This week’s Life Book lesson was taken by Tamara Laporte. The idea of the lesson was to reflect on the things we are most grateful for in life and represent those on a series of hearts which would be pinned together to form a sort of fanned book. We then had to make a background with a concertina envelope in which to store the hearts.
It was almost like a plenary lesson in some ways as we were encouraged to use a range of mixed media techniques in order to create variety in the hearts. I decided to make five hearts for no other reason than the fact that that was how many I could cut from my larger sheets of watercolour paper so I had to come up with four things I was most grateful for – since the fifth heart acts as the cover.
I asked my husband to pick his favourite from all of the hearts that I made in order to determine which would be the front cover. The one he chose had been decorated with washi tape. I used watercolour with finger painting and spatter for another heart, adopting the technique learned from the Jar of Favourites lesson. I then glued a photo of my kids to that heart. I used a page from an old dictionary for another heart. I used a page with the word “husband” on it so that I could clip out that definition and add it to the collage. I then added a photo of my husband and myself.
The other two hearts both made use of Dylusions ink sprays. One was simply two colours of spray that bled into each other in the centre. I used that one to represent my family and friends who live far and near. I used the globe image from a postage stamp for added interest. The other heart was covered with stamped ink to create a pattern and then sprayed with a single colour of ink. It was really difficult to settle on one particular thing for the final heart. There are so many things I am grateful for. I decided, therefore, to keep it quite broad and generic by having it represent all of the opportunities I have been given and might yet me given in future:
I used Dylusions ink sprays again for the background and envelope but this time it all went a bit pear-shaped. I thought the yellow and green would work well together. Neighbours on the colour wheel, colours of spring, the colour of leaves as Autumn arrives – but sadly also the colours of day old bruises. Oh dear. The lemon zest and dirty martini inks bled together to form a sludgy mossy colour that truly resembled nothing more than an old bruise. Yuck. Another lesson learned. And I also learned that I completely suck at spraying through stencils. Oh dear. Again I was reminded that all mistakes are part of the learning process so I determined to use the sprayed paper regardless. I stamped the title of the lesson on the top of the page and a trio of hearts on the concertina envelope.
Another week done and I am still managing to keep to the class schedule. Yippee!