Mini Reviews: Books for Journals Enthusiasts

The Art of Visual Notetaking by Emily Mills

Rating: 3.5/5

An interactive guide to visual communication and sketch-noting.

It has amazing tutorials on how to create different fonts and to organize work. While, I probably won’t have the commitment to create visual notes, I’ve definitely been motivated to make my notes more aesthetic and organized.

Emily Mills leads you through the know-hows and howtos of visual note-taking. Even though it is specifically for visual note-taking, it provides advice that also apply to normally taking notes and how to extract important information from a lecture or presentation.

A major proportion of the book is learning to draw markers and objects such as headers, arrows, or visual diagrams. In the most simplest ways possible, Mills directs readers on making their notes and journals more aesthetic.

DIY Watercolor Flowers by Marie Boudon

Rating: 4/5

The Beginner’s Guide to Flower Painting for Journal Pages, Handmade Stationery and More

This book is very detailed and suitable for beginners; Boudon starts from the very basics of color theory, paints, and brushes before building her readers up to the art of watercolor.

I really liked the “Getting know your colours” part. The different sort of combinations were so interesting and gave me so much inspiration to what sort of palettes I could create. It made me understand color theory on a different level.

The section on painting lessons was very well done. Where some books often gloss over the techniques, DIY Watercolor Flowers goes in depth to the step by step process on how to create beautiful flowers, all while including small tips and tricks.

The whole layout of the book was just beautiful. With the photographs and watercolor images, the whole book maintained a soft light palette than went well with the text. It was just a joy to read and brush through.

The book provides so many easy lesson on how to draw flowers, which would go great on any journalling medium or art piece.

2 thoughts on “Mini Reviews: Books for Journals Enthusiasts

  1. The Art of Visual Notetaking really appeals to my OCD tendencies! Maybe if my to-do notes were more organised and aesthetically pleasing, I might actually get them done 😂

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