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Journal It!: Perspectives in Creative Journaling Paperback – November 6, 2012
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There are lots of tips and insights with yummy and plentiful photos.
The projects are not limited to working in books so if you are interested in some 3-D work, there are some inspiring projects too.
This book is not a complete how-to book.
Not all of the images are explained of how to do them. I think you can figure most of them out if you have been journaling for a little while.
One of my favorite quotes that explains the reason behind this:
It's nice to get ideas from other artists, but keep in mind that you will draw the way you draw. Because that's your style. ~ Kathrin Jebsen-Marwedel
Mostly, I like to thumb through the book to get inspired.
That said the book is like all other "art" journal books out there : predictable. A bunch of artists show few selected pages from their work and explain how to reproduce them. Aside the fact that journaling should be a unique experience ,how many books on tecnique can be written on a subject? After all there are only so many thing you can do in a journal.
I was hoping for a showcase of works from people that keep a journal,with few words on why they journal,what they get from the process,maybe a short explanation of what the piece shown meant... that is what i am curious about. I only found few of that type of book,unless i purchased someone diary.
That been said the book is good for what it is. I recommend it if you like to reproduce the pictures shown.
Each contributor shows how they journal via their own style, and they explain that there are many reasons for journaling ranging from a creative outlet to a visual diary. One of the journalists said they notice more about their life when they journal and I've thought a lot about that and what a positive exercise it is. Your journal can be basically a microcosm of your world. I found myself wishing my ancestors had done more journaling to pass on to their loved ones and I also realized how important it was for me to do for my own progeny.
The styles are quite diverse and that makes this book a joy to look through. There's plenty of inspiration for everyone who's the least bit interested in art journaling. It would be hard not to find at least one style that speaks to you.
As for techniques the artists show, the book seems more directed at beginners than experienced journalers, they are mostly quite simple and straightforward. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but if you are an experienced art journaler or mixed media artist you may not want to buy this book if you want to learn something new or revolutionary.
I think the same can be said for what the artists are saying. If you've read a couple of art journaling books or visit a lot of art journal blogs you've probably heard it all before. And yet...I couldn't help be inspired by this mixed group of people (there were even a couple of men involved, which is rare for art journaling books), simply because they show so many different styles and ideas. I like books that have more than one artist in them, because it proves the point that there is not one way to journal and also that there is no wrong way to journal.
The layout is quite beautiful too, but it does have a drawback. Every chapter (every new artist) is featured in a different colour lettering. This looks really nice, but certain colours are harder to read than others, especially in artificial light.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've thumbed through this but this is a book I will be taking my time to really go through and experiment with. I'm really happy with my purchase.Published 5 months ago by C. Taylor
It's interesting to see how some folks journal, but doesn't really offer a whole lot of technique. It feels, in some ways, like a coffee table book.Published 17 months ago by MCV
We picked this book up at the library and it was too awesome not to own. Lots of excellent tips from many different artists. Bound to be someone you connect with.Published on October 28, 2013 by Miss Ice
Tons of great patterns to follow, lots of instructions, great ideas. Good book to use if you are a novice like myself or someone just wanting to add to their art.Published on August 30, 2013 by Miguel C.
I had seen this book in my local library and knew I wanted to have it to use. Has great ideas and very creative.Published on July 14, 2013 by Linda G. Williams
I love journaling and this book gives many ideas and prompts to get you going and loving journaling. Purchase it.Published on June 23, 2013 by Thomas A. Marino
I am just a beginner in journaling art and this is a great book with lots of examples of different artist's journaling.Published on June 6, 2013 by MHB 4 books