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YOUR MISSION: Discover the tactical secret of self expression–the art journalHarness the artistic explosion ticking in your head, just looking for a creative way to detonate. Prepare to be bombarded with ideas, techniques and suggestions as you allow your creativity to take hold. "The Journal Fodder Junkies" are on a mission, ready to arm you with all that you need to expl YOUR MISSION: Discover the tactical secret of self expression–the art journalHarness the artistic explosion ticking in your head, just looking for a creative way to detonate. Prepare to be bombarded with ideas, techniques and suggestions as you allow your creativity to take hold. "The Journal Fodder Junkies" are on a mission, ready to arm you with all that you need to explore artistic ways of recording your life and thoughts. Part sketchbook, part diary, part notebook, part dream journal, part daily planner, part to-do list and part doodle pad, the art journal is different things to different people. Whatever it is for you, the Journal Junkies Workshop contains all the covert inspiration and know-how you'll need to get started. Uncover your own path, your own voice, your own style. Inside you'll find: Basic information on the supplies and materials you'll need to start your journal experience Step-by-step presentation of techniques using water colors, acrylic paint, image transfers and more Chapter-by-chapter demonstration that follows the Junkies' techniques as they layer a page, taking it from blank canvas to dynamic document Ideas on how to get started writing in your journal, covering both what to write and inventive ways of writing it Gallery spreads taken straight from the authors' journals that give you a unique opportunity to peer inside the heads of two experienced art journalists Grab a journal and begin basic training today with Eric Scott and David Modler to become a Journal Fodder Junkie!


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YOUR MISSION: Discover the tactical secret of self expression–the art journalHarness the artistic explosion ticking in your head, just looking for a creative way to detonate. Prepare to be bombarded with ideas, techniques and suggestions as you allow your creativity to take hold. "The Journal Fodder Junkies" are on a mission, ready to arm you with all that you need to expl YOUR MISSION: Discover the tactical secret of self expression–the art journalHarness the artistic explosion ticking in your head, just looking for a creative way to detonate. Prepare to be bombarded with ideas, techniques and suggestions as you allow your creativity to take hold. "The Journal Fodder Junkies" are on a mission, ready to arm you with all that you need to explore artistic ways of recording your life and thoughts. Part sketchbook, part diary, part notebook, part dream journal, part daily planner, part to-do list and part doodle pad, the art journal is different things to different people. Whatever it is for you, the Journal Junkies Workshop contains all the covert inspiration and know-how you'll need to get started. Uncover your own path, your own voice, your own style. Inside you'll find: Basic information on the supplies and materials you'll need to start your journal experience Step-by-step presentation of techniques using water colors, acrylic paint, image transfers and more Chapter-by-chapter demonstration that follows the Junkies' techniques as they layer a page, taking it from blank canvas to dynamic document Ideas on how to get started writing in your journal, covering both what to write and inventive ways of writing it Gallery spreads taken straight from the authors' journals that give you a unique opportunity to peer inside the heads of two experienced art journalists Grab a journal and begin basic training today with Eric Scott and David Modler to become a Journal Fodder Junkie!

