Quinn McDonald defines Raw Art Journaling as a journal of nothing but your work, full of meaning to you, but not necessarily perfect. If you've tried to keep an art journal before and failed, this book might be a good stepping stone for you. It really is aimed mostly at people who don't already journal, or who have not had success with it.
Do you want to give it another try? Quinn talks to you about clearing out the critic, which holds so many of us back from enjoying our journals. She also spends some time on how to get past the blank page. One chapter is all about journaling with words instead of art, allowing that to be your springboard. Quinn covers found poetry, single word journaling, and one sentence journaling, all of which I think could be especially helpful if you've never journaled successfully before.
Another chapter looks at turning words into artwork. This is probably my favorite chapter, even though the "artwork" is very basic and doodlish...it's still fun and it can get you going. I liked the suggestions she calls free-floating bubbles and a word oasis the best. Then the next chapter gets into journaling through actual imagery, even if you can't draw. Finally, Quinn shows six different easy styles of journals that you can make to suit your own needs.
A section that I skipped, but is actually pretty important, is Quinn's chapter on how to hide your secret thoughts. Not everyone is comfortable with putting it down in writing and leaving it there for others to find. She shows several helpful ways to obscure, either temporarily or permanently, the secrets of your heart. So if that's what has been holding you back, get over it and let's start a journal!
If you'd like to win a copy of Raw Art Journaling, here's what you need to do...please read this carefully. Leave me a comment here and include your email address. If I don't see your email address, I won't be able to contact you. No contact, no win, and I simply have to go on to the next person. You are welcome to spell it out if you'd prefer, for example, cyndi at mazeltovjewelry dot com. If you tweet or post on Facebook or other social spots about the contest, you can leave a second comment and be entered twice! Deadline: April 24, 2013
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