If you’ve been following my blog, you know I’m a big fan of art journaling. In fact, I’m so enthusiastic about art journaling that I volunteer-teach it to at-risk public school children. I believe art journaling – the unique combination of writing and visual art – can benefit everyone: women, men, children, and adults. It was a pleasure, then, to receive a copy of the Doodle Sketchbook, by Dawn DeVries Sokol, to review. Not only will I share a bit about this wonderful book with you, I’ll be hosting a giveaway with my review copy!
Let me start off by saying that while this book somewhat slanted towards boys, isn’t just for boys. (Dawn agrees, and actually addressed the book’s name in this blog post) If I wasn’t sharing the wealth and hosting a giveaway with the copy I received, I’d happily work in this book’s pages. The Doodle Sketchbook: Art Journaling for Boys is perfect for anyone who wants to start journaling – particularly those who might not know where to begin, and those a wee bit intimidated by a blank white page.
Intended for a younger audience (ages 8 and up), some pages might not apply to an adult that uses the book – like Favorite Class Subject or Ode to High Tops. However, an adult can either indulge his/her inner child, or use a particular spread of pages for some other type of art journaling – like collage.
160 pages long and filled with both color and substance, the doodle sketchbook includes several journaling prompts designed to get you busy art journaling. Dawn begins with how to art journal, covers tools and attachment methods, and then moves on to prompts. Prompts include things like My Colors (your personal color palette), I Like to Eat… (journaling your favorite foods), and Globe Trotting (where in the world you’d like to travel).
Small, portable, and sturdy, this book is easy to carry around and makes a great gift. Give the Doodle Sketchbook to someone on your gift list along with a glue stick, some pens, and a small pair of scissors, and you’ve got a sure-fire winner – a gift that will introduce (or re-introduce) the recipient to a fun form of self-expression.
Who Will Win?
One lucky person will win a copy of the Doodle Sketchbook, and it’s been signed by the fabulous Dawn DeVries Sokol! Simply leave a comment on this post to enter – one entry per person, please. I’m also throwing in a 5 pack of Painters Opaque Paint Markers to add to the fun!
I will draw the winner a week from today, on October 25, 2011, and will announce the winner’s name in the comment section of this post – so please check back. Not sure what to say in your comment? Perhaps you can thank Dawn for sending me a copy of the Doodle Sketchbook!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this book review, dear readers. Good luck and Happy Art Journaling!
*Full Disclosure: I received one copy of The Doodle Sketchbook: Art Journaling for Boys for review purposes.