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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440314349
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440314346
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Melanie Testa is an accomplished textile and quilt artist. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in Textile/Surface Design and exhibits her fiber art at various galleries and quilt shows around the country. She is the author of Inspired To Quilt: Creative Experiments in Art Quilt Imagery (Interweave, May 09). Testa often begins her work by sketching in journals using paint and pens, then interpreting her ideas into her fabric works of art. She teaches workshops at major art retreats and other venues nationwide.

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Melanie Testa is an accomplished textile and quilt artist. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in Textile/Surface Design and has taken many courses from well-known quilt and surface-design artists including Ann Johnston and Jane Dunnewold. She exhibits her fiber art at various galleries and quilt shows around the country. Melanie teaches the techniques used in her art form both locally and nationally. Her articles have appeared in Quilting Arts Magazine, the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) Journal, and on Quilting Arts Television. She lives in Brooklyn New York.

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Melanie takes you through everything you'd like to know about creating your own art journal.
L. Chin
This book covers everything you'll want to know about how to begin your art making journey through the pages of your sketchbook.
Sue B
I love this book, it has great pictures and it has a lot of different art ideas that i can't wait to try out.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Sue B VINE VOICE on April 23, 2012
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This book covers everything you'll want to know about how to begin your art making journey through the pages of your sketchbook. Broken into 5 main categories opening with a chapter on "the what" Melanie starts with a choosing a journal, paints & brushes, pens & pencils, glues and more. You'll find a very helpful chart that cross references techniques with both paper and cloth so you can see at a glance which techniques are compatible with paper or cloth and in some cases both.

Chapter 2 is all about color and she has several fun and easy exercises designed to help you get to know the colors in your paint box and how they interact with each other when mixed. Learn wet and dry techniques for working with watercolor and for those who want to incorporate textiles into their art journaling she has directions for easy low water immersion fabric dyeing techniques that include how to create two color gradations and how to create your own hand dyed color wheel.

Chapter 3 is jam packed with techniques that include working with resists such as frisket and mediums, transfers using tracing paper and saral paper, carving your own stamps and making them from fun foam as well as working with a ruling pen and stencils and more. You'll also find a section on soy wax and how to use it as a resist on both paper and fabric.

There are tips and techniques for drawing covered in chapter 4. She starts with some simple loosening up techniques and learn some easy shading techniques and then moves into some fun and easy drawing exercises that are sure to inspire you to pick up the pencil and start drawing.
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 3, 2012
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The Author's style is simply stunning and incredibly original. I am very inspired by her work and the way she views life.

I am giving the book 3 stars because there is nothing particularly new here and it is a technique lightweight.

BUT if you want inspiration and/or you don't already own many mixed media technique books this book is very sweet and will likely make you very happy.

I happen to have many many mixed media books so it isn't really pushing me to further places...

Please do not consider this a negative review. I want to help get this book sold to those who will really appreciate it. If you love eye candy and inspiration and love to collect these lovely books, I do recommend it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By L. Chin on May 9, 2012
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I consider myself an intermediate artist. I've drawn for years but am still learning. I feel as if a beginner or advanced artist could pick up Melanie's book and learn something new. Melanie takes you through everything you'd like to know about creating your own art journal. She introduces the reader to the materials they will need (and even recommends inexpensive options for those who still aren't sure if they want to invest a lot of money) , how to work with color, techniques to use and exercises in drawing. Some of the best parts for me are the explanations of different grades of paint (I knew professional grade paints were the best but didn't know why!), and papers, as well as the drawing tips and the challenges that help pull all these skills together to make awesome art. Melanie is an accessible artist who loves to share and help others become better. I think this comes across well in her book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Linda T. Minton on July 10, 2012
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I just received my copy of Dreaming from the Journal Page, and it is just beautiful. Gorgeous photography on rich, yummy paper. The beauty of the pages, along with the new (to me) and unique techniques (including paper-to-cloth) make this book a keeper for my self-limited bookshelf.

How to choose a journal, best mark-making tools, and different types of glues compose the first part of the book. Color theory and techniques are next, with very easy to understand explanations. Some of my favorite techniques are creating easy and inexpensive resists, different types of transfers, the ruling pen (yay!), collage, stamps, stencils, and soy wax ... the last of which I haven't tried yet.

Finally, there is an excellent drawing section, based on Melanie's own artwork and techniques, and several interesting challenges.

I must take one point off my otherwise 5-star review, only for the small font used. I'm sure this was an editorial decision, not the author's, but these aging eyes need a little larger text, for more comfortable reading.

Highly recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Carin Winkelman on September 17, 2012
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I already have an enormous amount of books on art journaling, but I keep on buying more as long as the publishers keep on supplying more. Not all of them are of equal quality and not all of them bring something new to the table. Still I keep buying them, because I love art journaling and any new work will still inspire me even if maybe the content does not always offer new information. I guess you could say I'm an art journal book collector and I'm not ashamed to say I will probably be buying many more.

All that said it is always pleasant to see something new in a book on art journaling and I think if there is one real positive thing I'd like to state about Melanie Testa's Dreaming from the journal page it's that she shows some techniques and ideas I'd never seen in other journaling books. I'd say that's a big plus for the book to begin with. Examples of techniques I'd not seen before: soy wax resists, working with a ruling pen or how about information on dyeing fabric. In a journaling book! I think that's pretty cool.

Testa's book can best be viewed as a treasure trove of techniques that we as journalers can use to our heart's content. She gives examples of the single techniques and later on in the book also examples of how to combine two or more techniques into an interesting journal page. And her pages certainly are interesting, or should I say dreamy? I think Melanie Testa may make some of the most beautiful journal spreads I've ever seen.

This however does lead me to some ... no not negative...some lesser points. You can read this book front to back, but you still will not really know how Testa comes to her own beautiful journal pages. I think this is a missed opportunity.
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