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Take a mixed-media journey to the very heart of your creativity!
The Painted Art Journal opens doors to your most personal and authentic art yet. Tell your story as only you can, through a series of guided projects that culminate in a beautiful, autobiographical art journal worthy of passing along to future generations. Along the way, you will hone your own unique style of artful storytelling, filled with the images, colors and symbols that resonate most powerfully with you. Twenty-four inventive, step-by-step prompts help you to:
- Set the scene for making art--from establishing rituals that unlock creativity to curating a personal storyboard.
- Draw inspiration from photos, typography, sketches, childhood memories, quotes and more.
- Shape your story with timelines, gathered-word poetry and simple approaches to portraits.
- Express yourself through an exciting range of mixed-media techniques, using everything from pen and ink, markers and watercolor to image transfers, printmaking with linocuts, acrylic and collage.
A book unlike any other, The Painted Art Journal is all about digging deeper, honoring your life, and coming away with a truer understanding of yourself and your art.
"Each of our stories is so different, lovely and broken in its own way."
Artist | Fractured Angelics
I buy a lot of art books and how to art books. I read some parts but rarely the whole book. This book I read cover to cover. Not only was it well written but the great information was explained so thoroughly. It was also heartfelt and personal which was so touching to me. The photos are breathtaking and as soon as I opened the book I wanted to start on the projects right away....I mean now! She created a storyboard on her wall which in itself is a work of art. Then the beautiful handmade books and techniques. The most brilliant centerpiece of the whole process is her circular timeline. So inspiring Jeanne! I absolutely love it!
Artist | Author
There are many good art books out there, and I read them. Jeanne Oliver’s book felt more like a gift. I did not want to put it down. Somehow, as mixed-media art instruction, The Painted Art Journal left me wanting to hug my whole family, and eat fried green tomatoes. (Look for the author’s story with the green tomatoes. But have a tissue handy!) Jeanne’s writing and art instruction will equip and encourage you to let your life inspire your art. But if you read this book, and do even some of the projects, I think you’ll find your art inspiring your life. Jeanne Oliver’s stories tap into universal themes and her art feels accessible. The steps are well photographed, and clearly laid out. I’m excited for all who get this book - I’m excited for you to find your own stories, with your own color palette, symbols, secret thoughts, characters, and timeline. Among mixed-media art books, The Painted Art Journal stands out as being one that will leave you with so much more than some new techniques (and there are plenty of fun technique ideas for beginners and experienced artists alike). The Painted Art Journal goes further - it gives you a greater reverence for your own story. It also makes you curious about the stories of others. And that is perhaps this book’s, and the author’s, greatest gift.
Artist | Author
Jeanne’s book should not have been as much of a surprise to me as it is because I know her work and have followed her journey and I knew it was going to be a masterful work. The surprise was in that with so many creative books in the world already, I think I assumed it would be similar. I was wrong. Not only is it full of beautiful projects (my favorite is Project #10) but it is also a thorough and soulful guide to telling your story through art in a way that is unique and that cultivates a deeper confidence in opening your heart to every place, experience, and character aspect that makes you, YOU. These practical tools and exercises excavate the truth of your beautiful story and are rare and necessary in a world where it’s easy to be blinded by comparison. On a practical level, I appreciate most that Jeanne reinforces the fact that understanding your materials is important in order to use them in the way your creativity craves and that you can do so much with simple materials, many of which you may already have on hand. All in all, this book is part eye candy with the gorgeous photography, part clear instruction, and part soul-opening and heart expanding challenges through creative process. On my bookshelf of oft-purged books, this one will live a very long life.
Mustard Seed Interiors LLC
Jeanne’s book is a work of art all on its own, full of deliciously beautiful projects and generously shared guidance. It is an invitation to be simultaneously messy and intentional and to, above all, produce work from the heart. Creativity cannot help but be sparked.
I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH! "I preordered this book because I knew it was going to be exceptionally good, as is everything offered by artist Jeanne Oliver. I own many of her fashion pieces and I follow her on social media and have long been an admirer and fan of everything she does. Once I received this book, I was actually blown away at how blown away I was. It far exceeded my expectations, which were pretty high to begin with. I will tell you what I love about it...I love the way she is so generous with her knowledge and her experiences. I love the way she talks conversationally. I love the way she is in the details of every single thing, so that you are not left saying, about ANYTHING..."I wish she would have included that..." -in fact, many times over, I was left thinking.... "wow, she even included that!" - the hardest part of finishing this book was that I wanted to stop every few pages and try what she was demonstrating and writing so eloquently about, but I knew if I did that I might not return to the book and finish it...so I devoured to cover to cover over about a week of evenings. The photography and photo styling is breathtaking too... so it's just a really pleasurable book to sit with and read. And a pleasurable book to sit and read is one thing, but this one also inspires action. This book makes you feel like you can do what she is teaching you to do, and it makes you WANT to do it. That is quite an admirable skill in this time of short attention spans and being on to the next thing. This will be my go-to book for art journaling inspiration and will also be the book that I recommend to others who are wanting to either get into art journaling or wanting to be re-inspired to begin again. I recommend this book wholeheartedly and if you haven't checked out everything else Jeanne Oliver does... I highly recommend you do that too! You won't regret it. Always a feast for the eyes, the heart and the soul. She is becoming legendary in her offerings and deserves every bit of praise she gets!"
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Jeanne Oliver grew up in rural Illinois and now resides in Castle Rock, Colorado. She is inspired by our personal stories, travel and nature. Jeanne uses art to tell her current stories and also those of growing up among gravel roads, cornfields and early life surrounded by open spaces. Through mark making, layers and mixed media, she hopes to convey that we all have a story to tell. Jeanne is married to her dream maker, Kelly, and the mother of three funny and creative children. She homeschools her children even though she has tried to get out of it a few times. You can often find her hiking, creating in her studio and finding an excuse to have another cup of coffee. She speaks and teaches all around the country and sometimes she even gets to cross the pond. She was told that she needed to find that One Thing but she doesn’t like listening to directions so she embraces many loves and that has given her a sweet mash-up of family, art and travel. Connecting with women and sharing that each of us has been creatively made is one of her passions.
To my family and the land where I was raised. I can never thank you enough. For the memories, the joy, the brokenness and the healing, I will forever be grateful. To the small town of Mt. Morris, Illinois, and the people and land that have made up the core of so much of how I find beauty in the simple and every- day, thank you. This book is dedicated to my family and my hometown.
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