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Art Journals and Creative Healing: Restoring the Spirit Through Self-Expression [Kindle Edition]

Sharon Soneff
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Book Description

A beautiful, artistic offering that offers projects on challenging, but universal subjects.

In follow up to Faith Books & Spiritual Journaling, author Sharon Soneff will continue to show that there is a richer, deeper reward to artistic, creative journals beyond the beauty they supply. In this new volume, Art Journals & Creative Healing, she demonstrates with real excerpts from beautiful and unusual artistic journals that the process of journaling can be a tool in navigating through some of lifeÆs more challenging seasons, as well as a tool to support personal growth and achievement. Challenging and complex experiences are treated with dignity and sensitivity, and will inspire readers dealing with their own issues, by placing the greater emphasis on the positive outcome that was yielded for the artist who is willing to be vulnerable in the process. Hope, growth, and healing are at the center of each work, and help deliver the message of the book.

Additionally, the ideas, artistic approaches, and resources provided by the author and numerous contributing artists will help the reader with creative ideas for working through various situations through their reflective and artistic journal keeping. Through a marriage of beautiful imagery, uplifting and literary quotations, and other rich sources, Art Journals & Creative Healing offers its audience a full-bodied experience pertaining to creative journals, along with journaling worksheets and journal prompts to help readers get started with their own journals. Specific topics to be addressed would include using mediums as metaphors, journaling for cathartic expression, gaining wisdom through introspection and reflection, finding strength in the midst of suffering, and finding beauty in pain. Art Journals & Creative Healing is a supportive and encouraging text offered as a creative companion of sorts for those traversing over the obstacles and overcoming the challenges of life.

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About the Author

Sharon Soneff is adored for the inspiration she shares with others and for the beautiful artwork and products she creates through her company Sonnets Studios. As both a Creating Keepsakes Hall of Fame inductee and one who avidly journals, Sharon passionately pursues and spreads her enthusiasm for creative expression. View her website at

Product Details

  • File Size: 4656 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books; 1 edition (February 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004R1Q0WA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #566,255 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book! March 29, 2008
I just love this book! It confirmed what I've known and practiced for many years. Journaling helps bring a balance and healing to my life. What I didn't realize was how when coupled with art expression it magnified the effect. I took a one hour art therapy class at college years ago, so this set the foundation for this concept. I appreciate the openess in which the artists and writers share their stories and examples of their creations. The work is beautiful. The book is well written and well illustrated. My mother passed away last year. I have begun my own art journal titled, "The darkest day; the darkest night." It has been so helpful to me that I have taken this great book to my school and shared it with some of my students and they are creating their own creative art journals. This book has touched my life and now is touching the lives of some of my students. Thank you Sharon Soneff for sharing this great work and for all those artists and writers who shared their stories!
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected ministry... January 30, 2008
I purchased this book solely for the fact that a friend of mine was a contributor... when it arrived I sat down and turned straight to her pages and was just blown away by the book as a whole.

While it is an amazing showcase for what is possible when creating a journal-- this book is so much more when you read the contributions and let the words and feelings wash over you.

I saw myself and some of my life experiences laid out in someone elses words-- it was a powerful way to realize that we are not alone with our individual struggles.

Save on shipping and get two! You will want to bless SOMEONE you know with a copy of this amazing work.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book with lots of inspiration! January 26, 2008
This book is great for people who want to start their own art journal. It gave me a lot of great ideas and inspiration. There are a lot of personal stories to read and they really helped me with what I wanted to write in my journal. It doesn't all have to be happy. You can write the "real" stuff in life too. :)
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the heart May 27, 2008
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While other books can inspire technique and artistic skills this book
focuses on the reason that we keep journals. When we are alone with illness, dislocation, pain, worry, grief or other troubles we don't always have a friend to talk to. But we do have the journal to confide in.

I respect and thank all the people who contributed to this book. It has made me see how journaling can be a tool for ministers, friends and family to reach through and encourage someone who is suffering. Also, we
will never know when the day presents us with a demon that we must live with.

