Friday, March 25, 2011

The Elemental Journal


The Elemental Journal by Tammy Kushnir is a newly released book from North Light Books. I received a review copy from the publishers and have thoroughly enjoyed looking through its pages.

The Elemental Journal: Composing Artful Expressions from Items Cast Aside


This book offers a unique take on journaling in several ways. While many books of this type focus on content, The Elemental Journal focuses on structure. Tammy takes the reader through 15 different journal stuctures and presents step-by-step written instructions and step-out images so that anybody can recreate the designs. The instructions are clear and basic enough for the beginner but allow for enough creativity and variation to satisfy the more seasoned book artist. The projects are organized by material, with sections on wood, plastic, paper, fabric, and metal. And for all the lovers of found objects and believers of being green, many of the supplies she uses are repurposed and recycled. Threaded throughout the book are also several galleries of journals created by many well known artists.
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GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader can win a copy of The Elemental Journal. For a chance to win, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post by Thursday 3/31. The winner will be on announced on my Facebook page on Friday 4/1. Please be sure I have your email so I can contact the winner directly. Good luck!

64 comments:

Tammy said...

Would love to win. Looks like a great book.

Jill Zaheer said...

Hey Seth, Looks like you are the "go to" person for book reviews and so rightfully deserved. Interesting that The Elemental Journal focuses on structure. So great that step-out images are included along with all different mediums including found objects. Thanks so much for sharing this book with us!

rebeca trevino said...

I don't know how you do it Seth . . . the book sounds great, but it's kool being part of your 'sphere'.

An Artaholic @ Swallowcliffs.blogspot.com/ said...

I try not to buy techniques books anymore. I would have to build a new book shelf if I did! I would, however, love to buy this book as it sounds like activities I would love to do! Thanks for the information Seth... (from your rural old follower) lol

AnnaB said...

It looks like a fabulous book! I would love to win. Thank you for having the giveaway!

Debrina said...

Very generous of you, Seth. Looks fab! And if you love it, well, I can't go wrong, can I!!

apaperbear said...

Thank you Seth for giving this wonderful opportunity. The book looks wonderful!

Kim Palmer said...

Yay, at last a book that focuses on structure! Count me in please!

Wendy said...

Ooh...I'm a bit obsessed with craft books. I know it's not in keeping with Pam K's idea of concentrating on ONE type of craft instead of dispersing your energy into a bunch of crafts, but I can't help it! I love to learn all sorts of new techniques. I just won't try to specialize in all of them :) I promise :) wnerman (at) hotmail (dot) com

lyle baxter said...

seth, I'm trying to limit my book buying, but this sounds like a different approach! it has my curiosity! please put my name in the pot!

Dyche Designs said...

Love the idea that it focuses on structure, sounds like an interesting read.

MrCachet said...

Put my name in the hat please, but since my journal ends up on the wall a page at a time - if I win - draw again!

Rebecca said...

Oh this sounds amazing! Thanks for this great opportunity. :)

CherylConnell said...

cool - I havent heard of this yet - looks good.

Cheryl

Karin Bartimole said...

Nice Seth, thanks for the opportunity - looks like a cool book to be inspired by!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Add me in~~I may not win, but the book looks quite interesting! Thanks for posting this!

XXOO~~
Anne

Svetlana said...

Another great give away. It would be nice for a change to win something insted of buying. Thanks for the new opportunity.

Mackin-Art said...

Thanks for all of your reviews, I'd love to win!

Annie said...

Hi Seth, Please can you add my name to the hat? This title is enough to grab me - sounds like the theme of my life..... I haven't commented on your blog recently, but I still read your posts. Hoping all is going well for you. Ax

Lorna said...

Looked through this on Amazon & I will be adding it to my wish list. It would be even more fun to win it! Thanks for the chance.

Judy Wise said...

yes indeed, right up my alley. thank you for this opportunity. xo

Jonna said...

This book looks very interesting. Keeping my fingers crossed.

nacherluver said...

Thanks for the chance to win.

:p

bohemiannie! art said...

Sounds like a great book!

Lisa said...

a very sweet little book with a crisp and fresh layout...thanks for the review.

iHanna said...

Haven't read or seen this one, I'd love to win! Thanks Seth. Have a lovely weekend!

Cindy H said...

Looks like a great book. I'd love to win!

