The Art Journal Workshop: Break Through, Explore, and Make it Your Own

The Art Journal Workshop: Break Through, Explore, and Make it Your Own

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By (author) Traci Bunkers

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  • Publisher: Quarry Books
  • Format: Hardback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 213mm x 257mm x 13mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 25 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Minneapolis
  • ISBN 10: 1592536840
  • ISBN 13: 9781592536849
  • Edition statement: includes DVD
  • Illustrations note: 1 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 38,533

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"Step by step, the reader is brought to art journaling in a method that makes even a novice want to pick up a paint brush and begin making art that expresses your soul."-Diana Gonzalez, Brooklyn Crafting Examiner "Back when I was the managing editor of Art Journaling, I remember when Traci Bunkers' journals arrived on my desk. I spent hours pouring through them, wondering to myself, 'How does she do this?' With Traci's new book, The Art Journal Workshop, you get to see exactly how."-Christine Olivarez, Somerset Studio Many people want to express themselves through visual journaling, but are stuck or intimidated with how to get started, what to write, or how to move beyond gluing down a few images or putting some paint on the paper. With beautiful illustrations, The Art Journal Workshop breaks down the entire working process of journaling with step-by-step photos and instructions from start to finish. You'll learn how to use different media such as paint, photographs, and collage, while following journaling prompts and exercises to help you dig deeper and enrich the journaling process and experience. Traci Bunkers discusses the benefits of visual journaling, and walks you through battling a creative funk when you're feeling down or uninspired. Additionally, The Art Journal Workshop provides exclusive access to online videos that show the author creating six visual journal pages from the book, start to finish, through time-lapse video clips. This visual guide enhances the information in the book, showing her work progress in a way that goes beyond what can be captured in still photographs or through text.

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Traci Bunkers is a self-employed mixed-media and fiber artist living in Lawrence, Kansas. Through her one-woman business Bonkers Handmade Originals, she sells her nifty creations such as hand-dyed spinning fibers and yarns, original rubber stamps, handmade books, kits and original artwork. She also creates an artzine called Tub Legs, designs knitwear, and is a knitting, spinning, and crochet technical editor.

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By liberal sprinkles 18 Feb 2012 4

This book is exactly what its title says: an art journal workshop. Traci Bunkers does a superb job of discussing the purpose, the process and the how of art journaling. Various prompts and exercises (gratitude, purging, silencing the critic, fear, joy, take action, nurture .. et cetera) help get you started on journaling as a form of self-expression and therapy/self-help: stream-of-consciousness writing, purging, putting thoughts and emotions into words and art. I especially liked the idea of making commitment cards, documenting photo field trips and making urban affirmation art and leaving it in public for others to find.

Bunkers includes an excellent reference for the materials and tools needed for art journaling. Her tutorials in the book and the attached DVD (not all exercises included though) take you from beginning to end of each highlighted journal page pretty clearly, although she encourages the reader to develop his/her own artistic style.

Bunkers uses mostly one distinctive art journaling style in this book: gesso, add ephemera, paint over, add text (using stamps, pens or other forms of writing), embellish (example with rubber stamps, photos, stencils, rubons), add more color and highlight to page (example: scribbles, using pastel/crayons). Hence there isn't much artistic variation in here. However, the exercises do a good job of showing the effects of different art techniques used in the book, for example the differences between applying paint by credit card, brayer, spread or scrubbed with baby wipe. There are many other techniques and ways of art journaling but this is a good book to use if you want to start and are not sure how to do so.

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The Artist Journal Workshop, Bunkers, Tracie (Author) May 2011. 128 p. Quayside/Quarry, paperback, $24.99. (9781592536849). 745.593.Kansas artist Bunkers' second book is much akin to Alice's fall down the rabbit hole. We wonder, initially, where we're going when Bunkers starts with a psychological caveat about the art of visualjournaling. Even more confounding is that her process, complete with call-to-action exercises and prompts, is not a real methodology to follow. Rather, it's a series of how-to instructions exploring differentemotions. Confusion aside, Bunkers provides the usual upfront information about tools and materials aswell as useful narratives to help avoid visual blockages. To get unstuck, for instance, she advises cuttingout magazine words and pictures or figuring out what's being avoided. Along the way, her very personallayout entertains, as do her examples. Tips, such as to take photos up-close and to save removed pages, inform novices and pros alike. An accompanying DVD takes readers through her instructions, but takecare, for it's all too easy in using this kind of crafts book to slavishly copy the samples withoutcustomizing or starting afresh. - Booklist, May 2011.