The Painted Art Journal: 24 Projects for Creating Your Visual Narrative

The Painted Art Journal: 24 Projects for Creating Your Visual Narrative

by Jeanne Oliver


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ISBN-13: 9781440351785
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 58,176
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jeanne Oliver grew up in rural Illinois and now resides in Castle Rock, Colorado. She is inspired by our personal stories, travel and nature.

Jeanne uses art to tell her current stories and those of growing up among gravel roads, cornfields and early life surrounded by open spaces. Through mark making, layers and mixed media, she hopes to convey that we all have a story to tell. Connecting with women and sharing that each of us has been creatively made is one of her passions. Visit her website at

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Tools and Basic Supplies

THE MORE YOU CREATE AND GET TO KNOW how you like to use your tools (and the different ways your tools work on different substrates and mixed with other mediums), the more freedom you will also have in your art and storytelling. Most creatives love to get new supplies and we also want to learn what other artists are using. With any art form we are drawn to the supplies and creativity of those around us whom we admire. I would only caution you to not buy any new supplies mentioned in this book until you first see if something you already have will do the job.

I do not want you to have to run out and buy art supplies that you may not use, nor do I want to confuse you into believing buying art supplies is essential to making art. With most of our projects, if I use a Daniel Smith watercolor stick in Yellow Ochre, you could substitute it with a watercolor pencil, water-soluble crayon or even acrylics in the same color. It is more important for you to use the tools in your color palette and to find the techniques that connect with your style than to worry about using the exact same supplies.

Here are some of the materials you'll encounter frequently in the projects in this book.

Acrylic Paints

Acrylic paints are fast-drying paints made of pigment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion. They are water-soluble, but become water-resistant when dry. There is a wide range of pricing and quality you have to choose from. The nicer the quality of paint, the higher the pigment. Because we are working in art journals, you can get away with a lower quality of paint.

Alcohol Ink, Walnut Ink, Black Calligraphy Ink

These inks bring pigment and transparency to your work. The dropper will allow you to add mark making in a semicontrolled technique.

Carbon Paper

A thin paper coated on one side with a dark waxy pigment, often containing carbon, that is transferred by the pressure of writing onto the copying surface below.

Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artist Crayons

These are water-soluble crayons with beautiful pigments. They blend easily and are a portable alternative to watercolors. These can also be made permanent by mixing with clear or white gesso.


If there is a medium that I am deeply in love with, it is charcoal. This is one of my go-to tools, and I use many varieties. Some of my favorite forms are a charcoal pencil (easy to take on-the-go and not messy), willow charcoal for sketching and warming up, and Derwent XL charcoals for the size, colors and ability to help me get out of my comfort zone and create large. Charcoal is such a versatile medium and can be mixed with water and gesso to bring about different effects.

Coffee and Tea

Listing coffee and tea in the supply section may sound odd, but I have found that both work well for painting and creating layers in my work. It is much more subtle than ink and is readily available. Try different strengths and see how you like it in your work. They are also both wonderful for instantly aging ephemera.


In my art I like to include vintage ephemera from my travels, wallpaper, spines of old books, old tea bags and words cut from magazines and newspapers. I love how the vintage papers bring so much interest and texture into my creating.


White, clear and black gesso are all staples on my table. Each one is a primer coat that you can apply to any substrate (any surface you paint on). Gesso prevents your mediums from absorbing into your substrate and becomes the first layer you build upon. It can also be mixed with different water-soluble mediums, and once dry, it becomes permanent. This allows you to build upon your creation without the layers blending. My favorite brand is Liquitex because of the grit, or tooth, of the clear and the fluidity of the white.


My glue of choice is Liquitex matte medium. It is the only adhesive I use because I have found that it doesn't bubble, and it gives me the best final product. I also use the matte medium to seal collage work and for image transfers. Always use what works for you.


All of the projects shared in this book will be in an art journal or vintage ledger, but you can also create them on canvas, cardboard, wood or the substrate of your choice. If I'm using a manufactured journal, I like to choose a journal that has mixed-media paper or watercolor paper so the pages can take more medium. Some of my favorite store-bought journals are Dylusions by Ranger or Moleskines. Other choices include the handmade journal in Chapter 6, a vintage ledger or old book such as you'll see in Chapter 5 or another store-bought journal.

