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Journal Sparks: Fire Up Your Creativity with Spontaneous Art, Wild Writing, and Inventive Thinking

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  143 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Using words, drawing, collage, and observation-based list-making, award-winning author Emily K. Neuburger highlights the many paths into journaling. Her 60 interactive writing prompts and art how-tos help you to expand your imagination and stimulate your creativity. Every spread invites a new approach to filling a page, from making a visual map of a day-in-my-life to ...more
Paperback, 164 pages
Published April 18th 2017 by Storey Publishing, LLC
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Eve (Between The Bookends)
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it


I have been journaling for many years now so when I saw this book I knew I had to have it to add to my collection. It's a fairly short book but chalked full of interesting ideas and prompts for both the seasoned and beginner journaler.

It has a very cool mixed media feel to it. With hand drawn graphics, and different fonts that make it very pleasing to the eye. It starts out with an introduction from the author. Along with some suggestions for different types of journals (notebook, steno pad,
Very good collection of creative journaling ideas for those times when you need some inspiration. It also includes a section on making your own simple journals, plus has some stickers and artsy paper to use in your own creative journal.
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review. First of all, I think this has the coolest layout I've seen in a long time for a journal how-to guide. It's actually very hands-on and user-friendly, but there is art in the details. The author has a million ideas for how to get your creativity going for all ages, so you could journal with your pre-schooler or your college kids or your spouse or your senior citizen mom. If you want to write, just ...more
KayCee K
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: journal, read-in-2017
I am now a full-time Bullet Journal-er, so when I saw this I wanted it. I'm always looking for cheats, tips, and tricks to make my journal look great, and this book it full of them! The layout of has a journal feel to it, making it even more enjoyable to read. This book has 60 interactive writing prompts and art how-tos help you to expand your imagination and stimulate your creativity. I got this from NetGalley and would love to have a physical copy! Therefore, if you are new or long time ...more
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-books
"The whole point to creative journaling is allowing yourself the freedom to be creative in whatever way feels right in the moment."

Journal Sparks is divided into seven chapters -
1) Observation
2) Invention
3) Collection
4) Color & Construction
5) Wordsmith
6) Journal Challenges
7) Journal making & Hacking

Each chapter gives a lot of fun art journal ideas! Some examples:
Draw macro sketches of the things around you. Map your day or your neighborhood. Make a personal stamp! Draw non-dominant
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh this book came to my house for review juuuuust before I moved house.

Finally I am all settled and had time to really get into it.
What can I say? I went and bought a brand new journal.
This book is really going to make your fingers itch to try out the journal inspirations.
The sparks are fun and different to what I have seen before on blogs online.
I love that some of it, you could start in advance (like the dot people) and add to as you go along. Some are so deliciously silly, you can't help
Elizabeth A
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: art, non-fiction, 2017
There are indeed lots of ideas to help you fill out those blank pages, but there's nothing new here for me. It is very colorful and bright, and while it's not labeled as a young adult book, I think kids as young as 10 might find this a fun and useful book. If you are a person who has never kept a journal, would like to, and have no idea where to start, this might be the book for you.
spike  スパイク
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I dug this book because it was a hybrid betwixt journaling practice AND sketching exercises, with illustrations included. Sometimes when journaling I do get stuck, I don't want to write about this or that and well, we all need books like this to instill a bit of flow.
Narelle Richards
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a super book - filled with really interesting ideas to spark the imagination and challenge you to go out and start something, anything creative.

I think it really appeals to the senses - visually it catches your eye and requires you to then look a little further. I think anyone with a young person in their life would find this a great leaping off point to get them writing and drawing- classroom, holidays, just because.

