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Artists' Journals and Sketchbooks: Exploring and Creating Personal Pages Paperback – March 1, 2004

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About the Author

Lynne Perrella is a mixed-media artist, author, graphic designer, and illustrator. Her interests include collage, assemblage, one-of-a-kind books, and art journals. Her work has been published in numerous books and magazine articles, including Collage for the Soul: Expressing Hopes and Dreams Through Art (Rockport Publishers, 2003). She is on the editorial advisory boards of Somerset Studio and Legacy magazines. She conducts creativity workshops at various venues and exhibits collage in galleries throughout the Berkshire Mountains. Lynne owns and operates Acey Deucy Rubber Stamps. Her catalog of designs features her original illustrations and collage compositions, which are available as quality rubber stamps. She lives with her husband, John, in Columbia County, New York.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592530192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592530199
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As an avid admirer of Lynne's work, I purchased this book expecting to see more examples of her journals, and I would have been very satisfied if that was all I'd found. But the book goes way beyond displays of wonderful journal pages. It's stuffed full of ideas and examples - not just one, but sometimes 20 or 30 different 'takes' on a technique, with a brief description of how to approach each one.
The title says it all - Exploring (the examples are fabulous, varied and stimulating) and Creating (there's just enough information to tell you what to do without drowning you in tedious 'how-to'). If you love exploring a new technique, but need only a nudge instead of endless step-by-step instructions, this is a book that you MUST have on your shelf. If you're stuck, and looking for some inspiration, flip to any page and you'll be struck with more ideas than you can implement at one time. If you just want to explore the world of art journalling, this is a great book to snuggle up with and enjoy.
I'm thrilled to add this book to my collection, and it's one I'll refer to again and again - not just for the eye candy, but for the solid examples and techniques as well. Lynne has really outdone herself, and has achieved a perfect balance of inspiration and instruction!
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I don't care how many books you have on altered books, artists' journals, etc., this is a book you'll come back to over and over again. It presents material in an orderly fashion, though never in a predictable one. Not only is each technique or idea explained, but there are examples of each. The only people who might not benefit from this book are the ones who need a literal cookbook of instructions: "Take item A, place three inches from top of item B, on the left." Highly recommended both as inspiration and an easy-to-use reference work.
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Money can definitely buy happiness. I used some to buy this book, and am I ever happy that I did. I've been carrying it around with me for a week and I haven't finished reading it all yet. There's so much to see, and such interesting artists to meet within its covers. It would have been great if Lynne Perella had just shown us her own work, but nooooo, instead she has generously incorporated work of many other artists, which gives this book a lot of richness and depth. It's very inspiring to see how simple art materials like acrylic paint and colored pencils can be used in such a fresh way--techniques anyone can learn are presented in an unpretentious, non-intimidating format. Would-be artists are going to be motivated to get out their stuff and start splashing paint around!
If you are at all interested in loosening up your own artwork, or just wondering what's up with all the current buzz about journals and book arts, I highly recommend you grab this book as soon as possible, because a couple of similar titles have sold out almost as soon as their first printing was released, and this one might too--it's that good! Buy this book--you won't be sorry!!
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This book unlocked something inside of me. Freed me, really, from self-constraints and myself. How, you ask? Here it is. Maybe it will move something in you too.

"Where to begin? Art journals are something we create for ourselves alone-not merely a self-indulgent activity, but something worthwhile, important and vastly creative and self-revelatory. There is no pressure to make them `come out right,' and the time we give to creating our personal pages, finding our authentic voice, and letting it sing is time well spent. Silence your inner critic, and begin to think of your art journal as a companion, a muse, a soul mate." (Perrella, page 11)

Wait a minute. You mean, in addition to writing in my journal, I can draw in the SAME journal? And not only that, I can use PAINTS? Really? Watercolors AND Acrylics? The sides don't have to be perfectly white and straight? You say it's OK to glue things in there too?

Let me tell you, since reading that bit three weeks ago, I have filled 48 double sided 8.5"x11" pages in my journal (which hasn't left my side, by the way). It's bulging with goodies and has a big (accidental) magenta splat at the top, which I love because it reminds me that my journal doesn't have to be perfect. I should also mention that in the last few weeks, I've been prolific in my work as an artist and jeweler, too. What a bonus!

Friends have told me I'm "taking off like a rocket lately" and I'm "just on fire". Yes! What is it? It's my art. Maybe it's like the first blush of love. Whatever. I'm telling you, it's like someone turned on the light inside.

Many thanks to Lynne Perella and to all of the artists who shared their journals and sketchbooks.

Treat yourself to this book and free your creative muse. It's candy for your eyes, mind, heart and soul.
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Sometimes I get intimidated by the lush pages in art journals these days. I find myself comparing my artwork to the pages in Somerset Studios, PLAY, and other publications...and then wonder why I want to rip my pages out and hide them in a drawer!

This book changed my attitude. I found a great deal of inspiration in the variety of pages presented. I also found that the techniques for incorporating everything from text to found objects in journals were straightforward without being condescending.

Add the pages and pages of eye candy in this book, and you have a good buy!
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