Lifebook 2015 Project: Warm Up Page & Beacon

Not sure if I mentioned on my podcast that I signed up at the end of 2014 for Lifebook 2015. This was a big step for me in my artful journey in that I knew I was committing to a full year of immersing myself in learning from well-known and respected mixed media artists and the community of fellow students. All of us are at different levels with our art, and while many are beginners like me, many are in their 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of taking Lifebook. 

The workshop is 52 weeks of 1-3 lessons a week with different teachers. The first week was with the creator of Lifebook, Tamara Laporte, someone whose classes I have taken in the past, and artwork I greatly admire.

Our first lesson was a warm-up exercise having to do with our word or mantra for the year.

So much fun with vintage and scrapbook papers, Neocolor II crayons, paint, washi tape, and rubber stamps on 1 page!
Our next lesson was also with Tamara and she demonstrated how to draw and paint a whimsical face to create a Beacon of Light to encourage and inspire us throughout the year.

One of the things I love most about Tamara's teaching style is how she breaks everything down (via video) into simple steps using easy shapes and brushstrokes to follow. She is a very calming and lighthearted teacher as well - very easy to feel comfortable even if it's your very first time drawing a face.

I am so excited for what is to come! Watch this space for more as I share my Lifebook journey with you.



  1. I really love seeing your work on this, Tanesha. Beautiful! I'd like to have this same approach to my goal of doing monthly journal quilts in 2015--at first, sticking to fabric and embellishments, but would like to play around with mixed-media fabric collage. Your images inspire me....

  2. These are beautiful! Good luck with the rest of the course! I've enjoyed poking around your blog today.


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