18. Fireworks
  19. Wildfire
  20. Dog days (the hot summer days following the rise of Sirius, the dog star)
  21. Reunion
  22. Swimsuit
  23. Barbecue
  24. Mowing Hay
  25. Hot asphalt
  26. Road trip
  27. Long days
  28. Light on the water
  29. Seashells or snail shells
  30. Fishing
  31. Sunglasses

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My favorite art journals

I love using Stillman and Birn sketchbooks. Sketchbooks from their Epsilon and Zeta series have the smooth, heavy, bright white paper that I prefer working on. The sketchbooks come in a range of sizes and are the perfect size for keeping in a purse or backpack. The paper in Zeta notebooks is heavy enough for watercolor. I use Sakura micron pens in both with no transfer.

I also love these books by Archer and Olive! These art journals are fancier and just feel special. Each cloth-bound cover features a foil inlay. Like the Stillman and Birn books, they feature a heavy, bright white paper that takes ink nicely and also is fine for light watercolor washes.