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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 "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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"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 "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.

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

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Good overview of materials and techniques for art journaling - I'd think this would be particularly useful for someone just starting to art journal. (FYI - I checked this book out from the library without the DVD, so my review is only for the book.) Good overview of materials and techniques for art journaling - I'd think this would be particularly useful for someone just starting to art journal. (FYI - I checked this book out from the library without the DVD, so my review is only for the book.)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Pulver

    Easy to follow and good projects/prompts.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Sturges

    I have four books on art journals, however this one is so good I had to write a review. The exercises throughout the book are very introspective, and Traci guides you through step by step with each journal page as a springboard for your own journaling. The only negative I can see to the book is that she uses stamps a lot, and while I love the look of stamps I can't get myself to actually shell out money for them. My art journaling has come a long way since I started this book. I collect art book I have four books on art journals, however this one is so good I had to write a review. The exercises throughout the book are very introspective, and Traci guides you through step by step with each journal page as a springboard for your own journaling. The only negative I can see to the book is that she uses stamps a lot, and while I love the look of stamps I can't get myself to actually shell out money for them. My art journaling has come a long way since I started this book. I collect art books and this one really speaks to me. There are tons on journal prompts and then step by step processes for putting the pages together. I can see this book being great for people who are just starting out and more seasoned artists. Most art books just wind up sitting on my bookshelf, however this book is so fun to work through that it remains on my art table. Hands down, I recommend this book...especially if you love creating introspective art.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    Excellent intro to art journaling, with clearly written instructions, insight, tips, journaling projects and prompts. Wonderful step-by-step photography (with a video bonus) showing the process behind a bunch of Traci's journal pages. Discovered the idea of using baby wipes as an art journal tool! Excellent intro to art journaling, with clearly written instructions, insight, tips, journaling projects and prompts. Wonderful step-by-step photography (with a video bonus) showing the process behind a bunch of Traci's journal pages. Discovered the idea of using baby wipes as an art journal tool!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Shephard

    Visual Journalling has always been an interest of mine. It enables me to be creative and expressive and is a hobby that can be picked up and put down at whim. I have several on the go at any one time and depending on my mood I can be inventive and as individual as I choose.  This book gives ideas and inspiration, and shows how from start to finish, an art journal can be a mindful and artistic exercise. You do not need to be a fantastic artist to design a journal, words and pictures can be collaged, Visual Journalling has always been an interest of mine. It enables me to be creative and expressive and is a hobby that can be picked up and put down at whim. I have several on the go at any one time and depending on my mood I can be inventive and as individual as I choose.  This book gives ideas and inspiration, and shows how from start to finish, an art journal can be a mindful and artistic exercise. You do not need to be a fantastic artist to design a journal, words and pictures can be collaged, drawn and even photographs can be used. Glitter, fabric, leaves, nothing is out of bounds, all you need is your imagination.  Traci Bunkers gives sound advice and ideas for everyone to be able to construct such a book, it can be a travel journal, a memory book or even a gift to someone.  This quirky work book is brilliant, and a must have for anyone who needs a helping hand to begin. It is highly original and very inspiring.  What is important is that it is fun and meaningful to you.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shasta Matova

    This is a good book for beginners to learn how to make an art journal. The first chapter provides an introduction to journaling. The second chapter gives a list of materials and how to use them. Chapter three provides steps to working the details, such as tying the elements together and adding text or writing. Chapter four, which takes up the most space, provides writing prompts and art journaling exercises. The book also comes with a DVD that shows a live time-lapse video of the projects being This is a good book for beginners to learn how to make an art journal. The first chapter provides an introduction to journaling. The second chapter gives a list of materials and how to use them. Chapter three provides steps to working the details, such as tying the elements together and adding text or writing. Chapter four, which takes up the most space, provides writing prompts and art journaling exercises. The book also comes with a DVD that shows a live time-lapse video of the projects being created.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Unfortunately, I bought this used and didn't realize that I would be receiving it without the DVD. The book itself is inspiring and may actually challenge to incorporate some of these methods and start my own art journal. Unfortunately, I bought this used and didn't realize that I would be receiving it without the DVD. The book itself is inspiring and may actually challenge to incorporate some of these methods and start my own art journal.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tosca Wijns-Van Eeden

    A wonderful book with lots of awesome prompts and very personal examples! This book is for those who love a bit more journaling with their art, but are also inspirational for those like me who just use a few words. Loved playing with it!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rhianna

    As I'm gearing up to start a 365 photo project / art journal, this was a nice introduction to some prompts and methods. As I'm gearing up to start a 365 photo project / art journal, this was a nice introduction to some prompts and methods.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    A wonderful dive into art journals. Great for beginners. She walks you through the basics including supplies and techniques.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Slay

    Traci Bunker has an eclectic art style. Nothing is too precious or precise. Her techniques and journal prompts help visual communicators really see to the heart of an issue.

