The Art Journal Workshop

The Art Journal Workshop by Traci Bunkers

Break Through, Explore, and Make it Your Own

Format: Paperback / softback, 128 Pages
ISBN: 9781592536849
Publisher: Quarry Books
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$24.99 / £16.99 £13.59

"Step by step, the reader is brought to art journaling in a method that makes even a novice want to pick up a paint brush and begin making art that expresses your soul."€ ” Diana Gonzalez, Brooklyn Crafting Examiner

"Back when I was the managing editor of Art Journaling, I remember when Traci Bunkers' journals arrived on my desk. I spent hours pouring through them, wondering to myself, 'How does she do this?' With Traci's new book, The Art Journal Workshop, you get to see exactly how."€ ” Christine Olivarez, Somerset Studio

Many people want to express themselves through visual journaling, but are stuck or intimidated with how to get started, what to write, or how to move beyond gluing down a few images or putting some paint on the paper.

With beautiful illustrations, The Art Journal Workshop breaks down the entire working process of journaling with step-by-step photos and instructions from start to finish. You'll learn how to use different media such as paint, photographs, and collage, while following journaling prompts and exercises to help you dig deeper and enrich the journaling process and experience. Traci Bunkers discusses the benefits of visual journaling, and walks you through battling a creative funk when you're feeling down or uninspired.

Additionally, The Art Journal Workshop provides exclusive access to online videos that show the author creating six visual journal pages from the book, start to finish, through time-lapse video clips. This visual guide enhances the information in the book, showing her work progress in a way that goes beyond what can be captured in still photographs or through text.

Traci Bunkers is a passionate and quirky self-employed mixed-media and fiber artist living in Lawrence, Kansas. Through her one-woman business Bonkers Handmade Originals, she sells her nifty creations such as hand-dyed spinning fibers and yarns, original rubber stamps, handmade books, kits and original artwork. She also creates an artzine called Tub Legs, designs knitwear, and is a knitting, spinning, and crochet technical editor. She has been teaching workshops across the US since the early 90s and her visual journal pages, artwork, and knit designs have been published in numerous books and magazines. To learn more about her work, visit her web site at
Format: Paperback / softback, 128 Pages
ISBN: 9781592536849
Illustrations: 200
Size: 8.5 in x 11 in x 0.375 in / 215.9 mm x 279.4 mm x 9.525 mm

The Artist Journal Workshop, Bunkers, Tracie (Author) May 2011. 128 p. Quayside/Quarry, paperback, $24.99. (9781592536849). 745.593.

Kansas artist Bunkers’ second book is much akin to Alice’s fall down the rabbit hole. We wonder, initially, where we’re going when Bunkers starts with a psychological caveat about the art of visual journaling. Even more confounding is that her process, complete with call-to-action exercises and prompts, is not a real methodology to follow. Rather, it’s a series of how-to instructions exploring different emotions. Confusion aside, Bunkers provides the usual upfront information about tools and materials as well as useful narratives to help avoid visual blockages. To get unstuck, for instance, she advises cutting out magazine words and pictures or figuring out what’s being avoided. Along the way, her very personal layout entertains, as do her examples. Tips, such as to take photos up-close and to save removed pages, inform novices and pros alike. An accompanying DVD takes readers through her instructions, but take care, for it’s all too easy in using this kind of crafts book to slavishly copy the samples without customizing or starting afresh. - Booklist, May 2011


September 9, 2011
Traci Bunkers, author of Print & Stamp Lab and The Art Journal Workshop, has been profiled at Read More.