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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Alternative Art Journals Book Giveaway

The editors at F + W media were kind enough to send me a review copy of Alternative Art Journals: Explore Innovative Approaches to Collecting Your Creativity, by Margaret Peot.  I anxiously awaited the arrival of the book and it came today.  I love art journals (as you may know) and this book could be a great addition to your resource library.  If you click on the link above you can "search inside the book" at amazon.  There are several "out of the book" type art journals with step-by-step directions, including a box art journal, postcard journal, and scroll.   I like her ideas about using old black and white photographs and her inkblot images are intriguing.  When looking at her website I discovered she is also the author of Inkblot: Drip, Splat and Squish Your Way to Creativity, which I have seen used by other art teachers out in blogland. 

The publishers said I could give away a copy of the book to one lucky reader!

 If you would like a chance to win a copy of the book, leave a comment on this post and answer this question:  Do you teach about art journals/artist books in your classes?


Jane said...

Hi, I´m following your blog, it´s a great resource for ideas :)
I have classes from first to sixth grade. The older children wants to have everything so perfect and I use to show them journaling books to learn them that they can do whatever they will do. It mustn´t be so perfect all the time, they can express themselves in all kind of tecniques.
Sorry for my bad english :)
Jane (from Sweden)

mom2h said...

I am just starting to explore art journaling, and in fact, have your art journal blog ( and a couple of others) placed at the top of my bookmarks to remind myself to seek out ideas. I haven't taught it, but we do a loose version of a sketch diary. I'm hoping once I become more personally familiar with art journaling, to incorporate it in our art lessons. I would love to win the book. I've just started an art journal idea file, and it would be so helpful to add fodder to the file. My first "book base" will be made using some old chipboard alphabetical file dividers (faded aqua!) that I found in a set of metal file drawers I bought at a flea market. Thanks for the chance!

dawn said...

Do you teach about art journals/artist books in your classes?

I introduce the idea of sketchbooks and art journals early on in my 3rd grade classes. They like to use them to doodle during their free-draw times when the others may not yet be finished with a project.

Carol said...

I am not a teacher...just a creative woman on a journey through blogland :0) I do keep an art journal and have helped my grade school grandchildren create their own journals. I will send them themes and we will work on our journals and then share what we have done. It keeps us connected even though we live in different states.

Jennifer Matott (Sigmagirl) said...

I used to teach art to 9th graders (Studio in Art) and we had a required year long project that involved a Visual Art journal. It was a wonderful thing for kids and they enjoyed it! At the end of the year, some had a complete book and some had more than one! They were required to complete 5 pages in 5 weeks using a variety of techniques, tools, and themes. I introduced some composition challenges too. Now, I teach Art K-6 and I do visual journals (more like guided pages in the "Finish This Book" format) on our extra art day (classes rotate on a Friday for 12 weeks of extra art). They love it and have a fun art book to take home. Each year I change up the ideas and themes. Kinders work on developing skills like cutting, gluing, drawing, color mixing, and pattern.

Unknown said...

I am so glad to have found you!
Living just 15 miles west of Madison, I feel like I've discovered a celebrity. I freelance teach at 2 small schools and a large home school group. My favorite thing is journal and book making and I teach some form of it each year. You probably know of the Kohler Art Library in the Chazen? They have an exhibit of artists handmade books.

Unknown said...

sorry, "unknown" is Claudia and my email is


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