Art as Therapy
Whether or not you’re a talented artist or just beginning, art and art therapy prompts are a great way to get into a constructive creative habit. We’re not therapists, but as creators and artists, we can speak from our personal experience of transformation through creation.
Besides our own personal experience and that shared by our readers and community, all agree that creativity plays a significant role in health and wellbeing. The more you create, the more you can create and the better you tend to feel about yourself and the world in general.
Creating daily is a free practice with tremendous benefits and the more you employ it the greater the benefits.
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator iCreateDaily.com ®
Set Aside Time to Create Each Day
THIS is your “ME time”. Creating is restorative, relaxing and inspiring. To create daily is a part of your daily self care regimen for stress relief and peace of mind.
Regularly engaging your creative self is emotionally uplifting and can reduce stress and you don’t need to be a creative professional to get started. Create for pleasure and stress release and the pure joy of creative expression, no matter the outcome.
It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to decompress after an intense day at work or looking to find new ways to get creative with the family. Art is for anyone and everyone.
To create daily is a part of your daily self care regimen for stress relief and peace of mind.
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator iCreateDaily.com ®
Art Prompts for Inspiration and Relaxation
Interested in de-stressing with artistic therapy, but not sure where to start your creative practice? Our graphic ideas will help you cultivate creativity and lower stress through daily practice.
How to Use These Art and Art Therapy Prompts
Don’t Overthink It
Stretch your imagination and get ready to play. Don’t overthink it. Don’t go for perfection, (unless that inspires you most). The goal is to playfully get your creative juices flowing.
Do one… or do multiple rapid iterations. Relax, breath into it and explore color and shape… meaning and nothingness… just play!
Create One Thing Each Day
Draw, sketch, paint or write about any of these. If you’re ready to gift yourself the space to create daily, just start with the first one and then the next, doing a new one each day.
Even if you have only 5 minutes, go with that and give it your all. But ideally aim for more time for your creative self, even if you need to get up half an hour earlier to claim that time.
If You Want to Create More
If you want to do more than one each day, you might try another version of the same prompt.
Consider how your artistry will improve by creating daily for 90 days… and how you’ll feel about yourself as you flip through the pages of your creations!
Share Your Creations
We would love to see and share your creations! Send them to us with any notes about your experience of creating it and we’ll share it to our social media and also publish it in an article of prompt submissions. If you have a social or website link you’d like us to link to, include that as well.
Okay! Let’s get started!
90 ART & ART THERAPY PROMPTS
10 Weird Art Prompts for Your Far Side
Have fun letting your childlike imagination out to play. In fact, do this with your children if you have them around!
- Alien Vampire
- Cactus Dream
- Upside Down Selfie
- Snake Swallowing Shoe
- Sneezing Dragon
- Strutting Spider
- Turn a ‘Y’ into an Animal
- Mushroom Montage
- Creature on the Bottom of the Ocean
- Mouse with a Tiger Mask
10 Art Prompts for Anxiety
Take a deep breath as you take pen, pencil or brush to paper. For best, most relaxing results, nostril breath through your nose and not your mouth. Feel free to substitute a favorite relaxing scene, setting or thing for any of these that you’re not feeling.
- Gentle Breeze
- Gently Turning Watermill
- Babbling Brook
- Sunset Over the Mountains
- Forest Mist with Sun Peeking Through
- River Through the Desert
- Sleeping Baby (or pet)
- Favorite Flower
- Palm Trees
- Ocean Waves at the Beach
10 Fun Art for Laughter
Get ready to draw images you’ve probably never drawn before.
- Gorgeous Goose
- Dancing Dinosaur
- Fox Mask
- Bicycling Squirrel
- Monster Handstand
- A Robot Slipping on a Banana Peel
- Draw an Apple with Your Non-dominant Hand
- Macaroni Necklace
- Angry Alligator
- Marching Band of Ants
10 Art Therapy Prompts for Depression
Find healing through your creativity.
- Smiles/smiling face/s
- An Achievement
- Calming Colors
- Rainbow Beyond a Storm
- Good Luck Charm
- Your Dreams (or an aspect of it)
- A Postcard (of a future place you’ll visit
- Painter’s Palette
- Something magical
10 Joyful Art Prompts
You’ll have a smile on your face as you work on these creations.
