There were two lessons on Life Book this week, both very different but both involving feathers. One was a success for me; the other less so.
The main lesson was taken by Rachael Rice. The object was to create a dimensional piece representing a dream catcher but – for a variety of diverse reasons, including not having all of the materials required – I chose to do something else. I seem to be making a habit of going my own way with LB lessons. I need to learn to steer a path between creating something that speaks to me, inspires me, meshes better with my style, and getting the most out of the lessons by following the instructions. Sometimes I find that path; sometimes I don’t. It was another valuable lesson in painting over collage. It ended up wrinkling a little but I actually quite liked that. I also enjoyed using the metallic paints, gold and bronze. I am not sure it shows up in the photo but they created a nice warm shimmer. My feathers look a bit more like leaves but I liked the technique involved in constructing them. Having no fabric to use in my collage, I ended up using white acrylic paint to produce what are fast becoming my signature dots. What I produced is not a disaster but it is just a bit meh. I will definitely use the techniques I learned in future projects, however.
In comparison, the bonus lesson completely inspired me. It was an Affirmation Feather tutorial taken by Tamara Laporte, the course organiser, and involved me using two new media I have never used before: Dylusions spray inks and Posca paint pens. I loved using both of them and will definitely use both again. My colour scheme for the piece was dictated by the few colours of ink sprays and aquarelle pens that I possess but I rather like the freshness of the lime and teal. The colours make me think of winter melting into spring. I am definitely looking forward to spring. I messed up a little when adding gesso because it smudged the ink but I managed to problem-solve it and recover. I love the whispy feather, really like how this piece ended up and really enjoyed the process of creating it. It definitely makes a difference to me when I engage with the lesson, inspires me more and gets me producing better results.
Tamara’s feather lesson was definitely my favourite so far.