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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Create Your Life Book: Mixed-Media Art Projects for Expanding Creativity and Encouraging Personal Growth

  1. 5 out of 5

    Crissy

    Let me just say: I love this book. It's basically half self help book and half arts and crafts. Mixed media art has always fascinated me because I am so very particular and the idea of just gluing and pasting and adding on things OTHER than paint terrified me! This book helped me learn to loosen up and not worry so much. Art should be fun, it should make you happy. It should not frustrate you. This book walks you through multiple projects step by step showing you how to create your own work and Let me just say: I love this book. It's basically half self help book and half arts and crafts. Mixed media art has always fascinated me because I am so very particular and the idea of just gluing and pasting and adding on things OTHER than paint terrified me! This book helped me learn to loosen up and not worry so much. Art should be fun, it should make you happy. It should not frustrate you. This book walks you through multiple projects step by step showing you how to create your own work and also giving you a little lesson in the meantime (meditation, self love, exploring your own life, etc). It is truly lovely and I can see myself going back to this time and time again to work on some of the projects. The art is so very beautiful and colorful. Going through this book was therapeutic and exactly what I needed at this point in my life. I received an advance copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalleyfor letting me review this title!

  2. 5 out of 5

    The Quarto Group

    Full of beautiful creations and inspirations, this book is very therapeutic.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    First of all, I will say that I love Tamara Laporte's art, and when I first picked this book up, I was skeptical about how I could possibly make anything nearly as beautiful as the projects she describes and demonstrates here. But... my skepticism diminished as I read through each project, realizing that while maybe I can't draw as well as she can, there are many projects in the book that don't require that fine talent at all! My particular favorite project is the gratitude blessings mixed media First of all, I will say that I love Tamara Laporte's art, and when I first picked this book up, I was skeptical about how I could possibly make anything nearly as beautiful as the projects she describes and demonstrates here. But... my skepticism diminished as I read through each project, realizing that while maybe I can't draw as well as she can, there are many projects in the book that don't require that fine talent at all! My particular favorite project is the gratitude blessings mixed media page that consists of writing what I'm grateful for on little slips of collage paper, then rolling them up and tying them with ribbon and adhering them to a beautiful collage. Mine doesn't look exactly like Tamara's but it looks just like ME and I love it. I also appreciate that there is so much more to this book than just directions for completing each project. Tamara and the contributing authors each include background on the project, as well as suggestions for other ways to incorporate things like gratitude, strength, transformation, self-love, healing, and affirmations into our daily lives.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kathy M

    Love, love, love this book! I'm a huge fan of Tam's courses, and have taken many of her classes. She even offers a free course on her website willowing.org. Check her out, you won't regret it! This is her first book, a and I hope there's many more. Love her style, and the book is beautiful. I received a advanced e-reader copy for free, and still bought the book. She's also included other artists to offer a little variety. Not only does she teach her art skills, she also gives inspirational motiv Love, love, love this book! I'm a huge fan of Tam's courses, and have taken many of her classes. She even offers a free course on her website willowing.org. Check her out, you won't regret it! This is her first book, a and I hope there's many more. Love her style, and the book is beautiful. I received a advanced e-reader copy for free, and still bought the book. She's also included other artists to offer a little variety. Not only does she teach her art skills, she also gives inspirational motivation to others through her own journey and struggles. Buy this book for yourself, but as gifts to anyone who wishes to expand their creative skills.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    What a fabulous book! This book gives many idea for Mixed-Media Art Projects. I love to draw faces and characters and this book definitely gives wonderful tips. I'll buy a paper copy when it's published. What a fabulous book! This book gives many idea for Mixed-Media Art Projects. I love to draw faces and characters and this book definitely gives wonderful tips. I'll buy a paper copy when it's published.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Mulford

