I have each and every one of these books. I will try to add links to all books possible so that you can get more information on any you are interested in. I do have an affiliate membership with Amazon but that is only to make the process of exploring a particular book/item easier. You are NOT obligated to buy anything or even buy from this link. EVER. Have fun exploring!
My Favorite Art/Creative Journaling Books
The Art Journal Workshop: Break Through, Explore, and Make It Your Own by Traci Bunkers. I admit it, I am partial… and the luckiest girl EVER because I took a Traci Bunkers online class back way before this book was written! But next to doing that, this is the book to get! I especially recommend it for beginners. Actually, I recommend it for everyone! 10 stars out of 10 (but I bet you knew that was coming!)
The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to Be the Artist You Truly Are by Danny Gregory. If you want to learn to sketch in your art journal is this my all time go to book! 9.5 out of 10 stars
Everyday Matters: by Danny Gregory. This is one of my all time favorite examples of spilling life by sketching in a journal. 8 out of 10 stars.
Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye Popping Postal Art by Jennie Hinchcliff. Great Techniques for mail art and art journaling. 9 out of 10 stars
Kaleidoscope: Ideas & Projects to Spark Your Creativity by Suzanne Simanaitis. Fun, fun, fun. Great ides for art journaling and just plain ol’ fun. 8 out of 10 stars.
Creative Wildfire: An Introduction to Art Journaling – Basics and Beyond by LK Ludwig. When I first heard of Art Journaling, I googled it and L.K. Ludwig wonderful websites on Art Journaling came up. Page after page of Art Journaling Information and Instuctions where there, she had the primo Art Journal site. I was so excited when she came out with her own book! It became an instant favorite for me! 10 out of 10 stars.
The Decorated Page: Journals, Scrapbooks & Albums Made Simply Beautiful by Gwen Diehn. One of my fav’s! 9 out of 10 stars
The Decorated Journal: Creating Beautifully Expressive Journal Pages by Gwen Diehn. One of my fav’s! 9 out of 10 stars.
365: A Daily Creativity Journal: Make Something Every Day and Change Your Life by Noah Scalin. 8.5 out of 10 stars
Artist’s Journal Workshop: Creating Your Life in Words and Pictures by Cathy Johnson
101 + Creative Journaling Prompts: Inspiration For Journaling and An Introduction to Art Journaling by Kristal Norton. Really nice prompt book. 7 out of 10 star
Sketchnotes Field Guide for the Busy Yet Inspired Professional by Bianchi Akah. Have it, read it, haven’t done much with it yet. Content is very good. 7 out of 10 stars.
Going Further: Finding Yourself In Creative Art Journaling: by Samantha Kira Harding. I prefer this title in book form rather than electronic because all the wonderful examples do translate well in electronic form. Had fun with this one! 8 out of 10 stars.
Creative Collage Personal Journal by Sara Fields
Drawing From Life: The Journal as Art by Jennifer New
Visual Chronicles: The No-Fear Guide to Creating Art Journals, Creative Manifestos and Altered Books by Linda Woods and Karen Dinino
How to Make a Journal of Your Life by Dan Price. A short little book worth taking a look at. 7 out of 10 star rating due to price over the little bit of goodness that you get.
Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself by Sabrina Ward Harrison. 8 out of 10 star rating.
The True and the Questions: A Journal by Sabrina Ward Harrison. 8 out of 10 star rating.
Journal Bliss: Creative Prompts to Unleash Your Inner Eccentric by Violette. Flip through this book first to see if you enjoy the art. Bright colorful pages that might not be everybody’s bag. I kind of liked it. 7 out of 10 star rating.
Raw Art Journaling by Quinn McDonald. Really liked this book! 8 out of 10 star rating.
The Illustrated Discovery Journal: Creating A Visual Autobiography of Your Authentic Self by Sarah Ban Breathnach. 7.5 out of 10 rating.