Laser and Ink-Jet Images

Using your laser printer, print out images of your family, architecture, imagery from your story and more. We will use these images to do image transfers. If you don't have a laser printer, you can go to a local library to make copies of your images. I don't encourage you to go to a copy shop because their toner will be too high quality and your images will not transfer as well. We will also be photographing our work throughout the book and then printing those photos out on a laser or ink-jet printer and using them in other projects. This is a perfect way to use your art over and over again, and each time yields new results. It also encourages you to use sketches and mark making from previous work in your new work.

Linoleum Cutting Tools

Creating your own stamps is so fun in mixed media, and you can create exactly what your mind imagines. This is a fun and relatively easy way to bring your mark making into your work in a way that can be duplicated again and again. Buy a simple beginning set and you will probably find that you will never need to buy more.

Mark-Making Tools

These are tools that you can use in your art to create marks by scratching into dry or wet mediums. Some of my favorite tools are skewers, a craft knife and sculpting tools.

Mechanical Pencil

I bring in a mechanical pencil for mark making, quick contour sketches and journaling. I prefer a .05mm or .07mm lead size.

Natural Fabrics

I like to have different natural fiber fabrics on hand to include in my mixed media and especially my journal making. Muslin, flour sack or cheesecloth are inexpensive and also wonderful absorbers of coffee, tea and rust dyeing.


I have both nice and inexpensive brushes and I am not good at taking care of any of them, so I do not spend a ton on brushes. I use a no. 4 round long-handled brush the most out of all of my brushes for journal and smaller work. If I use different brushes on a project, I will always share the size.

Small Rusty Items

It is time to go through your junk drawers and garage because those rusty items are going to make the most amazing rust-dyeing tools. After you do some rust dyeing, you will never look at rust the same. Look for nails, screws, odd-shaped items and even broken-off pieces. All of it will be useful and will yield unique results.

Soft Pastels

I prefer soft pastels for easy mark making and blending. They are created with pure powdered pigment and a binder. My favorites are hand rolled and higher quality because they will have more pigment and blend beautifully. I recommend purchasing these individually and not in a set, so you get only the pigments you will use.


The Stabilo All pencil is also another tool that is always with me, and there is rarely a piece that doesn't include this versatile tool. The Stabilo comes in many colors, is water-soluble and can write on almost anything (hence, the name). There are pieces that I have "painted" with only a black Stabilo plus water and have been able to create beautiful values and emotion.


Daniel Smith watercolors are my favorite because of the pigment and quality. But I also use the Daniel Smith watercolor sticks, watercolor markers, watercolor pencils and pan sets. Use what you can afford and slowly add to your collection. I buy only the colors I will use and never buy supplies in a set.


The Story

FOR SOME, THE IDEA OF FINDING THEIR STORY can be daunting, and for others, it is clear and exciting. It is a process, and, like anything else worth your time and energy, it may not come easily. Not everyone wants to tell all of their story and there may be parts you skip over. That is as it should be. There may be others who don't know the full extent of their story because of life experiences, and to those I say: Your story can even be imaginary and what you want it to be. Don't let not having all of the facts or having areas that are too painful keep you from telling your story. Honoring your story doesn't always mean telling it as it was. It is honoring you and your process. Be content with what that looks like.

There is not one way to tell your story, and as you begin I believe you will find the process that fits your creativity and personality. I love research, gathering, note taking, collecting and organizing before I begin my storytelling. I pull from many different areas and then keep only what speaks to me the most. I see clearly only when it is all out in front of me, and then my creativity is set so free that it can be hard to rein it in.

When I first began being intentional about my story, it began with simple note taking and sketches. As I was drawn deeper into the research of my story, I began to pull out not only symbolism, imagery, stories and photos, but also emotions and thoughts I had long ignored or forgotten. Each piece — joyful, indifferent or painful — became a treasure. Whether or not I chose to share them, I was still changed. I was remembering and honoring that part of who I am and where I came from.

There is no one way to Tell your story

So, how do you begin finding your story and what you want to include in your art? These are some suggestions to get you started: T here is no one way to tell your story

> Find a quiet place and set a timer for fifteen minutes and write as many things as you can remember about your life. Start chronologically if that is your personality or just write in any order.