30 review for The Journal Junkies Workshop: Visual Ammunition for the Art Addict

  1. 4 out of 5

    Marie Z. Johansen

    I have kept written journals for more than 20 years, but at some point I realized that I wanted my journals to contain more images and color. I always had added copies of photographs to my journals - but I wanted to learn to make art in my books. Art that make me remember my feelings at the time more completely when I went back to review my journal books years later. I have been doing visual/art journaling for several years now. Oddly enough I still keep a more private written journal but my visu I have kept written journals for more than 20 years, but at some point I realized that I wanted my journals to contain more images and color. I always had added copies of photographs to my journals - but I wanted to learn to make art in my books. Art that make me remember my feelings at the time more completely when I went back to review my journal books years later. I have been doing visual/art journaling for several years now. Oddly enough I still keep a more private written journal but my visual albums are just as I had wanted them to be. I am still learning and growing though so I am always on the lookout for new books about journals and art journaling. There are so many wonderful techniques out there to learn! I learned about "The Journal Junkies Workbook" from a recommendation on Amazon - after all of the years that I have been using Amazon they have found some real winning titles that I have been glad to hear about from them. I am a book sniffer and paper 'fondler'. If I am planning to use a book a lot I like to enjoy the feel of the paper, the scent of the paper and the typeface used in the book. This book utilizes a great quality paper with a smooth, semi-gloss finish. I have found that most titles published by North Light Books are really well produced. Great quality and very attractive. What I especially like about the techniques in this book is that they are, for the most part, simple techniques that are well executed and exceptionally well illustrated. A fast look at the Table Of Content will give you a good idea about the scope of this book. Check out the forward on page 7 written by Kathy Eldon - very moving. Most of the included techniques are pretty straight forward and not overly labor intensive - illustrating great ways to use generally easily available tools in inventive ways. I am truly enjoying this book and I think that you would like it too - if you have an interest in art, visual journals, art, journals, collage or mixed media design.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    3.5 stars. Good introduction to visual journaling and how to get started. Wish I'd found this one when I was getting started - it has some techniques that would've been nice to have learned earlier.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    "Often when words fail, we can best express ourselves through color, line, shapes and images, and when we cannot find the right images, words take over and express our thoughts, feelings and ideas." (p. 17) "There is no one right way to keep a visual journal. Every visual journalist must find his or her own way through the journal, discovering the techniques and methods that work best. Whatever the methods, the visual journal is a remarkable place for self-expression and self-discovery. You simpl "Often when words fail, we can best express ourselves through color, line, shapes and images, and when we cannot find the right images, words take over and express our thoughts, feelings and ideas." (p. 17) "There is no one right way to keep a visual journal. Every visual journalist must find his or her own way through the journal, discovering the techniques and methods that work best. Whatever the methods, the visual journal is a remarkable place for self-expression and self-discovery. You simply need to be open to the process... For us, the journaling process is a nonlinear process. We do not complete one page and move on to the next. Instead, we begin a lot of pages using paint, collage, drawing and words, and then we return to rework and add to pages already in progress... ...we try to use our journals every day, even if only for five minutes." (p. 15) Lots of helpful how-to photos: - Watercolor (wash, bleeding, sponging, stamping, lifting, salt, stippling, stenciling). - Watercolor pencil, Watercolor paint & pencil - Collage - Page Altering (folding, doors, windows, singeing, tearing, pockets, pop-ups) - Drawing (lines & shapes, tracing, doodling, analog drawing, observational drawing with contours) - Image Transfers (iron-on/solvent/solvent marker/packaging tape/acrylic medium/ink-jet acetate transfers) - Acrylic Paint (opacity, texturing with sand, scraping, stamping) "Stream-of-consciousness writing lets you open up and dump the stuff that gets in the way of your creativity on a page." "The trick is to keep writing." "We encourage people never to tear pages out of the journal... perhaps you can seal it [private writing] in an envelope [attached to the journal page]." (p. 123) Prompts (examples): - Dualistic pairs (e.g., I believe.../I don't believe...; I think.../I feel...; My dream.../My nightmare...; Work.../Play...) - Your greatest triumph/tragedy/joy/regret - A time when you witnessed an act of tolerance - All that you are grateful for in your life - All the things that you would change - All the memorable events from the last year/month/week/yesterday - What is the one thing I would change about the world/myself/my life? - Respond to a piece of music/book recently read/famous quote - Photocopy a page from your favorite book, glue to journal, highlight three key words from each line to create a unique version of the text - Glue five images from magazines/newspapers, and respond to images - Using photographs & writing, create a timeline of your life - Create a "bucket list". Why haven't you done them? (p. 125) Daily journal writing; Stories; Lists (one of the easiest ways to write); Random words (can have a strange, poetic effect) (p. 129)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    If you are brand new to the world of visual or artistic journaling and the aesthetic of this book appeals to you this is not a bad place to start on your journey into image-based journaling. The photos and layout of the book are clear so if the authors' style pushes your buttons, regardless of your experience in the world of art journals, you may find the book a good catalyst for your own journaling. On the other hand, if you've read any other books on the topic or are well versed in a variety o If you are brand new to the world of visual or artistic journaling and the aesthetic of this book appeals to you this is not a bad place to start on your journey into image-based journaling. The photos and layout of the book are clear so if the authors' style pushes your buttons, regardless of your experience in the world of art journals, you may find the book a good catalyst for your own journaling. On the other hand, if you've read any other books on the topic or are well versed in a variety of artistic mediums and how to combine them you are not likely to find anything new in this volume.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Much More Than "Just" an Art Journaling Book These guys are geniuses: artistically, it's obvious so 'nuff said. It's their teaching skills that make them rock stars! I learned more about basic drawing and painting techniques through this book than many other specific 'how to' manuals. A specific example that makes my heart sing: I've read three maybe four books on watercolours and this is the first time I've seen '...dip your water colour pencil in the water...'. HALLELUJAH!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tristy

