From the Author
Raw Art Journaling is for anyone who wants to keep an art journal but doesn't because the inner critic's loud voice: "You can't draw!" or "What makes you think that your life is interesting enough to write about?"
Journal-keeping is a powerful, soulful tool to find out who you are and explore your world. That tool belongs to anyone who wants to use it, whether or not you can draw or write.
Because I am a writer, I know that journaling creates a path for your heart, soul and mind. The path wanders through your past and keeps you grounded when life is rocky. Many journaling books don't talk a lot about writing. Most art journaling books focus on illustration. I wanted to create something different--a space for people who want some ideas they can develop.
The book helps move you from wanting to keep a journal to keeping one through 40+ exercises--both writing and drawing. None of the exercises require you to be an illustrator. They just require you to be willing to experiment. Because willingness and experimenting is art.
Many authors use well-known artists to contribute to the book. I used people who didn't know where to start in their journals, but jumped in anyway. I wanted the book to be in everyone's ability. I wanted to attract readers who thought, "I can do this!" and then did it.
New to art journaing? You'll find easy but intriguing exercises to get you hooked. Already an experienced journaler? You'll find some exercises to go deeper into your creative practice for a richer experience.
I'm working on my second journaling book now--conversations with the Inner Critic. The book will be very different and very familiar to those of us who struggle with the Inner Critic. Again, it will not require advanced art skills. It will require courage and a sense of fun.
About the Author
Quinn McDonald has experience writing for newspapers, corporations, those in need of speeches, financial firms and marketing companies, and she currently offers creativity tips on her blog. She writes two columns for Stampington: "The Business of Art" in Somerset Studio and "The Raw Edge" in Art Quilt Magazine. Quinn teaches courses on writing for the web, team building, creative thinking for leadership and other custom writing courses, and she is a life and creativity coach.