> Brainstorm ideas of what you wish you would have done differently in major moments of your life or what you believe were defining moments.

> What imagery can be represented from your story? Some examples of mine are cornfields, farmhouses, dirt roads, farmers, cows and barns.

> If your memories are painful, then come up with the places, moments, imagery, architecture that bring you joy and peace now.

> If you do not have photos of where you grew up or where you are living now, do general Internet searches and begin collecting stories and photos.

> Join a site like to trace your genealogy.

> If you have access to photo albums, go through them and photograph the photos, architecture and imagery you are most drawn to. You can later print these images out to use as reference.

> Take a road trip by yourself or with a close friend and go in search of your story. Make it an adventure! Record your thoughts, take photos, interview friends and family, videotape the journey.


Creative Rituals

HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT HOW CRUCIAL IT IS TO PREPARE your heart, mind and space for creating? For years I ignored this fact and would find myself disappointed with my creative time for one reason or another. Maybe I had only thirty minutes, or it had been a hard day with the kids, or my creativity was at an all-time low, or a million other reasons why our time creating is not treated as sacred and honored. We are busy, and, if you are anything like me, it can be hard to jump back and forth between the different parts of who you are. There was a time when I would skip creating altogether because I was afraid of the failure that would come out of my efforts or lack of time.

No matter what your spiritual beliefs are, I think we all can agree ... Art is spiritual. No matter where you believe the creativity comes from, we know that when we give ourselves the time to connect and create that we are connected to something bigger than ourselves.

My time in the studio changed when I acknowledged the creative force (I believe in the Holy Spirit) and made room. I come into my space and slow down. I put on music that helps me to slow down. I change the scent of the space to slow down. I stretch and breathe and follow a ritual that reminds my heart and mind that I have come to create. I encourage you to develop a creative ritual that lets your spirit know you have come to create. This is no different than stretching before an athletic event or warming up your fingers before a piano competition. It is being intentional with yourself and honoring the time you are about to give ... no matter the results.

Start a Creative Ritual

Here are some examples of ways you can start your own creative ritual:

> Music

> Candles or essential oils

> Notice how you breathe and take deep breaths.

> Speak out loud the work you want to produce that day.

> Meditate or pray.

> Organize your space as you warm yourself up to create.

> Review some of the printable art prompts I have included in the back of the book.

> Begin practicing to warm up with one of the audio art prompts I have included in the links at the back of the book.

> Your ritual can also be jumping jacks and loud music! Whatever connects you with your creative force and reminds your heart, mind and spirit that you are serious about this thing called your creativity!


Gathering Your Story Elements

EACH OF OUR STORIES IS SO DIFFERENT, LOVELY AND BROKEN IN ITS OWN WAY. Being an artist and a very visual person, I enjoy the act of gathering. I like to collect, sort and curate the beautiful things around me. I like to be intentional. It helps me see clearly. Over the years I have found that by gathering and then intentionally sifting through the bits that I have collected that I have come to understand myself better, the art I want to make, the palette that authentically calls to me and even the lines and designs that are waiting for me to reach out and create.

The act of gathering and creating a storyboard will help you narrow down what is really calling to you. As you begin this journey to discover your stories, I believe you will be surprised with all the beautiful and broken parts that make up your story that you may not regularly consider. This exercise gives you the opportunity to pull together the story that is already all around you ... you just need to see it.


Collecting Your Story

Your board will not look like anyone else's, and it is a reflection of whatever you choose to focus on. Your storyboard can be general and include a little bit of everything, like mine, or you can make is as specific as you wish. As you gather for your storyboard, remember: This is just for you.

1 Use whatever space and tools you have on hand to display your board. This will be based upon whether you create a large storyboard or one in your art journal, on cardboard or on corkboard. There comes a time when you need to stop collecting and begin creating. Just like any form of supplies it can become a procrastinating tool if we aren't honoring of the process.

I find the gathering part of this exercise extremely relaxing and meditative, and it is fun to bring together all of these collections.


