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.
I’m struck by the quirky detail.
With words that pull me into the page and leave me with more questions than answers.
Smart, spare pages that remind me of dreams.
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.
karen Cole says
OMG…..I am headed out to the bookstore……..if I can find one. I’m on vacation. Yikes!
I haven’t been here or anywhere in blogland for awhile, but I c an certainly count on you to have something absolutely amazing. You should have a journal book of your own published.
Tough to pick my favorite.
Kristy Christopherson says
really nice stuff! I need to head out and get that book
As soon as I read your recommendation – and saw those blissful pictures of your sister – I knew I would love this book.
It arrived in the post this morning. Needless to say, I am galvanised!
Thank you so much for sharing this marvellous discovery.
ONE LOVE- Heather says
Oh my! I know what I am ordering myself for my birthday gift! Love to see all that you have been up to lately. Always, always uplifting and inspiring!
Loved your pages in this fab book. Lovced your sister’s expression looking at the book! Oddly enough, I bought the same 2 books at the same time….they are both fab!
I have this book in my bag on vacation. Bliss, I tell you, bliss!
Carol Weiler says
I have savored this book from the moment I received it-was smart enough to pre-order it. I have also been so inspired by your journal pages also-wish I had started journaling a million years ago! But it’s never too late!
I have a 1000 Journals, the compilation looks more in-depth and inspiring, I may have to get this too.
Okay, first of all, YOU are one of my favorite journalers. And second, isn’t that book FABULOUS?! I’ve seen it but haven’t bought it, and I am Itching to buy it! Or, maybe the itching is something else. But the point is, if I ever can get going with my journaling, I know this thing is just going to make my brain EXPLODE with ideas!!
Or, maybe something else is exploding. In any case, thanks for these luscious pics.
Ok ok I’m buying the book. After all the great reviews, I feel like I would be a dunce not to!
sister is silly! Can’t wait to see the book.
>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.< ha - exactly! this book is truly a treasure-trove of beautiful and expressive pages. it feels like an oasis whenever i set foot onto your blog, i wish i could live here...
Carla Sonheim says
Oh! I can’t wait to get my hands on that book!
nikki hardin says
I just got my copy and love love love it.
ALL this talent in one handy, carry-all….it’s the bEST summer reading!!
Diane Cook says
Oh, my, MUST get~
YOUR pages are some of my favorites, oh yes they are!
yeah Mary Ann – this book goes with me from room to room – and out and about as well – we do share some faves – esp. M. Huber – I am a big fan of scribbles and unplanned unexpected messiness – love your pages inside of course – and yes – I just open a page anywhere and dream along…
it is yummy!
and a travel journal sequel ???
xox – eb.
Oh yes, I love these books, esp. 1000 Artist, it’s the best one I’ve seen since I start journaling this summer with the examples of pages. I could sit and just gaze on the pages all day long and never get tired of looking at them. Such talented people, including you, are in there. I go back and look again and everything looks new again. 😀 I love the pics of your sister, love her expressions.
I agree! Love the book. I see new things each time I open it. Lots of inspiration there and it doesn’t hurt that a few of my pages are there too. My first time to be published.
Anne, GSOLFOT says
The book contains a generous number of your own journal pages – what a treat that is !!! I agree, Susan, almost as tough as waiting for “Dark Knight”. Fortunately 1000 Journal Pages was released sooner and my copy is already dog-eared. It is almost delicious enough to eat.
susan w says
And yes, our Mary Ann’s work appears in both books. When you first posted the books on your sidebar, I placed an advance order with Amazon ,- could hardly wait (just like waiting for “The Dark Knight”) and was dee-lighted when they finally arrived. The 1000 Journal pages is a weighty volume – but that is no prob for Intrepid M.A. who roamed Italy with seven pounds of journal herself.
I really like your new page design; you spent a goodly chunk of time reorganizing and INDEXING!!! – how kind of you to make the things we search for in back posts available by category. I have more than thrice scoured the past for poems, for food and for the flying monkeys. Periodically I go back in time here to just re-read entries.
Speaking of food – poached egg and avocado with rye toast – the fancy way is a tower: light toast, torn spinach, poached egg, avocado, sharp Cheddar all run under the broiler; the lazy way is avocado with poached on top – salt and pepper and toast to dunk. I am thinking of this because I was carefully avoiding dripping egg goo on myself whilst reading your new post. I almost succeeded.
Stephen du Toit says
My dear, the moment I saw “Authentic, Rich and Interesting”, I thought of YOU – and then realized I was on your blog anyway! I hope that book includes some of your work – a serious oversight if it didn’t.