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July Artist Prompts

This month I decided to gather up the art challenges I usually share in Discord here on my blog. July artist prompts hopefully includes something that sparks you!

July Artist Prompts in large black letters on a patterned background

I use a lot of ongoing challenges in my art practice – sometimes for inspiration, but more often as a way to connect with other creators. Every day I make an artist trading card (ATC). Most months I make a zine – usually with a Monthly Zine Project (MoZiPro) prompt. My Book of the Week project has been on and off since 2010.

Especially when working with my ATCs I really love daily prompts, so a lot of these have a prompt for each day. Others are weekly or just for the month. I thought I would gather some of the ones I've found for July in one list! I think these lists can be used for any creative medium. I've made sure to have all prompts in text form for easy copying and pasting as a lot of the original creators only provide images. I plan on making this post monthly. Feel free to tag me on socials if you're playing along, or come hang out in my Discord server and share there. If you create prompt lists or see a great list feel free to send them my way!

July Artist Prompts

Scroll down for ten daily challenge lists, a mini zine challenge, plus the monthly are you book enough and MoZiPro challenges.

MoZiPro – Monthly Zine Challenge

Monthly ZIne Project themes in black text over a photo of a calendar

πŸ”Ž July's prompt is: Found it!

How that Monthly Zine Project Works

  1. Interpret the prompt however you want
  2. Make a zine connected to your interpretation in that month
  3. The zine can take any form you want! Written, photos, collage, drawings, whatever & however: anything goes. Just have fun!
  4. No deadline, feel free to post your zine on the Facebook group and/or on Instagram – with the #mozipro tag when you're done (whenever in the month that may be!)
  5. If a certain month's theme isn't resonating with you, just skip it.

Seriously! If you tend to be over-ambitious about your zines, art, writing & creative work in general ... please be kind to yourself!

Are You Book Enough

Are you book enough 2024 themes has white type on a purple background.

July's challenge is Numbers.

Here's how it works

  1. Repost the monthly theme on your Instagram account to let us know you are joining in.

  2. Plan out your artists' book using the theme for the month as your guide.

  3. Join our conversations about the books in the community forums.

  4. Share your process of the book if possible on Instagram using the hashtag #AreYouBookEnough

  5. Take great photos of your finished book and post it with the tag for that month's theme as well as the hashtag #AreYouBookEnough

  6. Pick out your favorite 9 from the finished books for the month and make a grid of them on your Instagram to share with the community. Use the hashtag #AreYouBookEnough

July is International Zine Month

Started in 2009 by Alex Wrekk, author of Stolen Sharpie Revolution, International Zine Month is back! This year Antiquated Future has created the poster and updated prompts for 2024.

International Zine month poster has black text on a grungy background by Antiquated Future

  1. Make a 1-page zine! Keep it simple and easy. Have fun with it.
  2. Zine rewind day! Dig out your favorite oldies and share with others.
  3. Look up local or virtual zine events to attend. Connect and collaborate!
  4. AmeriZine Day! Explore marginalized voices in the Americas. Support zines written by BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color.)
  5. Get inspired for a new look! Check out zines that use risograph, letterpress, or screenprinting. Look at unique binding, hand-coloring, and other handmade touches.
  6. Zine Pride Day! Support zines created by LGBTQIA creators. Check out the Queer Zine Archive Project.
  7. Review and share your 7 favorite zines.
  8. Cook a recipe you found in a zine. Post or share photos of your meal!
  9. Watch tutorial videos from comic artist. Try a new drawing technique!
  10. Write a fan letter to one of your favorite zinesters
  11. International Zine Day! Read zines from a different country and share what you learned with friends or online.
  12. ZineWiki Day! Add to or update listings and creators. Support community powered information at
  13. Create a zine-making kit to gift to a friend or kiddo.
  14. ValenZines Day! Celebrate your love of zines by givting to friends - or treat yoself! Take your zines on a picnic date with your favorite dessert.
  15. Free Zine Day! Post your zine pdf, or leave copies around town for strangers to find. Celebrate knowledge and arts for all!
  16. Try a new method of folding or a new paper zine. Get Creative!
  17. Write a haiku about zines. Or revisit your favorite poetry zines.
  18. Zine Trade Day! Ask someone to swap zines with your.
  19. Zine Distro Appreciation Day! Order zines from a beloved distro, or find a new favorite shop. Share and tell people about your favorite zine distros!
  20. Spend the day shooting photographs or making collages. Use these in your upcoming zines.
  21. Zine Library Day! Find zine libraries in your area, or check out a digital zine library archive. Celebrate libraries!
  22. Watch a movie or listen to an album. Review it for your next zine!
  23. Organize your zine collection. Post or share a shelfie.
  24. Collaborate on a zine with a friend. Make a plan!
  25. Make a catchy flyer about your zine or series. Leave them in coffee shops and post on telephone poles – old school!
  26. Find a music zine to read. Or make a mini zine about your favorite band. Or create themed playlists for your upcoming zines!
  27. What are you extra good at? Make a how-to mini zine with instrucitons. Share your knowledge!
  28. Fold an accordion zine. Fill it with your favorite animals: pets, creatures, or internet-famous furballs.
  29. Read zines about herbal medicine. Heal yourself and your friends!
  30. Collect your scrap paper. Fold into paper boats. Zine boats that float!
  31. What issues do you care about? How do you want the world to change? Get ready to make a zine about it.