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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Chapter 1 Tools and Basic Supplies 8

Chapter 2 The Story 14

Chapter 3 Creative Rituals 18

Chapter 4 Gathering Your Story Elements 22

Project 1 Collecting Your Story

Project 2 Displaying Your Story

Chapter 5 Alternative Journal Options 28

Project 3 Setting up a Vintage Rook as Your Journal

Project 4 Hand-Binding a Journal

Chapter 6 Creating a Portable Studio 36

Project 5 Create a Portable Watercolor Palette

Project 6 Assemble a Tackle Box Studio

Chapter 7 Seeing Your Story In Color 44

Project 7 Creating Your Story's Color Paletic

Chapter 8 Mark Making and Symbolism 50

Project 8 Finding Your Marks

Project 9 Alternative Mark Making

Chapter 9 Creating Your Timeline 68

Project 10 Creating Your Timeline

Chapter 10 Gathering a Poem 78

Project 11 Gathering a Poem

Chapter 11 Composition 101 84

Project 12 Composition 101 and Elements of Design

Chapter 12 Your DNA 90

Project 13 Your DNA

Chapter 13 Gathering Your Story 98

Project 14 Gathering a Story

Chapter 14 Secret Thoughts 106

Project 15 Secret Thoughts

Chapter 15 Class Photo 112

Project 16 Class Photo

Chapter 16 Cast of Characters 120

Project 17 Cast of Characters

Chapter 17 Portraits 126

Project 18 Contour Sketch

Project 19 Oil Sticks and Image Transfers

Project 20 Collage

Project 21 Painted Contour Sketch

Project 22 Linocuts

Project 23 Breaking Down a Face

Chapter 18 Beyond the Journal 150

Project 24 Beyond the Journal

Resources 156

Index 157

Dedication and Acknowledgments 158

About the Author 159

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The Painted Art Journal: 24 Projects for Creating Your Visual Narrative 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
KimPr 4 days ago
Jeanne Oliver opened me to a new way of painting to express myself. I found myself exploring different mediums to create a collage that spanned by life this far. I learned how to incorporate a storyboard, which I had never thought to do before. I found the process challenging because I don't consider myself a great painter/artist and learned to show myself grace and love through the experience. The end result was so intimate! I have it hanging in my "special" room and find myself glancing at it often. I know I'll try the experience again and will allow grant myself more patience. That's what I truly learned, you've got to be patient at you go take the journey. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in creating a visual narrative.
Librarian_V_Reader 7 months ago
Librarian: I spent the first few years of my career in the adult non-fiction department of a public library. (That's reference for the more traditional members of the crowd.) This is exactly the type of book that I would have ordered for the 700s section of that collection. It has interesting projects, designed in a way that's easy to follow along with. Reader: I feel like I would get more out of this book if I could paint. Or draw. Or do anything even remotely related to the visual arts. I try, but I'm absolutely awful. The grand extent of my artistic abilities is the creation of library displays. (And even those aren't exactly works of art. Still, this is a lovely book, and I might need to give a copy to my sister for Christmas (she's the artist in the family).
GothykMama 8 months ago
after a BookishFirst sneak peak preview: What an amazing inspiration to launch your creative spark and journal your story! Less concentration on the supplies and more focus on the process is a fantastic push for those who have been held back too long on "rules" and perfection. Your story doesn't have to be perfect and it can be for your eyes only, if that is what you wish. Create and let your soul play freely! If you've been feeling stuck in place and don't know how to begin the process, this is an excellent guide to get you going. If you've been feeling like you need permission or that you must tell it exactly as it was, rest easy, because your story belongs to you, and you alone. You can present it any way you want it, even purely fantasy!
Anonymous 10 months ago
"Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can." -Arthur Ashe This is the underlying theme to this book. When glancing at the title, I assumed this would be an actual journal with some inspiration. But it's really a guide to creating your own. There are projects, sure. But most of what is in this book are jumping off points, little bits and pieces. Quotes and habits, pretty photos and stories to inspire you to make something all your own. A piece of you. But is scrapbook form. I think that this book is more for the beginning artist, someone who isn't sure who they are yet and needs some help getting there, a friendly hand pointing them in the direction of something to inspire them.
Cat Wyatt 12 months ago
