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 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.
The poem is called “Plato’s Angel” and is from her book, “Inventing the Hawk.”
It thinks the world
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.