A Series of Quirky Birds

Today I have another Life Book page to share with you. This was a lesson by Life Book’s founder Tamara Laporte, and it was a lot of fun! The page is in a slightly different format than usually, rather than working a normal A4 sketchbook page we made an accordion page (which is just a page that folds out in the style of an accordion):


The idea was to create a layered backgrounds and draw a series of whimsical birds before adding some grounding words (these could be song lyrics, poetry, our own thoughts, a famous quote… anything). I used some lyrics from this song.

Here are the close-ups of my little birds:

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I really enjoyed creating this spread. The background had so many layers and yet was so easy to work on, and I liked having smaller boxes to fill (sometimes large pages can be a bit intimidating). I love the way that the text and borders have been added, but there is one thing I don’t like too much… the birds. I just think they all look a bit… stoned. I think I might experiment with birds a bit more until I get them ‘right’.

Have a great weekend,

D x


Celebration & Connection

‘Celebration and Connection’ is the name of Mindy Lacefield‘s whimsical Life Book lesson. It’s loosely based on the words of the people in life who inspire you. I journaled a little about the loves in my life to jumpstart my inspiration before cracking those paints out. You should check out Mindy’s website for some very beautiful, dreamlike art (she also offers a handful of workshop that I’m itching to have a go at!)

This is the page I created:


I absolutely ADORE the background, I will DEFINITELY be using those techniques again. I didn’t mimic the style of face Mindy paints but now I wish I did… I really don’t like my girls. They just seem flat and dull and kind of miserable… I did enjoy the process though, and like I said, I think the background looks fab. Because I’m not completely satisfied with this one, I think I’ll work through this lesson again at some point (the good thing about Life Book is that you can download the videos and keep them FOREVER).

Have a great weekend guys,

D x

Heart Connections

The next Life Book page I’m going to share with you is from Tam‘s Week 10 lesson:


There are so many layers to this background. I start off journaling about all the people and things I feel a connection with and then built up layers of paint and collage (the green pattern was done with a handmade foam stamp). The heart is made of rolled up pieces of paper. Each one has a little message on the inside, but they’re just for me… no reading allowed! I added bits of painted tissue paper to round of the edges and fill in any little gaps between the roles, and then sprinkled on a teensy bit of glitter for some shimmer.

I don’t usually make 3D pages, but I do like this one. I’ll have to tear it out of my sketch book though or I won’t be able to work on the rest of the pages. It doesn’t really matter though as I’m planning on binding my Life Book pages together at the end of the year.

I’m gonna link up to Art Journal Every Day – head over there to check out some other cool arty things!

D x


Today I’m going to share another art journal page with you. This was a product of Jane Davenport‘s Life Book lesson, which was all about ‘unstumpifying’ the female figure:


These are not colours I would typically use together but I love them! I love the swirliness of the figure in the background, someone told me the other day that she looks like an octopus, and now I can’t help but compare her to Ursula from The Little Mermaid… There’s something about the other girl that I’m not too keen on but I can’t quite put my finger on it… something about the shape of the body doesn’t seem quite right…

But I suppose that’s the beauty of creating something whimsical right? It doesn’t matter if things are a bit wonky!

Have a great weekend (and think of me while I’m toiling away at my next assignment)

D x


The Life Book lesson for week 6 was run by Tamara Laporte, and I have to say I had a lot of fun with this one!


I did mine slightly differently as I didn’t ave all the materials Tam showed us… First I created the background using a hand cut stencil and spray paints (I chose the stag to represent strength, courage and pride). On a separate sheet of paper I drew my figure, I think she might have been influenced by the books I’ve been reading (The Hunger Games). I added lettering made out of scraps and bam! Finished!

Tam wanted us the share our biggest ‘sad’, ‘learning’ and ‘happy’ of our pages, here are mine:

Biggest SAD – I don’t love the body shape of my figure, I think full body drawing is something I need to practise.

Biggest LEARNING – It’s very easy to make quirky stencils, as long as you don’t mind them being disposable!

Biggest HAPPY – I love the sprayed background… I loved it so much I really didn’t want to add anything else to the page! I also really like my girl’s hair.

I’ve been working on a few other bits and pieces, so I might have some beautiful things to share with you over the next couple of weeks!

Have a great weekend,

D x

Game Board Journal Page

Hi everyone,

I’m a day late with my art journal but after it took me two and a half hours to do a forty minute journey last night, I really just needed to vegetate for a while!

This page was based on another Life Book lesson (this time by Kelly Hoernig) and the idea was that we’d create a game board in our art journal including a game piece and game cards. These were to be based on our ‘word’ for the year, but as I don’t think I could pick one word to represent a whole year, I ignored that rule. I used a black and a white pen to add text to the squares (black to represent the obstacles I face, white to show the things that motivate me or phrases to spur me on).

Here is my page:


I didn’t follow all of Kelly’s steps, I let my muse run free with the ideas and techniques she showed us.

I made the cards out of old train tickets, decorated with scraps of paper, acrylic paint and a couple of markers:


This page does not look like something I’d usually create, but I actually quite like it, especially the cards (and now I have a use for that bundle of old tickets stashed in my purse…).

I hope you all have a wonderfully creative weekend!

D x

Scales of Light

The next Life Book mini-lesson was taught by Dion Dior (check out her blog here). The exercise involved using white media on a black sheet of paper to create shading around the shape of your hand (and then maybe add a few doodles). Simple. Fun. Here is mine:


I didn’t have any black paper to hand and yet I wanted to get started, so I had to improvise. Using a handmade printing plate I stamped black india ink across my page before covering in a dark wash. I traced around two hands; one belonging to me and the other to my boyfriend. I used a white Prismacolor pencil to do the rest, the doodles were informed by the shapes created by the stamps.

I quite enjoyed creating this page… I could colour in mindlessly without having to pay too much attention… it’s nice to be able to do that occasionally!

Hope you’ve all had a great week!

D x