    This is a really basic book on art journaling. So basic in fact, that it probably should have been marketed to kids. I also didn't care for the aesthetic of the book - even the art journal pages throughout the book are very basic & don't seem to push any kind of interesting boundaries. I'm giving an extra star for dedicating the book to Dan Eldon, who is one of my art journaling heroes, but I really can't recommend this book. This is a really basic book on art journaling. So basic in fact, that it probably should have been marketed to kids. I also didn't care for the aesthetic of the book - even the art journal pages throughout the book are very basic & don't seem to push any kind of interesting boundaries. I'm giving an extra star for dedicating the book to Dan Eldon, who is one of my art journaling heroes, but I really can't recommend this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    I really loved this! I haven't been very good about journaling this summer, and it was a good motivator. I've been wondering for a long time how to get into art journaling, and this gave me a lot of ideas on how to make the switch from straight writing to being more creative!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rift Vegan

    A decent overview of many visual journalling techniques. But nothing new here.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sonya

    Great book for visual artists!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen

    For the beginner. Nothing new.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I really liked this book. Lots of ideas with out saying "You must do it this way" more of a gentle guideline. And really easy to understand.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gina Lento

    I liked how these guys approached sketchbook journaling....it's raw but the approach is "just do it!"

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Great book for the beginning art journalist. This book is one of the better books I’ve read about art journaling. It takes you from the very beginning basic techniques to more advanced, but it does not overwhelm with so many additional challenging techniques as other books I’ve read do. The explanations of “how to” are clear, and the examples are well photographed and instructive in themselves. I also liked that examples were not all rainbow colored with overused affirmations all over the pages. Great book for the beginning art journalist. This book is one of the better books I’ve read about art journaling. It takes you from the very beginning basic techniques to more advanced, but it does not overwhelm with so many additional challenging techniques as other books I’ve read do. The explanations of “how to” are clear, and the examples are well photographed and instructive in themselves. I also liked that examples were not all rainbow colored with overused affirmations all over the pages. The authors give you “how to” and “why to”, but the “what to” is up to you. I learned techniques that will enhance my art journaling experience and make it truly my own creation.The only criticism I have is that I wish there had been supply suggestions or examples with brand names.

  14. 4 out of 5

    melydia

    A collection of ideas for art journaling from the Journal Fodder Junkies, some of which I'd done before, but some that were new to me. A few fun techniques in here, but in general I prefer my art journals a bit more structured. Which kind of goes against the idea of an art journal, but I'm okay with that. I think the thing I liked the most was the packing tape image transfer - it works pretty well with magazine pages (though not with brochure pages, as I discovered). Recommended for folks just g A collection of ideas for art journaling from the Journal Fodder Junkies, some of which I'd done before, but some that were new to me. A few fun techniques in here, but in general I prefer my art journals a bit more structured. Which kind of goes against the idea of an art journal, but I'm okay with that. I think the thing I liked the most was the packing tape image transfer - it works pretty well with magazine pages (though not with brochure pages, as I discovered). Recommended for folks just getting started with art journaling.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Lee

    Excellent book, highly recommend! I've been going through journaling and mixed media books as so far this is one of my favorites. It has great pictures and details, good information and instructions on how to do many types of techniques. I think both those interested in art journaling and mixed media should check out this book and see what they can use in their creative processes! There were some techniques I already knew and lots of good ideas for me to try as well.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Provides demonstrations of step-by-step techniques and ideas for creating your own art journal. It provides encouragement and interesting example pages from personal art journals. Rather than prescribe specific projects to recreate, this book gives readers ideas, tools, techniques, and examples to start their own pages and make them interesting and personal.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cindi

    This was an interesting book to look through. I"m not a journal type person, but am trying to get into the habit, and keep looking out for new options, new ways to get started, and this one gave me some ideas.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Debra Weller

    This book is one big permission slip to discover your inner artist and start creating. A straightforward and clear introduction to technique and and materials, lots of ideas and illustrations and encouragement to be expressive and use the the everyday and ordinary to explore and document life.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rosie

