- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Lark Crafts; New edition edition (August 28, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1579909566
- ISBN-13: 978-1579909567
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,244,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Decorated Journal: Creating Beautifully Expressive Journal Pages Paperback – August 28, 2006
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I find my journaling experience to be as vastly improved by the multitude of ideas for journal pages provided in 'The Decorated Journal' as it was by Gwen Diehn's 'The Decorated Page'. Once again, the information was so overwhelming it was difficult not to jump up and try every new idea as it presented itself. Obviously, I highly recommend this book.
I do now have a bit of a quandary. Before this book was written, I was certain that if I were going to buy only one book on the subject of art journals, 'The Decorated Page' would be that book. Now I'm not sure. 'The Decorated Journal' is at least as good as 'The Decorated Page' and perhaps better . So, how would I choose? Hmmm ... Can anyone say "Two Choice Please"!
The author, who teaches journal making as an art form at the college level, has produced a neat exploration of ways in which artists and amateurs have created meaning in the format of journals that marry the visual and text. She speaks plainly and concisely for those of us untrained in art and provides an excellent overview of materials and choices. She sorts through various paper, media and adhesives, explaining their plusses and minuses, their ease in use and mess quotient. She takes us into the world of making our own pigments and books. She gives us "the how" and "the what" in spades.
She also gives us "the why" through color photographs of a variety of artist's journals, including her own. She references a number of books worth reading, including some out of print that sound wonderful enough to hunt down.
It has simple descriptions of materials, techniques and styles, many of them charted out to compare easily. It gives you many reasons to create a personal art journal, helping those who have problems deciding where to start, like me.
It may daunt those who don't feel they have any drawing skills, as the illustrations in the pictured journals are hand-drawn, however, there are many other examples that show you can take the materials around you to create interesting and intriguing layouts. It also gives simple step-by-step instructions on how to re-create certain drawings in the book.
I particularly liked the section on the ways to bind books and bind existing books. That, on it's own makes this book a very valuable resource!
I think this is a great addition to any altered book artist or art journalist!
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