- Jumping High Five
- Enchanted Garden
- Dance Party
- Playing Hopscotch
- Colorful Bouquet
- Spiked Starfish
- All Four Seasons
- Floating Otters Holding Hands
10 Art Therapy Prompts for Stress
Stretch your body and then your mind as you de-stress with these thoughtful ideas. Inhale, Exhale deeply through the nose.
- Early Spring
- Seaside Sights
- Kicking Back
- Your Pet (past, present or future)
- Roasting Marshmallows
- Seashells on the Shore
- Favorite Scent
- Writing in Sand
- Colorful Stones
- Your favorite activity or hobby
10 Healing Art Therapy Prompts
Draw people, places, things and ideas that represent healing and a healthy lifestyle to you.
- Meditative Mandala
- Sparkling Gemstones
- Singing Your Favorite Song
- Star Constellation
- Image of a Friend
- Sandcastles or Sand Art
- Crackling Campfire
- Your Happy Place
- Water Fountain Wishing Well
10 Art for Peace Prompts
Nurture your nature with these natural and peaceful scenes and symbols.
- Tree Branches
- Night Sky
- Bunny Rabbit
- Rock Circle
- Cozy Blanket
- Olive Branch
- Hoot Owl
- Giant Peace Sign With Floral Decor
- An Image Depicting a Favorite Song
10 Love Art for the Heart
Fill your heart and your page with love.
- Wish Upon a Star
- Create heart shaped art
- Field of Wildflowers
- A hand over the heart
- Kisses / a kiss
- A hug (or holding hands)
- A Candle or Flame
- Fill a page with colorful hearts
5 Journals Good for Art Therapy
Daily journaling is a good habit that’s positively addicting. Not only in healing through art therapy, but also in the development of your artistic abilities, through daily practice. Seeing your progress and the consistency of your commitment is naturally uplifting, and you will never regret making time for your creative muse to come out to play.
To help you with that, here are five different kinds of creative journal ideas to help you in creating daily (or regularly).
- At SimpleDailyDrawing.com you can purchase monthly sketch pads with drawing prompts for every single day! They can be purchased as a subscription, or individually.
- iCreateDaily has a series of art prompt journals: iArtDaily 30 Day Intuitive Art Journal, using quotes as conceptual prompts that can help exercise your intuition through reflection and creation.
- Just a beginner? Check out this art book with 30 Minute Drawing for Beginners exercises.
- Wreck this journal is an inspiring art journal for coloring and painting.
- Writing is art, too! Check out A Year of Creative Writing Prompts.
Share This With Family and Friends
A popular activity that took off during Covid-19 isolation is to do Zoom video conferencing art sessions with family and friends. Imagine going to an art class or art party where everyone is creating together. Only difference is your face to face via Zoom rather than in the same room.
Creating with family and friends strengthens bonds and creates memories to cherish, plus you’ll come away with art your made and and more joy in your heart!
“Creating is the oxygen mask for your day.”
~LeAura Alderson, creator iCreateDaily.com ®
This article was a collaborative effort with iCD community member, Angie Carel, who has created her own monthly creative challenge and journals. #WAY!
Congrats to Angie for seeing a need and combining her entrepreneurial and creative spirit… the artist entrepreneur, into an entirely new project and endeavor. In addition to managing a household of 6 and running a marketing agency, (!!!) she has a thriving community of creators going through daily art prompts.
Thanks to Angie and her team for sharing with us.
Hello! I’m LeAura, a philosopher, generalist, autodidactic, personal development advocate, entrepreneur, writer, editor, author, ideator, media publisher, and podcaster, passionate about helping others achieve their best possible life! We’re a media publishing company run by our small family of entrepreneurs, writers, and creators around topics we enjoy, such as gardening, health and fitness, creativity and pets, with more to come.
While my greatest teacher is Life… my formal training includes certifications in mediation, fitness, and strategic intervention coaching, including marriage and family. Today, the synergy of creating websites, articles and podcasts, brings together all my favorite things: family, learning, growth, creating, connecting and contributing. To share these with you is a privilege, that serves my lifelong aspiration to help others.
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