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Visual Chronicles: The No-Fear Guide to Creating Art Journals, Creative Manifestos & Altered Books

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The real news of our lives is not in newspapers. We must chronicle our own adventures and achievements, our brilliant observations and our comic relief, our best friends and our greatest embarrassments."Visual Chronicles" is all about YOU: your dreams, your memories, your daily routines, your greatest loves and your secret pet peeves. It's all about getting to know yoursel ...more
Paperback, 127 pages
Published March 11th 2006 by Northlight
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Visual Chronicles by Karen DininoArt Journals and Creative Healing by Sharon SoneffJournal Spilling by Diana TroutAltered Books Workshop by Bev BrazeltonZ by Therese Anne Fowler
Art journals
1st out of 28 books — 6 voters
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Lisa Kemble
Good prompts/stems. Some simple & useful explanations of technique. Artwork is mostly simplistic and not compelling, except for the cover (!)
Lee Goldberg
I only say that because I am the definition of that headline -- but VISUAL CHRONICLES made me want to sit down with glue, scissors, and some old magazines...and make something fun. I'm not an artist, but Linda and Karen made me feel like one. This book is inspiring, funny, creative, and wonderful -- and that's if all you do is look at the pictures. The writing is a class above most instructional art books, full of wit, character, wisdom, and enthusiasm. VISUAL CHRONICLES is for artists, aspiring ...more
This book is intended for people who are not used to expressing themselves with "art". It is full of ideas for projects to get you started: artistic prompt journals, pet peeve journals, personal color palette journals, travel journals. None of which interested me. [return][return]There are some good ideas about using "ephemera", found objects, and materials that you already have on hand.. As well as suggestions for how to do art "on the go", while traveling or running errands. There is even a se ...more
Amy posted a great and enthusiastic review of this book in episode 32 of the Creative Mom podcast. It spurred me on to finally get this out of the library and read it. After reading several pages, I realized that I may have read this book before. It seemed very familiar, but I kept on. The tone of the book is good and I like the idea of two people working together to write the book. It is too project oriented for me, however. I would have liked more inspiration, whys and wherefores of what they ...more
This is a hard book to review - it took me about 5 months to read it with a huge break along the way. For a huge part of the book, I felt like their projects have too little information. Not enough words for my kind of creativity. Even if I were to accept the lack of words, I still needed more visual information in terms of pictures, symbols - something!
But then some of the projects started to make sense. I loved the idea of using a travel guide book as a basis for making an altered book about a
I am a mixed media artist who was nervous about making an art journal. Because I felt it had to chronicle EVERYTHING. This book I feel is for the beginner in creating art journals but I also feel long time artists can get something from this book. Because not only did it help me jump into creating an art journal it also helped me give myself a pep talk on my art - on the block I had up. I haven't done any of the projects in - but again for first time art creators the projects would be good jumpi ...more
This is a nice beginning level intro to art journalling, geared towards the non-artsy type. Good source for the most basic level projects/ideas. The book itself is entertaining to read, but I found the journal pages a little too blah - although, again, the methodology/techniques can be used to create far more exciting work.'

I will add this book to my Creative Journalling Class bibliography, but "level" it for beginners.
Rare is the book that actually lives up to its promises. This book does it. Written by a sister-sister team (one a writer, one an artist), this book shows you step-by-step how -- and why -- to create a visual journal. From color selection to images, it discusses projects, how-tos, tips, and more. A great choice for those who want to investigate or dabble in visual journaling but aren't sure where to start.
This book has been on my wish list for awhile. I'm so glad I finallly picked it up. I've been in a "creative" funk for awhile now, and the ideas in here were very helpful to pull me out of it. I really like the idea of making idea swatches to inspire you later. Read the book to learn more about it!
The ideas presented here are so different from the way I scrapbook, that at first I couldn't really connect. Also, it had much more text than I expected from this type of book. There are some nice ideas here, but none that made me want to rush out and try them. Maybe someday I'll try one.
Nothing in this book was really my style, nor particularly useful in my own art (, but I really liked the step by step instructions, personal anecdotes, and overall helpfulness of the authors.
Heather Moss
The photos are pretty, but I didn't learn much from this book. Definitely meant for someone with no creative ideas who has never kept a journal or sketchbook of any kind and has absolutely no idea what to put in one.
Mo Tipton
I wouldn't necessarily buy this one, but it's perfect for flipping through when you need a little inspiration for your next art journal, scrapbook, or collage project.
This was a pretty quick read. It had some good prompts for journaling but nothing significantly new or different.
Lisa/Bluestem Cafeohlai
Another source of high motivation for using what you have on hand and encouragement to put it into a masterpiece.
Like Journal Revolution, this is one of those inspirational books that has easy creative projects.
Again, highly recommended if you are looking to start journaling in a new and creative way.
Kitty Foster
Love the book & the authors!! Very inspiring - great to let go & let loose!
Loaded with information, somewhat overwhelming. Great for beginners.
Great book to start Art Journaling! Loved to read it.
Had a few ideas I would use, but overall not my style
Dana M.
Really enjoyed. Definitely want to reread.
Aug 23, 2012 Haylee added it
Bought this a couple years ago. Love it.
creative and inspiring.....
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