Lifebook 2018 Week 01 – Making My Mark and Setting My Intentions

Lifebook by Tamara Laporte is back! YEAH!! Even though I never finished the last Lifebook course I got (2016) and didn’t even get close to completing half of it, this year I decided to start afresh and get the new edition. One of my many goals for 2018 and beyond is to allow myself more time for creative play and make the time for it.

For more info or to sign up to Lifebook (available until September 2018 – easy payment plans available, which is a great help), click HERE.

For me, Lifebook is the perfect structure to create all year long. The variety of teachers enables you to try different creative styles and techniques, ideal to grow as an artist – amateur like me or professional.

The only downside – which is only a downside if you have very little free time like me, otherwise it is a total bonus! – is that the weekly content of videos and instructions is quite dense. I think that’s why I stopped 2 years ago; first,  I was trying to do everything each week, and, by the time I had watched the videos, I had no free time left or very little to give the lesson a go.
This year might end up the same but, I have set myself the goal to do at least one a week. If it’s just one lesson, then I would have reached my goal. I can always spend 2019 going through the Lifebook 2018 lessons I didn’t get the time to do!

Without further ado, here is my take on the warm up lesson for week 1 –

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  • a sheet of Canson paper 224gsm
  • collage papers – I’m using old book pages, the patterned inside of an envelope and printed collage paper on copier paper
  • Dina Wakley brushes
  • a pot of clear water (to start with – it didn’t stay clear very long though!)
  • Dina Wakley gel medium
  • watersoluble crayons (Prima Marketing Colour a la Cremes)
  • Dina Wakley acrylic paints in white, magenta, turquoise, blackberry violet and night
  • Finnabair Art Basics clear gesso (to use on its own and also mixed with white paint – my white gesso was upstairs while I was filming!)
  • Speedball medium brayer
  • hairdryer
  • a rag
  • handmade foam stamp
  • black india ink and dip pen
  • green Posca paint pen fine tip
  • silver gel pen
  • A Wink of Stella glitter brush pen in Clear
  • my fingers!!