Posts Tagged ‘journal’

Paperback8.5 x 11, 312 pages, with full-color and black-and-white illustrations

The ultimate guide to nature drawing and journaling! A potent combination of art, science, and boundless enthusiasm, the latest art instruction book from John Muir Laws (The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds) is a how-to guide for becoming a better artist and a more attentive naturalist. In straightforward text complemented by step-by-step illustrations, dozens of exercises lead the hand and mind through creating accurate reproductions of plants and animals as well as landscapes, skies, and more. Laws provides clear, practical advice for every step of the process for artists at every level, from the basics of choosing supplies to advanced techniques. While the book’s advice will improve the skills of already accomplished artists, the emphasis on seeing, learning, and feeling will make this book valuable—even revelatory—to anyone interested in the natural world, no matter how rudimentary their artistic abilities.

The information is organized and nicely presented for being such a large book. And, wow, there is a lot in there! Many ways for any art and nature lover to enjoy this book. Middle and high school teachers and students can easily use this as a resource to create lesson plans in art, science, and creative writing. It is a true idea sparker.

Heyday Books/ John Muir Laws provided this book to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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This perpetual week-at-a-glance diary follows in the steps of the best-selling Start Where You Are, adding gorgeous illustration and encouragement to appointments and deadlines. 

160 pages

5.1 x 0.4 x 8 inches

The author is a self-taught artist and I enjoy experiencing her art in this diary. (diary/journal/planner) There is plenty of space to write daily memories or to write in work or school assignments. The design of the planner and the use of illustrations are kept clean and simple. A great gift idea for any almost any age. 

The Blogging For Books book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal invites you to mix creative journaling and coloring into your personal time with God. Prayers that focus on topics such as being thankful, dealing with stress and heartache, caring for yourself and others, listening for God’s leading, and waiting patiently on Him will guide your thoughts and calm your spirit. Filled with more than 100 designs to color, plenty of space for journaling, and 40 needs-based prayers, Tranquility will help you express your devotion to God with your whole heart.

Hardcover, 112 pages

Various subjects in this book include a devotional prayer and bible verse along with space to journal and something to color. 

Not fond of the front and back covers which are made of cardboard reminiscent of a composition notebook. The inside pages are a nice quality for writing and coloring. The size (basically 6 x 8) makes it convenient, not too big and not too small. Not my cup of tea, but I recommend it for artsy people of the Christian faith. 

Tyndale House Publishers provided this book in return for this review. All opinions are entirely my own. No other compensation was received.

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A Back-To-School DIY Project


Very inexpensive 

Fun for all ages


and Thoughtful


With a few inexpensive supplies, some that you already have around the house, anyone can create a Composition Notebook Journal for school or to make as a gift. 

Requires Only:

(1) Composition Notebook – the hardback black and white kind for about 50 cents during pre-school sales

(2) Two or more pieces of scrapbook paper

(3) Stickers and Ribbon

(4) Glue Stick and Scissors

Trace around the front and back of the book. I don’t cover over the black spine.

Cut out and glue in place. (Ideal for little hands to practice trace, cut, and glue)

The inside front and back cover can also be covered with paper.

I was going to use lavender for the front of my journal but, of course, I changed my mind and used periwinkle.

   Then design the cover. 

And don’t forget to give your journal a ribbon bookmark. Use a large sticker to attach the ribbon to the back of the book. 

  A finished journal ready to use.

Autumn made one, too.

 The inside pages can also get some special touches.


I’d love to see your journal.

Send a picture to notesfromdawnATyahooDOTcom

Submitted by Pam from An Artful Mom. She had the journal book cut in half at a copy store to make two smaller journals.

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