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Artists' Journal and Sketchbooks: Exploring and Creating Personal Pages [Paperback]

Lynne Perrella
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2 Mar 2007
Describes techniques on creating personal pages using a variety of materials, including fabric, found objects, memorabilia, and fibers.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers Inc. (2 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592530192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592530199
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.3 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lynne Perrella is a mixed-media artist, author, graphic designer, and illustrator. Her interests include collage, assemblage, one-of-a-kind books, and art journals. Her work has been published in numerous books and magazine articles, including "Collage for the Soul: Expressing Hopes and Dreams Through Art" (Rockport Publishers, 2003). She is on the editorial advisory boards of "Somerset Studio" and "Legacy magazines." She conducts creativity workshops at various venues and exhibits collage in galleries throughout the Berkshire Mountains. Lynne owns and operates Acey Deucy Rubber Stamps. Her catalog of designs features her original illustrations and collage compositions, which are available as quality rubber stamps. She lives with her husband, John, in Columbia County, New York.

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Where to begin? Art journals are something that we create for ourselves alone-not merely a self-indulgent activity, but something worthwhile, important, and vastly creative and self-revelatory. Read the first page
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very inspiring book 16 Jun 2004
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I love this book. It's got a lot of great and useful information, it's beautifully visual and it really packs a lot into its pages. Since buying this book a couple of months ago, I've referrred back to it again and again. Every time I look at it I see something I hadn't seen before, which invariably sparks dozens of new ideas. Thanks for getting me out of an artistic rut, Lynne!
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100 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't rave on about this book enough! 17 May 2005
This book is top of its class! This a book that you'll want to digest inside and out! It is full of inspiration, colour, techniques, and a wow factor it will just inspire you each time you open and flick through it time after time after time! I love this book, I have quite a number of books on art journals and book art and this is the winning one! You will want to dig your teeth deep into a project the moment you put this book down! Every time I flick through this book I find a new 'discovery' every single time. Go do yourself a favour now go beg, borrow or steal this book because you will need to have it! :)
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great inspiration 18 Aug 2004
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Its only after i read this book that i really knew that i wanted to make art journals. The pages show so many creative options and give you so much inspiration for your own work, you'll be dying to try out new ideas straight away. Its a great book, especially if like me you're really into art, and want to open up to as many new ideas as possible. Art journals are a great thing, and i will always be taking one on holiday with me where ever i go. soon i hope to travel, and i cant wait for the end result of the journals then.
A must have book. If not to work from as a guide then to give you an insight to new ideas, and the great work that many artists are involved with.
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131 of 136 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A triumph of decoration over content 26 Feb 2007
By V. Tapp
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I ordered this book on the strength of the rave reviews on Amazon and was rather disappointed. Although several artists are represented, there is basically only one style: that on the front of the book. If you like this, you'll love the book, and I won't deny it is beautifully produced. However, all it seems to be about is cramming as much decoration onto one page as possible: ribbons, buttons, stencils, washes, poems, individual letters etc. This is all in the contemporary scrapbooking style, and to me seems to be more about decoration than exploring different artistic ideas or keeping a real journal. The pages scream: "Look, I'm a really creative, funky person." But what have vintage photos and shreds of old sheet music really got to do with keeping a journal or sketchbook? I thought a sketchbook was about recording what we see around us. Evidently not. Interestingly, like the scrapbooking genre, this seems to be by and for women only; not that I'm against such things in principal (I'm into patchwork), but it does seem somehow very girly and overly pretty.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
This is the best book I have ever seen for inspiration, tecniques and ideas in sketchbooking, and I think I have seen them all!!
This should get your juices going if you want to create great journal pages or looser artwork.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book made me feel like an artist 6 Feb 2005
This book is the first book about paper crafts I ever bought, and even thought I've always been creative (writing, knitting, sewing and decorating stuff) it's not until I started to do collages in Perrella-style that I've really been feeling like a true artist! It’s so cool!
Before I started I read Lynne Perrellas book for about 2 weeks, browsing, looking, and wanting to try her collage techniques. This must be it! It is so marvellously fun and amazingly easy to do. Just start with some magazines clippings - and glue! Cheap, easy, fun and not to time-consuming. I love it!
The tips in this book are very clear and easy to follow, weather it's about adding different painted backgrounds, finding pictures to use or how to make a beautiful cover, this books gives you lots and lots of great information and tips. Nothing is a "must" everything is for fun and to learn to express yourself through colour and abstract art. Or not so abstract if you add your own thoughts, words, photos and paintings that you yourself can understand and appreciate.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to express themselves in journal/artistic form! If you haven’t tried to tell your story with some collage and paint, now is the time. The pictures in this book are like sweet candy and the inspiration I've gotten is the best ever!
Thank you Lynne, I'm so looking forward to your next book!
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational 25 April 2005
I adore this book. I found inspiration on each page and it has become a valuable teaching aid. Would recommend it to anyone who is looking for exciting projects for themselves or for those of you that teach art, graphics and illustration. A valuable addition to anyones collection
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected 4 Feb 2009
I should have read all the reviews first and thus feel I really do need to offer mine.

The book is high quality and contains stunning examples of Art Journals - and Art Journals and Art Journals - which, when all said and done, is what it says on the front cover.

There are fine photographic examples of journal types, methods to "dress" your journals and suggestions for hand made books - however little in the way of techniques and materials required or used to attain such.

There are 4 double spread pages dedicated to a technique making use of "slide mounts" (as in photographic slides) outlining over 60 individual examples with a "life-size" image and supporting text. A good technique but it does seem to dominate the section somewhat.

If you're an artist and want to unleash your creativity into a regular journal, then this will, I'm sure, start you on a journey.

If you're a journal keeper, experienced or on the brink, then this may not be what you're looking for ... yet.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars OK, but not what I had wanted.
Not really what I was looking for. Bought it for my sister, who is an artist, and it was a little low-level. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Harriet Lloyd
1.0 out of 5 stars Hated it.
Such a copy and paste job from various Wikipedia pages.

I was looking for a book for my college studies.

Not recommended. Very disappointing.
Published 7 months ago by Mark Ritchie
5.0 out of 5 stars Insight and experience
This artist shares her journey into the deep process of art journalling. The process is profound, and she shows the reader sound techniques, whilst at the same time enriching the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
i am currently making my own art journal for uni which is why i purchased this. it has loads of techniques to try and images of how it will looks. Read more
Published 14 months ago by cornishpixie
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy I Bought This
Although I haven't used it yet, just looking through it has stimulated ideas. Look forward to using it though. Would recommend it
Published 15 months ago by margaret1
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring mixed media with actual ideas and helpful hints
in this as in lynne perrella other book Alphabetica you get artists journal pages to inspire you, but unlike most of these types of books that just give you the image of the... Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2012 by L. driver
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational
A great book crammed with photos. With a variety of different artists portrayed this is a book to which one can return time and time again for inspiration.
Published on 28 July 2012 by Lockie
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational
I loved this book. As a practicing artist I am always looking for way to expand my artistic expression and this is really stimulating. Read more
Published on 20 April 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Art Journaling
I think this book is inspirational! Not very many explanations on how to achieve certain results but lots of photographs and descriptions to inspire and delight.
Published on 7 Feb 2012 by Jenny, Copplestone
5.0 out of 5 stars look no further
If you are just starting to learn about "distressing" journals/books etc or are a seasoned artist LOOK NO FURTHER this is the ultimate book for everyone. Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2011 by B. Milburn
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