You know how that goes? You browse through the internet, click a link, find something you are interested in, find something else, click another link and another and you have no idea how you got there in the end? That happened to me with Life Book 2013 ;) It sounded great and as I had promised myself to be more creative and artsy again, I signed up for it – a week before it started. So, what is this Life Book you ask? To quote Tam: “Life Book, a celebration and honouring of  YOU is a year-long mixed media art class organised by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts. She is joined by 21 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share their mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with YOU! Themed around self-development and healing, you’ll be creating a minimum of 2 loose mixed media art journal pages per month (through a minimum of 2 lessons a month) which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life Book)!” That is it, in a nut shell.

We are now 3 weeks in and I have had so much fun! As I do so much digital, it is good to have a creative outlet that actually lets you mess with paints, paper, brushes, glue, ink, stamps and lots more to counter balance my computer work. It is kind of therapeutic  really. To ease us in and to help those of us who’s inner critic can sometimes be very overpowering – ME – Tam let us drew our Fairy God Mother and what she would say to you when your doubts are getting the best of you.

Here is mine, isn’t she a cutie patootie?

Materials used: Arches hot pressed paper 300gsm, Reeves water soluble pastels, Faber Castell Albrecht Duerer Watercolour pencils, Faber Castell Pitt artist pen M

Next up was our Celebration & Journey lesson – celebrating the blessings you have and what your goals are for the year.

Materials used: Arches hotpressed paper, 300gsm, Reeves watercolours, Faber Castell Albrecht Duerer Watercolour pencils, Jo Sonja’s Acrylic Paint & Texture paste, 6×6 TCW Mini Daisy Cluster Template, ModPodge, pages of old book, Faber Castell Pitt artist pen M, B, Zig 2 way glue squeeze & roll

Some close ups:

Our second week was with guest teacher Monica Zuniga, check out her blog here. Our lesson was called “True Intensions”. Know let me tell you, I loved the video lesson but the actual task was quite a challenge for me! We had to use stamps to make a paper doll and mine didn’t turn out as I hoped – I especially don’t like the bold colours I used. See, there she is again – Mrs Inner Critic… sigh ;)

Materials used: Archer hotpressed paper 300gsm, Faber Castell Albrecht Duerer watercolour pencils, stencils, Dylusions Ink Spray, gesso, stamps, Archival Ink, Tombow markers, Faber Castell Pitt artist pens.

This week was a class with Christy Tomlinson, check out her blog here. Now, I used to do an online class with her last year, called “The She Art Workshop” and I absolutely lurved it! Christy is such a bubbly personality and I love how messy she is, laughs about it and her artwork is simply amazing! She taught us an amazing technique using foil and tissue paper. Sorry, forgot to reduce the images in size and am to lazy to redo ;)

Materials used: Arches coldpressed paper, some old book pages, tissue paper with keys from 7gypsies, paper scraps from Black & White Paper Pad by Kaisercraft, White acrylic paint, several stencils, stamps, Dylusion Inks, Distress Stain by Tim Holtz, Adirondack Alcohol Inks, bank paper and tissue paper

And close up:

Cool, huh? Well – I like it ;) Are you interested? It is not too late to sign up! Go visit Tamara now, join us on our Mixed Media journey – no talent required, just have some fun! Click here to find out more information about Life Book 2013