The Elemental Journal: Composing Artful Expressions from Items Cast Aside [NOOK Book]

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Create Expressive Books from Salvaged Treasures

Rusty doorknobs, cardboard containers and plastic packaging may seem like trash to some, but through the creative mind, they are transformed into beautiful expressions - equally parts artful book and assemblage. The Elemental Journal will show you how to craft a wide variety of journals to hold your secrets or express your inner thoughts, and discover new ways to...

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The Elemental Journal: Composing Artful Expressions from Items Cast Aside

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Overview

Create Expressive Books from Salvaged Treasures

Rusty doorknobs, cardboard containers and plastic packaging may seem like trash to some, but through the creative mind, they are transformed into beautiful expressions - equally parts artful book and assemblage. The Elemental Journal will show you how to craft a wide variety of journals to hold your secrets or express your inner thoughts, and discover new ways to use wood, paper, fabric, plastic and metal in your art.

Peek inside The Elemental Journal and you will find:

  • 15 stepped-out journal projects made from unusual materials and found objects, from tree bark to dismantled photo albums to tin boxes.
  • Tips for seeking out materials for your journals in flea markets, garage sales, and in your own attic or trash can.
  • Inspiring gallery projects from 9 contributing artists, including Susan Tuttle, Jen Osborn and Jill Berry.
One artist's trash is another's treasure. Discover yours with The Elemental Journal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440315138
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 2/11/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • File size: 27 MB
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Meet the Author

Tammy Kushnir is the author of Wedding Journals and Keepsake Gifts (Quarry), and an Artist-on-Call for Stampington. Her work has been published in numerous Stampington magazines as well as Card Trends magazine. She is a contributor in the books Art Journals and Creative Healing by Sharon Soneff (Quarry) and 1000 Handmade Greetings by Laura McFadden (Quarry).

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Meaningful Materials

    Book artists and art journalers alike will find not only thought-provoking prompts for making books with personal meaning, the gorgeous photography in this book speaks volumes. There are still several projects I wish to try and I love that the materials are simple and easy to find.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    Beautiful Book!

    The Elemental Journal, by Tammy Kushnir, is about making little journals or sketchbooks from items that are normally considered trash. I was amazed at the variety of materials used and the beautiful creations that resulted. I go through stages in life when I like to journal, but I've never thought outside the box like this. There are five sections: wood, plastic, paper, fabric, and metal. All of these just awe me! Journaling in 3-D is such a new concept for me! Besides the author's own creations, there are nine other contributors to the book. Then you have the list of resources in the back which will keep me busy searching the internet for some time to come! Now I have to decide which project I want to start with. Will it be the one with tree bark or blocks of wood? Maybe the gelatin mold - that one amazes me! Or how about the one that uses the plastic case that your camera's memory card came in? I never would have thought of that! I think I'll have to start with one made of fabric. That is the medium most comfortable for me. Then when I'm feeling a little more artistic, I'll try some of the wilder ones. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Posted May 14, 2011

    Great Idea Book

    The Elemental Journal by Tammy Kushnir, is a beautiful step-by-step illustrated guide on making keepsake journals using items that many people would consider as "junk" and even toss aside. I got this book as a book-review blogger for Booksneeze. Taking the time to look for items, and using the inspiration from the book, you can use the guide to make wonderful little journal that will give cast-aside items a new life. The book details wonderfully how to make a variety of different journals from materials that can be found laying around the house or the back yard.
    Even though I knew that this book wouldn't have as much Christian content as many others I decided to review it as an art teacher and as an enthusiast. I found myself thinking of ways to reproduce the items mentioned in the book and also adaptations that I could make to the ideas as well as how to incorporate them into my art lessons. Often all one needs for inspiration is a few examples and ideas and this book does a great job of offering them.

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    Trash to Treasures

    The Elemental Journal by Tammy Kushnir gives you a step by step for 15 fun projects. A book of artful expression from items cast aside. It is very interesting to see the elements used in different projects. The book shares five chapters of differently used elements for projects. (wood, plastic, paper, fabric, and metal) Kushnir asks where do you find your inspiration? Inspiration gives you reasons to create. Through out this book you will find pictures and how to that will give you the inspiration to dig through your trash, go outdoors and search and sit down and create a project.

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  • Posted May 1, 2011

    Primitive Upcycled Craft Ideas

    Each of the 15 included projects included in this book feature step by step color pictures of creating your projects, so you'll know exactly what you are doing as you create your project. The instructions are clear, and easy to follow, with a materials list, as well as a complete tools list for each project, so you are not fumbling around mid-project when you realize you are missing an important component to your project. The projects included in this book such as a Mini Memory Book, a Door Box and others are more in the rustic vein. Most of the projects can be completed in a single afternoon by even a novice. At the end of a book is a resource guide, with recommended sources (including websites) where you can purchase some of the items such as the papers used in the projects. Now while the author calls these projects "journals" - they aren't so much journals in a traditional sense - that is, you're not really writing your day to day thoughts in them. Rather they are but a stitch in time, a snapshot of the emotions you might be feeling at the moment you are making your projects. They could be used as a building block to create more traditional "journals", if you feel creative, but I'd call these more display pieces than functional items. If you - or the giftee - isn't into the primitive, country, or reclaimed look, then this project book is probably not for you. Note that I received a copy of the book for free in exchange for sharing my honest opinions of it.

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  • Posted April 30, 2011

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    Very lovely book!

    Do you like to do crafts? I sure do. This book contains over 15 uniquely designed crafts, with incredibly easy to understand instructions. Are you Eco-conscious? This book is for you too! Barely any of the craft supplies used are new. Many are used from a thrift store, your backyard, or even you house! This book helps you find a new way to use everything from polaroid photos to old towels! This book is perfect for a liberal, Eco-conscious girl. While it contains some beautiful bohemian crafts, it also contains a few odd crafts such as "Graven" and a couple other peculiarities, it contains some wonderfully lovely home decoracions.
    What did I think of it? I thought it was beautifully designed, with some stunning pictures! With a lovely bohohemian/vintage look to all of the crafts, except for a couple which I believed were somewhat, eerie. The entire book, though beautiful, was not quite what I expected. It had a grave, solemn atmosphere to it. I didn't enjoy the amount of, earth-worship if you will. I have come to expect a bit more from Tommy Nelson. Some of the supplies are a tad harder to find anywhere, but it sincerely depends on your necessites and quality value. Overall, I did find it a strikingly designed manuscript, with only minimal dislike.
    P.S. Tommy Nelson gave me this free book to review, regardless of my disposition on the book :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2011

    Cute Book

    Since I really enjoy any books dealing with crafts, scrapbooking, and decorating, I knew I would enjoy The Elemental Journal by Tammy Kushnir. The craft book looks at different elements that can be found around your house, outside, or at any location. These items range from wood and paper to plastic and fabric. Each chapter has 4 different types of journals to make, and contains a list of materials and tools necessary to make the particular journal. Then, step by step pictures, which are illustrated, lay out how the particular project is made.

    If for nothing more than the photos, I loved this book. Sometimes I find myself drawn to artsy books, but unable to recreate the crafts within the book. This is not the case with The Elemental Journal. The items required to make the journals can be found anywhere, and the instructions clearly lay out how the project is made.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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    Posted May 2, 2011

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