I’ve always loved the look of aged art journals. I can’t quite place my finger on it, but I’ve always found them to be aesthetically pleasing. Naturally when I saw The Painted Art Journal I knew I had to give it a chance and read it cover to cover. Jeanne Oliver’s artwork is quite frankly, striking. Like any good teacher (which is what she becomes in this book) she’s gifted and knowledgeable in the subject she’s instructing on. Really there’s no argument about her talent, one glimpse at the artwork inside this book will leave little room for doubt. Jeanne Oliver included an introduction, a basic description of art journaling and her method, as well as dozens of other little tips. Also included is a list of suggested items for us, and how she personally prefers to keep them sorted. I adore these sort of tips, so this was a fantastic touch as far as I’m concerned. The main chunk of the book is broken into twenty four projects, as the title suggests. Each one thematically matches the rest, and it fits in with her art style as well. Here she explains the goal and purpose of the project, gives hints, tips and ideas, and sometimes basic instructions. She’ll also occasionally include specific explanations for how she created a certain effect in her examples. I haven’t yet had a chance to start any of the projects in this book, but believe me I fully intend to. There’s no way I could resist following Jeanne Oliver’s guidance here. So I can promise you this will be getting placed on my desk, to ensure I come back to it very soon.
Kaci1019 More than 1 year ago
The amount of information alone is amazing but the fact that its absolutely gorgeous and laid out beautifully blows my mind. My 12 year old daughter absolutely loves it as well and everything is easily understandable for child and adult alike. I especially love how it has a common theme throughout the whole book and yet itd part is distinctly unique. Even people who do not love or is not really interested in art will absolutely enjoy this book. My daughters art teacher instantly fell in love with it and ordered 30 for her classroom and in my opinion if it is teacher approved then its a damn good book haha She teachers seventh thru ninth grade art and really liked how it was easily understandable for her 7th graders but mature enough for her 9th graders. Its absolutely stunning!!
Kaci1019 More than 1 year ago
The amount of information alone is amazing but the fact that its absolutely gorgeous and laid out beautifully blows my mind. My 12 year old daughter absolutely loves it as well and everything is easily understandable for child and adult alike. I especially love how it has a common theme throughout the whole book and yet itd part is distinctly unique. Even people who do not love or is not really interested in art will absolutely enjoy this book. My daughters art teacher instantly fell in love with it and ordered 30 for her classroom and in my opinion if it is teacher approved then its a damn good book haha She teachers seventh thru ninth grade art and really liked how it was easily understandable for her 7th graders but mature enough for her 9th graders. Its absolutely stunning!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’ve have never bothered to read books like these because I thought it would just be like a textbook. This one isn’t like that. It’s very educational without being really boring. I really like how it has a list of supplies you might need, but the author tells you to check if you have something that would work as a substitution, instead of going out and buying a bunch of art supplies that you may or may not use. They’re are a lot of different prompts you can use to make your own art journal. It tells you how to draw or paint something but you can make it your own. Overall, I think The Painted Art Joural is a great book for someone who’s trying to take that first step in exploring their creative side.
wordsandnocturnes More than 1 year ago
Interesting and detailed guide This book starts off with a lovely lot of pictures and some pages on what to expect throughout this book. I love how the materials are flexible - that meaning how some materials can be replaced instead of using the exact same equipment (it's about finding your own style, you see). I'm the kind of person who always ends up thinking that I need a complete, detailed guide to start anything. From what I've read in this book, there are a lot of lengthy and interesting descriptions, accompanied by wonderful photos that just scream "read on" (really). There are some tutorials, which are really descriptive, and examples are shown, which is undoubtedly important in an art guide! Lovely book so far!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I embroider, rather than paint, and scrapbook rather than "make marks," but Jeanne Oliver's The Painted Art Journal should prove a welcome addition to my studio library nonetheless. Subtitled "24 projects for creating your visual narrative," the book presents a systematic series of lessons in creativity that, with a few substitutions of materials (appropriate to ones own medium: fiber for paint, say, or personal souvenirs for random ephemera) should be valuable across artistic media. Several of the projects look like fun ways to spend a weekend afternoon, and certainly need not be completed in sequence. "Handbinding A Journal" (#4) and "Gathering A Poem" (#11) fit that bill, as well as appearing adaptable for use with young artists, aka children. Oliver encourages artists across disciplines to experiment, make mistakes, make art, emphasizing the importance of just showing up to see what works and what doesn't. The book itself is filled with inspiring quotes and beautiful images presented in a soft watercolor palette on a semi-gloss heavy stock, making each page itself an enticing piece of art. These samples of Oliver's own work and style draw the reader in, prompting an interior dialogue between art and viewer, a dialogue which here must often include the hope, the wish, the compulsion to make art "like that!"
