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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Jou edition (April 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452106118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452106113
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 8.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sabrina Ward Harrison is a Los Angeles-based artist. She has published four books, including The True and the Questions.

Customer Reviews

I like it much better than her first book, which was far too personal for my taste and seemed a bit intrusive for the purpose I had in mind.
kitty kat
Harrison has created another strikingly beautiful work with image and art that invites the reader in while calling them to be alive, vulnerable, and authentic.
Christina Rosalie
When I am creating a journal, I love starting on a blank page because everything needs to be made, and it's the start which gives me the following.
Yael Bolender

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Yael Bolender on April 18, 2012
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I bought this book because I already know and love Sabrina Ward Harrison's work, and of course, I was curious to see what's new.
This Journal is some pure Sabrina Ward Harrison, in the same spirit as "The True and The Questions", in a little bigger size and a little less square.
In this book, the "reader" is supposed to write, paint, collage his own photos, images, or those provided in a pocket included inside, stick pieces of fabric, or whatever he wants, anything which crosses his mind. All this on a background made by Sabrina.
The only problem for me is that I think each page is already a piece of Art by itself, and it is very difficult for me to interfere in someone's else Art.
When I am creating a journal, I love starting on a blank page because everything needs to be made, and it's the start which gives me the following. Here, I would have the feeling to walk in Sabrina's steps.
However, it is great for people who are scared by blank pages or who don't know what to write or do. A few words give the lead.
No discussion about the beauty of each page. For me, it is like an exploration of the techniques used by someone else. A lot of kinds of mosaics/patchworks of papers, paints, words, fabrics which compose a whole image. Beautiful photos as well.
I am just a little frustrated by the lack of words actually. Sabrina doesn't reveal much about herself. I love her two 1st books : "Spilling Open" and "Brave On The Rocks", because she honestly wrote everything she had in mind then, even the most personal thoughts, and it was very touching. It was simply said, and even funny sometimes, but so true.
Nothing to be ashamed of. Actually, we all should have been ashamed not to have the same honesty.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Denise Litchfield on May 17, 2012
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I recall the days of wonder when Sabrina's first book opened my eyes to the world of journalling. The freedom, the messy, was so liberating. I slaved over my own attempts and for many years Sabrina Ward Harrison was my hero.

Eagerly looking forward to discovering what she was doing now, I ordered her new book. First flick though seemed like a rehash of previous journals - down to some iconic pages that to me are her signature style . The yellow striped wallpaper background and the cut out metallic oval page are straight from the previous books.

Other reviewers have also said they did not feel like contributing to the beauty of each page, it it already finished. I appreciate the sturdiness of the paper substarate. It will take glue, pen and ink well.If you dare.

If you are seeking a secure jumping off point in whcih to begin journalling, this book may help, however if you are a dedicated fan of Sabrina Ward Harrison looking to see where she is heading now after a few years you may be disappointed.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jan Barlow on April 24, 2012
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I was so thrilled to have another book coming by the amazing Sabrina Ward Harrison. And this book is definitely cover-to-cover eye candy of her beautiful work. But, beyond that, I'm a little stumped. Right inside the front cover there's a lovely vellum pocket containing little pieces of ephemera that any journal/collage artist would love to play with. But I'm so in agreement with the previous reviewer that it would be very difficult for me to cover up Sabrina's lovely work. And, indeed, it is HER work, and not mine. Not only that, but let's say I DID go ahead and paint and/or collage into this book. I would definitely have to be on board with the fact that this is not going to be a flat, smooth, pretty little book anymore after I get done with it. So the question remains, do I or don't I? Perhaps to some it would be a dream to have pages like Sabrina's to create further upon. If so, here they are, albeit smooth and without physical texture! Even if the book was ring bound - or more loosely bound, somehow - this would be much more likely for me. I'm more about starting my own creations on a blank page, though... Maybe the author's intentional challenge is to cause the owner of the book to think about what he/she COULD do with it that would be okay with them. A place to keep lists on inspiring pages? Or magazine clippings? Perhaps just the inspiration of it all was the intent. We'll never know. I'm still in the learning phase of art journaling (and maybe always will be) and I wish there was some sort of teaching or challenging here. In the end, I guess the 4-star rating is due to the fact that this book, though beautiful to the eye and mind, is lacking any instruction or even personal notes from the author about her own creations therein, and leaves me a little wanting.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ann Diaz on August 1, 2012
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I am a fan of Sabrina Ward Harrison's. My sister bought me my copy of 'Spilling Open' and over the years I have spent countless hours just looking through that, and 'Brave On the Rocks' and 'Messy Thrilling Life'. They are great inspiration to just sit down with your journal and DO. I remember when 'The True And the Questions' came out, I didn't buy it, because it felt kind of like she was just trying to sell more books based on her name. As a long time journal keeper, that idea didn't really appeal to me - writing or creating in a book that already has things all over the pages. (Of course, I make the exception for Keri Smith's books, like 'Wreck This Journal', because those books really ARE designed with space for you to write/draw in.)

I have visited Sabrina's website occasionally over the years to see if she had anything new on it, but it has pretty much been dormant and pretty boring for several years. It just seems like she put this book out because she knows she is a huge influence in the arena of art journals and that books on visual journaling are very popular right now, and she wanted to keep her hand in, so to speak, with this book. I saw the book at an art store, and bought it after flipping through it, mostly because I am a fan, and wanted a chance to look it over slowly, to see what she's been up to. The book is pretty, but like most everyone here says, I wouldn't use it as a journal. I think the "ephemera" is a little silly too. Who wants to use another artist's doodles or art in their own journal? And numbers and lines with bumps on them; who can't just draw that themselves? Her last book was published 7 years ago. It just seems like a better book for her to have written was a how-to or something like what she used to teach in her workshops back when she did them.
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