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Inner Hero Creative Art Journal: Mixed Media Messages to Silence Your Inner Critic Paperback – December 19, 2013
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About the Author
Quinn is the author of Raw Art Journaling and a certified creativity coach who helps artists through transitions in their lives and work. Quinn also teaches writing for both corporate clients as well as adults in life-transition situations. She writes two columns for Stampington & Company, and she teaches art journaling locally and nationally.
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The concept here is that as artists and creative people, we are often dragged down by the Inner Critic--that nasty little voice that stalls us from truly expressing ourselves creatively, no matter what medium we work in. Quinn offers a way of counteracting that voice through a series of exercises designed to summon our Inner Heroes--those other voices and parts of our personalities that take charge when the going gets tough. Being someone with a lot going on in my head, I like this approach of having an inner dialogue and bringing it out onto paper, and not only that, but in a creative way. There are a lot of practical ideas, examples and prompts, plus Quinn's easy style makes you feel like she understands what is going on through your head: you are not alone!
There are lots of fun and useful worksheets to fill out; my only gripe is that throughout the book on these worksheets it says there are more free downloads available to compliment the book. This is a gimmick a lot of authors are using these days and I kind of like it PROVIDED THERE ACTUALLY IS ADDITIONAL FREE CONTENT AVAILABLE. When I went to the web address indicated, there were only links to the worksheets featured in the book. Nice, if I don't want to mark up my book, but you are definitely lead to believe there is bonus content. Perhaps there will be down the road, but I don't have the time to keep checking back. It should have been ready upon the print copy's publication.
Still, I'm a fan!
It's 128 pages, with about 120 of those pages being actual art journaling pages full of fantastic information. Very descriptive in both written word, and filled with pictures. Right in the beginning the book lays out a list of supplies you will need, most of which if you're an artist, you'll have lying around. And you can always substitute and change things out to your liking and put your own spin on the project.
The whole book is a guided journey. The author tells you stories, with background and history, and helps you to create the projects on each page. In the beginning of the book, basically, you are putting together sheets of watercolor paper to use like Tarot cards. I've been using my 'essentials' pad of watercolor paper - 15 or 25 sheets in each pad that are 5x7 each. https://www.amazon.com/Langnickel-25-Sheet-Watercolor-Essentials-12-Inch/dp/B001CZQOY8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1472590942&sr=8-2&keywords=essentials+watercolor+paper+pad I find these to be the perfect size for what they are asking.
Through the book you also make color block mosaics, fabric and paper collages, you use soy silk paper on one project that I've seen, sheer fabrics and stitching on another. (Yes, you stitch thread to the paper. Great idea!) It has you using envelopes and cards, making an expandable holder for all your work, and even re-purposing an old book. (Which I LOVE to do. I love learning new techniques!)
The author takes you through a detailed journey, filled with different techniques using many different tools, media, and ideas, including one project made with egg shells
If you're considering this book, you'll enjoy it! Take a chance.