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About the Author

Violette's work can be found in North Light's Living the Creative Life and Kaleidoscope, and she is frequently featured in magazines including Creative Home, Cloth Paper Scissors, Somerset Studio Stamp It, Artella and many more. She teaches art-journaling workshops and has an active Web site, www.violette.ca.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (April 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600611893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600611896
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #927,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sue B VINE VOICE on April 2, 2009
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There are a lot of journaling how to books out on the shelves these days but this new book by Violette stands out above them all. Page after page of Violette's wonderful, whimsical and engaging artwork along with prompts, tips and creative techniques to get you started on creating your own art journals. Even if you're a practiced art journaler you'll enjoy this book because it's impossible to flip through it and not be inspired by the imagery. But there's more here to be inspired by than just the artwork. Violette covers a ton of techniques starting with silencing your inner critic and then moves into creating groovy backgrounds, image transfers and fanciful lettering as well as doodling and bodacious borders. I highly recommend this book, it's a must have for anyone interested in art journaling.
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I was so inspired after my first time through this, I worked on my art journal non-stop for HOURS (normally my attention span doesn't allow that). The art is beautiful and full of spirit, this will be one that stays on my art table!
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This isn't going to be popular with Violette's fans, but after reading the reviews, I was excited to buy this book. All I can say is, take a look at the author's artwork very carefully, because the whole thing is full of the same exact style, page after page. I respect that every artist has a particular and unique style, but I thought that there would be more instruction, or prompts for writing, etc. And admittedly I don't care for this particular look, so I maybe shouldn't have purchased the book, but it seemed like there would be more to it that I would have a good time with--like maybe Violette would have given us some more ideas about what to write, or shown us how to draw particular things. I'm keeping the book anyway, and maybe I'll find my own style out of what I like and don't like in her artwork. I would have liked this book so much more if the "look" of the pages had some contrast. I appreciate that she makes everyone feel like they, too, can create and be an artist, but some of the "imperfections" in the handwriting just seemed a little too beginner (or perhaps repetative, or purposely sloppy) for me.
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By Jane on January 17, 2012
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Honestly, this book was really disappointing. I got this book because of it's great reviews. But I have to say I don't get it. The title of the book is "Journal Bliss. Creative Prompts to Unleash Your Inner Eccentric." The problem here is that there are NO PROMPTS! Yes, there are VERY BASIC ideas on some journaling techniques, but if even if you are a beginner you've probably heard of most of them. In addition, this book doesn't seem to be geared for the beginner because the descriptions of the techniques are vague with small drawings instead of instructional photographs.

For an intermediate or advanced journaler this book doesn't have much to offer. It basically consists of stories and journal pages from the artist, which didn't relate to me at all. You could easily read this book in one sitting and walk away with more information on Violette and how she lives her life then art journaling or prompts.
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By Kate on April 16, 2009
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I just got my copy of Journal Bliss and oh I was delighted. Violette has a book that is perfect for beginners and advanced journalers. The lively illustrations are bright and colorful. The book is not all just a pretty face though as Violette teaches you lettering, drawing faces, making transfers, decorative backgrounds and more. I particularly like her ideas on borders and making art on envelopes. Then there are the sections on the actual journaling with wonderful prompts and how she interpreted them. I liked the section on symbolic stories. I think I'll be doing some pages on that theme soon. I highly recommend this book, it is wonderful, refreshing and full of inspiration.
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If you're a fan of this artist, you'll enjoy this book. If you're looking for real information that will help you in your art, this isn't the book for you. There are no techniques really laid out, and the suggestions really aren't all that creative. Disappointing.
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I enjoyed skimming through this at a friends house one day on her coffee table. I loved it so much I wanted a copy for myself.

Its full of cute ideas that any level can begin with. The author has a great sunshiny personality and I enjoyed reading her ideas as well as learning from her techniques. The book is very warm, personal, and yet full of technique. This book will show you color techniques that you can use to decorate media with which is what I was looking for.

Its a great inspirational piece.

Easy to read, and eye catching. Great for any age. Kids would enjoy this as well.

There were some ideas that I had not though of before that I will be using in the future.

Overall, I was most happy that this book inspired me to be creative even though I'm NOT a professional artist. Reading it made me feel that ANYONE can become talented if their heart is in it.
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I loved this book. It was whimsical, "girlie" and suited our purpose for home schooling. We enjoy art and journaling, this book depicts great lettering styles, techniques and provides many visual examples of work.
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