  12. 5 out of 5

    liberal sprinkles

    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 ma 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) 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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Daisy Jane

    I really enjoyed this book, lots of wonderful eye candy,as you get to see her own journal pages. It has great examples of Traci's process and techniques in easy to understand steps. It even comes with a free DVD showing how Traci does her own journal pages! It's like getting a free art journal lesson. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a beginner at art journaling, as well as anyone just looking for inspiration, or wanting to try a different style of art journaling..well worth the mone I really enjoyed this book, lots of wonderful eye candy,as you get to see her own journal pages. It has great examples of Traci's process and techniques in easy to understand steps. It even comes with a free DVD showing how Traci does her own journal pages! It's like getting a free art journal lesson. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a beginner at art journaling, as well as anyone just looking for inspiration, or wanting to try a different style of art journaling..well worth the money, great value with the included DVD..

  14. 5 out of 5

    Charlou

    Bunkers, from Lawrence, truly combines journaling and the art journal concept. She actually writes, journals and then adds her type of messy art. My favorite, journaling about the not so good and then covering it up. Not to hide it or ignore it, but to get out the words and find a place to put them. A way to silence the critic. Purging the words and moving from there. A dvd with time-lapse video of about 4 pages.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gabriella

    I was hoping this book would have more techniques and ideas, but it was mostly centered around prompts. Not bad, but not quite what I was looking for, though I could see myself referencing back to this book at a later date. Also, this book also felt more art therapy-ish than the other art journaling books I've read (a few specific prompts that come to mind that fit that mold: Document Your Joy, Nurture List, and Checking In) - but I liked that about it. I was hoping this book would have more techniques and ideas, but it was mostly centered around prompts. Not bad, but not quite what I was looking for, though I could see myself referencing back to this book at a later date. Also, this book also felt more art therapy-ish than the other art journaling books I've read (a few specific prompts that come to mind that fit that mold: Document Your Joy, Nurture List, and Checking In) - but I liked that about it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This book has a lot of good information for people who want to know what art journaling is all about. It goes into recommended supplies, gives a variety of techniques and also gives a few prompts to get you started. Between the photos, descriptions and the DVD included it was very thorough on the how-to part.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

    This book is awesome. I've read several art journaling books and this one is the best by far. I had been wanting to try art journaling for well over a year. I read this book in one sitting and started on my very first art journal page that day. The dvd is inspiring as well. This book is awesome. I've read several art journaling books and this one is the best by far. I had been wanting to try art journaling for well over a year. I read this book in one sitting and started on my very first art journal page that day. The dvd is inspiring as well.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ilse

    Great introduction on art journaling: good info on the materials you could use and the techniques. Lots of pictures and nice layout. Also great examples by Traci herself and the dvd works as great inspiration! Recommended to anyone interested in art journaling.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ariestess

    This book has so many fascinating options for art journaling, it was almost too much for me to take in. And I never even touched the DVD with it! Definitely plan to use some of these techniques in the future...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    This is a wonderful book for people wanting an introduction to art journaling. She discussed different material options and her favorites. Also she includes step-by-step tutorials and prompt ideas for making the pages.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Good layout with chapters based on specific prompts and directions on how to carry out the techniques shown in the related examples. A good book if you want writing/journaling prompts and some artistic ideas to go with them.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Viv JM

    This is a great introduction for would-be art journallers. Lots of informative and inspiring pictures, plus prompts to get you started. Recommended!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Powell

    So thorough and clear. Love the illustrations an the step by step directions are great. Super dvd with it really helps too!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Matriarchy

    A 50th birthday present to myself. I enjoy following Bunkers' blog. A 50th birthday present to myself. I enjoy following Bunkers' blog.

  25. 5 out of 5

    LoriAnn Kocialski

    I would not mind having this book! GREAT ideas!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Blackbook

    Xmas gift. Good intro to creating art journals.

  27. 5 out of 5

    MyOnly

    Great source for people who may not be "artists" but still want to journal creatively. Great source for people who may not be "artists" but still want to journal creatively.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sonya

    I enjoyed this book and love the pages of color. Traci does a great job of creating a lot from little and her ideas for journal pages with layers, scraps of paper etc. is truly unique.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Angie crosby

    This was a very inspirational book on art journaling. If you are looking for something to inspire you to create, try this book

  30. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    LOVED this book! Bunkers shares her techniques and they are beautiful and inspiring.

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