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A Life In Hand: Creating the Illuminated Journal

A Life In Hand: Creating the Illuminated Journal [Kindle Edition]

Hannah Hinchman
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**Popular Journal Illustrating Book < Redesigned With An Attractive New Cover < & Illustration and Is Now Available In < See Through Shrink Wrap. < **Postponed Till Spring 99"**

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6855 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (30 Nov 1990)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #347,040 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book, though not for Kindle 31 Oct 2012
*Review for the Kindle version*

This book is currently out of print and very difficult to find. If you do find it, it's absurdly expensive.

Having no alternative, I downloaded the Kindle version. Though the book is fantastic, Kindle is not the best medium to experience it. The beautiful layout of the pages is lost and you can't see the coloured pictures clearly in this black&white medium.

If you can't find this book anywhere, including your local library, do get a Kindle version though. It's better than nothing. It is a wonderful book and a must-read for all sorts of creative individuals - particularly those too afraid to express their creativity.

It is a pity this is out of print. It can still be a lovely gift. Please print again and I'll buy a dozen!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blending drawing and writing in journals 22 Mar 1999
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When I bought the first edition of this book several years ago, I went back and bought 6 more copies which I gave to my closest friends. Each felt as I did, that this was a profound book that stimulated creative journal keeping for inner and outer experiences to sharpen every day. I'd long looked for someone who could guide my urges to write and to draw, to stimulate me to put my observations out where I could really grasp them. Hinchman showed me the way with writing and memory exercises which I actually did and enjoyed, basic art technique, encouragement, and the idea that my scribbles and jottings could become a treasured personal record.
41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for anyone who keeps a journal. 4 Jan 1997
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This book has created a nationwide interest in illustrated journal-keeping. It's a friendly, exquisitely illustrated volume from someone who is obviously nature-connected and literate to boot. If you like maps, natural history illustration, or if you are one of those who have always wanted to draw, but don't believe you can....this is the book for you
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Books to Encourage Creativity 1 Aug 2004
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Sky a relaxed blue. Snow shadows have more violet than sky does. At the unfocussed edge of the shadow, an orange penumbra. ~February 1989

A Life in Hand is a book set designed to encourage your creativity. Both books have beautiful covers and the second book is filled with blank pages.

Hannah Hinchman lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where she works as a freelance artist, illustrator, graphic designer, calligrapher, writer and teacher. Her work has appeared in Sisters of the Earth and in Sierra magazine. She now teaches field journal workshops for the Yellowstone Institute. All the drawings in the instruction booklet were taken from Hannah's journals. The last section of this book is filled with Watercolor art and Hannah's calligraphy.

Hannah encourages everyone to begin a journal, no matter what your age or life experience. She explores the magic of journal keeping and brings a new perspective to letter writing. She enjoys word play and stream-of-consciousness writing.

If you want to start a journal, this book set may inspire you and give you ideas for illustrating your observations about life.

~The Rebecca Review
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A readable and useful book for journal writers 17 Jan 2006
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I've read and am reading several books on journal writing, having decided to take on that task in earnest. Often these books are heavily into a kind of exploratory self-analysis of the psychological sort as an aid to figuring out one's personal issues. They can also be lengthy and involved.

But Hannah Hinchman's book is readable, delightfully brief and nicely illustrated with her art work. It covers the field sufficiently but not exhaustively, and provides enough examples from accomplished journalists to give the newcomer models he or she needs to get going in the right direction. And there is constant helpful and practical advice. I find myself going back to it over and over again to remind myself of the fine points of her wise guidance.

If you're new or fairly new to the journal-writing endeavor, I highly recommend this book.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Illuminate your journals 25 Mar 2005
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I had the pleasure of taking a workshop with Hannah in Grand Teton NP, and her love for capturing the beauty of nature is evident in her journals. Illuminating her pages with detailed sketches, her skill at calligraphy and her love of writing will delight other journal keepers and nature lovers. Would have been nice to have had it all in color, but a good read for sketchbook & journalists.
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