bookscoffeeandrepeat More than 1 year ago
Interesting and creative way of journaling. The design in each of the pages inspires me to recreate the styles I've seen on this book. I highly recommend it!
DoveArt More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful look into Jeanne Oliver's artistic process. The book is beautiful and the practical advice is well laid out. Although the book is organized as a step-by-step guide to creating a personal art journal, I think it is far more valuable as insight into finding your own process by looking at how another artist has organized hers. The author has included plenty of practical advice in terms of tools (she shows her tools but doesn't make them a limitation) and techniques (I loved the explanation of transfers). Rather than take a literal approach, I will be using this book out of order as prompts to find my own way. It is always inspiring to see other artists at work! Thanks to Bookish for providing and ARC in exchange for an honest review.
JeggyPo More than 1 year ago
Unlike any other art journal book, The Painted Art Journal by Jeanne Oliver, is a must get! Jeanne invites encourages and gives a variety of techniques to help one achieve new levels in journaling and beyond. Her approach is from an artist point of view, but not so over the top technical that a novice can practice and improve a piece of work. Jeanne includes 24 projects, supply lists, and references to help one tell his/her story in her/his own unique way. A good read to move beyond the ordinary to the extraordinary. Thank you, Jeanne Oliver, for a fresh new way to journal!
Lucy-C_Art More than 1 year ago
I adore this book! It's an art workshop in printed form and so much more! You can hear Jeanne's voice guiding you along to make the art you have always wanted to make, art that has meaning for each one of us personally. Her project photos are so beautiful, and coax you to create right along with her. I have already started a journal and I am loving it! Thank you, Jeanne! I received an advance copy of this book, and I am so grateful for it! It was written from her heart, and speaks right to my own.
Maertel More than 1 year ago
THE PAINTED ART JOURNAL offers a focused alternative to traditional written journals and diaries. Author Jeanne Oliver inspires readers of all ages and artistic abilities to let their art evolve and sing out as their memories of fun and challenging times, as well as their deepest feelings, grow into creative expression. New and old experiences can emerge in unexpected, exciting, and eclectic patterns. With gentle guidance, reader/artists are lead to combine a variety of materials, styles, equipment, techniques, and approaches to enhance their emerging creativity, often beyond their original expectations. The book's striking photographs and related quotations will inspire even the most casual readers to consider searching their homes for basic materials and equipment to make a strong foundation for exploring art, memories, mind, and feelings. THE PAINTED ART JOURNAL builds its concept from the beautiful A LIFE IN HAND, Creating the Illuminated Journal, by Hannah Hinchman. For future editions, diversity in the examples shown would be welcome; otherwise the audience will be quite limited.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This little Journal book is so adorable!!! It was super fun to flip through. The imagery is so beautiful and the layout is breathtaking. It has given me a lot to think about when it comes to my approach as an artist. With this book I think it’s going to give me a lot more confidence when it comes to painting. It gives lots of helpful tips and tricks! I am definitely going to be sharing this book with my whole family! As soon as the book came in they were all eyeing it!!! I also really loved the way the author wrote it all out. It’s clear and very easy to understand. I definitely recommend this book for a beginner artist or even an experience one! It’s never a bad thing to get some insight from another artist! Check this book out!
Julie Ringenbach More than 1 year ago
“Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.” I think that this quote can summarize this book, or at least the first 28 pages. Jeanne Oliver creates in this book a safe place for anyone. There is a total freedom and acceptation, indeed she introduces many tools that can be used; and she does not force you to use the one she likes. Art should always work like that. Art Journal allows you to open up maybe? Or/and even to accept yourself? For example the first project "Displaying your story" can be hard, because you have to do research on your past, present and future. And I think that if you do it right, you have to create art out of good and bad memories. For me the hard part was to find a way to convert my experience into a board and to accept it.
BookCoholic More than 1 year ago
