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Art Journal Freedom: How to Journal Creatively With Color & Composition Paperback – February 11, 2013
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"Just a note: Art Journal Freedom is not just for art journalers: I think anyone in the mixed media and art/craft arena will find something of value." --Honore, The Queen's Inkling
"Bottom line? This book is amazing and I can't recommend it enough!! It truly is a very big workshop/class in book form and I'm very inspired by it and will be working my way through each challenge and idea. You could get it just for the eye candy and loads of Dina's pages shown inside - but it really is so much more than just a pretty book." --May Flaum
About the Author
Dina has taught art journaling classes around the world, as well as online. She has designed for Hambly Screen Prints, Kenner Road, Kitschy Digitals, Jenni Bowlin Studios, Poppy Ink and Maya Road and has been published in many magazines. Website: dinastamps.typepad.com.
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This is all blended with the how to's. Her technique pages are not only well described but beautifully illustrated. In seeing her process, the reader can begin to get an idea of how that can translate into a personal style.
I have taken some of Ms. Wakley's classes. For me this book is a perfect companion and resource to all that I have learned.
Even though I already had some knowledge of color theory, she does go into a little more detail than most of the free internet information you can find...so if color is something you struggle with the lessons in here are concise and easy to understand.
For me, though, the portion on composition was more useful. I've learned to draw with relative success, but always seemed to have trouble with collage work (basically it looked like I barfed ephemera onto the page every time I attempted collage...). I've only read through the book, not taking time to actually do the 'lessons' yet, and even with the quick, one-time read through, I've seen a huge improvement in my collage work.
The one small complaint I have is that there seem to be a lot of "example" pictures for each idea. I know that some people are visual learners, especially ones who are already have an artistic leaning, but I kind of wish that one or two examples were given with each idea and then more information could have been covered in the book. Then again, not going into further information leaves room for more books in the future, so I see that side of it too.
My one little complaint shouldn't stop you from buying the book though. Even if your style of art is very different from the author's, the principals are universal and she does a good job explaining them. I know she has another book out soon (or it could already be out, I'm not sure) and, based on this book, I think I will probably end up with her new one as well.
Instead of telling you what you "should" and "shouldn't" do, or telling you there ARE no rules, Dina Wakley simply shares her own approaches to art journaling. Everything from materials to technique to approaches to composition and color is included in this book. I even enjoyed and found inspiration in the "getting started/materials" section, which I normally consider a waste of ink in most art technique books.
The one thing to note, though, is that Art Journal Freedom is comprised ENTIRELY of Wakley's work. So if you are looking for a variety of examples in different styles, you may want to check out Dina's blog and see some of her pages so you know what the book is filled with.
But if you love Dina's style and the effortless way she seems to be able to combine different elements and come out with these brilliant, beautiful pages, then you will find SO much inspiration and eye-candy in this book. It's a must for any art journal library.