10 Art Journaling Prompts to Try Out This Summer

Keep your Creativity Alive during these Long Hot Summer Days

Summer is full of inspiration and provides some great chances for artists to grow and explore their own artwork. Art journaling is a terrific way to learn about your own artistic talent and grow your creativity on a daily basis. Here are some simple summer ideas to keep you journaling this summer:

1. Sunshine

Draw, sketch or paint your love for the sun and warmth and bright days.

2. Fourth of July Fireworks

Fireworks are so much fun to draw, paint and play around with on paper. Capture the strands of sparks with long, thick, curled lines.

3. Vacation

Did you or do you plan to take a road trip or fly somewhere exotic this summer? Journal your memories or new experiences.

4. The Water


Is there a better way to spend the hot days than by the pool/beach/lakeshore? Describe how being in or near the water makes you feel and illustrate it.

5. Baseball Games


Go to a baseball game, bring you journal and a pen or pencil and capture the experience of America's favorite pastime. 

6. Ice cream/ Popsicles


Theres no better way to beat the heat, so journal about your favorite treat.

7. Picnics


Think about all the colors between the food, nature, the picnic basket, blanket etc.

8. Taking a nap under a tree or beach umbrella

If you sketch or paint it, try and capture the shadows created and focus on the shaded areas.

9. The Stars

With so many cloudless nights out, documenting the stars through sketch, coloring and painting. 

10. Your Best Childhood Memories of Summer


Think of all the summer memories you had growing up and capture or reinterpret those fun and meaningful moments with art!

Have any great inspirations for Art Journaling this summer? Let us know in the comments section. To learn more about Art Journaling, check out our article Art Journaling Can Improve Your Creativity!

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Avoid Shipping Horror Stories with the right Supplies!

Don't Stress over Damaged Art with the right Art Shipping Tubes and Boxes !

Shipping and mailing artwork can be expensive and stressful. Especially if you've ever received a package looking like this:


Now while this might be a bit exaggerated, shipping artwork safely is a big deal. When you've spent a lot of time and effort on your artwork, it becomes almost impossible to think that something could happen to your artwork while being shipped. However, things do happen, packages do get smashed and tossed around while being shipped and transported. Many professional artists don't have the luxury of getting their art dented or scratched when shipping sold pieces or prints, meaning that taking the proper shipping precautions is imperative. So what's the proper way to store, mail or ship your art to handle everything from rough handed mail carriers to earthquakes? Jerry's is here with all the answers!

The Right Packaging 

What you store your art in before you send it on its way is extremely important to keeping it safe. The brown shipping boxes available at the post office, UPS or FedEx store were not made for artwork and won't properly protect them either. Packing peanuts won't stop your art from shifting in place. Wrapping your art in tissue paper can lead to the tissue paper bleeding onto your artwork and bubble wrap can melt onto your art if it's not properly stored in a cool enough environment. Don't pack your artwork this way and ruin it. For your valuable art, you need the right shipping materials.

For a watercolor, sketch, pastel piece,print, or anything on paper use an archival shipping tube like the Acurit Mailing Tube or the Acurit Colorview Tube.

The Acurit Mailing Tube features a double layered cardboard core for extra protection with round metal disk ends so that the tube wont lose shape, dent, bend or break during shipping. When carrying them by hand or car, they are more than easy to carry.

The Acurit Colorview Tubes are made of a durable plastic for even stronger protection and are see through for quick and easy identification of artwork and also offer UV protection. The Colorview tubes are moisture proof as well and are great for safe shipping. Another great quality of them is that if you were to check them on a plane, they would be more than easy to pick out at baggage. The Colorview tubes also feature a handy and adjustable shoulder strap for easy handling.