Art Journal Freedom: How to Journal Creatively with Color and Composition by Dina Wakely. Love the artist but a few too many rules for me. Rather see her on one of her videos. 7.5 out of 10 stars
No Excuses Art Journaling: Making Time for Creativity by Gina Rossi Armfield. Just like her class. I love having a book I can flip through and find all the goodness of her class. There is a lot of structure to her journaling so keep that in mind. I started out following her method and ended up veering off and going my own way because it was a bit too repetitive for me. Still the ideas are awesome. 9 out of 10 stars
Journal It! Perspectives in Creative Journaling! by Jenny Doh
Doodle, Draw, Journal: An Art Journaling Workbook by Kristy Conlin.
Inner Hero Creative Art Journal by Quinn McDonald. Good One. 8 out of 10 stars.
The Journal Junkies Workshop by Eric M. Scott and David R. Modler. A male point of view! How refreshing! 8.5 out of 10 stars
Journal Fodder 365 Daily Doses of Inspiration for the Art Addict by Eric M. Scott and David R. Modler. Another great Journal Junkies book! 8 out of 10 stars
1,000 Artist Journal Pages Dawn DeVries Sokol. An absolutely fabulous collection of art journal pages from around the world. 9 out of 10 stars
Stash & Smash: Art Journal Ideas by Cindy Shepard. Small little book. Lots of photos. Neat but not a lot of bang for your buck. 7 out of 10 stars.
My Favorite Journaling/Blogging Books
Write It Down Make It Happen by Anne Klauser. It is one of my very top journaling books. It makes you think about what you put in writing and why that may be imactful, useful, and life affirming. 10 out of 10 stars
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. A classic. 9.5 out of 10 stars
Writing Down Your Soul: How to Activate and Listen to the Extraordiary Voice Within by Janet Conner. 8 out of 10 stars.
Becoming A Writer by Dorothea Brande. 10 out of 10 stars.
Harvesting Your Journals: Writing Tools To Enhance Your Growth and Creativity by Rosalie Deer Heart. Interesting idea on the next step after you journal. 8 out of 10 stars.
Journaling – The Gentle Mental Jogging by Norma Jean Lutz
Keep A Journal: The Basics by Matt Briggs
Write For Your Life by Lawrence Block
365 Journal Writing Ideas: A Year of Dailing Journal Writing Prompts… A year of daily journal writing… by Rossi Fox
The Miracle of Morning Pages by Julia Cameron. This is a mini book but it still has some kick ass info in it. I would still suggest getting Artists Way instead of this title if you haven’t yet read it.
Positively You! Discovery Journal by Jinger Heath. Liked this one. 7.5 of 10 stars
Journalution by Sandy Grayson.
Journaling for Joy: Writing Your Way To Personal Growth adn Freedom by Joyce Chapman.
How to Build a Blog You Truly Love by Liv Lane. Ebook. Find it: livlane.com Click “Upcoming Classes”
My Favorite Art and Creativity Books
The Art Of Personal Imageery: Expressing Your Life Through Collage by Corey Moortgat
You Can Draw in 30 Days: The Fun, Easy Way to Learn to Draw by Mark Kistler. Fun little drawing book
Image Transfer Workshop: Mixed Media Techniques For Successful Transfer by Darlene Olivia McElroy. If you want to learn how to do transfers, this is a really good book on how to do it. 7 out of 10 stars due to the specificness of the content.
Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking by Jill K. Berry. Funky book on mapmaking. 7 out of 10 stars due to the unusual nature of the content.
Creative Thursday: Everyday Inspiration to Grow Your Creative Practice by Marisa Anne Cummings. Cute. 7 out of 10 stars
Zen of Seeing/Drawing as Meditation by Frederick Franck
The Little Book of Drawing: A Friendly Approach by Mary Mcnaughton
Keys to Drawing by Bert Dodson
Illustrating Nature: Right-Brain Art in a Left-Brain World by Irene Brady
Art of Travel With A Sketchbook by Mari Le Glatin Keis
Taking Flight: Inspiration and Techniques to Give Your Creative Spirit Wings by Kelly Rae Roberts. Nice book. 8 out of 10 stars.
Watcha Mean, What’s a Zinen by Esther Watson and Mark Todd. Funky book. 8 out of 10 stars
Stolen Sharpie: Revolution: a DIY Resource to Zines and Zine Culture by Alex Wrekk, et al
Print & Stamp Lab: 52 Ideas for Handmade, Upcycled Print Tools by Traci Bunkers. Liked it. 7.5 out of 10 stars due to the specificness of the content.