Deb's Artful Journey said...

I LOVE to make books! This book has some wonderful structures and guest artists. It looks great! Thank you for the opportunity to win it.

magpie said...

cool. a possible fix! my book habit will not be quenched. my shelves, my floor, and all the surfaces in my apartment want to have an intervention... and still i go to strand, and still i click on amazon...

patq said...

what a wonderful book to win. Please add my name. patq

Mary K. McGraw said...

Sounds like a great book and it would be fabulous to win.

Folk Heart said...

Here's my hat. Could you please toss it in the ring? Thanks so much!

keron lee said...

WOW Seth - another great give away - thanks for the chance to win another great read xK

Lay Hoon aka mescrap said...

I'm so curious and love to see what is inside the book.
Thank you.

Anne Bagby said...

Seth, I always enjoy visiting your blog! I checked out your studio today, cool!

Your are an inspiration to us new bloggers. Put my name in the hat, I love books and would enjoy this one.

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

Yes please! This would be a wonderful book to own I'm sure. Lucky you being able to pour over so many fabulous books!

bockel24 said...

Oh, I´d love to win! Looks like an interesting book.

Marit said...

I hardly use structure in my journals, and I would love to challenge myself doing it - this book could give me the push in another direction! Thanks for the opportunity to win it Seth, you are a darlin'! (PS I'm not on facebook, but you have my e-mail adress or can find it on my blog)

Julee said...

Count me in please! I don't tend to look in this section at the book store because it's overwhelming! But I would love to win this one! Thanks for the generous offer! ghkmom@aol.com

Julie Shackson said...

Looks like another winner! You do find some great books Seth.

ooglebloops said...

Wow!! Put my name in the hat!!! Sounds like an interesting how-to book. Have a great weekend!

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

This looks like a very unusual book!! It seems that I've been collecting "how to" books on journalling, but haven't actually done any work on them. I like "green", so if I win this one, there's always a possibility that I will actually do some work on them. LOL! If I win, you can find me through my profile.

lizzie said...

wow cool looking book. i love book structure. wish i was as good at filling them up.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This sounds like a perfect technique book. Glad you had a chance to review it. Now it's great that you are passing it on to one of us. How awesome is that!

Mary Dean said...

Looks like a great book!

judipatootie said...

Love all these recommendations and giveaways.. this book looks interesting, i would enjoy it I'm sure...judi
julep1940@yahoo.com

donnaj said...

so out of the loop hadn't even heard of this book before-looks very interesting!

Parabolic Muse said...

Well, given that this is my journaling year, I really believe this will take a star position on my shelves.

Thank you!

Robert said...

Sounds like an interesting approach to journaling! I'm going to look it up on amazon and see if I can "thumb" through a few pages. I'd love to add it to my art library! Thanks, Seth, for keeping us up-to-date in the publishing world!

Cheryl said...

This really sounds like a great book - innovative with lots of variety in the materials. And, I LOVE that it is Green! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.
Cheryl.
cheryl@inspirations-studio.com

lindamay said...

Would love to win this book

deb said...

pick me!!

oneartistjournal said...

Win or not, I cannot wait to have this book in my hands. But I'd love to win...lol
XOXOrly

Carol Moore said...

Great book, would enjoy winning!
Thank you for offering the book.

CindyB said...

This book looks like it could provide a lot of inspiration. I'm in! Please drop my name in the hat. Thank you.
eiggam 44 at yahoo dot com

Bonafyde said...

This book looks like a visual and inspiration al feast for the soul. I would love to win it, thank you for the opportunity!

Charis said...

I am always looking for inspiriation and this book looks amazing. Thanks for the chance to win!

tami said...

would absolutely LOVE to win!

Looks wonderful. You are a sweetheart to give it away!

Jukebox said...

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win it.

amyd said...

yes, would love to get a copy of this book - thanks for doing this - and include my name in the drawing!

Lived In Life said...

Inspired AND a chance to win! Thanks for the opportunity.

Anonymous said...

I have about a dozen or so art journaling books- and I've bought many of them thru your recommendation. I'd love to win this but will probably buy it anyway!
Marci B

Wabbit said...

Wow, I hadn't even heard about this book! I'd love to win as I always enjoy books on binding and making books. And thanks for all the eye candy on your blog!

Jackie said...

Already on my want list! Thanks for the chance to win. :>)