Jerry's Artarama also carries unique shipping boxes perfect to mail or ship framed artwork, canvases or frames. ezART Shippers are an easy way to make sure your art arrives safely. Made from a sturdy corrugated cardboard, the eZART shippers sport an inner plastic pocket to hold your framed artwork or canvas snug against a shock absorbing inner piece before being boxed up firmly with plenty of protection. It is easy and simple to assemble and promises to keep your art from shifting around. This two piece shipper is available in four different dimensions and can hold art to 2.5" deep.

Another way to protect your artwork from damage at a very low cost is to get Corrugated Corners for your framed work. These corners will stop art from sliding around the back of a moving truck, stop minor scratches and acts as an easy buffer between other packed pieces of art if you are shipping large amounts of it. They come in bulk packs so they are ideal for galleries, art teachers or art related small businesses. They also only take seconds to assemble so you won't have to stress over time or your art getting damaged.

Insurance and Shipping Tips

While the right packaging can set your mind at ease, it is always helpful to insure your packages when shipping them in order to have your work covered to the value it is worth with minimal loss if the worst should happen. The Post Office, FedEx and UPS all offer insurance policies to protect your art's value. Be mindful however as FedEX will only insure artwork up to $1000 while UPS will insure art up to $50,000.

Another handy tip is to always mail things with clear labels and make sure the inner items have your name and address on them. This is especially important for art shows and gallery showings. If you plan to have your work mailed back to you after a showing, keeping a name and address attached to the artwork will make things easier and almost guarantees that your art wont get lost even if the shipping papers get lost.

For more shipping and handling information on art and helpful products, Check out Jerry's Artarama Art Shipping Supplies Page. Have any helpful shipping and mailing tips yourself? Let us know about them in the comments below.   




Artist Spotlight Reviews-Tuff Stuff Eraser by Elizabeth Gyles Johnson

A Review of the Sanford Tuff Stuff Stick Eraser

by Elizabeth Gyles Johnson, artist and art instructor

Elizabeth Gyles Johnson of Wind and Honey Creations is a pencil artist who focuses her art on the delights of life.  Elizabeth teaches the intricacies of drawing at all skill levels to a collection of students worldwide through online workshops and classes at  Learn more about Elizabeth in our featured Artist Spotlight post, and enjoy her examples and drawing process here in the Artist Survival Book.

It might seem odd to be so excited about an eraser.  But as a pencil artist committed to a particular level of precision in my art, I can't get along without my Tuff Stuff Stick Eraser Stick by Sanford Paper Mate.   The Tuff Stuff Eraser is a quality white plastic eraser.

The eraser stick in the Tuff Stuff is only 3.8 mm wide.  This is narrow enough to be able to erase in the tiniest of spots.  And yet wide enough to not compromise on the ability of the eraser to accomplish its task.

The fact that you can return the eraser stick back into the plastic barrel makes it easy to keep the eraser clean.  You can purchase refills for your Tuff Stuff Eraser making it ecologically friendly.  I use mine all the time but have never actually had to use my refills yet. 

http://windandhoneycreations.comI often use my Tuff Stuff Stick Eraser as a white pencil on my graphite drawings.  And I always encourage my students to own at least one.  They are always as excited about their Tuff Stuff Erasers as I am.  Their comment when first using it is usually, "Wow!"  We just can't get along without it.  I own several, keeping one in every pencil pack and drawing station I have. 

 I always keep a small journal and a tiny drawing kit with me wherever I go.  My Tuff Stuff Eraser is an essential part of that drawing kit.  I love my Tuff Stuff Eraser!



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Derwent Tinted Charcoal
Soho Urban Artist Colored Pencils
Derwent Graphic Pencil
Creative Mark Blending Stump
Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick
Big Triple Sharpener
Reflexions Pocket Journal
Artist Survival Book
Strathmore Bristol Board

Watch as Elizabeth demonstrates a drawing and shows examples of work using the Sanford Paper Mate Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick.



Elizabeth Gyles Johnson purchases all of her artist pencils from Jerry's Artarama because of their customer service and great packing of delicate artist pencils for shipping. Here are some other drawings Elizabeth has done with pencils purchased from Jerry's Artarama.


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