Raw Art Journaling with Poetry

Raw-art journaling is the combination of abstract art and words. It’s an art form for everyone, from writers to artists who aren’t illustrators. For those who love the written word in content, but aren’t calligraphers, raw art is a deeply satisfying journaling experience. You can work on it for minutes or hours, add color or leave it in black-and-white.

Here are two recent journal pages from my raw-art journal. The one below is a quote from

The quote is from Anthony Machado, about the road you create and can look back on.

The quote says, “Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, nothing more, there is no road. the road is made by walking. On glancing behind, one sees the path that will never be trod again.”

The second one is a quote from Lorna Crozier. Also about walking, but in a completely different way. The vertical orange lines are the book binding stitches holding the signature in place.

Poem by Lorna Crozier. Art by Quinn McDonald. Pitt Pen, watercolor pencils on paper.

The poem is called “Plato’s Angel” and is from her book, “Inventing the Hawk.”
It thinks the world
into being
with its huge mind
its pure intelligence
On the curve of its crystal
you see yourself,
you see your shadow
One of you will put on shoes,
will walk into the world.

Quinn McDonald is writing a book to be called Raw Art Journaling: Making Meaning, Making Art. It will be published in 2011 by North Light Books.

14 thoughts on “Raw Art Journaling with Poetry

  1. this is beautiful, and what I often do in my own artwork….I have been playing around with incorporating my own poems, or other’s inspirational words, into my art. Thank you for this post, as I have been wondering ‘what to do’ with some of my insightful journalings….now I know!

  2. I enjoy your blog and drop in regularly for inspiration. One comment on grammar though, and I know it’s a sore point with “creative” types, who sometimes dismiss its merit… but: is the Lorna Crozier grammar error hers, in her poem, or yours? (Please note, no apostrophe is “hers” or “yours”). “It’s” is the short form of “it is”. It is not the possessive. That is “its”. No apostrophe. “it’s huge mind” means “it is huge mind”. Normally I don’t comment, but with the repetition of the wrong “it’s”, I just must… If it’s Lorna Crozier’s mistake from 1992, well, she should correct it. Best regards, Macke.

    • Lorna Crozier is completely innocent; the mistake is mine. It’s a chronic typo I make because I type 120 words a minute. I also do it when I hand write and have become an expert at applying Wite-Out® with a pin. No excuses; you are absolutely correct. However, please do not assume that because I am creative, I do not care about grammar. I am an absolute demon when it comes to the conditional always taking the subjunctive. Just sayin’.

  3. found your blog through the pa guild article. have enjoyed reading both and will look forward to more posts.
    after taking the guild’s blogging workshop, have gotten two going as well-one for the woven work: jesamie.blogspot.com [will be doing a series on setting upa booth-just back from the great lakes art fair in michigan] and the other for my poetry, photography and graphics work….
    off to dance this day.

      • i’ve written poetry for many years now-morning thoughts-have shared with on-line friends. now, with the blogs, whole new way of sharing….am designing a new alphabet….began with an article in somerset magazine-5 4″ canvases, and the word “begin” which is also “being”.
        the letters are the next step from my hand drawings….and with the first grandchild[little girl] due sept 1, well, maybe a children;s book is in the works. i already have knit 3 sweaters….
        updated and corrected my blog address:
        and my one for the woven work:

  4. That type of art, all those lovely flowing lines and shapes, works so well with these quotes. I love that you have quotes about traveling (through life) and your lines travel, rather like life, across the page. Nice.

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