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  • Artists' Journals & Sketchbooks

    This book was written by Lynne Perrella in 2004. Since then, Quarry books have published many books about art journalling, but this still remains one of the best, and certainly was a huge inspiration for me when I started.

    Using a wide range of contributing artists, it takes a broad sweep from incredibly messy to very controlled styles, and from the most straightforward book formats to expressive pieces which go well beyond books.

    To begin with, you’ll just want to flip the pages and enjoy the extreme creativity – but this volume offers far more than that; more techniques than you can shake a paintbrush at, including stencils, photocopies, paint styles, transfers, altered photos and slide-mount artwork. But these techniques assume a fair amount of knowledge about materials and general art methods; they aren’t the hand-holding exercises you get in some ‘how to’ books. Also, you don’t get step-by-step guides to the construction of pages, although there is a wealth of interesting detail about the pages which are illustrated.

    If you are completely new to art, then you may find the images lush, but the techniques a bit baffling. If you have done some art before, then you will be inspired and stretched, and will come back time and again to learn more techniques as you become more confident, making this book something you will treasure for years...

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