Novel Approach: an online workshop

I signed up for Tammy Garcia's workshop Novel Approach because it sounded interesting: An Art Journal/Altered Book workshop. I like both of these things! Workshops, deadlines, prompts & lessons almost always get me to do more art-wise. Sometimes I need a bit of direction or a focus, information and inspiration . . .  plus, a number of my online friends were interested and signing up too. It is always fun to work alongside them this way, see what they are doing given the same lessons. I know I will make new friends too, through the private Facebook Group by the close of the course in . . . . 2017?? Tammy is giving us plenty of time!!

This workshop is a work at your own pace type of workshop. I am still working in the beginning of the course, and did feel a bit behind until Tammy reassured us that these techniques are not designed to be rushed through! So while I still feel inspired to do more, and want to do more, I'm more accepting of the idea that being where I am is perfectly okay! I am trying to take my time, discover & learn. 

One of the page spreads in process

created via this workshop

I challenged myself.

RED is not a color I go for typically. 

Finished spread

An earlier companion lesson produced a similar but different spread that I had not shared on my blog until now. This one also uses acrylic paints - that's what Tammy is teaching us about -all about acrylics. For the most part, I do not use acrylics in my journals and books the same way that Tammy has us doing for the lessons, so this is refreshing and eye-opening. I highly recommend this workshop! It's wonderful for exploring & learning.

Details . . .

Creativity, as has been said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.
— George Kneller