Creative Wanderlust: Unlock Your Artistic Potential Through Mixed-Media Art Journaling Techniques

Quarry. Aug. 2023. 128p. ISBN 9780760381434. pap. $24.99. CRAFTS
In her debut book, art instructor Avery invites readers to explore and enhance their creativity through the practice of art journaling. Drawing upon lessons shared in her online journaling course, the author gives practical, step-by-step advice on how to get started, discussing topics such as color theory, composition, and the characteristics of various papers and paints. There is no lengthy list of required supplies. Instead, the book tells budding artists to use mixed-media materials that they may already possess and includes easy instructions for making journals from old books and scrap papers. Using examples from her own life, Avery demonstrates how art journaling can aid mindfulness and emotional healing. The book also indicates with its prompts, instructions, and encouragement for experimentation how readers can conquer their perfectionist tendencies by focusing on the process, rather than the finished product. This book, with its colorful photos of the author’s workspaces, supplies, and project examples from fellow art journaling instructors, is as visually appealing as it is instructive.
VERDICT An exuberant introduction to art journaling for self-expression and well-being.
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