Zentangle Basics by Suzanne McNeill. This is more of a glorified magazine so don’t expect a regular sized book.
Collage Lab: Experiments, Investigation and Exploration Projects by Bee Shay. Very nice general collage book.
Art at the Speed of Life: Motivation and Inspiration for Making Mixed-Media Art Every Day by Pam Carriker. Really wanted this to be one of my favorites but for some reason I didn’t connect with it so well. 7 out of 10 stars.
Creativity is a Verb: If You’re Alive, You’re Creative by Patti Digh. Liked the visuals. Wasn’t on the very top of my list. 7 out of 10 stars.
Creative Doodling & Beyond by Stephanie Corfee. Love this book. When I don’t know what to doodle or if I want to find a new doodle to practice for the week this is on of the books I will pull out. 9 out of 10 stars.
Brave Intuitive Painting – Let Go, Be Bold, Unfold!… by Flora S. Bowley. I often think I want to be more intuitive in my painting, that’s why I bought this book. It is a great book. Sadly, being intuitive takes work… and I would rather just fool around most of the time and not sit and give myself the time to be more intuitive about my artistic choices. This is still a great book. 8 out of 10 starts
The Drawing Mind: Silence Your Inner Critic and Release Your Creative Spirit by Deborah Pitnoi.
Carve Stamp Play: Designing and Creating Custom Stamps by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. Great book. Wish I had more time to focus just on stamps! 8 out of 10 stars.
The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book For Everyone by Carla Sonheim. Just like her classes, funky fun. 8 out of 10 stars
Art Doodle: A Journal of Self-Discovery by Dawn DeVries Sokol.
Drawing and Painting Beautiful Faces: A Mixed-Media Portrait Workshop by Jane Davenport. For beginners wanting to learn how to paint beautiful faces I suggest flipping through this book (to see if this is you cup of tea) buying it to practice before taking one of Jane’s classes. 9 out of 10 stars
You Can Draw In 30 Days: The Fun, Easy Way to Learn to Draws by Mark Kistler. Fun little drawing book
Doodling…Explore Your Hidden Genius with a Felt-tip Pen by Karen Gines
Artist In The Office by Summer Pierre. Love this book. Gave me hope regarding my day job. 9 out of 10 stars
Mixed Media Girls with Suzi Blu
Zen Doodling Mandalas by Carolyn Scrace. Beautiful Mandalas. 9 out of 10 stars
An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers by Danny Gregory. 8 out of 10 stars
My Favorite Books on Writing
Zen and the Art of Writing: Releasing the Creative Genius Within You by Ray Bradbury. 8 out of 10 stars
Rip the Page! Adventures in Creative Writing by Karen Benke. 7 out of 10 stars
Writing The Wave: Inspired Rides for Aspiring Writers by Elizabeth Ayres. Really liked this one. 8.5 out of 10 stars
Write from the Heart: Inspiration and Exercises for Women Who Want to Write by Leslea Newman.
Writing on Both Sides of the Brain: Breakthrough Techniques for People Who Write by Henriette A. Klauser. I actually added this book to my collection when this information was a breakthrough. 8.5 out of 10 stars.
My Favorite Magazines to Use for Art Journaling
Elle Decor. This is my all time favorite magazine for collage images. The ads seem to have the very best fodder for backgrounds.
Flow. This magazine has wonderful images for collage. It is a bit expensive so it is one of those magazines I splurge on only every once in a while.
Yoga. I love this magazine for tranquil, meditative type collage images.
Real Simple. Lots of simple, everyday themed images.
Coastal Living. Since I live on the West Coast of Florida, there are a lot of images that remind me of my home. I love bright and breezy images and this magazine is full of them!
Self. This is the fashion/health/exercise magazine that I find the most interesting images in.
O. Often time there is a theme where there will be images that tie the articles together, like flowers for borders. unfortunately, for me it is hit or miss as to whether an issue has enough images to warrant me buying it. So this is one of those magazines I flip through at the grocery check-out line to see if it is worth putting in my grocery cart.
Lucky. One of my favorite fashion magazines for journal
Chatelain, Country Living, Elle, Glamour, Bazaar, In Style, Marie Claire, Shape, Vogue