I found myself going back to pages to check in and see what else I could
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best book I've read on the subject. I like how the book is divided up into observation, invention, collection, color & construction and wordsmith. Great examples and visuals. Definitely makes you want to start some fun projects.
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Full of wonderful crafty journaling ideas!
penny shima glanz
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I dont see myself as an art journaler, but I know the value of regular focused practice. I requested a review copy of Journal Sparks with the desire to find ways to improve my doodling and my creative thought process. Neuberger has created a beautiful and thorough book with many different ideas and prompts that will inspire; my notes of the title have many more doodles than I expected. I think this would also be fun to work through with another Storey title, Knit the Sky. The creative ...more
Toyin A
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it

First things first, this book is absolutely visually appealing. I stared at it for approximately 10 minutes before reading it. It was that beautiful. No I have not lost my mind. Yes, I have a day job.

Emily starts by defining what journaling is and how you can have a journal for a variety of reasons. She encourages the reader to think of other purposes for journaling and adopt it.

She shows you how to encourage creativity in yourself. Chapter 2 (on invention) was my favourite chapter; especially
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I love journalling, but don't do it way as often as I want to. That also means that I look for interesting things, to keep my spark going.

This book certainly is something that made me want to get my journal and get writing, drawing and well ... journalling again, in any form. It's illustrations and designs add to the feel of it being the perfect book on journalling.

I received a free copy through Netgalley, in return for an honest review.
Judy Egnew Ness
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
I loved every page of this book full of creative prompts, ideas, drawings, pictures, and papers for art journaling. I love playing with paper and glue, but sometimes I have a hard time coming up with inspiration. Emily's ideas made me want to jump up and run for my craft room, so I could start cutting and sticking! For adults and children, this book has a broad range of creative suggestions for book-making, collage, writing, water color, thumb prints, nature journals, maps, and lists. Most of ...more
Meredith Smith
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A visual treat! If you are into journaling, bullet journaling, or just doodling and creating art, get this book and play! I am the kind of person who enjoys being creative, but sometimes I need a boost to get started. That is what Journal Sparks did for me. From making mandalas to collections of items (reminiscent of those in Wreck This Journal or How to Be an Explorer of the World), I found great ideas that sparked a flood of creativity in my journal. Featuring simple language and instructions, ...more
Connie T.
The title says it all. This colorful book is full of prompts and examples to help you in your journaling endeavors, whether you use words or pictures, are young or old, new to keeping a journal or have been at it for years. Many of the ideas presented are not new but it's always fun to be reminded of prompts or techniques you've forgotten about. As I've mentioned, this book is good for all ages, but if you're an experienced, seasoned journalist, you'll want something a bit more advanced. ...more
Shasta Matova
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book gets five stars because it is one I would recommend that friends get. I borrowed it from the library and have checked it out more than once. I may end up even buying this book.

Besides the fact that it has a lot of good ideas about things to write /draw in a journal, it also has wonderful graphics, stickers and pages to be creative. I've gotten other books about journaling but this one just spoke to me more than the others.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I'd joined a giveaway where this book was the prize. I didn't win, but I also grabbed the book from the library because I was curious to see what information it could give me toward more creativity in my daily journaling. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to branch out into art-style journaling.
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a book of creative ideas for people who want to journal, but I felt it seemed more geared toward young children than adults. That being said, I will expand on some of the ideas in this colorful and inventive book.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This journal was exactly what I needed to spark my creativity in new and fresh ways. It also gave me more than a few aha moments. I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs writing ideas or art ideas.
Samm Tangney
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book with journaling prompts and activities. I love how I can skip around and try something new every day! The paper and stickers in the back are cute and I will find use for them in my bullet journal. Great read
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books about art journaling I've ever read! Very helpful and fun to read.
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great inspiration for journal writing with my 5 and 8 year old. Beautiful, fun book.
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-journaling
So many great ideas! Simple ideas with substance!!
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some good prompts for inspiration, especially if you like to draw (which I don't), but I also finally learned how to bind a book!
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Clear, fun, basic book for those wanting to begin an art journaling practice.
Aug 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Love all of the word exercises. This would be a great book for the student in independent study as it provides loads of writing activities.
Bonnie Arriola
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
It wasnt anything new. Zzzzxxx ...more
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: journalers and would be journal keepers
Recommended to Relyn by: spotted on my library website
Shelves: gotta-buy
I checked this book out, flipped through it, and promptly returned it to the library. This is one I'm going to have to own!
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