The brief introduction gives us a glimpse into the many possibilities of sketchbooks, showing the variety of ways we can collect, store and express ideas, focusing on the purpose of sketchbooks and art journals as being our own individual way to do this. It gives some great options and choices of journal concepts, far removed from any I have considered or tried in the past.
This book is also very practical and key ideas and themes are explained diagrammatically and verbally in easy to follow steps, with great photos to follow, and lovely examples of finished pieces. There are definitely a few I would like to try myself. At the beginning of each project section there is a handy list if things you will need too.
Alternative art journals provides you with ideas of 'how' to collect elements which inspire new ideas for your work. This section I really enjoyed as it encourages the reader to experiment, collect ephemera, paste and stick, recording thoughts, feelings, colour and mood. From Tibetan book journals, to scrolls and accordion books, posts cards, playing cards and box journals -ideas and projects are plentiful and there is certainly something to suit all tastes.