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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (April 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600611893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600611896
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Violette's work can be found in North Light's Living the Creative Life and Kaleidoscope, and she is frequently featured in magazines including Creative Home, Cloth Paper Scissors, Somerset Studio Stamp It, Artella and many more. She teaches art-journaling workshops and has an active Web site, www.violette.ca.

More About the Author

Violette was born in Casablanca Morocco under a full moon in 1954. Her parents immigrated to Canada a few years later taking with them their adventurous spirit. Violette's creative spirit and eccentric ways have been featured on Weird Homes TV show as well as many others. She has always been drawn to imagery and pallets infused with juicy sunshine, positivity and glitter! Violette uses her art as a vehicle to spread her message of joy and creative freedom. Her passion is to inspire others to embrace their creativity.

Journal Bliss is Violette's first book. She appeared in Rice Freeman Zachary's popular book "Living the Creative Life"

She lives in British Columbia Canada with Mr. G in a purple magic cottage. She has two grown children Jessica and Ryan both highly creative individuals.

Customer Reviews

LOVE Journal Bliss, Violette makes journaling FUN!
Dale Anne Potter
I just got my , book today but I had to write this right away because I am enjoying it so much.
Anne-Marie Gallagher
I was looking for a book just for fun, to give me inspiration when I needed it.
AmazingAmanda

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Susan Bleiweiss VINE VOICE on April 2, 2009
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There are a lot of journaling how to books out on the shelves these days but this new book by Violette stands out above them all. Page after page of Violette's wonderful, whimsical and engaging artwork along with prompts, tips and creative techniques to get you started on creating your own art journals. Even if you're a practiced art journaler you'll enjoy this book because it's impossible to flip through it and not be inspired by the imagery. But there's more here to be inspired by than just the artwork. Violette covers a ton of techniques starting with silencing your inner critic and then moves into creating groovy backgrounds, image transfers and fanciful lettering as well as doodling and bodacious borders. I highly recommend this book, it's a must have for anyone interested in art journaling.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Sunshine on April 17, 2009
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I was so inspired after my first time through this, I worked on my art journal non-stop for HOURS (normally my attention span doesn't allow that). The art is beautiful and full of spirit, this will be one that stays on my art table!
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful By justasking on March 17, 2010
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This isn't going to be popular with Violette's fans, but after reading the reviews, I was excited to buy this book. All I can say is, take a look at the author's artwork very carefully, because the whole thing is full of the same exact style, page after page. I respect that every artist has a particular and unique style, but I thought that there would be more instruction, or prompts for writing, etc. And admittedly I don't care for this particular look, so I maybe shouldn't have purchased the book, but it seemed like there would be more to it that I would have a good time with--like maybe Violette would have given us some more ideas about what to write, or shown us how to draw particular things. I'm keeping the book anyway, and maybe I'll find my own style out of what I like and don't like in her artwork. I would have liked this book so much more if the "look" of the pages had some contrast. I appreciate that she makes everyone feel like they, too, can create and be an artist, but some of the "imperfections" in the handwriting just seemed a little too beginner (or perhaps repetative, or purposely sloppy) for me.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kate on April 16, 2009
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I just got my copy of Journal Bliss and oh I was delighted. Violette has a book that is perfect for beginners and advanced journalers. The lively illustrations are bright and colorful. The book is not all just a pretty face though as Violette teaches you lettering, drawing faces, making transfers, decorative backgrounds and more. I particularly like her ideas on borders and making art on envelopes. Then there are the sections on the actual journaling with wonderful prompts and how she interpreted them. I liked the section on symbolic stories. I think I'll be doing some pages on that theme soon. I highly recommend this book, it is wonderful, refreshing and full of inspiration.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jane on January 17, 2012
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Honestly, this book was really disappointing. I got this book because of it's great reviews. But I have to say I don't get it. The title of the book is "Journal Bliss. Creative Prompts to Unleash Your Inner Eccentric." The problem here is that there are NO PROMPTS! Yes, there are VERY BASIC ideas on some journaling techniques, but if even if you are a beginner you've probably heard of most of them. In addition, this book doesn't seem to be geared for the beginner because the descriptions of the techniques are vague with small drawings instead of instructional photographs.

For an intermediate or advanced journaler this book doesn't have much to offer. It basically consists of stories and journal pages from the artist, which didn't relate to me at all. You could easily read this book in one sitting and walk away with more information on Violette and how she lives her life then art journaling or prompts.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Regina Portscheller on April 11, 2009
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Not only is this book absolute eye candy, but it's full of simple art journaling suggestions that anyone can try. One of the most fun books about journaling that I've ever read or purchased. I highly recommend it!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Ahmed on February 15, 2010
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I purchased this book for inspiration as part of a group of female artists in new York.
We have decided to embark on an "altered" book project and I was fortunate enough to come across this amazing artist Violette on line. I haven't been the same since! She is an awesome
talent and shares all of her wonderful secrets in this book. I can't put it down. She instills
confidence and courage in artists of all ages. It will remain a treasure in my collection
and this is one book I can't lend out! As a result of her "lessons and gentle suggestions" I have become absolutely fearless and feel so much more free with my art style.
Violette is wonderful and so is Journal Bliss. Every artist should own a copy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G.A.M on December 30, 2009
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This is a very colorful, beautiful, inspiring & POSITIVE book: Great gift for a teenage girl.
This is not a graphic arts book: it's a state of mind & a very beautiful one & you can be part of it.
This book is like a simple & pure poetry.
Flip through when you feel down.
...I imagine the author as a very generous person.
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