North Light Books has provided me with a review copy of Alternative Art Journals: Explore Innovative Approaches to Collecting Your Creativitywritten by Margaret Peot and released this past September. There have been many books focused on journaling but, as the subtitle for this book suggests, Alternative Art Journals looks at this hot topic from a fresh perspective.
The book is divided into 8 chapters and also includes a gallery section and a short list of additional sources on art journaling. Chapter 1 focuses on journaling in the traditional book format and includes some interesting step-by-step tutorials to create textured and distressed backgrounds. The remaining 7 chapters introduce alternative approaches to art journaling and combine step-by-step instructions and diagrams/photos with completed samples. Just some of the non-traditional formats include envelope journals, card set journals, scroll journals, Tibetan work structures, accordion journals, correspondence journals, box journals, photo album journals, tag journals, and charm journals.
The main focus of this book is on creating these innovative journal structures but more is included as well. Sidebars throughout the book introduce tips, ideas, historical information, prompts, and other bits and pieces of info to help you think outside the box when it comes to journal making. The gallery includes some beautiful examples of journals, all of which were created by the author.
One lucky reader will win a copy of Alternative Art Journals. For a chance to win, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post by end of day December 14th and be sure to include your email address so I can contact you. The winner will be chosen randomly. Good luck!