Monday, 8 January 2018

A New Adventure

Hello friends and thanks for dropping in. Just recently (or to be honest for quite a while really) I have been in dire need of some inspiration for my art and creativity. So after thinking about it for some time, I decided to join Tamara Laporte  from Willowing Lifebook 2018 classes. Here is my very first creation from the first class: It is just a warm up excercise, but I had great fun with it.
Obviously I cannot reveal the techniques used, as they are part of Tam's class. She has called this first class "Make your Mark", and it is full of personal symbolism, letting go of old stuff and opening yourself up for new things. (Lifebook lasts for a whole year).
You choose your own totem animal, - I chose birds and feathers. You are also to choose your word for the year. I had chosen Transformation as my word a while back already, but as that seems to be just about every second person's word this year, I changed mine to Realize, I like the double meaning of the word, - you realize, as in understand/discover, but also you realize in the sense of bringing things into reality, if that makes any sense. I chose birds and feathers as I love drawing and painting them and they symbolize flying free to me. Anyway, that's enough waffle, here are a few more close ups:

More birds, this one was a scrap of washi tape, on some text paper.
And another one from the same washi tape, I enhanced it a little with a black pen to bring it out a bit more from its background.
Well, that's it for now. I am nearly done with my next painting and will be sharing that in a few days time.
Thanks for your visit like always


Glennis F said...

That is beautiful, Astrid

Kate Yetter said...

Wow! That's so amazing texture. I love your journal page.

Margaret Mifsud said...

Hi Astrid! Sorry I haven't visited for a while but I took a little break over the holidays. I love this journal page .. it is stunning! I certainly can understand about needing some inspiration and it looks like you have found it! I love the colours and the graphics. The textures too are wonderful and you have brought it all together so beautifully!! Absolutely stunning piece! A little late perhaps but, wishing you and yours all the very best for 2018. hugs xx

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful work, have fun with the new course and looking forward to seeing what you make there. Hugs, Valerie

Maryann Laursen said...

This is absolut gorgeous Astrid, and I love both how it turned out, but also the colors you´ve used are sooo adorable and perfect for this piece of art here.

Let's Art Journal said...

It looks like you are really enjoying your fabulous new adventure! I love your choice of birds and feathers, and the word "realise" is perfect because of it's double meaning, like you say it's about becoming aware of something as well as making things happen 😁. Your page is beautiful too with all the layers and texture you created. Wishing you a happy new start to the week! J 😊

Theresa said...

love your birds Astrid. I signed up for Lifebook as well. Just getting settled after a move so planning to get to the first lesson this week. I need the jumpstart after a month of packing and unpacking. hope I can turn out a page as beautiful as yours. thanks as always for sharing.

Gio said...

Such an inspiring and gorgeous page Astrid. The design and texture are so beautiful!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

It's gorgeous Astrid, I love seeing your take of the challenge and it's beautiful in your own style :) Looking forward to seeing more :) xx

Rita said...

Hello Astrid. Well, is there no end to your talent my friend. This looks so amazing and the textures are absolutely mind blowing. Sorting out my crafty place today, hoping for a nice new start to 2018. Being quite ruthless as I do dislike throwing out things that are still useful. But now is the time to choose what hobbies I keep and what I give up. Decisions decisions. Hugs Rita xxxx

Patty O'Malley said...

Beautiful page, Astrid!

Jackie PN said...

Beautiful Astrid!! Good for you for finally taking the plunge! I think we all need to do this in one form or another to uplift our muses and open new doors!
Can't wait to see what this new venture has in store for you!

Jackie xx

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Astrid, I think we all get that way sometimes but you seem to be finding your way out of it. Happy creative new year, Angela xXx

Dorthe said...

A beautiful place to be inspired, I can see, so very lovely is your first creation, I in color tones and the chosen bird theme so adorable, dear.
I look forward seeing more Astrid- Hugs !

Annie said...

Yay!!! Love your journal page Astrid and I am sure that you will have great fun on this amazing new journey. I had a look and this is so perfect for you xx I can't wait to view your inspiring your word too xx

Hugs Annie xx

ps I must get my skates on with a few crafty things too...hopefully start tomorrow as I am recovering from a hectic weekend at work xx

froebelsternchen said...

This page is utterly BEAUTIFUL dear Astrid! Precious layers!
oxo Susi

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh My! This really is beautiful..and this is only the start! I think you are going to have some real fun with this! Hugs, Chrisx

Meggymay said...

This looks beautiful Astrid. I think you will enjoy the course and I look forward to seeing what you make.
Yvonne xx

Lisa Bakker said...

This is just stunning!

Mrs.B said...

A beautiful piece Astrid, gorgeous colours and textures. Have fun with this course and look forward to the next piece.
Avril xx

Marisa Job said...

Beautiful as always! Love all the texture and colors!!

Helen Wallace said...

How exciting to be part of the whole year of classes and inspiration. The bird and the words are powerful symbols for your creativity.

vaiybora said...

Thank for your very good article.! i always enjoy & read the post you are sharing!


butterfly said...

So happy to have had a bit of catch up time here... I'd have been left completely behind otherwise on this exciting new year of creativity. I've so enjoyed seeing your early Lifebook works, and from what I've seen, it's going to be a year full of realisations and realizing of beautiful artwork (I can never decide between the z and the s, so you can have one of each for each of your meanings). This page makes me very happy - not quite sure why - but that really doesn't matter!
Alison x

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