    I've always enjoyed writing in journals and occasionally I have draw pictures in them. Well, that's nothing compared to the art used in this book! This book is a great introduction to art journaling as well as serve as an inspiration for those already acquainted with the art form.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    Over the past two months, I've been reading through this book a bit at a time. Visual journals really fascinate me for a number of reasons. I've always gravitated towards collage aesthetics, but merging those images and found objects with journaling seems even more promising and rewarding! Journal Junkies is a great introduction to this concept and there are a lot of great tips on how to begin and keep a visual journal. The authors introduce a wide variety of techniques, ranging from image transf Over the past two months, I've been reading through this book a bit at a time. Visual journals really fascinate me for a number of reasons. I've always gravitated towards collage aesthetics, but merging those images and found objects with journaling seems even more promising and rewarding! Journal Junkies is a great introduction to this concept and there are a lot of great tips on how to begin and keep a visual journal. The authors introduce a wide variety of techniques, ranging from image transfers to watercolors to more basic collage. Some of the approaches are too complicated for me, but I still enjoyed reading through the instructions and seeing how each technique could be used (there are lots of great examples of finished products). If I have one criticism, it's probably that Journal Junkies is not structured to reflect its dual emphasis on text and image. Most of the first 2/3 is taken up with instructions related specifically to visual arts. The very last section focuses on text and writing, but I think the book would be stronger if that section were integrated with the visual, image-based information.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kristal

    I have always collected paper scraps, tidbits of this and that, doodles on napkins, words written down, notes from books or movies. For me, these were called scrapbooks, but the terminology has changed and now 'scrapbooks' are monumental undertakings of photographs arranged strategically on a page with lots of expensive embellishments. I have discovered that my oldschool scrapbooks are now 'visual journals'. But what I want to try my hand at are 'art journals' , where I actually draw or doodle o I have always collected paper scraps, tidbits of this and that, doodles on napkins, words written down, notes from books or movies. For me, these were called scrapbooks, but the terminology has changed and now 'scrapbooks' are monumental undertakings of photographs arranged strategically on a page with lots of expensive embellishments. I have discovered that my oldschool scrapbooks are now 'visual journals'. But what I want to try my hand at are 'art journals' , where I actually draw or doodle onto pages. And this book was great at explaining the simple things and getting you started. It has some wonderful pages with prompts and explaining different art mediums. It also has a wonderful dedication to a pioneer artist Dan Eldon and his legacy. I do recommend this book for anyone wanting to start out with art journaling.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    A quick read but potent visual smorgasbord, this manual is a sudden jolt into the world of visual journaling. It's not a manual of how-to-do, but a TO-do reference book full of ideas and triggers to get you journalling on a viSuAl bAsIs. I am both a writer and a visual artist, so this was like caffeinated candy for me. It really is visual ammunition for the art addict.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rikelle

    It's hard tonratebthis book. It's not a bad book if it is the first book you've read on journaling. The problem is that everything in the book is stuff I've already seen in several other books and blogs. There was really nothing new. However, if you are just getting into art journaling this is a great book on the basics.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    The dedication was a strong part of the book. The basics on techniques and the open-ended prompts for writing were worthwhile. There was a gentle push to get you moving, some consistent examples, and a few advanced techniques with some tips along the way. Its not a ultimate tutorial, but it will be helpful.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Although there was nothing in this book that was truly new for me, I loved the presentation of it, and the simple descriptions of the various techniques were very easy to understand. The visuals were great too.

  26. 5 out of 5

    India Dausch

    An awesome starter guide to keeping an on going visual journal. I expected a bit more, as I already knew the techniques they taught, but nonetheless it gave me the kick in the pants I needed to get on this project.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Darby

    I think this book jams a lot into it to help someone new to art journaling or some one who has hit a road block in their process. it gives good technique instructions, supply lists, ideas for travel kits, workspace and writing prompts.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Becky Avella

    As a beginner to art journaling, this was exactly what I was looking for as a place to begin. The authors demystified the process for me and gave me tools to get started. I also am grateful they honored Dan Eldon in this book. I've been enjoying learning more about his life and art.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mariel

    This was my monthly book I borrowed from the Kindle Library. It's pretty basic, but has some good suggestions for getting started on an art journal. Even though I already knew quite a few of the techniques, I enjoyed it and am using some of the exercises as starting points for journal pages.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    Trying to learn how to jazz up my journals. I'm no artist, but I think I can learn how to take my art journal "experiment" to the next level.

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