Rev Up Your Creativity! This book is artistic and practical at the same time. Great combination! I'm looking for ideas on how to present genealogy in a visual manner, and this book is the perfect prescription. I also wanted to revamp an old book with boring content (is that really a thing?!) and use it as a memorial book of my grandmother. There are so many ideas that I can use from The Painted Art Journal for these projects. Two chapters will be of particular use to me: Chapter 5 Alternative Journal Options and Chapter 9 Creating Your Timeline. This book is well organized to be a useful resource because of the clearly stated purpose of each of the chapters. This book is truly an overall win. It contains gorgeous photographs of the projects, the resource list for each project is easy to use, and the instructions are coherent and detailed. Thank you to BookishFirst for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Painted Art Journal is going to be a part of my resource library for a long time!
Bookapotamus More than 1 year ago
"Each of our stories is so different, lovely and broken in its own way." --Jeanne Oliver The Painted Art Journal is such a beautiful book. It's a very creative step by step way to create your story artistically. Through a bunch of beautifully guided projects, it's like creating a visual autobiography, that you can use to pass on to your kids and to their kids - a wonderfully eye-catching journal to create your own style and design, tell your story, and fill it with memories! There are 24 projects/prompts - each can be custom tailored to you, your style, your own sense of art and creativity in order to tell your story. Its a great tool to help find your creative side and develop style. There's a lot of inspirational sketches that are bit intimidating if you aren't very artsy! But they are beautiful just the same! Add sketches, photos, quotes, typography - you don't need to be a good drawer - but even if you aren't, it's still YOUR story - so who cares?! Have fun! The Step-by-step inspo is easy and simplified so you don't need to be Van Gogh to create something really unique and cool! I really enjoyed this book - totally new and different and helped my hone my own artistic side that I had been surpressing with a computer (agh!) since college! It was fun to break out the pastels and paints and paper again!
conni7 More than 1 year ago
This year, I’ve embarked on a journey to explore more of my creative side, a side of me I’m not very familiar with and has been unused most of my life. I’ve found some wonderful books that offered lots of guidance, and I’ve been trying my hand at drawing and using colored pencils along with a gratitude book. I hoped to move more into journaling and maybe even some painting as time goes on. The author, Jeanne Oliver, took the time to give very detailed information for this book. After starting with tools and basic supplies, she moves into projects: the book contains 24. Jeanne mentions that it helps her to have some rituals that she performs before she starts, and she offers some suggestions to help get ready such as music, deep breaths, prayer or even jumping jacks! Some of the 24 projects work with others: an example of this is that the first project is collecting your story and the second moves into displaying your story. While I thoroughly appreciate how carefully this was put together and all the easy-to-follow directions, I like a lighter, happier look than the author displays in this book; I’m not a fan of the dripping paint and splotches here and there that she uses. I do, however, feel this is a reasonably good springboard for me so I’m giving it 4 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm blown away by this book. It contains multiple high quality pictures on every page, and easy to understand instructions for each step. The chapters are broken down by the type of art being described. There truly is something for everyone in this book, even people with no artistic talent like me. The author is a huge proponent of simply taking an inventory of what you already have and making art with those tools. She does not recommend or require you to go outand but a bunch of art supplies. I loved what she did with class photos, which is something you can also do with any group photo. I know I can handle making a vision board, too. This book gave me the confidence to actually try to be more visually artistic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First & foremost thank you so much to bookishfirst and to F&W Media for sending me this copy in exchange for an honest review ❤️This book is absolutely beautiful & inspiring. The first thing I did of course was go straight to the back of the book to learn all about our artist Jeanne Oliver in the "acknowledgements " section. At first glance I love her unique, seemingly eclectic style and the mix of vibrant colors that she chose to wear in her picture. I love that instead of going with the norm and only focusing on one special talent that instead she chooses to be an artist, a family-woman, a traveler and whatever else that she sets her mind to. The second thing that I did was go through and read the book. All of the amazing quotes that she included were truly inspiring, my favorite being, " sometimes you never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory" by Dr. Seuss. I inherited many old photos from my grandparents as well as I love antiquing