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Diana Trout , Tonia Davenport
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Book Description

Oct. 9 2009
Go ahead—make a mess!

There are no lines to stay inside of here. You're free to quiet your inner critic and spill color (as well as your thoughts) all over the page. Author Diana Trout offers a double-dose of encouragement for you to try out new techniques, to ask yourself new questions and to see how safe of a place your private journal can truly be.

Whether you've been carrying around an art journal for years, or have been waiting for just the right push, in the pages of Journal Spilling you will learn new ways with mixed media as well as new insights about yourself. Step-by-step instruction will make the process easy and you'll explore such techniques as:

  • Using salt, alcohol and wax paper as resists for watercolor
  • "Spilling" color over your page with the help of watercolor crayons
  • Creating unique lines and shapes with a fun ink-blowing technique
  • Making secret pockets and flaps for storing wishes and private reflections
  • Carving and stamping with hand-carved stamps, making your pages even more personal
  • Getting out of a writing rut with prompts and inspiring exercises and much more
Find out just how fulfilling using creative expression in your personal journal can be and let Journal Spilling be the friend to offer you support for each page you create.

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About the Author

Diana Trout majored in painting at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and at University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She exhibits and sells her paintings and handmade books at local fairs and galleries and nationally through her website. For fifteen years she has taught journaling, painting, drawing, paperarts, bookbinding and origami to adults and children. Her work can be seen at

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Being creative Feb. 1 2013
By Loup
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I Love this book! I just got it and just had to share how much this book fills what I want to express.
Non judgmental creative work and experimenting with different mediums, even sewing! Hey! why not!
This book is a good buy for people in search of free expression!

Good job Diana Trout!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful resource! April 2 2010
A great book to get you inspired to start a journal. Breezy, informative and I'm glad it's in my studio library
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5.0 out of 5 stars For beginners and "seasoned" art jounalists Oct. 2 2009
By D. Purser - Published on
I came across this book just the other day and could not put it down...WOW! I have been art journaling for years and am always looking a new ways to express myself. This book is not only great for beginners just starting out, but also for the "seasoned" art jounalist. I enjoy the way the author writes as it seems like she is talking to you directly with great encouragement and humour. I like alot of the techniques and I have come up with my own jumping off point to take it where I want it to go, making whatever I create my own. I have alot of art technique books and this one ranks right at the top for me.
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A creativity companion for the long haul Oct. 16 2009
By Ever the Artist - Published on
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I've had this wonderful book in hand for only a few weeks, but it's already unlocked so many ideas and gotten my work flowing again. I look forward to spending oodles more time with its kindly, steady, positive tone of encouragement. I expect to find it useful whether or not I keep an on-going art journal; there are so many wonderful techniques to play with, and each exploration is likely to lead to multiple new and fruitful trails. I think it will be valuable to artists all along the spectrum of experience, from those just discovering a direction, to more developed artists looking to jumpstart out of creative stalls.
52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Start to Journaling Sept. 13 2009
By Amy Donohue - Published on
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While I have always been interested in starting a journal, I never did....until I recently received "Journal Spilling"! Of course I love the tone of the book and the art-work - it makes it a fun and easy read. But....I really love how the author motivated me to start (with some very easy steps) and then moves on to some fun and crafty ideas to keep me going. I also think this would be a fun gift for someone who already journals but would like to add some additional elements into their work.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Free to be you and me Jan. 8 2010
By Zoe - Published on
This refreshing, engaging book written in the experienced voice of its author is filled with the book's subtitle" Free expression" exercises, each skillfully presented and immediately putting the journal maker at ease.

It is a book that motivates both the long-term journal keepers, like myself, and the novice, to set up and gather a few supplies and tools, anywhere, and just do it in its opening chapter, Warming Up. In fact, it fosters just what the title suggests, a way in which to create an organic, self defined journal just spilling onto a page from a box of crayons, a watercolour palette or a bottle of ink.

Judgment free, the chapters build on each other, and erase the terror often associated with trying to achieve the perfect page with precious materials. Instead, the Censor takes back stage while the Creator relaxes, explores and produces a seemingly effortless personal journal page(s). The book's chapter, "Taming the Critic" does some of the work, but it is the book in its entirety that grants the reader total permission to move beyond that "do not trespass" sign artists often experience when facing that blank page.

My cacophony of Critics are shrill but midpoint in reading the book, I found myself, "spilling" here, there and in my specially designated "Artistic Attempts " journal--an altered calendar resurfaced with gesso without a moment's hesitation.

Too often, I've weighed myself down with pensive pondering and few art pages. The fact that I was able to venture so freely and spontaneously into a journal spill is testament to the writer's skill and the books value.

Journal Spilling is the "free to be you and me " answer to creating an art journal.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars art journaling without fear Nov. 15 2009
By Kathryn Shimmura - Published on
I've been keeping art journals for 4 or 5 years now and thought I couldn't learn much from this one. Wrong! Although this is a great book for beginners, there is plenty of stuff for the experienced as well.
One of the best things about it is its encouraging, "don't worry about it!" tone. The author really helps you get out of being fixated on making a perfect product and moving on to enjoying the process. Be sloppy, experimental, playful, profound, whatever comes through at that moment.
I liked her chapter on dealing with the inner critic, that gremlin we all have that can sabotage our work and our creativity. I also liked her suggestion to take a word that interests you and ponder it, illustrate it, write about it, whatever.
That's just part of what this book has to offer - as one other reviewer said, I'll refer to it over and over for fresh inspiration.
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