You did it! You devoted 30 journaling sessions to developing your creative potential. You’ve proved you have the most important skill for making great art: showing up and working. Understanding that not everything is going to be brilliant the first—or the tenth—time you work on it, and that’s just a normal part of the process.
It’s time to pause and reflect on your journey, and make a plan to keep the momentum going.
Has your thinking changed since you began the course? Did you find ideas you want to develop further?
Spend some time reviewing your studio journal, and thinking about where you are now in your creative journey and how you want to move forward from here.
Are there modules you want to revisit? Discuss with other artists? Make a part of a regular routine?
Which modules or activities were
What other ideas or activities did you discover on your own that you want to make a part of your studio notebook practice?
Now that you’ve reached the end of the course, what will you do to keep your studio notebook practice going?
What have you learned on your journey through this course? What did you discover about why you make art, what kind of art you want to make, and what kind of artist you want to become? What are you most on fire to pursue next?
Instead of just looking through your notebook, look for ways to highlight or emphasize things that you want to revisit or keep in mind.
Since I don’t know what might spark ideas for you, or catch your interest most, I am going to share all the pages created in this demonstration journal AND two of my previous personal studio journals. Normally, I have a rule that I don’t share my studio journals with ANYONE, but we’ve worked together for 30 modules. I think you’ve earned a peek!
If you are one of those people who skips to the end before you do the course, go back and do at least most of it before you watch this video!
It’s not a secret, but seeing what someone else did with the prompts before you do them can make you less creative. You run the risk of either being pulled in the direction of something that appealed to you or repelled away from something that didn’t. Either way, you could wind up missing a great idea of your own that goes in a completely different direction. Especially since creative ideas can be a bit shy at first.
Give yourself the opportunity to listen to the whispers of your own creativity whisper first.