My Favorite “Notebook Book:” Lynda Barry’s “What It Is”

If you’re into art journaling, this book will rock your world. Every page is stuffed with colors, words, drawings– Lynda Barry jams so much onto each page, so beautifully– it’s really inspiring.


From the School Library Journal review: “Each page is a feast for the eyes with beautiful full-page collages of photographs, watercolors, ink drawings, and text, resulting in a gorgeous volume that explores and encourages writing in a combination of ways. The author challenges readers with philosophical questions to ponder, such as What is an image? Where are they found? Can we remember something we can’t imagine?”

Here’s a detail of one of a sample page. I love the look of the yellow lined paper peeking through.

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Check out this wonderful book– you’ll want to stare at it for hours!
What It Is, by Lynda Barry.

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3 Responses to “My Favorite “Notebook Book:” Lynda Barry’s “What It Is””

  1. I think I’m going to buy this book. I’ve looked through it a few times at the bookstore and thought it looked interesting. I want to eventually try and make my own similar collage book (just for my own creativity and inspiration). Thanks for this.

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