Review: The Painted Art Journal: 24 Projects for Creating Your Visual Narrative by Jeanne Oliver

Painted Art Journal


Author: Jeanne Oliver
Release: July 3rd 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 Kitties

I received a copy of The Painted Art Journal through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I’ve always loved the look of aged art journals. I can’t quite place my finger on it, but I’ve always found them to be aesthetically pleasing. Naturally when I saw The Painted Art Journal I knew I had to give it a chance and read it cover to cover.

Jeanne Oliver’s artwork is quite frankly, striking. Like any good teacher (which is what she becomes in this book) she’s gifted and knowledgeable in the subject she’s instructing on. Really there’s no argument about her talent, one glimpse at the artwork inside this book will leave little room for doubt.

Jeanne Oliver included an introduction, a basic description of art journaling and her method, as well as dozens of other little tips. Also included is a list of suggested items for us, and how she personally prefers to keep them sorted. I adore these sort of tips, so this was a fantastic touch as far as I’m concerned.

The main chunk of the book is broken into twenty four projects, as the title suggests. Each one thematically matches the rest, and it fits in with her art style as well. Here she explains the goal and purpose of the project, gives hints, tips and ideas, and sometimes basic instructions. She’ll also occasionally include specific explanations for how she created a certain effect in her examples.

I haven’t yet had a chance to start any of the projects in this book, but believe me I fully intend to. There’s no way I could resist following Jeanne Oliver’s guidance here. So I can promise you this will be getting placed on my desk, to ensure I come back to it very soon.


About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try any artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. My other major passion is reading. My TBR pile is larger than I'll ever be able to read, and yet I can't resist adding to it on a nearly daily basis. I love to read science fiction & fantasy, graphic novels, and pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I have a couple of blogs, as you can see. One is primarily my photography, while the other are my book reviews. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!
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