Creative Therapy Journal Prompts

A list of journal prompts (catalysts) taken from:

I am in no way associated with the Creative Therapy blog beyond the fact that I loved the prompts and design team inspiration.


Tell us about a time someone hurt your feelings.

What’s one present you’ve always wanted?

Who were your favorite relatives?

What are your best/worst memories of school?

“How has art saved you?”

“Did you ever get into trouble?”

What was the saddest moment of your life?

“How would you describe yourself as a child?”

What is your daily routine?

“What was the best night of your life so far?”

Are you proud of who you are?

How would you like to be remembered?

Honor a family member.

What are you waiting for?

Where did you grow up?

Who was your first kiss?  How was it?

Tell a random childhood memory.

Create a postcard. Who’s it going to?

What advice do you have for other couples?

How was/is your relationship with your parents?

When did you first fall in love?

What makes you happy?

What was the worst thing you ever did?

Is there something about someone that you’ve always wanted to know but have never asked?

What was your childhood like?

What’s the highlight of your week?

Write a love letter.

What’s something you wish you knew about your parents?

What’s your word or focus for the year?

What does your future hold?

What are you (or would you be) giving your children that you wish you’d had?

When in life have you felt most alone?

What is a family keepsake you have or hope to have?

What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in life?

Tell us about a favorite or special piece of clothing.

What’s something you struggle with?

Describe or show yourself at this point in your life.

What’s one lesson you would give a married couple?

What’s something you swore you would never do? Why? Did you do it?

Do you have a favorite or important family recipe?

What’s something you really look forward to?

What’s a cause you believe in (or a charity you support)? Why?

Tell us about a friendship you currently have.

If you had to pick one single thing you wanted to do or accomplish before your next birthday, what would it be? What’s stopping you from doing it?

Create art around someone you wish you got along better with.

What’s something that embarrasses you?

A time when you realized you had the answer to something you were struggling with where you least expected.

What’s the best relationship you’ve had so far?

If money weren’t an issue what would you do with your time?

Write a letter to your younger self.

What’s the most daring or scariest thing you’ve ever done?

What’s the best gift you ever gave?

What’s the one thing you never thought you could do?

What’s your superpower?

Who’s the person who supports you the most in your life (emotionally and intellectually)?

Tell us about something you cherished as a child. It can be a toy or anything else.

What’s a family or personal tradition you cherish?

What’s something you want to accomplish before you die?

Create art around a time when you had a lot of turmoil and indecision in your life.

Take the time to create art around something you have been meaning to but haven’t done so yet.

What’s the hardest decision you ever made?

Tell us about something you feel obligated to do (daily or regularly).  Why do you feel obligated?

Tell us about a recent dreams come true – it can be big or small as long as it was a dream for you.

Tell us about your best friend or the effect of friends in your life.

If I had one day to do over & over, what would I want to do with it?

What’s the best advice you received that encouraged you to follow your dreams?

What is your favorite thing about where you live?

Did your life turn out how you imagined? Why or why not?

What’s your favorite part about being a woman (or a man)?

Create art around someone or something that you still have unfinished business with.

Tell us about one thing you’d change about yourself (physical or otherwise).

A time when something that then seemed small happened but then it ended up changing your life.

Tell us about your perfect day (either one you’ve had or one you imagine).

What’s a personality trait you admire/seek in others? Why?

Tell us about something that you always put off doing. Why?

What’s the best vacation you ever had? where was is to and why is it the best?

Apologize to someone.

What’s your favorite word? Why?

Tell us about something that makes you laugh.

Create art around a mistake. The bigger the more therapeutic.

Tell us about a time you felt unconditional love for someone or something

What’s something you wish you could do (something you know how but are too afraid to try)?

Create a piece of art around a memory/occasion that has no photos.

Tell us about something you’ve always wanted to learn.

What’s something you do or want to do every day just for yourself?

What is something that you turn to, to lift you up out of a bad mood?

Pick a photo that brings up some emotions and create your art around it.

Create art around a secret you’ve been keeping (hidden journaling is fine)

Tell us about the last time you were up all night.

What’s your favorite poem? Why?

If you got to write a book/movie/song what would it be about?

What’s something about the way you live your life that doesn’t align with who you are?

Tell us about a BIG dream you want to achieve (aim high!)

What was the best moment of your life (so far)?

What’s the best advice anyone ever gave you?

What’s a principle you firmly believe?

What was a dream you had as a child (about your future) did it come true or not?  If it did, was it what you hoped it would be?  If it didn’t, are you disappointed?

Tell us about something you don’t appreciate enough (something that you take for granted).

Today you get an extra hour, what will you spend that time on?

Tell us about a time you lied.

What’s your philosophy of life?

What’s a song that brings back a memory? Write about the memory too.

If you had unlimited money to buy someone you know something, what would you buy and for whom?

What’s your most prized possession?

What’s a novel that has impacted your life and why?

What’s a decision you made that ended up determining the direction of your life?

Who’s someone you admire/look up to?

What’s a negative behavior or habit you have overcome?

Create art around a painful memory.

What’s one talent/ability you wish you had?

What’s something you fear?

What’s something that inspires you?

What’s something you collect or hoard?

What’s your biggest accomplishment?

What’s your first memory of love?

How do you feel about your name?

Create art around one of your quirks/idiosyncrasies.

What’s your favorite place in your house, why?

What’s the one quality you look for in a romantic partner?

What’s your dream home?

What’s your happiest memory?

What’s the one lesson you’d want to teach your children (if you had them)?

Thank someone.

If you could do something to make a big impact on the world, what would it be?

What’s your first memory?

Someone you miss (it could be a childhood friend or a grandparent, etc.)

What’s something you’re pessimistic about?

What is your guilty pleasure and why does it make you feel guilty?

What makes you, you?

What’s something/someone that really frustrates you (vent but in a therapeutic way)?

What do you like best about yourself?

What’s something to remember from your childhood?

What’s the best part of today?

What’s a place you like to go to find your center?

Tell us about something you lost.


  1. Thank you so much! I have just started Art Journaling after doing many pencil portrait sketches. Since I have so little
    time to do my artwork it is satisfying to work on the journal, because it doesn’t take as much time….and I can do a little
    art every day!

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