and finding old pictures and taking them home to try to figure out their story. I cannot wait to start my own storyboard! I think I will begin by practicing first on cardboard with some magazine and newspaper cut- outs and then once I get a feeling for what I am doing move onto my own personal memories placed strategically on a bulletin board. I also love the journal idea! I'm an aspiring writer so journals are my babies, I really like the look of the older variety of papers, random colors and sizes all thrown in together as one. It's beautiful and one-of-a-kind! I always wanted to make a journal of my own but didn't even know how to begin ! Thank you for giving my best friends and I a new book to go through and play with when we have our girls crafting nights, my one friend has a one-year old , my other has two young children so we don't go out like we used to and instead find new & artsy projects that we can do at home, in front of the tv with some iced coffee while chatting and catching up. I just so happened to get an acmoore coupon in my inbox this morning for 25 percent off of your entire order, so the possibilities are endless of what I might pick up today at the craft store! Journal & storyboard here I come. Special note: thanks for also explaining what gesso is-- I never knew what that stuff was called, let alone that it had a variety of colors ! You learn something new every day ❤️
WisReader More than 1 year ago
I could have written my review sooner. I should have written my review sooner. I had a feeling when I saw this book advertised that I was going to be happy with it. I was super excited when I was chosen to receive a copy in print format to review! As soon as it arrived I tore open the package and cleared my schedule. I was just going to page through and get a feeling for the book. I could not stop at that! This book invites you in! It invites you to get comfortable, and begin exploring. Then you want to do more. You want to share the experience. I gathered some basic materials, nothing expensive. The author gently encouraged me to begin, to see what I was able to do. Fear stops most artists. I believe we all have creativity in our souls. We just fear not being as good at others at expressing that talent, or being judged. By giving us simple steps to getting started, creating a ritual, setting up a space to express your creativity, taking telling your story in steps. Jeanine Oliver encourages the reader to explore and dig into her own creative well. Combining private journal thoughts and storytelling techniques, explaining people in your life as a cast of characters, and wonderfully presented with muted photographs, this book was not intimidating at all. It is something I will return to again and again to repeat the process. I am very grateful I was allowed an advanced copy of this book. The enjoyment, rating and review are all my own.
LisaB95 More than 1 year ago
**i received a copy from BookishFirst ** I’m not very talented art wise. I love it and have always wished I could draw or paint. Luckily my daughter is gifted at it. I received this book from BookishFirst and love it. This is the most talented author. I was so inspired. There were even some parts where it actually clicked to me as to how artists get inspired. I actually got ideas for how to do a personal journal! Believe me, that is something that has never happened in my life! When I finish, I am reluctantly passing this on to my daughter. The book is broken down into different sections. She offers all kinds of ideas and enlightenment. Whatever your mood is, once you start this, you will start feeling the happiness the author has bestowed upon you.
Theologiczero More than 1 year ago
The Painted Art Journal is a beautiful book written by an artist that loves muted, earthy colors, is inspired by vintage books and flairs, and loves to just create. One of the great parts of this book is that it is full of colored pictures and quotes, plus step-by-step instructions. It is okay if you are not an artist, she does not expect you to be. Really, the heart of the book is to just start creating. It does not matter if it is ugly, messy, "bad" art, etc. The point is to put your story in action, no matter what the medium is. She also does not abide by a timeline either. The author is about putting your story, no matter how you want to tell it (even if you skip or modify a few parts), out there for you. I wish it had were some places to doodle ideas in the book after she suggests something. Some place to add ideas, though to be fair I could do that pretty much anywhere in the book. I'm sure the author would even encourage that! The other issue I have are the colors. I prefer bright colors and to have a book that is so muted throughout bothers me for some insane reason - they always have. It's weird, but it's true. However, if you also have that same weird issue, I encourage you to fight through it and just look at some of her ideas! They will open up a creative side to you that you may not know exists! She is all about using what you have at your house and much of what she does is relatively cheap and easy. It really is about telling your story in a fun and engaging way! Book Cover The cover is very eye-catching and is what made me want to do the first impression in the first place.