    I love art, but am not an artist - writing is much easier. I love that this book includes writing exercises in the art process, and many projects include templates you can personalize. The pages of the life book will include a safe house for your inner child, a warden to guard the book from prying eyes, a beautiful gratitude tree, and many others - there are just enough pages to move through my life and experience healing, but not so many that I get overwhelmed by the thought of creating them. T I love art, but am not an artist - writing is much easier. I love that this book includes writing exercises in the art process, and many projects include templates you can personalize. The pages of the life book will include a safe house for your inner child, a warden to guard the book from prying eyes, a beautiful gratitude tree, and many others - there are just enough pages to move through my life and experience healing, but not so many that I get overwhelmed by the thought of creating them. The whole book is just beautiful, and Tamara Laporte really distills each technique into understandable language, while still citing research and sources, should you want to dig deeper. I also appreciated her use of collaborators - not every project will look like the one on the cover (which is about acknowledging and healing the inner critic). As far as materials, Laporte definitely recommends some art supplies that non-artists won't have lying around, but every one of these pages can be made with simple paper, glue, scissors, and markers. Or go ahead and splurge - bring out your inner beauty to its fullest! Overall, this book was a delight to read, an enlightening, healing experience, and I plan to buy a hard copy so I can really dive in.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    When I saw this on Netgalley, I know I had to try to get it to review.  I realized that I need the actual book to be able to sit down to learn this.  If I had a copy on my ipad, it would have been easier for me to read it better tan in the Adobe Digital Editions program. The author explains what a life book is.  She wants people to find their creativity.  Time is spent on what art supplies is needed.  She breaks the book down into projects with how you can heal yourself.  For example, Projects 1- When I saw this on Netgalley, I know I had to try to get it to review.  I realized that I need the actual book to be able to sit down to learn this.  If I had a copy on my ipad, it would have been easier for me to read it better tan in the Adobe Digital Editions program. The author explains what a life book is.  She wants people to find their creativity.  Time is spent on what art supplies is needed.  She breaks the book down into projects with how you can heal yourself.  For example, Projects 1-4 are under the title letting go.  I absolutely love the Zen Butterfly.  I can see me working on this one.  I love that there is Zentangle in it.  That is something else I have wanted to learn, but time has not been kind.  Each project is broken down into sections on a 2 page spread showing the reader actually what is coming next.  Another 2 page spread shows how to put it all together.  Love the "No One Alive is Youer than You" project using a quirky bird.  I also loved the  Seeds of Love project.  I take from this book is that I need to slow down and learn the items I have been wanting to do. ☆☆☆☆ I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. Recommend this book? Yes! Author? Yes! Read more from this author? Yes! Happy Reading! Melissa 

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amy Bradley

    Gorgeous step-by-step instructions on using art to explore yourself. Even if the style of art is not to your personal taste, I recommend trying the exercises, exploring the materials, as a meditation to take you out of your everyday self. Some great mixed-media techniques, if you lack spray inks, try watering down paint in cheap spray bottles instead (alcohol spray inks will give better blending results in general). A great book for the new year!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mari's Struggle is Real

    Each themed chapter has 4 to 5 two-part projects. These are the following chapter themes: -- Letting Go, Manifesting & Celebrating -- Self-Love, Grounding & Being Present -- Honoring & Healing -- Transformation, Strength & Gratitude -- Binding Your Life Book -- Final Words of Encouragement The first step is to explore a common issue that hampers creativity and/or positive self-worth. The second portion is a step-by-step mixed-media art project specially designed to help you work through that issue. Gr Each themed chapter has 4 to 5 two-part projects. These are the following chapter themes: -- Letting Go, Manifesting & Celebrating -- Self-Love, Grounding & Being Present -- Honoring & Healing -- Transformation, Strength & Gratitude -- Binding Your Life Book -- Final Words of Encouragement The first step is to explore a common issue that hampers creativity and/or positive self-worth. The second portion is a step-by-step mixed-media art project specially designed to help you work through that issue. Great way to open up inspiration. *I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review by NetGalley*

  10. 4 out of 5

    Books In Brogan

    The full name of the book is Create Your Life Book: Mixed-Media Art Projects for Expanding Creativity and Encouraging Personal Growth which is a pretty good description of what you will find in the book plenty of practical instructions mixed with "Life Lessons".  I am a big fan of a blog called http://journalworkshops.ning.com where you can find a lot of amazing classes and other videos but no books.  So when I saw the blurb on this I was really intrigued and was happy to find that the mix of th The full name of the book is Create Your Life Book: Mixed-Media Art Projects for Expanding Creativity and Encouraging Personal Growth which is a pretty good description of what you will find in the book plenty of practical instructions mixed with "Life Lessons".  I am a big fan of a blog called http://journalworkshops.ning.com where you can find a lot of amazing classes and other videos but no books.  So when I saw the blurb on this I was really intrigued and was happy to find that the mix of the two (art and life lessons) was a great balance, this one will definitely be a permanent addition to my bookshelf so when I need inspiration I can reference it.This review was originally posted on Books In Brogan

