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The Decorated Journal [Hardcover]

Gwen Diehn
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Book Description

9 July 2005
This follow-up to the same author's Decorated Page (ISBN 1-57990-299-5) offers even more great ideas for beautifying a personal journal: more breathtaking photographs to inspire, and more smart (and simple) ways to endow even the artistically timid with confidence. This book simply brims with suggestions and instructions. * Find out about the wealth of contemporary supplies, from papers and adhesives to paints, pens, and pastels. * See how to create the actual journal from scratch, including a quick-to-do Three Minute Pamphlet. * Use the tips for customising a shop-bought book that could use a little flair, such as adding pockets, inserting tabs, or adorning the cover. * Build layered pages, take advantage of the creative potential of transparencies, and more. * Sidebars and images of actual journals add to the fun.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books,U.S. (9 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579906516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579906511
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 22.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring! 16 Sep 2008
By Henny
Format:Paperback
I'm sooooo pleased I bought this (and her next book too) it's just what I needed to get the creative juices flowing.
Really clear suggestions and what materials to use etc etc. Lots of juicy pictures to get you reaching for whatever media takes your fancy.
If you want to start journaling (and want to express your thoughts creatively) for whatever reason this is a great book to show you how.
I now don't just want to journal in a personal diary type way I want to do ones on millions of other topics too.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Opened new doors.... 4 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
I found this a great source of information on materials, media, techniques etc. with the unexpected reward of opening up a whole host of new horizons to cast my mumblings towards.

It's not a step by step guide by any means and neither was I looking for such; there are other publications offering just such when and if required.

If, however, you are looking for a foundation in "journal Friendly"; paper types, inks, paints, adhesives and the like, lavishly garnished with the work of others then ADD TO BASKET and you won't be disappointed.

Now, where are those water brushes....
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good first book for journaling 25 May 2010
Format:Paperback
Bought this as a first book for journaling. Good range of ideas that can be adapted or expanded. Bought alongside Sue Roddis' Handmade Decorative Books which has good info on construction of various book styles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book 5 Jan 2010
Format:Paperback
I absolutely love this book - it is a constant inspiration for me. I read it nearly every day and always become motivated to do something different for my journal. It is not that it is so unique or original, just written in an informative and attractive style to inspire self-confidence in the less imaginative and less gifted artist such as myself. It also has very good sections on materials, especially paints, and excellent sections on presentation ideas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 6 Mar 2012
By Mrs
Format:Paperback
Lots of wonderful ideas and advice with beautiful pictures. I bought this book on a whim but was very pleased when it arrived. I now find myself far more confident with my journals and am reducing the pile of very nice but very empty sketch pads and notebooks that I just can't resist buying. They are now filling up with entries and photographs spurred on by Gwens sensible and supportive advice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The very good book on the subject 28 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback
I love this book. It explains methods and techniques for creating sketchbooks and journals as well as having inspiring ideas. It details different tools and equipment, (paint, inks, pencil etc) shows how to adapt shop bought journals and then shows how to make a couple of simple hand bound books.

I was surprised that some reviewers gave it only 3 stars, but I suppose everyone has their own personal taste. I have 4 books on journal making and this is by far my favorite.
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