My sister and I have both been enjoying back and forth email discussions about our favorite new (to us) visual journalers from Dawn Sokol’s fabulous compilation book. If you are brand new to visual journaling and not sure where to begin, this book will open a wide river of possibilities for you. I would love to have had it when I began my first visual journal. 8 years and 9 visual journals later, 1000 Artist’s Journal Pages is still my favorite kind of art book to look at. No instructions to tangle up my easily knotted and rebellious brain.
Like some of my very own students, I do not like to follow directions. I’m the kid in the class who sticks my fingers in her ears if the teacher makes a helpful suggestion during Art. Or listens politely then does it her own way. Just leave me all aloney on my owny and let me take my own meandering path (complete with blocked roads and false starts) to get there. And if everyone could please not talk while I’m doing it all the better. Please.
And so I present you with my favorite new artists. People I will investigate further online.
All of these pages strike me as authentic, rich, and interesting.
Oh, there are plenty of old favorites in the book too. Pages I could see a thousand times over and not grow tired of looking. A diverse collection for a diverse audience. Each one a brain scan of a different human being.