Life Book 2015…new adventures in art

I am now at Week 7 and I am totally surprised about which buttons of mine are being pushed! I’m totally loving it! I’m discovering new art products and am feeling very inspired.

Week 5’s offering is the feather. It’s collage, watercolor pens, and Posca paint pens. I am totally digging the Posca pens. Notice the white paint in the image? That’s a Posca white pen! The first attempt at the feather resulted in it looking more like a tree. I like this attempt better.

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Week 6’s lesson was Seeds of Love. I loved this lesson. As a matter of fact I am currently working on more pieces using these techniques. There are lots of layers of watercolor crayon, Posca pens and acrylic paint. There is also a lot of “smushing” (blending and adding and blending and adding, etc.) involved which is really fun and involving.

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Life Book 2015…Week 3

I love words…reading them, writing them, studying them. And to turn words into art? Love it!

Week 3’s lesson was taught by Joanna Sharpe and focused on using words in our artwork. I have been trying for years to get a handle on making cool word art, and I was always just a little off. Of course, I would make something, it would look amateurish and I would stop in disappointment. The truth is that I didn’t practice enough to improve. Isn’t that just the lesson?!

So, as recommended by Joanna Sharpe, I have an ongoing journal to practice my lettering. I’m still critical, but even I can see improvement the more I practice.

Our project for Week 3 was to create an image and quote using watercolor and pens. It took several attempts but here is the final project. Notice, I used my Word For The Year in my quote!


Life Book 2015…Week 1

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A few months ago I stumbled across this online class called Life Book 2015. (Ā  As I read through the website I got more and more inspired. This was just what I was looking for! A mixed media online class with videos and projects that will take me through the year. I tend to start strong and then lose interest/get distracted before the finish line. I don’t know what will happen this year, but I am hoping that the structure that Tamara LaPorte (creatrix of Life Book 2015) will see me through to the end.

For Week 1 we created our “Beacon of Light.” My rendition is not that similar to the one demonstrated, and I had some qualms about it. Was it okay not to copy the original? How do I not compare what I did to what others produced? This is, of course, the lesson of this year. How to learn and adapt and be willing to stand by my creations. They don’t need to look like everyone else’s paintings. They don’t have to be technically “good.” The question I need to focus on is “Am I enjoying the process of learning and doing?”

And so far, the answer is YES!