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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books; includes DVD edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592536840
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592536849
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Artist Journal Workshop, Bunkers, Tracie (Author) May 2011. 128 p. Quayside/Quarry, paperback, $24.99. (9781592536849). 745.593.

Kansas artist Bunkers’ second book is much akin to Alice’s fall down the rabbit hole. We wonder,
initially, where we’re going when Bunkers starts with a psychological caveat about the art of visual
journaling. Even more confounding is that her process, complete with call-to-action exercises and prompts,
is not a real methodology to follow. Rather, it’s a series of how-to instructions exploring different
emotions. Confusion aside, Bunkers provides the usual upfront information about tools and materials as
well as useful narratives to help avoid visual blockages. To get unstuck, for instance, she advises cutting
out magazine words and pictures or figuring out what’s being avoided. Along the way, her very personal
layout entertains, as do her examples. Tips, such as to take photos up-close and to save removed pages,
inform novices and pros alike. An accompanying DVD takes readers through her instructions, but take
care, for it’s all too easy in using this kind of crafts book to slavishly copy the samples without
customizing or starting afresh. - Booklist, May 2011

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About the Author

Traci Bunkers is a passionate and quirky self-employed mixed-media and journal artist living in Lawrence, Kansas. “I love rusty things, glitter glue, old books to cut up and cheap cameras. I'm smiling when my hands are dirty with paint or when I've altered a camera or something to use as a printing tool. It means I'm doing what I love—making art and doing things with my hands. Lucky for me, I do what I love for a living.” Even though the DIY and repurposing life styles are now in vogue, for this self-proclaimed love child of MacGyver, reusing and repurposing have always been her way of life as a creative way to problem solve and make ends meet. Through her one-woman business Bonkers Handmade Originals, she sells her nifty creations such as hand-dyed spinning fibers and yarns, original rubber stamps, handmade books, knits and original artwork. She also creates an artzine called Tub Legs, designs knitwear, and is a knitting, spinning, and crochet technical editor. She has been teaching workshops across the US since the early 90s and her visual journal pages, artwork, and knit designs have been published in numerous books and magazines. To learn more about her work, visit her web site at www.TraciBunkers.com.


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Traci Bunkers is a passionate and quirky self-employed mixed-media & fiber artist living in Lawrence, Kansas. "I love rusty things, glitter glue, old books to cut up and cheap cameras. I'm smiling when my hands are dirty with paint or when I've altered a camera or something to use as a printing tool. It means I'm doing what I love--making art and doing things with my hands. Lucky for me, I do what I love for a living." Even though the DIY and repurposing life styles are now in vogue, for this self-proclaimed love child of MacGyver, reusing and repurposing have always been her way of life as a creative way to problem solve and make ends meet. Through her one-woman business Bonkers Handmade Originals, she sells her nifty creations such as hand-dyed spinning fibers and yarns, original rubber stamps, handmade books, kits and original artwork. She also creates an artzine called Tub Legs, designs knitwear, and is a knitting, spinning and crochet technical editor. She has been teaching workshops across the US since the early 90s and her visual journal pages, artwork and knit designs have been published in numerous books and magazines. To learn more about her work, visit her web site at www.TraciBunkers.com

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Easy step by step visual instructions!
Vicky
I bought this book on a recommendation from a friend who teaches art journaling.
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THANK YOU Traci,for putting out your book The Art Journal Workshop!
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92 of 95 people found the following review helpful By BeachBrights VINE VOICE on April 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
Length: 4:07 Mins
Loved this book. Excellent instructions.

I had to edit down my video so it fit into Amazon's video size requirements. Just to note, the book comes with a DVD showing the artist's time relapse detail of Visual Journaling.

