Friday, November 30, 2018

Ellie Claire Interactive Art Journals Review

Ellie Claire Journals

I have some of the most amazing art journals to share with you from Ellie Claire:  Illuminate Your Story, The Illustrated Word and Faith & Lettering.  These journals are each so unique and such fun additions for my creative soul.  These journals offer an interactive way to get creative with your quiet time.  I love that they teach and encourage a breadth of creative expression of faith.  If one style doesn't work for you there are plenty of other options!

Ellie Claire's Faith & Lettering Journal

This beautiful journal is designed to be a safe and comfortable place to try your hand at different handwriting styles and grow in your lettering skills.  This journal walks you through the basics of practicing hand lettering, Bible journaling, and sermon sketch note-taking - awesome right?  Let me show you just one example.

 Here is a page that shows you the verse, asks you to trace it, and then practice it on your own.

The second column shows you my tracing.

 And voila, I'm so happy with how my free hand turned out!

I love that this journal comes with basic instruction, tips and lots of ways to practice.  If you have ever been timid about Bible journaling or wanted to get a bit more creative and found yourself at a loss of where to start this would be an amazing journal for you.  I think it also works for pros too letting you fine tune your skills and possibly learn some new things along the way.

 Ellie Claire's Illuminate Your Story Journal

In this book I learned that the term "illuminated manuscript" was derived from the usage of silver or gold leaf decoration within text, which became illuminated when captured by the light.  Initials, borders, and miniature illustrations comprise most of this style.  This journal encourages you to explore your skill and create images that beautify your writing.  I loved the easy to follow step-by-step instructions for illuminated letters.  Again, let me show you just one example from this journal.

 Step-by-Step instructions for one style of the letter K

 My completed K!

Ellie Claire's The Illustrated Word - An Illuminated Bible Coloring Journal

In this journal 40 illustrations have been recreated as line drawings for you to color.  Included in this gem are full-color illustrations from the Museum of the Bible archives.  I love that this journal has illustrations to color and pages to journal right along side them!  The lined pages are interspersed throughout the journal.

Here is an example of a page I am currently working on.

As you can see all three of these journals have similar features in that they are beautifully bound (just stunning), have lay-flat binding (no interference), have thick paper (no bleeding through pages) and encourage creative faith expression to name a few.  I hope I have highlighted a few of their differences as well so you have a feel for what they each offer.  I would highly recommend these journals and I think they would make unique gifts as well.  Let me know if you have any questions - I'd love to answer them!

Disclosure:  Huge shout out to Ellie Claire for sending me all three of these journals for review in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.


Elizabeth said...

Wow!! So beautiful. What a simple yet creative idea

Luci Coo said...

This looks so cool. You could be so creative with the colors.

GeekyDaddy said...

This looks awesome! My brain kept going to Peter Falk reading Princess Bride to Fred Savage.

Patricia Taylor said...

Wow, these are beautiful!! I'd love to try one out!!