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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 A 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!


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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 A 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!

30 review for Raw Art Journaling

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    I really liked this one - creative ideas to use in one's journal, without a lot of focus on expensive materials and fancy techniques. As the author notes, "...a journal is the place to be free and imperfect...the place where being 'you' is enough." I really liked this one - creative ideas to use in one's journal, without a lot of focus on expensive materials and fancy techniques. As the author notes, "...a journal is the place to be free and imperfect...the place where being 'you' is enough."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kymberleigh Anne

    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 mak 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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Herring

    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. Quin 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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Quinn Collard

    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! 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!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    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! 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!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I picked this up on a whim from the library because I was craving something I could just dip in and out of; a book that would help me light a renewed fire of motivation under my creative butt. I typically have a hard time with these kinds of books, because I don't find the projects inspiring, but I thought I'd give it a shot. Unfortunately, I was right... the projects weren't for me. Most were extremely basic or things I'd done dozens of times (found poetry, anyone?). I am clearly not the target I picked this up on a whim from the library because I was craving something I could just dip in and out of; a book that would help me light a renewed fire of motivation under my creative butt. I typically have a hard time with these kinds of books, because I don't find the projects inspiring, but I thought I'd give it a shot. Unfortunately, I was right... the projects weren't for me. Most were extremely basic or things I'd done dozens of times (found poetry, anyone?). I am clearly not the target audience for this book. I needed something more motivational, inspirational, and relevant to where I am in my art-making. And this, sadly, wasn't it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Nope.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jackeline64

    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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    lauren

    not for me

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I think I have read this one before. Gave me some great ideas

  11. 5 out of 5

    NiYa Costley

    Enjoyed the easy banter of the various strategies and little notes and tidbits for overcoming the gremlins blocking your creative flow.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dane

    A good introduction to basic but creative art journaling techniques. You can't keep an art journal unless you know how to make the art! A good introduction to basic but creative art journaling techniques. You can't keep an art journal unless you know how to make the art!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Okala

    Lovely! I really felt inspired by this!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tristy

    I really love the work of Quinn McDonald and I was really excited to read this book, as I am an avid art journaler. And while this is an excellent book for those who are totally new to art journaling and/or really afraid to start making art journals, it was very remedial for me. This book covers the very beginning basics of art journaling and seems to be geared to people who are very fearful about "letting go" or "messing up." Obviously, there are folks who need this kind of encouragement and ba I really love the work of Quinn McDonald and I was really excited to read this book, as I am an avid art journaler. And while this is an excellent book for those who are totally new to art journaling and/or really afraid to start making art journals, it was very remedial for me. This book covers the very beginning basics of art journaling and seems to be geared to people who are very fearful about "letting go" or "messing up." Obviously, there are folks who need this kind of encouragement and basic instruction, so I am very glad it is out there to recommend to people, but if you are already very comfortable with art journaling and looking for new and inspirational ideas, you won't find that here. Even the design and layout of the book is extremely plain and very (to me) boring and uninspiring.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carmen Long

    4-13-13 There are techniques in this book that I discovered on my own, and some that I've read about elsewhere. But there are quite a few that are new to me, and I will definitely try some of them in the future. 5-5-14 I didn't realize until I came here to rate this book that I had already read it last year. My thoughts this time were that while there are some good ideas, most of them don't really fit my style of art journaling. 4-13-13 There are techniques in this book that I discovered on my own, and some that I've read about elsewhere. But there are quite a few that are new to me, and I will definitely try some of them in the future. 5-5-14 I didn't realize until I came here to rate this book that I had already read it last year. My thoughts this time were that while there are some good ideas, most of them don't really fit my style of art journaling.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I found this book rather remedial. It would, for example, be useful in organizing a summer camp class for kids. There is so much emphasis on letting go of self-doubt and yet there's a chapter devoted to concealing your entries. The aim of the book seems more like it wants you to pretend you're creating art loaded with meaning, instead of letting you actually put down your own thoughts and ideas. I found this book rather remedial. It would, for example, be useful in organizing a summer camp class for kids. There is so much emphasis on letting go of self-doubt and yet there's a chapter devoted to concealing your entries. The aim of the book seems more like it wants you to pretend you're creating art loaded with meaning, instead of letting you actually put down your own thoughts and ideas.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    When I expressed an interest in art journaling, the art teacher at my school encouraged me and showed me lots of examples that were creative and profound and waaaay beyond my skill. This book is no fault, no artistic skills required--just what I needed.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    very interesting ideas I don't normally come across a paper craft book with fresh ideas. This book included some ideas that inspired me and some that made me think of alternate uses. very interesting ideas I don't normally come across a paper craft book with fresh ideas. This book included some ideas that inspired me and some that made me think of alternate uses.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lindy

    I highly recommend that those who practice the art of keeping a journal or diary add raw art journaling to their inspiration. This book gives a way to express oneself through all types of activity or when thoughts are stalled. This book could easily become the journaling group handbook.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emily Ashley Haberman

    Loving this so far!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Quite enjoyed this. It incorporates a lot of basic art journaling info in one place, and has a very encouraging viewpoint.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Gives the reader some interesting ideas on how to work with the Art Journal format.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gabriella

    Not bad. I really liked the section Hiding in Plain Sight, and Making Art of Your Words. Some clever techniques and prompts in this book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    tinyteaplots

    Neat Book There are certainly some fun ideas in this book. I'll never look at a wall stain the same again, that's for sure! Neat Book There are certainly some fun ideas in this book. I'll never look at a wall stain the same again, that's for sure!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    a fabulous book one of the best on art jounraling I have come across

  26. 4 out of 5

    Addie

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Whipple

  28. 5 out of 5

    Janet

  29. 5 out of 5

    LUCIA

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Gorkowski

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