XOXO-
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jessica E Herman on March 21, 2011
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I just got this book and am LOVING it! This is great way to see an artist's process and how she gets where she's going. This book is not just fluff, filler,and only how to's, but a real look at how the pages are layered and built, and the inspiration that supports the work. There are lots of great journaling prompts that are both fun, inspiring, and insightful! The book itself is vibrant and visually tactile, which only makes reading it and working from it even better. One of my personal favorite things about this book, is that it emphasizes the individual, your own words and your own art, not striving to copy someone else's style. It's about the unique path we each are on, and how we bring that to the page.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Emily on April 15, 2011
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This is the best book on Art Journaling I have ever seen! After the intro, pages 12-39 are lists of what you may need and vague how-to's, which is good for the beginner. The rest is Art Journaling, a project on personal art business cards, mail-art, and "Commitment Cards". These 3 projects seemed tossed in, but there's so much more to see and learn.

The book is good for both new and old Art Journalers. I've been art journaling for 6 years, and I still got a lot our of it. There are about 17 different art journal pages by Traci in the book, three other projects that aren't related except that they are mixed-media like Traci's A. J. pages). There are about 10 photos of each art journal page, step-by-step on how it was created.

I must say, though, the book is just half of this. Without the DVD you are missing out. The videos that are availble are quite good, and the music is great (Traci does not speak). Each one shows you how she created the pages in fast-motion. However, the DVD only has six videos, each with a single project--and there are a total of 20 projects in the book--so the DVD is a little half-assed.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Savannah Nan on July 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have several books on art journaling. This one is a little better than most. The DVD doesn't add much to the illustrations in the book. If you read several art journal books and magazines, you will begin to see a sameness to the results of each artist's endeavors. The same side-ways tilted heads on shapeless bodies, collaged birds, flowers, printed matter, music scores, script writing in French, postage stamps, and so on. I'm looking for more art and less paste-ups.

That said, this book is a good example of the trends in art journaling, so if you have not acquired any others, Traci Bunkers is good at what she does.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By liberal sprinkles on February 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is exactly what its title says: an art journal workshop. Traci Bunkers does a superb job of discussing the purpose, the process and the how of art journaling. Various prompts and exercises (gratitude, purging, silencing the critic, fear, joy, take action, nurture .. et cetera) help get you started on journaling as a form of self-expression and therapy/self-help: stream-of-consciousness writing, purging, putting thoughts and emotions into words and art. I especially liked the idea of making commitment cards, documenting photo field trips and making urban affirmation art and leaving it in public for others to find.

Bunkers includes an excellent reference for the materials and tools needed for art journaling. Her tutorials in the book and the attached DVD (not all exercises included though)take you from beginning to end of each highlighted journal page pretty clearly, although she encourages the reader to develop his/her own artistic style.

Bunkers uses mostly one distinctive art journaling style in this book: gesso, add ephemera, paint over, add text (using stamps, pens or other forms of writing), embellish (example with rubber stamps, photos, stencils, rubons), add more color and highlight to page (example: scribbles, using pastel/crayons). Hence there isn't much artistic variation in here. However, the exercises do a good job of showing the effects of different art techniques used in the book, for example the differences between applying paint by credit card, brayer, spread or scrubbed with baby wipe. There are many other techniques and ways of art journaling but this is a good book to use if you want to start and are not sure how to do so.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jambo on November 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a good book if you are just starting out with art journals. Traci shows you step by step how she creates her journal pages. While I really like her style, I found the book to be somewhat repetitious - the pages look pretty much the same with different color and collage schemes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By HeatherLS6 on August 1, 2011
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I am not an artist. I found this book because I was looking for a way to express my thoughts while my husband was deployed to Afghanistan. I can't believe what I have already created! This book gave me so many ideas, and showed me exactly what to do. I didn't know anything about painting or art when I started. I was clueless about gesso, gel medium, oil pastels . . .everything. But, this book took me step by step through the process, and I'm shocked at what I have made. Anyone can do this.

I was also grateful to find suggestions about pens and markers that work the best in my journals. I know that the suggestions in this book saved me a lot of money in the long run.
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