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Book Review – Creative Wanderlust – Indie Crafts

If you’re looking for a way to unleash your inner artist and explore your creativity, Creative Wanderlust by Kasia Avery is the perfect guide. This book, published by Quarry Books in August 2023, is an insightful and comprehensive guide to mixed-media art journaling techniques that will help you unlock your artistic potential.

As the founder of the Everything Art mixed-media online learning platform and the lead teacher of its yearlong mixed-media course Wanderlust, Kasia Avery is well-equipped to help artists overcome their creative struggles and find joy in creating. In Creative Wanderlust, she shares her knowledge and expertise to help you set up and begin an art journaling practice and then provides ideas and tools for moving beyond obstacles such as perfectionism, self-criticism, and finding space and time to create.

The book is full of comprehensive information on supplies and the fundamentals for getting started in an art journaling practice, and it also includes sections focusing on overcoming common creative and personal issues, supported by related prompts, lessons, and projects that incorporate a diverse range of mixed-media techniques. Additionally, the book offers insights and inspirational artworks from well-known Wanderlust artist-teachers, including Helen Colebrook, Finnabair, Amy Maricle, and Dyan Reaveley.

So why is art journaling good or you?

Art journaling can be a therapeutic and meditative practice that can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. When you create art, you enter a state of flow, which can be described as a mental state of complete absorption in an activity. This can help you achieve a sense of calm and relaxation, and reduce negative thoughts and emotions.

Art journaling can help you process your emotions and experiences in a creative and expressive way. Through art, you can express what may be difficult to put into words, and gain new insights into your thoughts and feelings. Journaling can also help you track your progress, set goals, and reflect on your personal growth.

For instance, I have read about people who use art journaling to cope with difficult experiences, such as the loss of a loved one, a chronic illness, or a traumatic event. By creating art and writing in their journals, they were able to express their emotions and find a sense of healing and closure.

Art journaling can be a valuable tool for personal growth, self-expression, and emotional well-being. If you’re interested in trying it out, there are many resources available online or in your local community to get started.

Creative Wanderlust is an essential guide to discovering your unique artistic voice. With its stunning and informative content, it will inspire and motivate you to explore the endless possibilities of mixed-media art journaling.

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