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Dreaming From the Journal Page

Transforming the Sketchbook to Art

By Melanie Testa

Format: Paperback

SKU# W1809

A unique approach to art journaling, this book moves beyond the process of self expression and meaning-making by providing concrete instructions for developing ideas explored in the journal into actual works of art

The artist's journal is not only a great place to start a library of personal marks, doodles and ideas, but it can also be a forum to experiment and develop ideas for projects that ultimately move beyond the journal page. Here, the reader is encouraged to experiment and play in the journal to try out new directions for creating works of art, while also learning step-by-step techniques for working in a variety of media. The art journal becomes the starting point for bigger projects, with each chapter featuring jumping-off points to show the reader how to progress from the journal to an actual project.

Additionally, three full journal spreads are stepped out, showing the reader how many of the techniques learned previously are layered and worked together. Readers will learn to work out ideas in an art journal by exploring techniques, organizing their memories and creating a personal visual language, thus gaining confidence in developing their ideas into tangible works of art.

SKU W1809
Additional Feature 300 Color Illustrations
Author/Speaker/Editor Melanie Testa
File/Trim Size 8.25''w x 10.88''h
Format Paperback
ISBN 13 9781440314346
Number Of Pages 128

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Techniques New to Me Review by Tonia

I knew this book would have a lot of useful techniques in it, but when I got my copy I was delighted to see so many unusual techniques that I'd personally not seen before. (And by the way, the photography in this book is just beautiful.)

(Posted on 9/19/2013)

Not just for art journalers Review by Jeannie

I am a textile artist, but peek over the fence at the art journalers and wonder how they create such beautiful works of art. Melanie's book has removed the fence, opened the door, and blew out all of the pre-conceived ideas I had about my abilities to create with media other than cloth.
The book is beautiful to read and flows through the process of creating effortlessly. Since purchasing this book, I have drawn, painted, created journal pages, and amazed myself at how one book can change a person's life.
Dreaming from the Journal page is a book that will fit in anyone's library who wants to create more meaningful and personal art. Melanie covers working with both cloth and paper. The ability to use similar techniques and create using a wide range of media is so very freeing. She encourages you to challenge yourself in an inviting manner.
I do not hesitiate to encourage you to purchase this fabulous book and maybe even one for a friend!

(Posted on 6/26/2012)

sure to become the one must have book for art journalers Review by Sue Bleiweiss

This book covers everything you'll want to know about how to begin your art making journey through the pages of your sketchbook. Broken into 5 main categories opening with a chapter on "the what" Melanie starts with a choosing a journal, paints & brushes, pens & pencils, glues and more. You'll find a very helpful chart that cross references techniques with both paper and cloth so you can see at a glance which techniques are compatible with paper or cloth and in some cases both.

Chapter 2 is all about color and she has several fun and easy exercises designed to help you get to know the colors in your paint box and how they interact with each other when mixed. Learn wet and dry techniques for working with watercolor and for those who want to incorporate textiles into their art journaling she has directions for easy low water immersion fabric dyeing techniques that include how to create two color gradations and how to create your own hand dyed color wheel.

Chapter 3 is jam packed with techniques that include working with resists such as frisket and mediums, transfers using tracing paper and saral paper, carving your own stamps and making them from fun foam as well as working with a ruling pen and stencils and more. You'll also find a section on soy wax and how to use it as a resist on both paper and fabric.

There are tips and techniques for drawing covered in chapter 4. She starts with some simple loosening up techniques and learn some easy shading techniques and then moves into some fun and easy drawing exercises that are sure to inspire you to pick up the pencil and start drawing. For those of you who prefer using stitch as your drawn line you'll find directions for using your sewing machine to draw your images on cloth to create stitched outlines you can add color to later using the techniques from Chapter 3.

The last chapter is the "Throw Downs" chapter and it's here where Melanie encourages you to create journal pages rich with imagery and complexity by combining and layering the techniques that she's covered in the first four chapters of the book. You'll find single, double and triple technique challenges that are designed to help take the guesswork and fear out of where to begin and which techniques to combine with each other. The gallery of Melanie's work at the back of the book is rich with eye candy and is sure to inspire.

Melanie has an easy conversational tone that makes the book an enjoyable and engaging read and the entire book is illustrated with clear, bright, beautiful photographs of step by step directions, examples and artwork. This book is sure to become the one "must have" book for art journalers so whether you're a beginning or experienced art journaler I highly recommend adding this book to you personal library!

(Posted on 4/23/2012)

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