Creative Jumpstart Kickoff!

Creative Jumpstart

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be participating as a JumpStarter in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2014, run by Nathalie Kalbach. If you’re not familiar with CJS, it’s a one-of-a-kind community event to inspire your creativity.

Need help getting your creative mojo going in 2014? CJS can help.

Here is a SNEAK PEEK at what’s to com!

Throughout January participants get 23 videos from 21 featured artists. I’m proud to be one of those artists. It’s an amazing event where you can learn new techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other Mixed Media Artists and Scrapbookers. Head on over to Nathalie’s site to sign up and for more details: .

CJS costs just $20 for the 3.5 hours of video content. That’s less than $1 per video — a great deal.

So join me and 20 other artists this January for CJS 2014!

Creating Art at the Speed of Life-signed copies available

I’m so thrilled and honored to have my newest book on the

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list on Amazon!

Creating Art at the Speed of Life copy

The reviews have started rolling in and are very much appreciated!

“Pam is a wonderful teacher, Artist and person. Love her techniques. Her work is fabulous. She can bring out the artist in everyone”

-Saranne Valentine

“Pam Carriker’s new book is not only pure enjoyment to look at…filled with beautiful artwork…but it offers SO much more! This book, divided into chapters around a particular art-related theme/technique, offers lessons within each chapter ALL with a clear objective for each lesson. Following along with each lesson is like having your own private art teacher guide you through exploration and discovery in art theory and implementation. Pam’s clear and concise directions, and accompanying illustrations/journal page step-outs, make this an easy to follow, and very helpful book for those who want to expand their understanding of art principles and take them into practice. Her inclusion of helpful tips and suggested materials makes the journey that much more easy to follow and leads the “student” down the road to success. At the close of each chapter, “Open Studio” presents the artwork of at least two artists who create and comment on the theme/technique presented in that chapter. There is also a contributing artist question & answer section in each chapter. Pam leads us on an inspiring journey of artful discovery and offers so much to guide us through the journey. Her writing is clear and easy to follow and one needs only to pick up this book once, to feel the inspiration to drop everything and head for the studio! The “mixed-media glossary” at the close of the book offers a great deal of helpful information and resources. My only suggestion is directed not at Pam or the book, but to the publisher. This book would have been the perfect choice to offer as SPIRAL-bound. It would be wonderful if it could lay flat on my art desk as I follow along with all of Pam’s fabulous lessons. Perhaps Pam’s third book will be offered in spiral format…how great would that be?”

-NL from NH

“From cover to cover, this book is wonderful. It is well written and full of inspiring illustrations and techniques. It’s great to see a comprehensive mixed media book which includes many other artists as well as the authors own work. This book is a must have for any art studio!”


Because many of you have requested signed copies of my book, I’m offering a limited number of signed copies that will also come with a 6″ x 6″ Stencil Girl stencil with one of the clip art image designs from my book!


I’m sorry but the limit has been reached on signed copies of my book and it’s no longer available here. Please visit to purchase my books, thank you!

You’re Invited~

Live Book Launch via Facebook 

Live Book Launch

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 15th from 7:00- 9:00pm CST

WHAT:  I’ll be hosting a LIVE Book Launch Party on Facebook and giving away 5 signed copies of my book!

WHERE:  My Facebook Page

RSVP not necessary, just show up anytime during the LIVE event and there will be a link to my Pam Carriker’s Art Facebook Page where you’ll go and leave your name. Five winners will be randomly chosen to receive a signed copy of my new book!!!

Stampington Stamp Line Blog Hop

Well, the blog hop continues with Traci Bautista up this week! Traci is an amazingly talented artist and I’m looking forward to teaching with her in North Carolina in a couple of weeks. More on that later. I actually signed up for one of Traci’s online workshops yesterday! I decided to treat myself as she has one on using your iPad and I really want to learn more about making art on mine!

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If you missed the start of the hop click on the above image and it will take you to a stepped out tutorial on how I created the journal pages



If you missed the start of this blog hop it’s not too late to join in! HERE is the original post on the Stampington & Co blog.

*STAY TUNED: Every Thursday, a new artist will be posting his/her own project using my new stamp line (on their blog), and I will include the link here! Come back to discover these new projects and learn how to recreate them yourself:

Seth ApterTraci BautistaJen CushmanDina WakleyMary Beth Shaw, and Stampington’s very own Director of Publishing,Christen Olivarez.

Thursday Sept 5thSeth Apter

Thursday Sept 12thJen Cushman

Thursday Sept 19thMary Beth Shaw

Thursday Sept 26thDina Wakley

Thursday Oct 3rdTraci Bautista

Thursday Oct 10thChristen Olivarez

Call to participate: Have you created your own artwork using my new stamp designs? If so, please post your project in a blog post titled “Blog Hop: Mixed-Media with Guest Artist Pam Carriker’s New Stamp Designs” and link back to THIS page to jump aboard the blog hop bandwagon. We can’t wait to see what our creative readers come up with!

