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True Vision: Authentic Art Journaling Paperback – July 1, 2008
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True Vision packs a hefty punch. It will appeal to a mixed audience. There are basic and innovative prompts (on every other page) geared to those just discovering the world of art journaling, or making a leap from traditional scrapbooking to a deeper and/or more complex style. The written material is excellent. L.K.'s observations are thought-provoking and her instructions detailed, which will please everyone. She's collected a smashing selection of illustrative pages from the diverse journals of 3 dozen artists working in a wide array of media/styles. There are in-depth interviews with Katie Kendrick, Bee Shay, Traci Bunkers, Loretta Marvel, and Julianna Coles, artists who have made their names on the strength of their journal pages alone.
In addition to specific techniques like inkjet image transfers and blind contour drawing, there are sections on developing personal 'symbols' and journaling on subjects of global impact. L.K. included a Vision Deck, a set of word prompt cards to spark any art journaler's creative fire.
L.K. Ludwig's new book is full of interesting prompts and ideas to take you past your fear of the blank page and fill you with excitement, as well as inspiration. The photography is great - the artist journals featured here are exciting and inspiring.
This is not really a beginner's book - "how to prime a page, how to create a background" - it assumes a certain knowledge of techniques and materials. But it has incredible journal pages by featured artists which will have ideas popping into your head and onto your blank pages.
There are plenty of instructions, in addition to the prompts and questions, to help you incorporate feelings and events from your daily life into your jounal. It's an exciting book!
If you are a beginner or even a mid-level Journal writer (or artist), I think that this book will come in very handy.
L.K.Ludwig gives a wonderful introduction to this special subject, in the first few Introductory pages.
Then, Ludwig follows-up the definition of "Artistic Journaling" by explaining how to use her book. For example, on the right hand side of each page, the author gives "prompts" to stimulate the reader's imagination. Then, inside a highlighted "box", the author gives TIPS on how to expand on each theme.
Also, on the bottom of some of the pages, the author gives more prompts (as fill-in the blanks) to the get the readers' creative juices going.
Along with all these "prompts" and "tips", each page shows these beautifully executed Journal pages by actual artists... All colorful and highly detailed.
Also, Ludwig categorizes the main chapters into the following: relationships, the written word, current events, places, spaces, self-explorations, spirituality, dreams, etc.
Therefore, this book by Ludwig will not only show some inspiring examples of Journal pages created by actual journal writers, but then Ludwig also gives the reader all the pre-requisite starting points in order to get the readers' creative juices going.
A good few pages of what I buy journaling books for, i.e. Juliana Coles and Traci Bunkers journal spread pics. My conscience tells me I should perhaps criticize on the grounds that the work of these two and a couple of other artists in this book appear in just about every non-fluffy book on art journaling, but why criticize when it's actually the selling point for me?
There's also some pretty baby-based borderline-scrapbooky type journaling (can there be non-pretty baby pages? probably not) and some other work that's kind of neat. To be fair, art journaling has pretty much been exposed in recent years and one gets used to what's being done, so perhaps innovation or "newness!" isn't the thing to look for anymore. This is a pretty good book of this type, and much less overpoweringly pastel and floral than some of the other newer journaling books are.
Hoping this is to recommend with faint praise rather than damn with it. I needed a journaling fix and this book pulled through. If you prefer the artier, non-pretty stuff (wish there was more of it), this book is there for you, but if you like the pretties, there's some of that, too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Much-published artist and Dr. Who fan, lk ludwig, shares some truly wonderful activities in this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lynne
Great book to have in any artists library. Lot's of great information. Something you go back to again and again. Very good book.Published on October 7, 2013 by M. H.
This is a great resource for anyone that enjoys art journaling! It provides you with a toolkit and inspiration to guide you in your journey. Read morePublished on August 9, 2012 by Myrta Rivera Harris
Love this book, a lot of information and creative ideas and inspiration! Great binding techniques and instruction. A variety of samples and projects.Published on April 3, 2012 by CLAUDIA
Lots of "eye candy" and encouragement in this book, as well as detailed instructions that also encourage you to develop your own unique style.Published on March 2, 2012 by Laura Shelton
This book provides an indepth look at how we can art journal with more passion and intent. LK Ludwig gives great advice and suggestions on how we can get started, get new ideas and... Read morePublished on February 20, 2012 by liberal sprinkles
Very good book, and a good addition to my library. Inspirational and well written. I always enjoy this author, she is very dedicated.Published on January 9, 2011 by Decolin
This book is in my top ten list of favorites. LK Ludwig does a fabulous job of getting the reader to reflect and really get into their art journaling.Published on July 4, 2010 by BrianaCreates