Book Reviews

I love books!  These are the books that I have reviewed here, in roughly the order in which I would recommend them.

Raw Art Journaling: Making Meaning, Making Art by Quinn McDonald: An original, fun, and approachable book for anyone who wants to create meaning with their art.  You don't need to be able to write or draw, all you need is an open mind and a willingness to try new new things.  I very highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone - whether you think you're interested in art journals or not.

The Decorated Journal: Creating Beautifully Expressive Journal Pages by Gwen Diehn: A good basic book that I would recommend for someone interested in keeping a visual journal.  This book covers all the basics, from supplies to different styles of journals to bookbinding, yet it is rich enough to interest the more experienced journal-keeper as well.
How to Make a Journal of Your Life by D. Price: A short introduction to journaling.  Price covers writing, sketching, photography, and more in short, light chapters.  The entire book is hand-lettered, which makes it feel like a journal itself.  Not a book to read about advanced techniques, but a great non-intimidating introduction for beginners and an inspiring read for more experienced journal-keepers.

1000 Artist Journal Pages: Personal Pages and Inspirations by Dawn DeVries Sokol: This book is a gallery of 1000 journal pages, in a wide diversity of styles, from around the world.  Although it may be a bit overwhelming for the complete beginner, it contains unlimited inspiration for anyone who wants to deepen their own journal practice.
A Life in Hand: Creating the Illuminated Journal by Hannah Hinchman: The basics of keeping a sketchbook journal, including the basic techniques of drawing and sketching, writing, and observing.
Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You by Clare Walker Leslie and Charles E. Roth: The best book on nature journaling, complete with ample illustrations, exercises, and tips on techniques of drawing and seeing.

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