Dawn Sokol Doodle Circle Blog Hop

My friend Dawn Sokol is at it again, another amazing book, this time one friends can share!!!


Dawn and I at our ‘annual’ lunch in Phoenix:-)

The Doodle Circle: A Fill-In Journal for BFFs to Share


As I read through this book one thought kept coming back to me time and time again, if only this book had been around when I was in high school! My friends and I doodled our hearts out, and passing around this cool book would have been so much fun!!. I can totally see BFF’s sharing these books and their deep dark secrets, dreams and wishes with each other.

It’s the perfect size to fit into a purse or backpack and ready to journal/doodle in with partially decorated pages with just the right amount of color and design to inspire more creativity. With sections covering Supplies, My Circle Sisters, All About Me, Your Spot in the Circle, and The Whole Circle, it covers many areas of friendship and all those good and sometimes not so good things that good friends weather together. Definitely a book to love and keep and look back on to reflect. Can you imagine bringing a filled copy to a high school reunion to look back over with your friends?

With Christmas coming up this book would make the perfect gift for any  young girl.

And now for the really cool part…I’m giving away a signed copy on my blog!!! All you have to do is leave a comment and I’ll draw a winner tomorrow!!

These are doodles my friends and I did way back in high school, think of how much fun it would be to have them in a shared book to keep forever!!

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And here is a doodle page from Dawn’s book


Sept 30: Dawn Sokol will announce the hop and her grand giveaway

Oct. 1: Michelle Geller,
Oct. 2: Aimee Dolich,
Oct. 3: Pam Carriker,
Oct. 4: Tammy Garcia,
Oct. 5: Tracie Lyn Huskamp,
Oct. 6: Jill K. Berry,
Oct. 7: Carla Sonheim,
Oct. 8: Tamara LaPorte,
Oct. 9: Micki Wilde,
Oct. 10: Mindy Lacefield,
Oct. 11: Jane Davenport,
Oct. 12: Dawn D. Sokol,

Mary Nasser Stencil Girl Blog Hop

Some days you are working on a piece of art, you know, seeing where it takes you and yet you feel like it still needs something you’re just not sure what. Then you go out to get the mail and what is there in the box with all the junk and bills but a beautiful little stencil that Stencil Girl Designer Mary Nasser has sent you to play with for her upcoming blog hop! And it was just the thing this piece needed!! Love it when that happens:-)

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It all started with an image I saw in the Life section of the newspaper; I just had to draw her what with that fabulous ruffled collar!
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I washed out the water-soluble pencil with a wet brush
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I used acrylic paint washes for this piece, on 90lb hot press watercolor paper (Fabriano)
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Stretching your watercolor paper by taping it down to a watercolor board and then wetting it with a sponge and letting it dry will help the paper to remain flat
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Stencil Girl Designer Michelle Ward’s cool stencil provided the details for her dress!! And added a little something to the background
Then I used Mary’s beautiful Compass Rose Stencil. I offset it to paint a shadowed side on the points as well.
Mary is giving away a set of FOUR of her stencils!! For a chance to win all you have to do is leave a comment by 11:59PM Central Time on October 4th. The more blogs on the hop you visit and comment on the higher your chances are of winning!
Links to visit before October 4th!


Stencil Girl Blog Hop-Color Wheels and Book Giveaway!!!

Lots of great inspiration and some awesome giveaways today!!! Stencil Girl Products is having a BLOG HOP featuring my Color Wheel Stencils!!

Primary Secondary Tertiary Stencil S115 6"x6"

Primary Secondary Tertiary Stencil S115 6″x6″

Complementary Stencil 6"x6"

Complementary Stencil 6″x6″

Hue Tint Tone Shade Outline Stencil S114  6"x6"

Hue Tint Tone Shade Outline Stencil S114 6″x6″

Hue Tint Tone Shade Stencil S117 6"x6"

Hue Tint Tone Shade Stencil S117 6″x6″

Simple Color Wheels Stencil L151 9"x12"

Simple Color Wheels Stencil L151 9″x12″

Not only are these designs practical for planning out your color palette on various projects or for recording colors used on a journal page, or even to mix custom colors or test new paints, they also make fun and exciting design elements in your work! Here are some samples of my stencils at play in my Art Journal. (Note I’ve used many of my stencil designs in addition to the Color Wheels)

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For a stepped out tutorial on how I created the above page visit HERE

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Sometimes amazing things happen, like the above page where I used four of my Journal Sense mini 4×4 designs to create a complete face!

Creating Art at the Speed of Life copy

Now it’s time to visit the participating artists on this Blog Hop! They all have posts today showing artwork they created with my stencils!! And the awesome thing is you can leave comments on each blog to up your chances of winning either one of my stencils from Stencil Girl Products or  a signed copy of my just released book, Creating Art at the Speed of Life!!!  So the more comments you leave, the better your chances so leave a comment here and visit these links today!!


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