Inner Hero Creative Art Journal
The Inner Hero Creative Art Journal will be out in January of 2014. The book is associated with classes, workshops, business applications and creativity groups. Ask about details (Contact form is at the bottom of this page)
Raw Art Journaling: Making Meaning, Making Art
Raw Art Journaling: Making Meaning, Making Art is in its second printing! You can buy it from Amazon, Barnes and Noble or most chain and independent bookstore.
Podcasts and Interviews
Watch and listen to Quinn’s webinar held by her publisher, F+W Media.
Listen to Quinn and Rebecca Parsons on Blog Talk Radio’s Artistically Speaking discussing Raw Art Journaling.
Britt Bravo interviewed Quinn on the Art and Healing Network in November, 2011. The topic was the healing power of journaling.
How Raw Art Began: Some years ago, I was sitting in a cafe, enjoying a perfect iced tea and an equally perfect cookie. The day was sunny and mild, and the setting beautiful. An interesting gate in the wall across the street caught my attention. The gate was ornate, the wall plain, the flowers around it lovely. A woman at a table close to mine was doing a watercolor sketch in her journal. Perfect! I grabbed my journal and began to sketch.
I’m not an illustrator. The gate I drew was crooked and looked odd. The plants looked sad and weird. I was embarrassed and got up to leave. As I walked past the watercolorist, I saw her lovely work and felt ashamed. The day was no longer beautiful.
I wanted to develop a way for people who can’t draw (and don’t want to write 500 words a day) to be able to create a beautiful, meaningful journal. So I created Raw Art Journaling.
Who Will Enjoy the Book: Raw Art Journaling is for people who want to keep an art journal, but don’t know how to draw. Maybe don’t know what to write in a journal, either. The book contains 47 exercises to get you into keeping an art journal. Some are ways to do art, some are writing exercises. There is a whole chapter on how to keep your journal writing secret.
If you are an experienced artist or writer, this book will help you combine the two and create a journal you will enjoy flipping through, time and time again. It will help you go as deep as you want, because, as I say often in the book: we don’t find meaning in life, we make meaning. This book helps you make meaning.
Who Won’t Enjoy the Book: People who don’t read it, just flip through it. This is a book with a lot of meat, and flipping through it won’t be enough.
People who want to find famous art journalers sketches and illustrations. Not in the book. Those famous art journalers all have their own books out. This book doesn’t show you what you can’t do. You already know that. This book shows you what you can do and feel happy with.
People who want to make a crafty project and give it as a gift. This is your book for your own art journal, with your own art and writing.
So, if you want to keep an art journal and make meaning, I think you’ll enjoy the book.
This blog has all the updates for raw-art journaling. If you type that phrase into the search engine on the right-hand nav. bar, you’ll see a lot of articles.
Recent Raw Art Journaling blog posts:
Journal Pages: Backgrounds without Paint I’m teaching a class on this–contact me to teach it to your group. Quinn [at] RawArtJournaling [dot] com
–Quinn McDonald is a life- and creativity coach. She’s a writer who keeps a raw art journal.