  11. 5 out of 5

    Critterbee❇

    ...a happier world starts by healing the wounds within... Create Your Life Book begins with self-affirmation and positive vibes, and features lovely art projects that combine mindfulness, meditation and more. I love the colors used throughout the book, and the drawing style. The projects look fun, and I would like to try a few of them. There is no pressure to complete the projects perfectly, with a time limit, or to exacting standards. The importance is how they make you feel and learn and g ...a happier world starts by healing the wounds within... Create Your Life Book begins with self-affirmation and positive vibes, and features lovely art projects that combine mindfulness, meditation and more. I love the colors used throughout the book, and the drawing style. The projects look fun, and I would like to try a few of them. There is no pressure to complete the projects perfectly, with a time limit, or to exacting standards. The importance is how they make you feel and learn and grow. I am certainly not qualified to remark on how successfully this book helps you improve your life. It is positive, beautiful, thoughtful, and venerates kindness and compassion. And how can that be bad? I would like to share this book with friends and family. Would be a great gift book. *eARC Netgalley*

  12. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Davis

    If you have never had the pleasure of indulging with Tamara Laporte's beautious art and wonderous self-healing then do yourself a favour. I was introduced to her through Jane Davenport and OMG how glad am I. Her brand of self-help and self-awareness is just so profound. It is earthy and honest. She is open and vulnerable and it is so valid for what people face. She obviously is a true artistic soul and very happy to share her meanderings and her special brand of psych. NVC is her basis, along wi If you have never had the pleasure of indulging with Tamara Laporte's beautious art and wonderous self-healing then do yourself a favour. I was introduced to her through Jane Davenport and OMG how glad am I. Her brand of self-help and self-awareness is just so profound. It is earthy and honest. She is open and vulnerable and it is so valid for what people face. She obviously is a true artistic soul and very happy to share her meanderings and her special brand of psych. NVC is her basis, along with her husband whom she obviously adores. She gets all giggley and girly when he is around, it is really sweet. She shares her trials and tribulations, her beautiful art and teaching and her wonderful ideas and easy to follow suggestions for meditation and the art process she believes can help the world. Creative inclusion. Whether you are great or so so it is so good. It feels like Belgian chocolate. Actually she is Dutch. The book is a culmination of her previous years of putting together Life Book with many other artists, although mostly it is Tamara. Which I was so pleased about. Having missed all these years I was happy to catch up even a little as the workshops to buy are a huge outlay. Joining one is more affordable. Go to the YouTube, visit her blog and web and indulge in fun and cute fantasy drawing with a profound and meaningful taste of help. Better than any counselling I have ever paid for!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Shephard

    This is a book designed to inspire and help you express your creativity. It is perfect for mindfulness, and self healing.  Mental Health is key in today's world and Tamara Laporte's fabulous book is a helpful tool for self expression and personal growth. The 18 projects range from a Zen Butterfly, designed for you to let go of negativity, to Counting your Blessings. Through art, and you by no means need to be a fantastic artist, Create your Life helps you understand where in your life you can transf This is a book designed to inspire and help you express your creativity. It is perfect for mindfulness, and self healing.  Mental Health is key in today's world and Tamara Laporte's fabulous book is a helpful tool for self expression and personal growth. The 18 projects range from a Zen Butterfly, designed for you to let go of negativity, to Counting your Blessings. Through art, and you by no means need to be a fantastic artist, Create your Life helps you understand where in your life you can transform a defeatist attitude into a more calming acceptance of your life and personality. A range of art supplies are suggested, but a simple pencil and piece of paper can be a god start. A good idea that is recommended is a notebook, to carry around and write down thoughts and feelings to aid your artistic flow.  It's an amazing book and I recommend it for everyone who feels they struggle in their daily lives.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    Read and loved this book; and will no doubt continue to read and love this book every year, because every year will be different! A beautiful, bright, colourful guide to help you process what is going on in your life, your head and dare I say it for fear of being called 'hippy' - your soul! The older I get, the more into self-reflection and self-development I find I am getting; that's not to mean I am getting more into myself and becoming self, but exploring how I tick in order to make sense of Read and loved this book; and will no doubt continue to read and love this book every year, because every year will be different! A beautiful, bright, colourful guide to help you process what is going on in your life, your head and dare I say it for fear of being called 'hippy' - your soul! The older I get, the more into self-reflection and self-development I find I am getting; that's not to mean I am getting more into myself and becoming self, but exploring how I tick in order to make sense of the world around me. We encourage children to do it all the time, but why not continue into adulthood and use the same beautiful methods of words and picture, be creative and enjoy the process!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    Art technique and therapy... I bought this book to learn about making mixed media pictures. This book did a good job at that, from a suggested supply list to demos and step by step instructions on how to make some of the projects. I couldn't tell that a good chunk of this book was also a therapy session to work thru childhood wounds and current deep struggles, with lots ideas about crystal therapy and other healing practices. I would have preferred more art technique and less therapy, but a good Art technique and therapy... I bought this book to learn about making mixed media pictures. This book did a good job at that, from a suggested supply list to demos and step by step instructions on how to make some of the projects. I couldn't tell that a good chunk of this book was also a therapy session to work thru childhood wounds and current deep struggles, with lots ideas about crystal therapy and other healing practices. I would have preferred more art technique and less therapy, but a good book if that is what you are looking for.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Johannah Gage

