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Raw Art Journaling
Quinn McDonald
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Raw Art Journaling

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Meaning in life is made, not found. In a raw-art journal, you don't need to know how to draw; you don't need to know how to write well. You don't need worry about messing up techniques you've never attempted before inside your raw-art journal. You just need to be you because raw art is you and it thrives on creative play, on experimentation and even on making mistakes.

ebook, 130 pages
Published June 24th 2011 by North Light Books (first published June 23rd 2011)
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Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this one - creative ideas to use in one's journal, without a lot of focus on expensive materials and fancy techniques. As the author notes, "...a journal is the place to be free and imperfect...the place where being 'you' is enough."
Kymberleigh Anne
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be interesting and informative. It will give the reader a good starting point when breaking into the realm of art journaling. Seasoned art journalists may find the information contained a bit elementary, but the author does have some tips in the book that I haven't seen elsewhere.

Some reviewers felt this book was more about doodling and dressing up your writing. I can see why they felt this way; however, for a beginning art journalist any and all information about how to mak
Dawn Herring
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Making Meaning with Quinn McDonald: A Review

I first ran into Quinn's work when I was perusing some websites for the #JournalChat Links Edition for all things journaling. I noted her mix of art, journaling, humor, and an authentic point of view. Quinn has a voice that simply wakes up the creative muse, gives you something to chew on and consider, and maybe laugh heartily at the same time.

When I learned of her book, Raw Art Journaling, I decided to check it out and see what she had to offer. Quinn
Quinn Collard
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
I love love LOVED this book. I've been wanting to do more visual art and it was jam-packed with great ideas for how to incorporate that into journaling, which is something I already do a ton of. One of the things I particularly liked about the book was that it was very encouraging, reassuring the reader that they don't have to be the most skilled artist ever (which I'm not) to make art. I've already used some of the ideas from this book and it's been lots of fun!
This is an amazing book that somehow manages to make everything about journalling no-stress. I love the approach, and will adapt more of it when I'm leading my classes - esp with the adults, as there is more pressure/expectations on the end results instead of the process. The focus needs to be on the process and experience more - besindes that whole bit, there's a wealth of ideas in here. LOVE the book!! it could not be any better!
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book half a decade ago now and have read it several times since then. It feels inspiring and makes me feel less conscious about my lack of artistic talent.

Thank you. Jackeline64.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely! I really felt inspired by this!
I really love the work of Quinn McDonald and I was really excited to read this book, as I am an avid art journaler. And while this is an excellent book for those who are totally new to art journaling and/or really afraid to start making art journals, it was very remedial for me. This book covers the very beginning basics of art journaling and seems to be geared to people who are very fearful about "letting go" or "messing up." Obviously, there are folks who need this kind of encouragement and ba ...more
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4-13-13 There are techniques in this book that I discovered on my own, and some that I've read about elsewhere. But there are quite a few that are new to me, and I will definitely try some of them in the future.

5-5-14 I didn't realize until I came here to rate this book that I had already read it last year. My thoughts this time were that while there are some good ideas, most of them don't really fit my style of art journaling.
May 09, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book rather remedial. It would, for example, be useful in organizing a summer camp class for kids.

There is so much emphasis on letting go of self-doubt and yet there's a chapter devoted to concealing your entries.

The aim of the book seems more like it wants you to pretend you're creating art loaded with meaning, instead of letting you actually put down your own thoughts and ideas.
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
When I expressed an interest in art journaling, the art teacher at my school encouraged me and showed me lots of examples that were creative and profound and waaaay beyond my skill. This book is no fault, no artistic skills required--just what I needed.
Dec 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very interesting ideas

I don't normally come across a paper craft book with fresh ideas. This book included some ideas that inspired me and some that made me think of alternate uses.
I highly recommend that those who practice the art of keeping a journal or diary add raw art journaling to their inspiration. This book gives a way to express oneself through all types of activity or when thoughts are stalled. This book could easily become the journaling group handbook.
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art
Quite enjoyed this. It incorporates a lot of basic art journaling info in one place, and has a very encouraging viewpoint.
Gives the reader some interesting ideas on how to work with the Art Journal format.
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: diy-how-to
Not bad. I really liked the section Hiding in Plain Sight, and Making Art of Your Words. Some clever techniques and prompts in this book.
Neat Book

There are certainly some fun ideas in this book. I'll never look at a wall stain the same again, that's for sure!
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: craft-and-art
a fabulous book one of the best on art jounraling I have come across
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