Raw Art Journalingby Quinn McDonald Published 20 Jul 2011
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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.
Raw Art Journaling will teach you how to embrace your art, confront negative self-talk (a.k.a., your gremlin) and make meaning with your words and with your art. Inside Raw Art Journaling you'll discover how to:
Write meaningful thoughts with a single sentence
Create thought-provoking poems through found poetry
Uncover images hidden in your photos
Make personal meaning with the simplest of lines
Finally feel free to make mistakes
Use clever techniques to keep your secrets secret
Quiet your gremlin, grab your permission slip (it's on page 19) and start making meaning in your own raw-art journal today!
"Raw Art Journaling" Reviews
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 make magic on the blank page is a welcome and helpful resource. The author hits the nail squarely on the head in that respect -- giving you ideas of what you can add to your pages to help them shine.
This is not a book loaded with page after page of tricky techniques. It is a book that encourages the reader to embrace the art within them, even if they feel they can't draw or paint or create. It is a book that gives the creative person permission to let the inner child free -- and you need your inner child to come out and play sometimes...
Well written, clear and understandable. It is not laden with "tech talk" or a basket full of expensive art supplies you will need. With just the very basic things, you can begin to embellish your art journal pages and make them magnificent works of art for yourself.
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's whole approach is relaxed, yet meaningful. Easy, yet profound.
She offers several approaches to creating pages in the art journaling genre while using text to add meaning and dimension to your experience.
The ones that stood out most to me where favorite and not-so-favorite words and using them in a context that really gives you something to think about; yet it's not at all heavy handed, just authentic and museful to you because they're your words.
I think what I love about Raw Art Journaling is Quinn's simplistic approach, step by step instructions, and ways to make meaning that will stay with you, even if you don't want anyone else to know about it. (She shows some clever ways to hide your message without eliminating what you say altogether.)
Whether you want to go deep or keep it simple, Quinn shows you her raw way of making art; you'll notice it doesn't feel intimidating or overwhelming. Just simple and meaningful.
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!
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.
Enjoyed the easy banter of the various strategies and little notes and tidbits for overcoming the gremlins blocking your creative flow.