Journaling Resources

As you may know, journaling is very close to my creative heart.  I consider it essential to my own well-being, so I thought I would share some of my favorite inspirations.  I'll add to this as I have a chance.


Some of these are new, some old, but you can probably find used copies online.

Artist’s Journal Workshop
(book), Cathy Johnson and 27 other artists

Drawing from Within; Nick Meglin (one of the best books on drawing I’ve ever seen.)

On the Spot Drawing; Nick Meglin

Zen of Seeing: Seeing/Drawing as Meditation; Frederick Franck

Art As a Way: A Return to the Spiritual Roots; Frederick Franck

The Artist’s Way; Julia Cameron

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

Everyday Matters
; Danny Gregory

Creative License; Danny Gregory

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

The Complete Decorated Journal: A Compendium of Journaling Techniques, Gwen Diehn

To the Kwai and Back, Ronald Searle (A POW at the time, during WWII, Searle managed to hang onto his creativity as well as his sanity.  Inspiring and sobering)

Specific to writing and journaling:

The New Diary
by Tristine Rainer and Anaïs Nin; about writing, but the exercises free us up for so much more

Writing Down Your Soul: How to Activate and Listen to the Extraordinary Voice Within
by Janet Conner

Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzburg

Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
by Rick Hanson and Richard Mendius

Writing Open the Mind: Tapping the Subconscious to Free the Writing and the Writer, Andy Couturier


(And of course my CD, Keeping an Artist’s Journal, based on the interactive class I offered online at one time.  It's here: )

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