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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592534260
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592534265
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #686,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

L.K. (Lori Kay) Ludwig (Zelienople, PA) works predominantly with mixed media artist books and photography with a strong inclination toward creating personal intimate works. Her artwork has been featured widely in books, magazines, and galleries and is held in private collections. She is also the author of Mixed-Media Nature Journals.

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LK Ludwig creates art and chases her three small children around in a Victorian four-square in a very small town in western Pennsylvania. Many weekends are spent in the woods and at the river, where family memories and art are made while the Allegheny River flows by. With a strong belief in creating around what she knows, nature, parenting, love and life seep deeply into LK's artwork, making it content rich and personally meaningful. Her work has been in a number of books, magazines and shown in various galleries. LK teaches at various venues across the US and enjoys it very much.

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Inspirational and well written.
L. DeChow
The book has given her many sources of inspiration as she loves to art journal and it was very interesting seeing all the creative energy by the artists profiled.
Bruce Keller
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it for anyone interested in expanding his or her art journaling wings.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Ellen M. Gibb on June 21, 2008
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This is the best book on art journaling to come out in years. Unlike some of the other recent books on this topic, the work presented is interesting, sophisticated, and artful. The instruction is for serious art journalists who have already done some art journaling and is not "dumbed down." The author presents a broad range of work, much of which is by well-known and popular teachers in this genre, but also includes many worthy newcomers. The layout and graphics are inviting and spacious, and the text is worth reading. Ludwig has a soulful and poetic narrative voice. The feeling tone which she brings to her writing is wonderful; she has the courage to celebrate work that goes beyond "pretty." One of my favorite aspects of the book are the in-depth interviews with some of the featured journalists, especially the ones with Juliana Coles and Traci Bunkers. There are many suggestions in the book which can be used to launch new journal pages, many beautiful quotes, and helpful "art activity" suggestions run vertically along the right hand page edge. My only criticism of the book focuses on the poor editing of the text--major bloopers! Captions are attached to the wrong pictures, paragraphs are repeated, lines are missing in one or two cases. The editor who worked on this book needs a scolding for such carelessness! Inspite of errors in presentation, this book is very inspiring and beautiful. A must for any library of art journaling books. I give it four stars.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By S. Fishburn VINE VOICE on August 19, 2008
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Maybe it's because my copy is from the second printing, but I didn't find the glaring editing mistakes another reviewer was appalled to find. I noticed a typo or two but that was the extent.
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.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Glory Mooberry on July 30, 2008
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If you have ever wanted to keep an art journal, this book is a great resource. If you are already an artist making journals, this will help you kick it up a notch.

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!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Carrie on July 6, 2008
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Out of the recent crop of journaling books I think this one is probably the best, or at least the one marginally in line with my personal affinities and taste in this type of art.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Angie2 on August 13, 2008
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For those that do not know what ART JOURNALING is all about, then this book will certainly help to define the subject.

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.
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