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The Journal Junkies Workshop: Visual Ammunition for the Art Addict

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YOUR MISSION: Discover the tactical secret of self expressionOCothe 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 ...more
ebook, 162 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Northlight (first published April 22nd 2010)
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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
Aug 05, 2015 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
"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
Aug 15, 2010 Crystal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not my aesthetic.
Sep 25, 2015 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!!
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
Apr 13, 2014 Tristy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art, craft, how-to
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.
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 ...more
Mar 30, 2015 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 06, 2015 Mariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Interesting concept. Something I would have a go at.
Nice variety of examples and creative exercises
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.
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.
Becky Avella
Aug 04, 2016 Becky Avella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 08, 2013 Bethany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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!
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.
Oct 29, 2010 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
India Dausch
Jul 21, 2012 India Dausch rated it liked it
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.
Karen Davis
There is point that books on visual journals become redundant. Nevertheless, this is a good go-to book on the topic which is written in plain speak about materials.
May 11, 2010 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 28, 2012 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 04, 2013 Carole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good ideas, but they are the same things we learned in elementary school. The book cover makes it look more hyped up than it really is.
Aug 23, 2012 Haylee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Visual journaling book by two guys! Easy step-by-step for different techniques, several journal examples and ideas.
Gina Lento
Apr 25, 2013 Gina Lento rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked how these guys approached sketchbook's raw but the approach is "just do it!"
Jan 03, 2016 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my faves on the topic. Needed some inspiration and a refresher on techniques.
Nov 04, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art
A quidk read. Great ideas and tips. Looking forward to trying out some the techniques.
Rift Vegan
Jan 08, 2011 Rift Vegan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
A decent overview of many visual journalling techniques. But nothing new here.
Jan 01, 2016 Gretchen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
For the beginner. Nothing new.
Jul 05, 2011 Sonya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book for visual artists!
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