Journal Spilling: Mixed-Media Techniques for Free Expression Paperback – Oct 9 2009
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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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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.
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