Mini zine July Challenge

by Blanca Carla AKA Blancisthecreative:
A guide and ideas

Mini zine July 2024 prompts in black text on salmon bubbles on a green background


  • Jul 1-5 Celebration!
  • Jul 6-10 reminder zine
  • Jul 11-15 before and after
  • Jul 16-20 fanzine
  • Jul 21-25 tchotchkes
  • Jul 26-30 mixed media zine
  • Jul 31 doodles!

July Art Challenge

by Tinkerlab's Tinkersketch:

July calendar with daily prompts in red, white, and blue colors

  1. parallel
  2. torn
  3. air
  4. crack
  5. glitzy
  6. vintage
  7. equal
  8. yummy
  9. crush
  10. tangle
  11. wild
  12. spiral
  13. fresh
  14. dust
  15. dance
  16. walk
  17. east
  18. dinner
  19. wheel
  20. lazy
  21. diamond
  22. fuzzy
  23. even
  24. zigzag
  25. story
  26. clock
  27. spare
  28. zoom
  29. bubble
  30. texture
  31. orbit

July Sketchbook Art Challenge

from Tinkerlab

31 text prompts on a white background with yello flowers and titles

  1. Spice
  2. Torn
  3. Uneven
  4. Window
  5. Growth
  6. Vintage
  7. Endless
  8. Yummy
  9. Crush
  10. Disguise
  11. Assymmetrical
  12. Roll
  13. Fresh
  14. Magnify
  15. Childhood
  16. Walk
  17. East
  18. Warm
  19. Wheel
  20. Pattern
  21. Diamond
  22. Fuzzy
  23. Mistake
  24. Puzzle
  25. News
  26. Clock
  27. Spare
  28. Close-up
  29. Bubble
  30. Texture
  31. Drink

Sketchbook School: Road Trip! July Drawing a Day Prompts!

Sketchbook Skool's July prompts – road trip in white letters on an abstract background.

Not sure why, but there are actually 33 here. 21 and 22 are repeated.

  1. Alaska
  2. Boston
  3. Chicago
  4. Detroit
  5. Lake Erie
  6. Fort Myers
  7. Georgia
  8. Hawaii
  9. Indiana
  10. Jersey
  11. Knoxville
  12. Las Vegas
  13. Miami
  14. New York
  15. Ohio
  16. Phoenix
  17. Queens
  18. Roanoke
  19. Seattle
  20. Tampa
  21. Utah
  22. VIrginia
    21. Washington
    22. Xenia
  23. Yosemite
  24. Zanesville
  25. Yellowstone
  26. Cincinnati
  27. Los Angeles
  28. Orlando
  29. Denver
  30. Albuquerque
  31. Cleveland

Natural Beach Living: July Drawing Challenge

Beach Living's July Drawing challenge prompt list has red and blue chevrons with black text on a white background.

  1. Sunshine
  2. Oceans
  3. Fireworks
  4. American flag
  5. Statue
  6. Snail
  7. Sand
  8. The alphabet
  9. Seashells
  10. Goat
  11. Flowers
  12. Swimming pool
  13. Strawberries
  14. Roses
  15. Sea otter
  16. Your favorite character
  17. Ladybug
  18. Plane
  19. A book cover
  20. Lemonade
  21. Mountains
  22. Rocks
  23. Stuffed bear
  24. Castle
  25. Garden
  26. Blueberries
  27. Train
  28. Dinosaur
  29. Frog
  30. Whale
  31. Popsicle

July-Fi art prompts

by Tyr Prime

July-fi prompts from Tyr-Prime has green handwritten text on a black background.

