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Monday, January 02, 2012

Life Book 2012

Hellooooo to any other Life Bookers out there, reading this.  


For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, let me explain.  Life Book is a 12 month, online art class put together by the awesome Tamara Laporte.  




12 months, with 2 full video lessons each month, plus extra activities on the in between weeks.  I treated myself to this by paying for it with what I earn from the sponsored blog posts that I make.  Then I made a Christmas list with some of the supplies I would need, and was blessed to receive a lot of them.


Class opened as the year turned into 2012, and over 600 people are now arting away!


As a Christian some of the "healing exercises" that come along with the lessons, do not sit right with what I believe and the way I think.  BUT that's Ok, truly it is.  If you've been thinking about lifebook but concerned about that part of it, don't be.  Take a risk and give it a go, I am sure you will find it's OK.


For instance, this very first lesson is all about identifying and celebrating our positive qualities.  In the lesson they are described as "goddess superpowers" but that doesn't mean you have to consider them so and I would say that only about half of the completed pages I have seen so far have described them as such.  


So, if the spiritual aspect of any of the lessons concerns you, you can do what I and others have done and put that little change to it, or you could just skip that part altogether and focus only on the art aspect of them, it would still be well worth the money in my opinion (and this is NOT a sponsored post BTW).


I didn't quite have the right supplies for the first lesson, not having the colours of watercolour crayons that Tam suggests, and not being able to find my brayer for the background.  I know I have one, I have looked all over the craft room but I cannot find it.  I wonder if I took it down to church for a craft project with the children, hmmmmmm.


So I improvised, I used the colours that I did have and I did some stencilled ink for the background instead.  




Making the list of positive qualities is not necessarily easy, most of us are more used to thinking on the things we need to change, the things we need to do better at and so on, particularly at this time of year. Even if you don't do art or are not part of Life Book, why don't you sit down with a notepad and pen and make that list of positive qualities that you have and make celebrating them in some little way a part of your new year. 
I started with a list of whole phrases, but was able to narrow each of those phrases down into just one or two words.




If you have been following my art journal adventures on my blog you will know that I have been learning to draw faces, something I could NEVER do when I was at school, and until less than a year ago still believed I could not do.  This page is both the first face I have done in 3/4 profile since starting to learn properly AND the first colour face I have done in that time.  I am over the moon with how it turned out.




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4 comments:

  1. Using what works and not paying mind to the spiritual mumbo jumbo is what I did with The Artist's Way. You don't have to agree with everything to reap the benefit.

    AND ZOE WOWOWOWOWOWOWWOWOWOOWOWOWOWOWWWWWW!!!!! That face is AH-MA-ZING! Way to go you!!!!

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  2. Truly beautiful Goddess. I love her eyes and her crown looks gorgeous. It is always great to use things on hand instead.. the brayer was not meant to be found this time! Enjoy Life Book. Thanks for your encouragement on Tam's Life Book FB page.. I will colour my Goddess.. I am struggling with the list a bit! Best wishes, Gez.

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  3. Wow! Faces are so difficult to draw; great job! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!

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  4. Your posts always bless me! Thanks for sharing your insight into this art class and your own, personal artwork with the Tuesday To Do party!
    Smiles!
    Jami
    www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

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