Hi, everyone - Happy Holidays.
Wow, I've been so inspired by this thread -- thanks for sharing all of your ideas and pages!
I made my first journal prompts list based off of what has been posted here thus far, so thanks for all of the tips! I'm more of an "art-journaler," myself, having started and stopped many, many, many "writing" journals over the years, but still find value in writing...now mainly combined with visual elements that are a lot more fun for me.
I journal about...anything and everything. I like the idea of "documenting" the world and my experience in it, in creating a personal history of sorts. I do a lot of stream-of-consciousness writing/"morning pages" and venting/clearing if something has really affected me. I also draw/doodle a lot to illustrate emotions, and incorporate color with paint, watercolor crayons, etc. Some of my favorite art journaling books (Creative Wildfire, Journal Junkies, Journal Spilling, True Vision) have all sorts of medium ideas and prompts that I reference from time to time, but mostly it's just about play and venting and exploring and creating/destroying on the page.
I'm immensely inspired by music, and I always journal to it (that would be a great thread -- journaling/art journaling playlists/song rec's). A new prompt that has worked for me lately is to journal in reaction to songs that are really evocative, in the instrumentation, lyrics, and the singers' voices.
So...just for fun, my current art journaling playlist (this gets switched out with the regular shuffle of songs and my 5-star playlist, and really needs to be updated):
"Gravedigger" (Live at Radio City) - Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
"Push" - Matchbox Twenty
"3 A.M." - Matchbox Twenty
"Bloodline" (Acoustic) - Matt Morris
"Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" - Lauryn Hill
"Wide Awake" - Kenna"What Goes Around.../...Comes Around" - Justin Timberlake
"Lover, You Should've Come Over" - Jeff Buckley
"Velvet Rope" - Janet Jackson
"Dig" - Incubus
"Ghost" - Howie Day
"Madrigals" - Howie Day
"Become" - Goo Goo Dolls
"Without You Here" - Goo Goo Dolls
"Lenders In The Temple" - Conor Oberst
"The Scientist" - Coldplay
"Blue Light" - Bloc Party
"Roses From My Friends" (Live) - Ben Harper
"DLZ" - TV On The Radio
And in response to the perfectionist note, I "suffer" from a somewhat type-A personality, but I try to embrace that quality in my art, rather than fight it. I feel that I'd rather have experimented or expressed something that feels risky -- like, gesso-ing over collage or painting on top of what I've written -- then not to have stretched creatively -- it's interesting, trying to find balance between the comfortable/uncomfortable in art making. I've found journaling books, workshops, and threads like this to be really helpful in getting me out of my head. Just my two cents.