Take your art journaling to the next level.Each card in this inspiring deck offers an idea to stretch your approach to observing and chronicling the daily events around you You ll learn to harness the power of words what to write about, and what to use to write it , explore extreme photography techniques, focus on the little things in life and discover unusual ways to create a self portrait.Includes 50 cards and a creativity notebook to record your own art journal explorations....
|Title||:||Wide Open: Inspiration and Techniques for Art Journaling on the Edge|
|Publisher||:||North Light Books PAP CRDS edition February 16, 2007|
|Number of Pages||:||64 pages|
|File Size||:||774 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Wide Open: Inspiration and Techniques for Art Journaling on the Edge Reviews
I noticed that there was a 1 star review of "Wide Open...". No offense, reviewer, but clearly you don't have a clue. Yes, the cards in the set are sort of vague -- if you are looking for step-by-step instructions for making something, don't waste your money on this. And, yes, you do need to own... and have some very basic knowledge of... art supplies (again, no offense, but if you've been within spitting distance of an art supply or craft store, then you'll know what gesso is).
I bought this set on a whim, knowing only as much about it as the Amazon description offered. These seem like wonderful journaling creativity boosters! I didn't read all the cards yet, because I want them to be fresh when I use them for prompts. I am already excited to start using this. My sole complaint is that the accompanying journal is not spiral bound. I love the backgrounds provided, but I am less likely to work in a book when it doesn't lay flat and I have to fight with it to keep it open. Plus a spiral binding allows you to leave the book open if something needs to dry. But that is a small quibble, as the star of this set is the creativity cards. They look so great, it might even be fun to collage a few of them right into your journal. I will definitely be picking up a couple more of these as gifts.
This book/card set had a bunch of good ideas for getting creative juices flowing. There were a couple of the cards I decided not to keep, and I actually can't remember why, but I had enough reservation about them, I figured I wasn't required to keep them all in order to benefit from the ones I did appreciate. The card format is a good one for working with one idea/technique at a time (no need to fumble with a whole book, propping it open and getting it into your paint, etc.). Since I do not use photography, I like that the ideas didn't all center on the use of photographs. The book had a number of quotes that I really enjoyed, although I don't think I would ever use the book for its (apparently)intended purpose of being a journal.
When I first ordered it, I thought I would be getting a "book". Instead I got a sturdy and beautifully constructed box containing a deck of art journaling ideas, and a notebook too beautiful to write in. On the front of each card is a journal page loaded with messages, photos, colors, patterns, images, textures, drawings, or a combination of visual & textual elements. Each time I looked at one of these cards, I found something new or different. Written on the back of each card are the author's personal stories/observations, some amusing anecdotes, and desription of different techniques, some for creating new ways of observing and recording daily experiences, some for getting out of mental rut when it comes to not knowing what to write, draw, or even take a picture. And the notebook contained in this box was meant to be written in, but each time I opened the book, the colors started to sing, and I could not bring myself to impose upon these wonderful visual harmonies with my own cacophonic writings, drawings, or collages. Perhaps some day I will have to learn how to work in harmony with these beautiful colors by pulling out and reading one of these cards to help me overcome this hurdle. I am so glad that these deck of cards are not bound together as this format enables me to pull one out randomly so that I can read in my car while waiting for the traffic light to turn green. It's very portable and a great way to utilize our waiting times to improve our observational skills for journaling.
I own most of the books out there on visual journaling. This set is by far the most unique and offers very original ideas on stretching your imagination. I can't say enough good about it. I love the ability to hold Randi's journal page samples in my hand. I was inspired to finally find a use for the magazine "people" images I had tucked away.