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I woke up this morning and sat listening to the news over my coffee. Needless to say with all that’s been going on it left me feeling very sad at the state our country is in right now. For some reason this simple journal lesson popped into my head. It’s from my online art journaling class back in 2010 called Journal 365. I thought I’d share it with you as I’m revisiting it today. It’s so simple and it seems very cathartic to me right now to create something simple to represent how I feel right now.FullSizeRender

Todays page spread using newspaper article text from some of the awful things that have been happening. It feels good to cover them with journaling and paint.

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There is also a video at the end, remember that this is from 2010:-)

 

Step 1

CCF03122010_00000Choose an image or word or one of each. Using Matte Gel Medium (or other collage adhesive such as my Mixed Media Adhesive) glue image onto the page.

Note: I used a word ‘purpose’ and a scrap of vintage paper and saved my image to glue on top at the end.

Apply a wash of paint (I used Golden’s Liquid Nichol Azo Gold and Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide mixed with Acrylic Glazing Medium and water in a dauber bottle, you can find the recipe on my website pamcarriker.com and the link for the bottles on the link page) or you can use my Fluid Matte Sheer acrylic paint in Goldenrod as is, to the outside edges of the collaged material forming a frame of sorts.

 

Step 2

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With a white pen (I used a Unibal Signo White Gel Pen) write around the painted portion. Using a graphite pencil write more around the outside edges. Use this step to spill your guts on the page. It will get covered up to any degree you wish and it’s such a wonderful release to journal freely like this.

Step 3

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This is an easy step that has a great impact on the finished page.

Use a charcoal pencil to shade around parts of your image and smudge it out using a blending stump. Next, take the same blending stump and smudge out bits of your graphite pencil journaling. You’ll get a touch of charcoal blending in with the pencil.

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Add a wash (fluid acrylic paint mixed with water in about a 1/2 ratio) or you can use my Fluid Matte Sheer acrylic paint, White Washed, as is, to the whole page. Use a rag or paper towel to wipe some of it off so it doesn’t completely cover your image and journaling. If you want to cover more of your journaling you may want to add more to certain areas after the first layer dries. This unifies the page, blending the elements together.

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Re-introduce the color you used around your image in step one to other areas of your page and blend with a baby wipe or damp rag. Add a third color (I used cobalt teal, or you can use my Fluid Matte Sheer acrylic paint in Turquoise) here and there on the page and blend in the same way. I just used hints of color so that my page would be mostly white.

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Add your focal point (I used a butterfly) to really draw the eye to one place on your page. The word ‘Purpose’ is what I chose. To set the image into the page I added some additional cobalt teal paint around it and blended it out. Just a hint of color ties the image to the page instead of it just sitting on top. It’s the little subtle things like this that help to finish off a page.
Here is the video from the workshop

Here are the finished pages demoed in the video

Of One Mind Quest for Truth

Portrait of Contentment

While there are often bumps along the road as we travel through life, there are also moments of perfect contentment, if we just pause a moment or two and let everything be still. When things get too busy and distracting, escaping to my studio is a one way I can tune things out and actually feel peace flood over me. Does this mean everything is perfect? Of course not, that is in fact rarely the case, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have perfect moments of contentment in the midst of ‘life’.
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‘Portrait of Contentment’

9″ x 12″ acrylic on museum quality wood panel

When I started painting this portrait things were kind of hectic, we were getting ready to leave for a week and still getting Christmas put away etc. I worked on it for a few brief time periods and left it unfinished until we came back from vacation. I went up to my studio to unwind and reflect and put on some Eagles tunes (a tribute to Glenn Frey who passed away during our trip) and was thinking to myself I’m so glad that we went to see the Eagles when we had the chance. How many times do we put things off until later and later never comes? It made me thankful and content, a real ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’ moment. Sure there are things I wished I’d done but there are a lot of things that I did do and I’m content that I reached and stretched outside my comfort zone to get where I am today.

 

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Detailed view of ‘Portrait of Contentment

I love how working with portraits allows you to see what you are feeling in your work. I hope you find time to create art today and feel the contentment that it brings.

This portrait is now listed on my SHOP page.

New Year, New Work, New Listing

Happy 2016 Everyone! Hope your new year is off to a wonderful start!

I am just getting back into my studio on a regular basis after a couple of months ‘off’ due to surgery on my feet and my studio being located upstairs:-) I’m recovering well thankfully.

I get asked frequently if I sell my work and in the past I’ve have been but only in person when I’m teaching or at a show, but I decided in 2016 that I will start offering work periodically online via my website so I’ve created a ‘SHOP” page to list work for sale. I’m not going to do a full blown shop with lots of listings, but it will give me a place to list work that I have available.

Available is my latest acrylic painting, first one of 2016! Titled ‘Portrait of Acceptance’ this is an 11″ x 14″ on museum quality wood panel. You can find the listing for this piece here.

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Looking forward to wonderful things in 2016!

Interview with a Little Tutorial and Giveaway!

