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Art Journal Freedom: How to Journal Creatively With Color & Composition [Kindle Edition]

Dina Wakley
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Art Journal Color! Art Journal Composition! Art Journal Freedom!

Color is all around us and we often find ourselves drawn to particular combinations or arrangements. But how can you effectively and artistically capture those eye-catching compositions in your art journal?

It's true, art journaling has no "rules" and is a safe place for free expression of your one-of-a-kind life. But knowledge is power and knowing the "rules" of color and composition gives you the freedom to use and break them willfully to create the effects you want. Dina shares these principles in a fun and approachable way with dozens upon dozens of unique journal pages to show you just some of the many possibilities.

Inside You Will Find:

  • Lessons and tips about composition and color including dominance and repetition, symmetry, contrast and the power of black and white.
  • 10 step-by-step technique demonstrations.
  • Dozens of color and design tips and page challenges.

Editorial Reviews


"Just a note: Art Journal Freedom is not just for art journalers: I think anyone in the mixed media and art/craft arena will find something of value." --Honore, The Queen's Inkling

"Bottom line? This book is amazing and I can't recommend it enough!! It truly is a very big workshop/class in book form and I'm very inspired by it and will be working my way through each challenge and idea. You could get it just for the eye candy and loads of Dina's pages shown inside - but it really is so much more than just a pretty book." --May Flaum

About the Author

Dina has taught art journaling classes around the world, as well as online. She has designed for Hambly Screen Prints, Kenner Road, Kitschy Digitals, Jenni Bowlin Studios, Poppy Ink and Maya Road and has been published in many magazines. Website: dinastamps.typepad.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 13444 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (January 14, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B9L3Y70
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,467 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
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I've been a huge fan of art journals for years and finally started working on my own art journals about two years ago. I have read a ton of different books and articles and blogs posts about art journaling and different techniques and approaches. But "Art Journal Freedom" is really in a class all its own.

Instead of telling you what you "should" and "shouldn't" do, or telling you there ARE no rules, Dina Wakley simply shares her own approaches to art journaling. Everything from materials to technique to approaches to composition and color is included in this book. I even enjoyed and found inspiration in the "getting started/materials" section, which I normally consider a waste of ink in most art technique books.

The one thing to note, though, is that Art Journal Freedom is comprised ENTIRELY of Wakley's work. So if you are looking for a variety of examples in different styles, you may want to check out Dina's blog and see some of her pages so you know what the book is filled with.

But if you love Dina's style and the effortless way she seems to be able to combine different elements and come out with these brilliant, beautiful pages, then you will find SO much inspiration and eye-candy in this book. It's a must for any art journal library.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any crafter February 8, 2013
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Beyond art journaling, this is a book that will help mixed media artists of all sorts. Cards, canvases, even scrapbook layouts can benefit from the lessons within. Broken down into chapters that dig in and explain the basics and beyond, this book is a must. It can be read of course, as all books are, but you can also use this as a challenge source for exercises and use it like a class if you work through the exercises.

Beautiful artwork, amazing ideas, and by far the best book I've seen in a long time from the art/craft/mixed media market. Well done Dina!! It was like taking a seminar from her from the comfort of my living room.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo - a superb volume February 17, 2013
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I pre-ordered this book several months ago - a rare choice for me as I tend to wait and see before purchasing. However I am a true fan of Dina's blog and felt this was a safe bet to pre-order. I was not wrong!

This is a superb book. The artwork alone is worth the cover price - I know I will look through this book again and again for inspiration and technique tips. Dina has a fantastic way of explaining techniques and she uses both new and old products, including easy to get items from the local hardware and craft stores. The colours are vivid and engaging - it's actually difficult to focus on reading Dina's text as the journal pages really draw your eye! Dina gives a great overview of materials she uses and there are several excellent techniques included - step by step ideas that I have not seen widely used before. It is clear a lot of hard work has gone into this book and the results are quite spectacular.

Congratulations Dina on a wonderful book. In this age of saturation in the art journal book market, you have written one which stands out amongst some very good quality books. I would highly recommend it to both new and advanced art journalists. I hope this isn't the last we see of you in the book market.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY helpful for the beginning art journalist August 5, 2013
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Written in simple language, Dina Wakley presents the basic concepts of color and composition. Most of the art journaling I've seen on the web is overwhelming. There are so many art materials and techniques that it is easy for a beginner to get lost and continue to create pages of hodgepodge with no direction or effectiveness. Ms. Wakley's easy-to-follow explanations, along with ample and appropriate examples, make this book a delight to read. Definitely a book that I will keep referring to in the months and weeks of art journaling that lay ahead.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect blend June 20, 2013
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Dina Wakley has designed the an art journaling book that's a good balance of the elements of design, composition and color theory. She explains it all with well written text that's easily understood for the beginning journal artist and a wonderful review for those who have been around the pages. Then she tells you how to break the rules.

This is all blended with the how to's. Her technique pages are not only well described but beautifully illustrated. In seeing her process, the reader can begin to get an idea of how that can translate into a personal style.

I have taken some of Ms. Wakley's classes. For me this book is a perfect companion and resource to all that I have learned.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Love Love Dina March 5, 2013
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Waited forever for this book to come, it does not disappoint. Worth the money and the wait. Dina style is unlike the other artist
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational Book! February 6, 2013
Dina presents design principles and explains composition in such an easy-to-understand way! The connection she makes between her art and these principles results in an immediate visual understanding of what she teaches. I would highly recommend this book as a design resource regardless of what type of media you enjoy working in.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book March 29, 2013
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This book is a lot more than just pretty pictures. Dina really gives a lot of great information and explains her techniques in detail. I keep going back to this book for inspiration as I'm working on lots of different art projects, not just art journals. Love it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The book is very good for intro into color and
I bought this book after watching one of her videos where she was explaining color and composition. The book is very good for intro into color and composition
Published 4 days ago by DIANE CARROLL
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it. Very inspiring and informative:)
Published 8 days ago by Torunn Gjesmo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great photos, instructions and inspiration
Published 16 days ago by Carolyn Tolan
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informational with step by step instructions
Wonderful and informational. Lots of great tips. Ms. Wakley is very talented with lots of details and helpful hints. I can't wait to get started on some of her tips.
Published 21 days ago by Regina M. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Dina Wakley's art
I love Dina Wakley's art. Through both this book and her new book Art Journal Courage, she has inspired me to try new things. Read more
Published 1 month ago by texasmom
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book, dina wakley is one of my favorite ...
Amazing book, dina wakley is one of my favorite people, I don't have the money to go to art school so I buy the books to learn this is an amazing book if you don't know how to art... Read more
Published 1 month ago by jenny clayton
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, principals explained well, one teeny complaint
Overall, I liked this book and found it to be helpful, especially the portions explaining composition. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sweet Red Clover
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I had hoped
More pictures than explanations.
Published 1 month ago by Kishka
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very useful information. Admire Dina's work!
Published 1 month ago by jackie mahan
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to follow book about art journaling that I own ...
(Kindle Edition) This is the most informative, easy to follow book about art journaling that I own (and that would be MANY!) Dina Wakley's easygoing approach is a joy to read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by mj
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More About the Author

Dina Wakley lives in Glendale, Arizona with her husband and three fellas. She loves everything about art: making it, looking at it, teaching it, talking about it. Dina teaches online and in-person classes all over the world. She started papercrafting in 1995, and has dabbled in scrapbooking, stamping, mixed-media art, encaustic art, and art journaling. Dina has a line of rubber stamps by Stampington, and a line of stencils by The Crafter's Workshop. You can visit Dina at her website, http://www.dinawakley.com.

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