Art has power to move through time and place as do words. This book is more of a testiment of how many people used journaling as a pair of waterwings while swimming through unknown waters. Their generosity is
wonderful. The book is an excellent tool and motivator.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book July 24, 2008
A Kid's Review
It is true not to judge a book by it's cover. The cover of this one had me passing it by- but I happened to look inside and was hooked. This is ALL about the content... yes, there is lots of eye candy- but these are pages where people are working with content. Loss, illness, life changes, but also births and motherhood, moving, frustrations, difficult relationships, financial worries... but not as pity me sorts of pages, or agony aunt conversations- these are beautifully rendered, heartfelt, real thoughts and feelings of living and breathing people who are just sharing what real life is like sometimes. Artists who happen to be women keeping it real in the pages of their journals fill the pages of this book with their stories, essays, and their work. If it is all about the pretty or what the newest technique is, this one isn't for you. If it is about the journey, the process, the work- it's a good one. Buy it - you won't regret it.

I'm the author of:Mixed-Media Nature Journals: New Techniques for Exploring Nature, Life, and Memories and True Vision: Authentic Art Journaling
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a winner for me... February 2, 2011
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I was very hopeful this book would be one of those really inspiring ones you can use to juice up your mojo and start to lay out some new creation and feel really good while doing it. I am a major journaler, and at the time I bought this book I was going through a particularly rough period and felt like restoration of my spirit would be a good thing for me. However, this book did not help me with that, neither did it help me be inspired in a crafty way at all. I'm not into scrapbooking and felt like this book would be better for those who are. There are several stories contributers have shared of the difficult times they have had in their lives, and the journaling had helped them through it all which is great. This book didn't have the same effect for me.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring October 11, 2008
I really liked this book. The pages shown in it were raw with emotion, but there were also several clever ideas for journaling outside of the pages of a book. My favorite part was the blurb in the words of the contributors after each of their projects. I wish more art journaling books included that because having the peek into the mind of the creator really helped me to appreciate their art on a deeper level.

I think this is a great book for anyone serious about any kind of journaling. Exploring negative feelings and experiences and growing from them is a wonderful lesson whether your preferred journaling medium is a full arsenal of art supplies or just a pen and paper.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Rather simplistic and obvious. I was hoping for a ...
Rather simplistic and obvious. I was hoping for a more sophisticated or deeper level queries and suggestions for artistic ways of expressing.
Published 2 months ago by Diane borcyckowski
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Appealing
I borrowed this from the KOLL and I am so glad that I will be able to return it, soon. It seems like the author and contributors to this book felt that they were baring their souls... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Outdoorsy Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars another one
I love journaling but sometimes i get stuck. Maybe this book will help me. I even invested in oil pastels.
Published 9 months ago by Ashley Rene Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Great resource
Excellent information and many good ideas for healing and growth. I used this to help guide my therapeutic group for mental health consumers.
Published 11 months ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars Definately ties your creative self with the inner self.
A nice collection of many different journalists. Shows many different approaches to journaling as well as giving some insite to the creator--stories accompany the illustrations,... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ana
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book`
I liked the stories and how they are displayed, it showed how to use colors and symbols, pencils and paint to express emotions, and use art journaling for therapy. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Julie Allenby
4.0 out of 5 stars very helpful
I've been going through alot of emotional hardship (and financial too), but being able to help to "restore" myself through journaling and the tips in this book are very... Read more
Published 15 months ago by CAjules
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
Full of great ideas that I am looking forward to trying. This book is helping me become more inspired to create art.
Published 16 months ago by Jan Szoke
1.0 out of 5 stars I'd pass on this one.
I found this book boring. Maybe it was the way it was edited, but it was very specific to an assortment of clients she had. Could not hold my interest.
Published 23 months ago by Lynn Freedman
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best on the Kindle
I bought this for the Kindle, trying to cut down the volume of my books. The book is awesome and I'm glad I purchased it. Read more
Published on February 26, 2012 by Debbie Frye
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