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Creative Wildfire: An Introduction to Art Journaling - Basics and Beyond Flexibound – June 1, 2010

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The fire analogy rages throughout Ludwig’s new book…from ‘Gathering the fuel (How to Get Started) through Keeping the Fire Burning (Expanding Your Journaling Repertoire), we are taken on a blazing hot voyage through art journaling that does indeed go beyond the basics and into the nitty-gritty techniques. Art journaling junkies will enjoy its gleaming inspiration. The free recycled blank journal is the added kindling to help fan the flames for both new and experienced art journalers.” - Book Review by Jenn Mason, Editor, “Cloth, Paper, Scissors” May/June 2010

About the Author

L.K. Ludwig creates art and chases her three small children around in a Victorian Four-square in a very small town (pop. 4,023) in western Pennsylvania. She is the author of Mixed Media Nature Journals, True Vision, and Collaborative Art Journals and Shared Visions in Mixed Media. She teaches workshops throughout the U.S. and maintains her blog at http://gryphonsfeather.typepad.com.

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Product Details

  • Flexibound: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books; Pap/Bklt edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592536018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592536016
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

LK Ludwig creates art and chases her three small children around in a Victorian four-square in a very small town in western Pennsylvania. Many weekends are spent in the woods and at the river, where family memories and art are made while the Allegheny River flows by. With a strong belief in creating around what she knows, nature, parenting, love and life seep deeply into LK's artwork, making it content rich and personally meaningful. Her work has been in a number of books, magazines and shown in various galleries. LK teaches at various venues across the US and enjoys it very much.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Susan Jane on June 8, 2010
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Contrary to the title this is not a true beginners book. But it is wildly inspiring! It certainly is not victoriana scrap booking. Think artsy with journals ranging from messy cool to constrained cool by a wide array of artists. Each page has one to two full journal pictures. The photography is clear and detailed. Techniques are discussed but the few step-by-step instructions are brief and not as detailed as some will prefer. Nevertheless you cannot go wrong buying this book. I'm sure it will spend a great deal of time on my studio table for the inspiration and encouragement it provides. Good luck with your own journals!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. Bardino on June 11, 2010
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I have been art journaling for about 11 years now, and I find this book amazing for all levels. It is clear and concise enough for beginners, yet challenging enough for those of us who have "been there, done that." I own almost every art journal book on the market, and can honestly say that this book is the best and well worth the money. LK's work is amazing, and the interviews and works she features from other artists are inspiring. There is a lot to be learned here. Buy this book!!!

Beth Bardino
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Mehlman on June 13, 2010
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I do not think I will ever get enough of LK Ludwig. Her books on art journaling and creative expression are inspiration. Like her previous books, I could not wait to get this one. Like her previous books, I am constantly referring and rereading. It is eye-candy and inspiration.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sakuteiki on July 18, 2010
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JK Ludwig has videos on her Gryphon's Feather Studio blog with detailed instruction in seed pearl stitch binding over cords, attaching cords to hard bound covers for handmade journals, with reused covers of old books bound over watercolor paper. Creative Wildfire offers suggestions for what to include between the covers.

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all. In which case you fail by default. J K Rowling "The Benefits of Failure and Importance of Imagination" 2008 Commencement speech

Creative Wildfire begins with instructions for simple bookbinding (see Cover To Cover: Creative Techniques For Making Beautiful Books, Journals & Albums for more details) and cloth book wrapping to create surfaces for visual communication. Journal privacy is prioritized with interpretation opaque except to the visual journal author.

The central portion of Creative Wildfire provides specific directions for image transfer, gesso on cloth or wood, gel transfer, stencil, reverse stencil, bleach stamping, sewing, layering, collage, etc to engage hands and mind in non-verbal technique exploration. Intriguing illustrations engage occipital brain lobes, location of visual processing, then transmit information to the hippocampus, central to memory and learning. Like roller skating, visual communcation requires practice, and more practice. Then, after a while, without conscious awareness, you become a visual thinker.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Rexter on June 19, 2010
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I was looking for a way to add more interest to my art journals. "Creative Wildfire" was just what I needed. This is the third book I have purchased by this author/artist. Whether you just testing the water or have been art journaling for a long time, you will discover new ways to add color and visual texture to your pages. The instructions are presented clearly and with a great deal of encouragement. I've often wondered about the creative process of others and was delighted to "peek" into the minds and journals of many talented artists, including the author. I've tried several of the techniques presented in this book and have had great success. I particularly love the gelatin mono-print process and the endless possibilities that it provides.....all with supplies you probably already have at home. I also loved the bonus of the blank recycled journal. What a great way to reuse! Although I've only had this book for about a week, it already has the worn look of a very loved book.....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By liberal sprinkles on May 27, 2012
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In Creative Wildfire: An Introduction to Art Journaling - Basics and Beyond, LK Ludwig describes different ways of covering surfaces of art journal pages (including using paint and gesso, stencils, paper as collage); adding images (among the techniques discussed: image transfer, drawing onto images and printmaking); creating meaningful content (where to get inspiration, layout and composition); and keeping the creative flame burning. There are also tips on book structure and embellishments, as well as an introduction to the basics of making and binding your own journal or book.

The book is a pretty good guide for art journaling beginners although if you like detailed instructions, be warned that this isn't a step-by-step how-to book. If you're an experienced art journaler, the techniques here will probably not be new to you but the book is filled with inspiring artworks of varying styles. My favorite bits were the interviews with other artists and the sneak peeks into their thoughts and their works. Many of them are well-known and popular art journalers so the book is a useful insight into their inspiration and works.
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