Art Journaling 102: “I Don’t Have Anything to Journal About” Myth-Buster Prompt #8

Welcome to our I Don’t Have Anything to Journal About” Myth-Buster Prompt #8 by Tangie!

Prompt: You can select one person from history and ask a question to which they must give a truthful reply. Whom would you select, and what question would you ask?

Journal your thoughts and upload your page to your blog or favorite gallery. Link it up in the comments of this blog post.

Preview of Valentina's Page for This Prompt #6

by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

But I’ve Done This Prompt Before…

Stop! Wait!!!!

Before you say that you’ve done this prompt before, let’s try it from a new angle.

If you’ve journaled before about a famous person from history that you would like to meet, perhaps journal about this time about one of your ancestors that made a significant contribution to your family or community.

Or perhaps a person that is not from your family but still inspiring, yet little known, not quite famous.

If you’ve journaled before about someone from your genealogy that you’d like to ask a question, perhaps this time research a famous artist, photographer, or musician that you’d like to ask a question.

If you’ve journaled before about both a famous person from history that is well-known to you that you’d like to ask a question, and if you’ve journaled  about someone from your family that you’d like to know something about, then perhaps research leaders and great thinkers from other countries that you might not have heard of before. You could look up current history makers, not just ones that have passed.


I’m Stumped for a Meaningful  Question

When I was brainstorming this prompt, at first I thought, “I don’t ask that many questions any more.” I felt at a loss. Someone once said, “Never stop asking questions,” or “Never stop being curious.” Edison or Einstein? Either way, I felt like I’ve let them down. And so, I started asking questions.

There are different types of questions to be aware of, and can influence the quality of your question. According to, a sampling of different types of question techniques include:

Another group of questions according to is judgement questions.

Judgment Questions
This group of questions should offer your subject a chance to talk about the “big picture” by telling about what was good or bad, important or less important.
Judgment Questions

  • What was the happiest (funniest or saddest) memory?
  • What was your biggest accomplishment?
  • What actions would you change if you had a chance to re-live those years again?
  • What mistakes did people make during this period or event in history?
  • What should people today remember about this time/event?

Read more here…

The Power of Questions

It is interesting that also talks about the power of questions, while we are on the subject. It is an awesome conversational tool. They list a handful of benefits of questions:


“First of all questions give you power. They put you in charge of the conversation. When you ask a question, there is a strong social pressure for the other person to answer the question.” Read more…


“Information is power and what you get from questions is information. Particularly if you are careful with your questions you can discover all kinds of useful information that can help you achieve your goals.” Read more…


Questions also good when you want to listen more than talk, as you can prompt the other person to talk about subjects where you can listen more. Read more…


Questions that reveal personal details about the other person and things about which they are interested also gives you the opportunity of getting closer to to them, for example by subsequently showing how you are similar to them. Read more…


As well as the above benefits, questioning can be used to persuade in many other ways, for example by using rhetorical questions that need no answers but cause the person to consider what you are saying. Likewise, Socratic questioning is designed to make the other person think rather than elicit information for you.




Inspiration for I Don’t Have Anything to Journal About” Myth-Buster Prompt #8

Valentina aka zotova

This photo was taken at the end of 30-s. It was kept in the family album of my mother. I knew that this woman was my mother’s mother, i.e. my grandmother. But who was that guy? In order to answer this question I studied family tree up to 1872. Now, my ancestors for me are not only surnames with dates of birth or death, but people who lived, made mistakes, loved, suffered, rejoiced, died.

During my search I learned something about the guy from photo. I revealed that he was mother’s brother, my uncle Vasiliy Petrovich Blokha. He was born in 1925 and disappeared during WWII. I know that he was still alive in 1943, but what happened next? Was he killed? Imprisoned? Dead? Sometimes I think that he is still alive. 87 years is not a lot.

I am not interested in Hitler or Stalin either as people or as historical personalities because they broke lives of dozens of millions of people.

But I constantly think about my uncle who was their contemporary and whose fate they influenced.

What kind of person my uncle was? What he dreamt about at 17? What he liked to do? Who he loved? It is him who interests me a lot. He is the only one person from the past I want to put these questions to.

{The Spark Project} Arsenic And Old Lace The ENTIRE COLLECTION by Tangie
My Broken Dollhouse by Tangie
Splatter Graffiti [Borders] Pause by Tangie
Font: Oysters [Art Journaling Font] by Tangie


Julie Ann

Georgia O’Keefe is one of my main artist role models. I have many questions for her so it was hard to narrow it down to just one question.

Paper: Quotes Backgrounds
Findings, Splattergraffiti: {The Spark Project} Arsenic And Old Lace The ENTIRE COLLECTION
Alpha: MarkerDoodleDoo
Chevron Gesso: AJC12 Parcel 12
Style: Paperworn Art Journal Style
Splatter Frame: Studio Mix 19 Glorious Vision by Studio Girls
Photo from google images



Now it’s your turn! Let’s see your questions!

Journal your thoughts and upload your page to your blog or favorite gallery. Link it up in the comments of this blog post.


Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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