Favorite Art Books

Illustrated Journaling

The Complete Decorated Journal: A Compendium of Journaling Techniques – Gwen Diehn  (Note: this book includes both The Decorated Page and The Decorated Journal as well as additional content.)

The Decorated Page: Journals, Scrapbooks & Albums Made Simply Beautiful – Gwen Diehn

The Decorated Journal: Creating Beautiful Expressive Journal Pages – Gwen Diehn

An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers – Danny Gregory

An Illustrated Journey: Inspiration from the Private Art Journals of Traveling Artists, Illustrators and Designers – Danny Gregory

Artist’s Journal Workshop: Creating Your Life in word and Pictures – Cathy Johnson

A Life in Hand: Creating the Illuminated Journal – Hannah Hinchman

A Trail Through Leaves: The Journal as a Path to Place – Hannah Hinchman

Illustrated Watercolor Journaling Class Notes – Jerome Domurat

Nature Journaling: Learning to Observe and Connect with the World Around You – Clare Walker Leslie

Artists’ Journals & Sketchbooks: Exploring and Creating Personal Pages – Lynne Perella

The Journal Junkies Workshop: Visual Ammunition for the Art Addict – Eric M. Scott & David R. Modler

Journal Fodder 365: Daily Doses of Inspiration for the Art Addict – Eric M. Scott & David R. Modler

Journal It! : Perspectives in Creative Journaling – Jenny Doh

True Nature: An Illustrated Journal of Four Seasons in Solitude – Barbara Bash

In and Out of the Garden – Sara Midda

Sara Midda’s South of France: A Sketchbook – Sara Midda

My Italian Sketchbook – Florine Asch

A Sketch in Time: Book 12 – Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn

Drawing & Sketching

Keys to Drawing – Bert Dodson

The Zen of Seeing: Seeing/Drawing as Meditation – Frederick Franck

Drawn to Life – Volume 1: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes – Walt Stanchfield

Drawn to Life – Volume 2: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes – Walt Stanchfield

The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing on Location Around the World – Gabriel Campanario

Start Sketching and Drawing Today! : Learn to Draw with Simple Techniques That Can Make Anyone an Artist – Grant Fuller

You Can Draw: Over 100 Things to Draw, Doodle and Design – Parragon

Just Draw it! : The Dynamic Drawing Course for Anyone with a Pencil & Paper – Sam Piyasena & Beverly Philp

Fast Sketching Techniques: Capture the Fundamental Essence of Elusive Subjects – David Rankin

Mastering Sketching: A Complete Course in 40 Lessons – Judy Martin

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain – Betty Edwards

Drawing Lab: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun! – Carla Sonheim


The Watercolor Artist’s Guide to Exceptional Color: Amazing Color Choices to Give You Extraordinary Control Over Your Paintings – Jan Hart

The Complete Watercolorist’s Essential Notebook: A Treasury of Watercolor Secrets Discovered Through Decades of Painting & Experimentation – Gordon MacKenzie

Making Color Sing: Practical Lessons in Color and Design – Jeanne Dobie

Color Choices: Making Color Sense Out of Color Theory – Stephen Quiller

Painter’s Guide to Color – Stephen Quiller

Watermedia Painting with Stephen Quiller: The Complete Guide to Working in Watercolor, Acrylic, Gouache & Casein – Stephen Quiller

Blue and Yellow Don’t Make Green: How to Mix the Color You Really Want – Every Time – Michael Wilcox

Water Paper Paint: Exploring Creativity with Watercolor and Mixed-Media – Heather Smith Jones


Painted Paper: Technique & Projects for Handmade Books & Cards – Alisa Golden

The Art of Making Paste Papers – Diane Mauer-Mathison

Make Your Mark: Explore Your Creativity & Discover Your Inner Artist – Margaret Peot

Alternative Art Journals: Explore Innovative Approaches for Collecting Your Creativity – Margaret Peot

Dreaming From the Journal Page: Transforming the Sketchbook to Art – Melanie Testa

No Excuses Art Journaling: Making Time for Creativity – Gina Rossi Armfield

Inner Hero Creative Art Journal: Mixed Media Messages to Silence Your Inner Critic – Quinn McDonald

Altered Books Workshop: 18 Creative Techniques for Self-Expression – Bev Brazelton

Alphabetica: The A – Z Creativity Guide for Collage & Book Artists – Lynne Perella

Journal Spilling: Mixed-Media Techniques for Free Expression – Diana Trout

The Cloth Paper Scissors Book: Techniques & Inspiration for Creating Mixed-Media Art – Barbara Delaney

Altered Art: Techniques for Creating Altered Books, Boxes, Cards & More – Terry Taylor


The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to be the Artist You Truly Are – Danny Gregory

The Muse is In: An Owner’s Manual to Your Creativity – Jill Badonsky

Life is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally – Patti Digh

Living the Creative Life: Ideas and Inspiration from Working Artists – Ricë Freeman-Zachery

Creative Time and Space: Making Room for Making Art – Ricë Freeman-Zachery

The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity – Julia Cameron

Colorful World – Amandine Guisez Gallienne


Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures & Forms – Alisa Golden

Real Life Journals: Designing & Using Handmade Books – Gwen Diehn

Cover to Cover: Creative Techniques for Making Beautiful Books, Journals & Albums – Shereen LaPlantz

Books, Boxes & Wraps: Binding & Building Step-by-Step – Marilyn Webberly & JoAn Forsyth

Creative Bookbinding – Pauline Johnson

The Art of Fabric Books: Innovative Ways to Use Fabric in Scrapbooks, Altered Books & More – Jane Bode Smiley

Fabric Art Journals: Making, Sewing & Embellishing Journals from Cloth & Fiber – Pam Sussman

Hand Bookbinding: A Manual of Instruction – Aldren A. Watson

Book Art Studio Handbook: Techniques and Methods for Binding Books, Creating Albums, Making Boxes and Enclosures and More – Stacie Dolin & Amy Lapidow

Books Without Paste or Glue: Non-Adhesive Binding Volume I – Keith A. Smith

1 – 2 & 3 – Section Sewings: Non-Adhesive Binding Volume II – Keith A. Smith

Bookbinding for Book Artists – Keith A. Smith

Calligraphy & Lettering

The Scrapbooker’s Handwriting Workshop: 20 Unique Fonts to Practice & Play With – Crystal Jeffrey Rieger

The Art of Calligraphy & Lettering: Master Techniques for Traditional & Contemporary Hand Written Style – Walter Foster Collector’s Series

Learn World Calligraphy – Margaret Shepherd


Zentangle Basics – Suzanne McNeill

Zen Doodling – Carolyn Scrace


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