  1. Raxor
  2. Feather
  3. Slime
  4. Cave
  5. Planet
  6. Greed
  7. Eyes
  8. Blaster
  9. Mad
  10. Fur
  11. Light
  12. Bounty hunter
  13. Sword
  14. Nature
  15. Reptile
  16. Droid
  17. Ocean
  18. Spaceship
  19. Dirt
  20. Soldier
  21. Rust
  22. Crystal
  23. Knight
  24. Shadow
  25. Emperor
  26. Fire
  27. Speed
  28. Ice
  29. Tentacle
  30. Fight
  31. Relax

Cute Little Paper: July Doodle Challenge

Culte Little Paper's Doodle Challenge has black text on a whilte background surrounded by summer illustrations including a palm tree and watermelon.

  1. Number 7
  2. Beach
  3. Sunglasses
  4. Hot
  5. Sea shells
  6. Flip flops
  7. Palm tree
  8. Cocktail
  9. Beach chair
  10. Mermaid
  11. Pineapple
  12. Swimsuit
  13. Pebbles
  14. Beach bag
  15. Oleander
  16. Flippers
  17. Watermelon
  18. Sea
  19. Starfish
  20. Sand castle
  21. Snorkeling mask
  22. Ice cream
  23. Coconut
  24. Sea urchin
  25. Sunscreen
  26. Beach umbrella
  27. Dolphin
  28. Inflatable ring
  29. Lemon juice
  30. Jellyfish
  31. Beach hat

Kick in the Creatives: July General Art Prompts

Kick in the Creatives July General Art Prompts are in black text on a light pink background.

  1. Repellent
  2. Dawn
  3. Tropical
  4. Something yummy
  5. Urban
  6. Busy
  7. In the garden
  8. Massive
  9. Something wobbly
  10. Chemist
  11. Time to yourself
  12. Communication
  13. Entertaining
  14. Family
  15. Disadvantage
  16. Footwear
  17. FIst date
  18. Shopping
  19. Impressive
  20. At the cinema
  21. Naughty
  22. Protective
  23. Extreme weather
  24. Wild
  25. Active
  26. Cooking
  27. Something squashy
  28. Animal
  29. Royalty
  30. Underneath
  31. Junk mail

Cosy Cottage Moments

found at Cupcakes and Unicorns
created by Violet Fane and Peppermint Fox

Cosy Cottage Moments art challenge has golden brown text and ornaments on a parchment background.

  1. Magical doorways
  2. Garden herbs
  3. Fresh from the oven
  4. Cosy corners
  5. Sewing box
  6. Tea time
  7. Indoor picnic
  8. Into the pages
  9. Patched blanket
  10. Let's pretend
  11. Fairy lights
  12. Trinket box
  13. Through the wardrobe
  14. Dusty attic
  15. The artist studio
  16. The knitter's basket
  17. Rose perfume bath
  18. Hours of study
  19. Ghost stories
  20. Early morning
  21. Night sounds
  22. Cosy companion
  23. Floral crafts
  24. Antique memories
  25. From the window
  26. Forgotten melodies
  27. Among the stars
  28. Enchanted bookshelf
  29. Cinema stories
  30. My perfect cottage

Whimsical Month

by Inkaruska

Whimsical Month prmots by Inkaruska has white text on a green background with hybrid creatures in the corners.

  1. Deer + branches
  2. Hare + ghost
  3. Snake + moonphases
  4. Ram + honey
  5. Axolotl + celestial
  6. Bear + clover
  7. Leopard gecko + teapot
  8. Goldfish + aurora
  9. Owl + twins
  10. Frog + mermaid
  11. Swan + skeleton
  12. Bat + planets
  13. Bee + wild berries
  14. Spider + rainbow
  15. Cat + mystic
  16. Tortoise + mushroom
  17. Raccoon + fairy ring
  18. Cockatiel + clouds
  19. Sugar glider + lupine
  20. Fennec fox + lanterns
  21. Pangolin + knitted scarf
  22. Sea bunny + coral
  23. Silver fox + dagger
  24. Goat + butterfly wings
  25. Unicorn + nightmare
  26. Ring-tailed cat + lavender
  27. Red panda + bamboo
  28. Magpie + gemstones
  29. Badger + flowerpot
  30. Moth + alien
  31. Hedgehog + witch