Art Journal Freedom How to Journal Creatively with Color & Composition Dina Wakley – 2013 Book Overview

Art Journaling is certainly not a new fad to this artsy-craftsy generation.  Many books have followed the evolution of the trend for the past several years.  I cannot say that Dina Wakley’s book Art Journal Freedom offers any insights that I have not seen before; yet, it is a thorough introduction to Art Journaling and a good resource book for anyone who needs a fairly comprehensive overview of ways to Art Journal.  Wakley’s book does have some pointers for composition  and a bit more information about the color wheel than most similar books have.  The book is loaded with illustrations.  All of the work was done by the author; therefore, the work is representative of the multi-media styles shown in the above illustrations.  In my opinion, keeping an art journal can be helpful for artists in a number of ways.  The multi-media art journals encourage experiementation; and that can be good for helping an artist discover new approaches and for widening his horizon,  Any time that we take the time to draw and/or paint, we are practicing skills that deman repetion.  That is another great reason to keep an art journal.  For some, art journals may be nothing more than a set of notes about how one color or another was created or about ideas for future development.  In that respect, keeping an art journal can be an organizational tool.  As I said, there are many reasons to keep an art journal; and if you are looking for a resource to get you started, Dina Wakley’s Art Journal Freedom is a good choice.  Jacki Kelllum

The following text and the images are from Amazon


Laws Guide to Drawing Birds – Book Recommendation for Anyone Who Wants to Draw and Paint Natural-Looking Birds

I have discovered the best, most accurate bird drawing and painting book that I have ever seen.  Laws Guide to Drawing Birds should become a reference book for every natural artist and illustrator–and for anyone else who wants to depict birds the way that they actually are.

The following images are from Amazon, where the book can be purchased.  I have taught art for more than 40 years; and most bird drawing books are totally unnatural.  The birds are often too cute, too stiff, and/or colored unnaturally.  Laws has absolutely mastered the skill of representing birds–common birds, like sparrows, warblers, cardinals, robins, etc.,naturally.

Adobe Illustrator Tutorial – Symbols Library – Free Clip Art Included


If you own Adobe Illustrator, you have a ready, set, go wealth of Clip Art stashed in the Symbols Library.  Access the Symbols Library by clicking on the 4 horizontal, parallel bars beneath the x on the top right.

Then Click on Open Symbol Library.

Then Select from the Choices.  Above are the Arrows Symbols.

Following is the full list of Symbol Groups :

ImageArtistic Textures [Grunge]

ImageCelebration [Balloons, Crowns, Party Hats,]

ImageCharts [Like Powerpoint Flow Charts Shapes]

ImageCommunication [Computer, Cell Phone, Television, etc.]

ImageDot Vector


ImageFlorid Vector Pack – Graphic Symbols

Image Flowers

Image Grime – More Grunge

ImageHair and Fur

ImageHeirlooom [Faceted Jewels]

ImageIlluminate Flow Charts [Gradients Applied]

ImageIlluminate Org Charts [Gradients Applied]

ImageIlluminate Ribbons [Grayscale]

ImageLogo Elements

ImageMad Science


Image Gold or Grayscale



ImageRegal Vector Pack




ImageWeb Buttons and Bars

ImageWeb Icons


Adobe Illustrator Creates Vector Graphics – Comparing Raster and Vector Images


Image from Wikipedia

Adobe Illustrator creates Vector graphics, which are made from mathematically precise lines and curves.  Even when hugely enlarged, Vector images remain sharp.  On the other hand, Photoshop’s images are Raster images.  They are  pixel-based; and enlarging them, saving and re-saving them, etc., cause Photoshop’s images to loose image quality.

“Why use Adobe  Illustrator?  – Vector graphics {sometimes called vector shapes or vector objects) are made up of lines and curves defined by mathematical objects called vectors, which describe an image according to its geometric characteristics….

“You can freely move or modify vector graphics without losing detail or clarity, because they are resolution-independent–they maintain crisp edges when resized, printed to a PostScript printed, saved in a PDF file, or imported into a vector-based graphics application.  As a result, vector graphics are the best choice for artwork, such as logos, that will be used at various sizes and in various output media.

“The vector objects you create using the drawing and shape tools in Adobe Illustrator and the Adobe Creative Suite are examples of  vector graphics.” Adobe Illustrator CS6 Classroom in a Book, p. 35