    Thirteen stars out of five! I loved this book, I worked through this book -- I often don't actually work through art instruction books if I don't jive with the artist. I'm currently studying at the year-long online workshop that evolved from this book ("Life Book 2020" at willowing.org). This workshop is in its tenth year. People really really like it. I'm loving it. Highly recommended for mixed media artists and hobbyists who also enjoy some feel-good stuff like self-affirmation and invigoratin Thirteen stars out of five! I loved this book, I worked through this book -- I often don't actually work through art instruction books if I don't jive with the artist. I'm currently studying at the year-long online workshop that evolved from this book ("Life Book 2020" at willowing.org). This workshop is in its tenth year. People really really like it. I'm loving it. Highly recommended for mixed media artists and hobbyists who also enjoy some feel-good stuff like self-affirmation and invigorating pep talk.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    This is a lovely and beautiful book with pretty projects that I found easy to follow and complete.  It really is a pleasure to read even if you don’t get round to having a go at the projects.  I bought the book as I love Tamara’s style but I enjoyed exploring the personal development aspect of the book too.  As I beginner I felt that I could attempt most of the projects with the art supplies that I already had.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Took my time going through each mixed media lesson as this was reflecting on my life’s journey as well as my artistic journey. This book definitely brought me out of my comfort zone and introduced me to a variety of mixed media methods which I will be able to refer back to again when I feel I am in a slump. Excellent source to go back and refer to some exercises for different methods.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Evil Secret Ninja

    the reason this book took so long to get through was because I was working on the projects in the book and did not want to say it was done until I got through the projects. That said I loved it and had fun with all of the art that I made for the prompts. I found it to have a lot of therapeutic value.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    I have read/used many mixed media books and this one is a stand out - it's exceptional. I really liked how this connects the actual experience of making mixed media art with emotions, thoughts and feelings. All very positive, affirming, and self esteem building projects. I have read/used many mixed media books and this one is a stand out - it's exceptional. I really liked how this connects the actual experience of making mixed media art with emotions, thoughts and feelings. All very positive, affirming, and self esteem building projects.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Gallop

    The book is well written and has many projects from start to finish. It promotes happiness and has the strength of the author running through you as you read. Self help book with wonderful mixed media ideas. I enjoyed all the guest artists too.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Candy

    I love the artwork of this artist and author, and I love that she has created this book as a healing arts book. Now that I have finished the book, I cannot wait to get started on some of the projects and practicing over and over as I know I have to do.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Christine Sharbrough

    A little "woo woo" for me - even though I really like most of that type of thing. The drawings are beautiful and the concept is a good one but the introspection is a bit more than I can use at the moment. For those looking for self-exploration by artistic means, this would be a good choice. A little "woo woo" for me - even though I really like most of that type of thing. The drawings are beautiful and the concept is a good one but the introspection is a bit more than I can use at the moment. For those looking for self-exploration by artistic means, this would be a good choice.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Amazing. This makes for a wonderful gift for any artist at any skill level. Besides the projects that are inspirational, educational and FUN, this is also a book of healing as one indulges in the creativity each of us is born with.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Frances Kaye

    Inspired projects where art imitates life. Such a fabulous adventure to take, I'm really enjoying the journey and love what I've been creating. There's a lovely review on the: Thepopularcoy.com - The arty life Inspired projects where art imitates life. Such a fabulous adventure to take, I'm really enjoying the journey and love what I've been creating. There's a lovely review on the: Thepopularcoy.com - The arty life

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andreina Garban

    Beautiful projects and the wonderful idea of using creativity for exploring our selves and create balance, healing, depth and expansion. I love it!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tricia

    This is a really pretty book but expensive in supplies, just a word of caution

  28. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    a picture book and the way Kindle shows pictures does not work well together

  29. 4 out of 5

    DenXXX

    I am reviewing this book for Tamara Laporte, Quarto Publishing Group, and NetGalley who gave me a copy of their book for an honest review. Bright and colourful. I love the drawing style. I was hoping to try a project or two before writing the review but life has got in the way. I will eventually get around to them though as some really appealed to me. It’s about mindfulness, postivity and thinking for yourself.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Maggies Daisy

    I just love the ideas of melding art with self awareness while making a lifelong journal.

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