Description of the Book from Amazon
Inspired by artist Tamara Laporte’s popular online art classes (willowing.org), Create Your Life Book presents 18 step-by-step mixed-media drawing and painting projects that encourage self-fulfillment through the creative process. Tamara’s kind, non-judgmental voice guides your way.
What is holding you back? Where do you want to go? Let go of the past! Use these expressive exercises to help you recognize your personal challenges and other obstacles, then work through them. Let go of limiting beliefs, find courage, feel gratitude, heal pain, and develop self-love as you playfully create.
Each themed chapter presents four to five two-part projects. First, you will explore a common issue that hampers creativity and/or positive self-worth. The second portion is a step-by-step mixed-media art project designed to help you work through that issue. Just a few of the explorations:
Let go of what no longer serves you by taking stock of what’s holding you back, then create a zentangle butterfly to symbolize you flying away from those limiting things.
Embrace and love your inner quirky bird by taking an inventory of your quirky traits, then create a bird that celebrates them.
Heal old wounds by writing a letter to yourself as a child, then create a house to keep your inner child safe.
Adding rich variety to the messages and art inspiration, some of the project outlines have been contributed by Tamara's guest teachers: Roxanne Coble, Andrea Gomoll, Alena Hennessy, Mystele Kirkeeng, Ivy Newport, and Effy Wild, each of whom are noted mixed-media artists in their own right. The final chapter presents a simple binding method for creating a keepsake book of your Life Book projects.
Steeped in inspirational images and uplifting affirmations, Create Your Life Book can help you achieve both personal and creative growth.
The publisher was kind enough to provide me with a copy of this book to review. All opinions are my own and honest.
This book is beautiful and inspiring. I never thought I would actually use anything from it because I have no intentions of creating a Life Book but boy was I wrong! I'm happy to say that there are so many techniques and inspiring ideas in this book that any artist can find something from this book. I love the way the artists find purpose in the art that they are creating. My favourite projects are Follow the Light and Looking Inward. I have tried out some of the techniques used in this book on other art projects but I will be honest in saying I haven't done a full project. I am looking forward to using them this year though to help guide my mediation practice and to fill my space with positive energy. I highly recommend this book for any artist, but especially those that want inspiration for pieces with a specific purpose or those that would like to create a life book. Who knows, maybe one day I will have one!