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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts; Reprint edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454702036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454702030
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Live & Learn: Real Life Journals: "This is a lovely, helpful volume that will inspire and attract journalers and scrapbookers alike." --"Booklist" Top 10 Crafts & Hobbies Books for 2010"You can't miss with this book--for you or for the journaling wannabe on your gift list."--"Cloth Paper Scissors"

About the Author

Gwen Diehn has exhibited her artwork internationally and has worked in many private and public collections, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington. She has taught college art as well as workshops for many years and is the author of numerous books, including Making Books That Fly, Fold, Wrap, Hide, Pop Up, Twist & Turn and Simple Printmaking. Her most recent book, Live & Learn: Real Life Journals, was listed as one of the top ten crafts books of 2010 by Booklist.

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Gwen Diehn was born and raised in New Orleans, LA, and studied art at Indiana University at South Bend, The University of Notre Dame (MA), and Vermont College (MFA). She has exhibited her artwork internationally and has work in many private and public collections, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. She has taught college art as well as workshops for many years. She has also written several books about art and also journal keeping and making. One of them, The Decorated Page, is being re-issued in a revised edition/bind-up with another one, The Decorated Journal, in spring, 2012. Her most recent book, Real Life Journals, was listed as one of the top 10 gardening and crafts books of 2010 by Booklist.


You can visit her blog at http://real-life-journals.blogspot.com.

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I've only had the book a few hours!!
Kimberly E. Tanner
Gwen Diehn's first book, The Decorated Page', improved my journaling techniques and her follow up book, 'The Decorated Journal', enhanced my techniques even more.
Treborian Reld
The pictures are totally beautiful and this book is packed with helpful ideas and projects.
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly E. Tanner on April 11, 2012
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This book has gone above and beyond all my expectations. Years back I bought THE DECORATED PAGE by Gwen Diehn, and it became one of my favorite books to look at for inspiration when I was wanting to put together a journal or sketchbook. Now a few years down the road and I have taken up art journaling. So, how perfect that the author has made this compendium which puts these two crafts together where they belong. This book is not lacking in anything as far as I can tell. ( I've only had the book a few hours!!) But it has tons of wonderful eye candy, as well as tips and ideas to make your project unique to your own style. If you already own one of these two combined books, or even if you own both, Diehn does include a generous amount of bonus material. Personally, I just really like having the one book to go to for both topics. I don't think you will be disappointed. I find the information found in this ( these) books are unrivaled to others out there of this genre.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mary Cooke-Jones on June 27, 2012
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This book is more comprehensive than a college class. It includes useful descriptions of different types of paper, adhesives, paints, pens, pencils, inks, etc. Many diverse techniques (wet processes, dry processes) are explained in detail, with instructive lists as to what you will need for each type of project. Novel layouts for the journal page, transparencies, layered or collage pages are explained, and the book is just loaded with full-color illustrations. Nature journals, illuminated manuscripts, journaling with children or in collaborative groups, and capturing "a sense of place" are included. Over a dozen artist profiles give the reader a wide array of perspectives and inspiration. The journaling process is also linked to the mental process ("from pattern to metaphor") and includes "the illusion of layers", "brains on paper", "the inner world" and "stepping-stone to the future", as well as spiritual and symbolic influences in journaling. If you want to bind your own journal, this book tells you how to do that too. I see myself referring to and reading this book over and over again.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 7, 2012
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These were both great books and it's nice to have them all in one. The pictures are totally beautiful and this book is packed with helpful ideas and projects.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cora Brown on March 31, 2013
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I love Gwen Diehn's approach to art journaling. If this is your first exposure to her work, you won't be disappointed. The artist profiles are worth the cost of the book. If you can find a copy of the original, out-of-print book, The Decorated Page, buy it. The illustrations are larger, the organization is easier to follow, and every page is a work of art. The original book opens flat, but the new version doesn't. I had a hard time finding some of the information from the original book, even though I knew it had to be included. The organization is a bit confusing in this new book, and the table of contents didn't help.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Judith R King on August 23, 2012
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Absolutely the best book on journaling and mixed media technique that I own and I have several. Diehn discusses a thorough list of materials, including substrates and their properties such as archival qualities. She also describes various glues, pastes and various binders with information on their effect on paper curling, etc. She goes on to write about paint, inks, and homemade adhesives, paints and papers. And those are just the technical items. From that point on we get to the fun stuff and the book is full of fun stuff including wonderful photographs of journal pages, examples of paint testing, and illustration. The author gives examples in clear, concise step form and each step includes an accompanying photo. The book includes profiles of other journal artists and their work and a brief history of how they got into journaling or how their journaling has evolved. Again, with each sample journal page there are steps on how that page was created. I can't imagine what Diehn can possibly write next, but I will purchase it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Fine on March 1, 2013
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This is my "desert island" journaling book! I have collected a lot of art, craft, and writing books, including about at least a dozen journaling books. This book contains more helpful and interesting material than any other book I've read. The price is a steal as it is cheaper than many of the 120 page books out there (for some reason craft books are rarely longer than 120 pages) and contains 2 books (previously published separately) plus bonus materials.

I love that Diehn has a less-is-more attitude about art supplies and unlike other books doesn't use hers as a platform to advertise products. (Many books and most craft magazines waste a lot of pages trying to convince readers that they need specific brands of art supplies to even start making art.) She even teaches you how to make your own supplies from natural materials!

The knowledge presented here is encyclopedic, but also a joy to read and very inspiring. Diehn's examples are beautiful and the contributions from other artists are thorough and inspiring.

This is not just a book filled with "recipes" for creating duplicates of an author's work, as so many other books are, though there are fun projects to follow along with especially in the book-binding sections towards the end. Everything is meant to be customized to one own aesthetic and needs. She gives you technical information, history, and techniques that provide a solid learning experience that will help you make visual journals that are your own creations. You will learn the diverse ways that artists and crafters and writers and even scientists use visual journals as tools, as works of art in-and-of themselves and/or as a combination of both.
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