Spilling Open by Sabrina Ward Harrison

Spilling Open: the Art of Becoming Yourself by Sabrina Ward Harrison is the personal art journal she made between 18-21 years old. This is NOT a how-to book, it’s a personal mixed media art journal.

Looking at her pages feels really personal. She includes photos and a lot of writing.

The following photo is my favourite page in the book. I love the centered text and photo.

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Sabrina Ward Harrison’s Art Style

She combines a lot of types of material in these art journal pages including:

  • Paint
  • Black pen
  • Pencil
  • Photos
  • Paper
  • Masking tape
  • Paper clips
  • Teabag wrapper
  • Maps
  • Translucent vellum
  • Key
  • Mail
  • Stamps
  • Tickets

Some of the specific details of her work that I like are how she:

  • mixes uppercase and lower case letters,
  • colours in some of the letters,
  • draws lines under the journaling.

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My Favourite Quote

We are all facing choices that define us. No choice, however messy, is without importance in the overall picture of our lives. We all at our own age have to claim something, even if it is only our own confusion. I am in the middle of growing up and into myself. This book is my life in progress.

Related Books

I’d love to look inside both of these books, which show pages from many different art journalists (I haven’t seen these books yet):

Sabrina has other books:

Sabrina’s website: http://sabrinawharrison.tumblr.com/


I give Spilling Open a 4/5 rating because I find the overall style messier than I mine, (though I really like her style and find it inspiring). I have signed it out multiple times from the library.

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I borrowed this book from the library. Of course, the opinions are my own. Affiliate links used wherever possible, which means that at no additional cost to you I make a small commission if you make a purchase.