Congratulatios Louise Foster!!! You are the winner of a signed copy of my book! Please email your maining info to pamcarriker@gmail.com

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Check out my interview by Heidi Easley. She will be interviewing 21 artists this month so be sure to sign up so you can see the video interviews with little demos and giveaways.

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Speaking of giveaways, I’m giving away a signed copy of my latest book to one lucky commenter on this post! So be sure to leave a comment and check back on Sunday to see if you are the lucky winner!!!

Registration is OPEN for Life Book 2016!!!

Registration is OPEN for Life Book 2016!!!

Life Book 2016  is NOW OPEN for Registration!!!

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Life Book 2016 is a year long course with all of these wonderful teachers to inspire you!!!

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First let me tell you a bit more about Life Book in case you haven’t heard about it yet!
Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class organized by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts.

You can find out a lot more about this wildly popular course (it has been joined by over 8700 people in the past!) by clicking HERE

I haven’t fully developed my class idea yet, but I’m excited to be sharing my take on mixed media portraits with you, much like you can see in these journal pages:

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Life Book 2016 Blog Hop and Giveaway

Congratulations Susan Schultheis for winning a FREE spot in Life Book 2016!!!!

 

 

Hello everyone!

I have some wonderful & exciting news! I am going to be teaching on Life Book 2016  next year! I’m thrilled to be able to join this years amazing line up of instructors and very excited to share my passion for creating art with you!

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And even MORE exciting news is that I can give away 1 space on this amazing year long art course! Keep reading if you want to find out more about Life Book 2016 and if you want to find out how you can win a spot! 🙂

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First let me tell you a bit more about Life Book in case you haven’t heard about it yet!
“Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class organized by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts.

Tam is joined by 23 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share their mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with YOU! Themed around self-development and healing, you’ll be creating several loose mixed media art journal pages per month which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life Book)! You will have a wonderful keepsake that you can treasure for the rest of your life!

You can find out a lot more about this wildly popular course (it has been joined by over 8700 people in the past!) by clicking HERE

I haven’t fully developed my class idea yet, but I’m excited to be sharing my take on mixed media portraits with you, much like you can see in these journal pages:

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Registration opens on October 5th 2015 and the class begins on January 1st 2016.

So if you want to start the year with a fabulous creative BANG and spend 2016 with a wonderful creative community of like-minded souls, learning more about art and how to be kinder and more loving towards yourself, be sure to join once registration opens! 🙂 Keep this page bookmarked so that you can sign up the moment it goes on sale! 🙂

Now then, onto the give-away and blog hop! 🙂 I can give away 1 space on Life Book 2016 to 1 lucky winner, yay! 🙂 And if you follow the blog hop (see below for links and dates) you can up your chances of winner a space by entering all the other give-aways also! 🙂

How to enter the give-away

1. Share this give-away on Facebook or twitter
2. Sign up to my newsletter (click here)
3. Leave a comment below letting us know why you would love to join LifeBook 2016

I will announce the winner on September 30th.

Here is the list of the other amazing teachers who will be teaching on Life Book – they too will be giving away a spot on Life Book so go check them out and enter their give-aways! 🙂

Date

Artist/ Teacher

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7 Sept 2015

Tamara Laporte

http://www.willowing.org/

8 Sept 2015

Annie Hamman

http://anniehamman.com/

9 Sept 2015

Kristin Dudish

http://kristindudish.com/

10 Sept 2015

Effy Wild

http://effywild.com/

11 Sept 2015

Faith Evans-Sills

http://harmonyandfaith.blogspot.com/

12 Sept 2015

Gillian Lee Smith

http://www.gillianleesmithartist.com/

13 Sept 2015

Ivy Newport

http://ivynewport.com/

14 Sept 2015

Jane Davenport

http://janedavenport.com/

15 Sept 2015

Jenny Grant

http://www.flowbyjenny.com/

16 Sept 2015

Angela Kennedy (Pennystamper)

http://pennystamper.blogspot.com

17 Sept 2015

Lisa Viger

http://www.lisaviger.com/

18 Sept 2015

Martha Lever

http://marthalever.blogspot.co.uk/

19 Sept 2015

Mary Beth Shaw

http://www.mbshaw.com/

20 Sept 2015

Melody Ross

http://bravegirlsclub.com/

21 Sept 2015

Pam Carriker

http://pamcarriker.com/

22 Sept 2015

Pauline Agnew

http://www.paulineagnew.com/blog/

23 Sept 2015

Rae Missigman

http://rae-missigman.squarespace.com/

24 Sept 2015

Renata Loree

http://renataloree.com/

25 Sept 2015

Roben-Marie Smith

http://www.robenmarie.com/

26 Sept 2015

Roxanne Coble

http://bybun.com/

27 Sept 2015

Shiloh Sophia McCloud

http://www.shilohsophiastudios.com/blog

28 Sept 2015

Donna Downey

http://donnadowney.typepad.com

29 Sept 2015

Tracy Verdugo

http://artoftracyverdugo.blogspot.co.uk/

30 Sept 2015

Wyanne Thompson

http://www.wyanne.com

Have a great time following the blog hop! 🙂 xoxo