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September 2013



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Working on the bibliography/resources for the new North Light book...

... on keeping an artist's journal is quite a challenge!  I'm only listing those books I actually own and have chosen to keep in my personal library because they've meant a lot to me and I enjoy going back through them.  

I've been digging through the stacks, and here's the first section, with brief comments.  I am SO hoping I'm not forgetting something--but there will be more to come!  (The ones with the asterisks * are those I am fairly sure I remember mentioning in the book...but my memory's a bit of a leaky sieve, so no promises!)

* My friend Hannah Hinchman’s A Life in Hand, Creating an Illuminated Journal (Gibbs Smith, Utah, 1999) remains my all-time favorite book on the subject.  It literally changed the way I kept my journals, though I had been journaling for 20 years, at that point.  Don't miss it!

Less how-to are Hannah's other books, which I'll feature in an upcoming post!

Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You by Clare Walker Leslie and Charles E. Roth is a classic. (Storey Publishing, LLC; 2 edition 2003)  (Of course all of Clare's books are...)

Gwen Diehn is a terrific resource.  Her newest, Live & Learn: Real Life Journals: Designing & Using Handmade Books is fun and inventive, as well as informative.  (Lark Books, 2010)

* The Decorated Page: Journals, Scrapbooks & Albums Made Simply Beautiful (Lark Books, 2003) and The Decorated Journal: Creating Beautifully Expressive Journal Pages (Lark Books, 2006) are Diehn’s earlier offerings–both have a permanent place in my personal library.  The second was a gift from kateslover , which makes it doubly important to me!

* Danny Gregory’s Everyday Matters (first edition, hardcover, Princeton Architectural Press; 2003 and paperback from Hyperion, 2007--this links to the newer paperback) and  The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to Be The Artist You Truly Are (Hyperion, 2005) have inspired thousands.  Give them to someone who doesn’t think they’re creative or has a fear of white paper!

An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers
was a group project Danny organized--it's a wonderful resource.  I was included–and in great company!  (HOW Books, 2008)

Natureworks Press offerings from Irene Brady are down-loadable, online–a terrific buy and lots of choices.  http://www.natureworkspress.com/  Irene’s excellent Illustrating Nature; Right-brain Art in a Left-brain World (Natureworks Press, 2004) is also available in bookstores, nationwide.

I love the cover Irene did!

1,000 Artist Journal Pages: Personal Pages and Inspirations
by Dawn Devries Sokol (Quarry Books, 2008) includes work from many wonderful journal keepers–including Laura Frankstone, whose work appears in many sections of my upcoming book.  (Publication date is spring of 2011, by the way!)

You can click on any of these live links for much more information...


Re: new book

Hi Annie! The book grew out of the CD, which I wrote to use with the online classes, so there will be some stuff the same, but a LOT more art and a whole new section. I invited 27 artists to be part of the book project, so I have their work and quotes as well. Adds immeasurably! I think they complement eachother...the CD has a huge section on designing your pages that we didn't use in the book. Cut that way back...