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onlyhuman587 asked:

Where do you get all the awesome images for your art journal pages?

Hi!

I get them from anything I can get my hands on! I try not to spend much money and tend to use a lot of free stuff. Here is a photo of some of my current sources:

I occasionally buy magazines if I’m low on material - usually I’ll pick up a National Geographic and/or a fashion magazine that looks like it’ll have some interesting images. I’ll sometimes get things like the Better Homes and Gardens magazine given to me by family members.

I pick up free newspapers and magazines whenever I come across them, e.g. LA Weekly, the Modern Monde and Junk publications (above) I picked up at the LA Art Book Fair, and I even like to use the Trader Joe’s sales leaflet!

Sometimes I look in thrift stores to see if there is anything interesting I can use - I recently bought the UFO Phenomenon book.

I also love to use junk mail… living in an apartment that’s had lots of previous tenants is great for that! I get a ton of random magazines that have interesting words and pictures.

When I lived in Wales I also had a lot of my dad’s old pharmaceutical/medical journals at my disposal to find weird stuff for my journals.

Sorry for the ramble! In short: I rarely buy anything fancy, I generally just pick up free stuff when I can and use whatever I find in my mail box.

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

Rating: 2/5 stars
Initial thoughts: I feel cheated. Belzhar was one of my highly anticipated 2014 books and now it has been reduced to this — a 2-star read. I hate it when books manipulate readers with plot twists that eventually fall flat. The magical aspect of its magical realism didn’t enamour me either.

What Belzhar did have going for it at least was the no-nonsense style of writing. It was straight to the point. Still, this book ended up being slow reading because the plot was presented in a rather boring manner. It was a plain regurgitation of all the characters’ stories that didn’t allow me to experience anything as a reader.

I believe books should reach out to readers on both an emotional and an intellectual level. Belzhar was surprisingly devoid of emotion for a book that revolved around 5 teenagers who supposedly went through traumatic experiences.

Full book review is up on Word Revel.