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Art Journals and Creative Healing: Restoring the Spirit Through Self-Expression

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A beautiful, artistic offering that offers projects on challenging, but universal subjects.In follow up to Faith Books & Spiritual Journaling, author Sharon Soneff will continue to show that there is a richer, deeper reward to artistic, creative journals beyond the beauty they supply. In this new volume, Art Journals & Creative Healing , she demonstrates with real ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Quarry Books
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D. Jennifer Dawson often makes user/buyer-based suggestions.

Most of the time I read the "surprise me" pages, if they're available, and leave it at that (especially when it comes to art-making or other people's creativity.)

This is one of the few books I purchased from reading only reviews, and admittedly, I was in a bit of a creative slump so the title grabbed me by the hand.

Happily, I can report that flipping through the creative processes and healing process co-joined in the experiences of t
I was very hopeful this book would be one of those really inspiring ones you can use to juice up your mojo and start to lay out some new creation and feel really good while doing it. I am a major journaler, and at the time I bought this book I was going through a particularly rough period and felt like restoration of my spirit would be a good thing for me. However, this book did not help me with that, neither did it help me be inspired in a crafty way at all. I'm not into scrapbooking and felt l ...more
Charla Wilson
I am always interested in books that combine creativity with healing. I know from experience that creating art can bring a sense of calm to a chaotic life. Sharon Soneff shows us in this book, that you can use your emotions, no matter what they are, to create beautiful art and help heal your emotions at the same time. Keeping a daily journal has proved to be therapeutic many times. Now with the help of this book, you can turn those dull journals into lovely works of art that incorporates your fe ...more
This is a very enjoyable book. This isn't a typical book of how-to, filled with step by step photos and incstructions. Instead it's full of personal stories that inspired the featured projects. It's a book to help you reflect on what you need to release in art journaling.
Covers depression, combatting myth with personal truth, keeping too much bottled up, coping with natural disaster, loss of loved ones, phobia due to childhood trauma, divorce, the highs and lows of parenting, insomnia, arthriti
This book is a compilation of various artists' journals of healing emotions and body. I felt inspired by the use of art journaling for healing as I do believe in this concept and hope to tap into it in the future. However, honestly, reading all of these stories eventually became depressing! I have compassion for people who need healing, but reading so many stories at once felt heavy. So I suggest taking this book in bits and pieces, or when it gets too heavy, skimming the pictures simply for ide ...more
Not so much how-to or book of ideas and techniques, as a gallery of spreads from existing art journalers with blurbs about their work and "their story." A good book if that is what you're after!
Aug 02, 2010 Tammy rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Mixed thoughts about this book. The author's text could have been more concise and less formal. A good portion of the art journal pages really seemed like scrapbook pages, so I wouldn't classify this as a pure art journaling book. Yet, I enjoyed the personal letters from the contributors, sharing a personal experience and how creating a journal helped them find strength. A great concept and a good read.
I loved reading through these essays and seeing, and hearing from people how the art helped them. The tips and techniques were really helpful, and it was a great help when I decided I wanted to give it a try. I'd recommend this book.

This I will be reading over and over, I loved seeing the images as well. It helped because I was able to see it and get my own ideas together. Loved it.
Interesting and inspiring. I most often like to SEE other people's scrapbooking/art rather than READ about it. There's both here, but the stories inspire me to get busy and art journal about the HARD stuff, too.
Callie Carling
Great layout & visuals but would have liked to have seen some of the pages devoted to guiding the reader through their own journeys, rather than merely reselling stories of others
Raw and real...loving every minute of it so far. People share their various struggles and examples of how art journaling helped them work through them.
Not a “bad” book per se, by a humdrum collection of examples from art journals pages and uninspiring subjects make this book and overall unremarkable read.
some lovely pages but not as I had hoped, I hoped for teaching about journaling instead it features a finished page from each artist
This is a great book for inspiration for art, journaling, and the creative process.
Good variety of projects for craft therapy.
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