Artists’ Journal Workshop: A New Book and a New Blog from Cathy Johnson

January 5, 2011

The full post is about Cathy Johnson’s new book and blog, both of which I’m happy to say I’m included in. And there’s a link to a post I wrote on the easiest ways I can think of to bind a journal. Check it all out.

Cathy Johnson has written many how-to books on art. I'm sure you have several on your book shelf, but go check her out if you haven't!

North Light Books has just published her latest book: Artist's Journal Workshop. (It's available as a pre-order at that link on Amazon.) I haven't seen the book yet, but I'm excited about it, because it's from Cathy, and because she asked to include some images from my journals and interview me. I was thrilled to oblige. As soon as I get a copy of the book I'll give you more information about it.

In the meantime, Cathy has started a new blog "Artist's Journal Workshop—the book and beyond" and has invited the artists included in the book to post on journaling topics. In addition she has included expanded interviews of the artists. These interviews are a way to get into the thought process of an artist, learn how he or she thinks visually, and what function the journal fills in his or her life. I encourage you to check them out. You'll be entertained and inspired.

I posted "The Easy Peasy Way to Bind a Journal" on that blog this afternoon. I read Cathy's earlier (Dec. 31) post advocating easy accordion journals and wanted to add a bit of encouragement for would-be journal keepers who might be intimidated by the ever unfolding page. So my post is essentially about pamphlets, but branches out from there into other easy journaling "structures." If you're looking for a simple way to bind a journal and get going for 2011, please check out my post (which contains a link to Cathy's post if you like accordions).

The book won't be out until June this year, so why not go to the blog and get a bit of a preview!


    • Carolyn
    • January 6, 2011

    Thanks for the heads up on the book and the blog. Inspiration. (Must strengthen my self control…and limit my blog browsing.)

  1. Reply

    Carolyn, I totally understand the need to limit browsing. Too many siren calls. I like to go to Urban Sketchers to remind myself to draw buildings! But then I have to set a timer so I don’t gawk too long!

    Books like Cathy’s can be helpful in directing us to new favorites and reminding us of old favorites we might not have visited recently.

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