I have taken a few weeks out of my calendar to put the finishing touches on my Life Book project (yes, sadly from 2015!). I decided how I wanted to bind the pages, and what to use for the cover. I have had practice with the binding process, (see these art journals here). You can also read more about the Life Book class on this link!
I painted this lovely bright flower painting when I was in elementary school. It is acrylic on canvas, and I still had it after all these years! I wrapped it around some book board to make a cover for my Life Book. I just love the symbolism of where I started and where I have been going with art education! Plus, I am still a sucker for primitive art. I remember when I painted this, how frustrated I was at the inability to control the thickness of the line with the black paint. Now, I kind of like it!
I will reiterate that in spite of being somewhat reluctant and resistant, I DID learn the processes, and eventually learned how to put it together with my own voice. I also gave myself permission to skip the lessons that were the least interesting to me.
The absolute best things I got out of this class:
1. Knowledge. I know what matte medium is now! and Stabilo pencils! and watercolor crayons!
2. Freedom to explore. I no longer feel inhibited or intimidated by the supplies.
3. Joy from playing. With no intention in mind, I can start painting and it feels like playing. I love it!
4. Healing. A number of the assignments worked on a deeper, subconscious, and intuitive place. I loved the guided meditations. I loved the assignments geared to working on issues. These were the BEST!
Thanks so much Tamara!