The Art of Giving!!!

 

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Joanne’s book is at a glance full of eye catching beauty, but as one digs deeper and begins to read, you see how gifted a teacher she is as well as being an uber talented artist. She guides, encourages, and instructs in a way that allows you to experience your own personal growth as you go through the lessons. This is not a ‘copy Joanne’s lettering style’ type of book, but rather instruction and motivation to discover your own personal style of lettering and isn’t that what true artists want? To find their own artistic voice.

The book has loads of inspiration and instruction and I myself am greatly motivated to embrace my own handwriting (not pretty!) and see where these exercises can take me.

Joanne has hit the ball out of the park with this book and it’s a must have for any artists library.

And to celebrate this awesome new book, I’m going to GIVE AWAY a copy of it to one of the lucky people who leave a comment on this post!!!! I’ll draw a name on Wednesday, noon Central Time.

Got Pencil?

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To get better at anything you need to put in the time. People often ask how long it takes me to create some piece of art and the answer for drawing a face is 10-15 minutes plus 40 years. I’ve been drawing and playing with art since I was a child. I’m never ‘done’, never felt like I knew everything there was to know about creating art, and always want to keep moving forward. Even if I only have a few minutes here or there, there’s always time to do a quick little sketch. Most of my sketches are rough, not finished graphite masterpieces, but they provide a structure to make future artwork from, so it’s not only a great way to wind down at the end of the day, but a great beginning for another day.

And the Winner Is…

Sherri Scott says:
March 26, 2014 at 11:58 am Edit
Pam, it’s so good to hear from you! I know you have been busy sharing your skills with us

Congratulations Sherri!! If you can please email your mailing address to pamcarriker@gmail.com I’ll ship you your prizes!!

Thank you everyone for the lovely words you left and remember that you can still order the DVD

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 DVD Price is $30 plus your choice of shipping options

Click here to buy now!

 

Creating Art at the Speed of Life copyAlso you can find my book HERE.  Many have let me know that they are enjoying it and if you have I’d love it if you could take a minute and leave positive feedback on amazon-it’s always very appreciated:-)

 

What? A Post From Me? and a Giveaway?!!

Hi all you arty people! Wow, I am ashamed at how long ago my last post was!! I am excited as to why though-working hard on book number three!! I’m enjoying working with North Light Books and can’t wait to share all of the things I’ve been working so hard on with you. But that will have to wait until next year.

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So what can I share now? I’m going to share a new DVD of an online workshop I taught last year. If you weren’t able to take it then, now you can have all of the videos from that class and watch them anytime you want on this professionally produced DVD. Over 1 1/2 hours of instruction on one of my favorite art forms-Linoleum Block Carving.

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And I’ll be giving away a FREE DVD to one of the people who comments on this post! On Friday, March 28th I’ll draw a name from the comments and send the winner the DVD. Please make sure you leave an email or contact info so I can get ahold of you.

Don’t want to wait? Well you can now order a copy of this DVD and it will be drop shipped directly to you from the manufacturer.

Choose your own shipping method. The DVD costs $30.00 and comes shrink wrapped in a full plastic DVD case.

Click here to buy now!

 

But wait…that’s not all!!! (infomercial voice-lol) I’ll also send the winner a signed copy of my new book, Creating Art at the Speed of Life!

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But wait…that’s not all…the winner will also receive another DVD! Art Journaling Live-an day long workshop event with Traci Bautista, Dina Wakley, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and myself, produced by Cloth Paper Scissors.

14qm08 So now you can just leave your comment and be sure to check back on Friday, March 28th around 12:00pm CST to see if you’re the lucky winner!!

Sisterhood of the Traveling Stencils

So Excited for my next teaching event and EVENT it will be!!! Join Mary Beth Shaw, Joanne Sharpe, Sue Pelletier and myself for~

 

StencilGirl Friendzy 

A Royal Mixed Media Art Retreat

Wednesday, March 5th & Thursday, March 6th
Event fee: $425.00

Detailed Schedule

Once upon a time, in a Queendom not so far away…. It came to pass that four artists dreamed of coming together in a royal venue to teach fun, innovative mixed media techniques, hereafter known as StencilGirl Friendzy! This unique collaborative event marries art and stencils with friendship, and endeavors to move creativity up a notch.

You will be a part of an amazing sisterhood of stencil wonderment, as you are introduced to tons of techniques using stencils, paint, paper, markers, plaster and more! All students will work with all four artist/teachers, rotating through diverse and innovative mixed media processes in each 3-hour segment. You will depart the Queendom after two days with a fantastic artistic journal plus tons of skills that can be applied to a variety of future projects… in queenish terms, you will have “refined your technique and transformed your art”! You will learn techniques and tricks from each artist that are reflective of their mixed-media styles. You will use limited-edition stencils created by each artist and exclusive to this event, in the creation of your journal, then keep these four unique stencils as your gifts from the StencilGirl Friendzy artists. All materials for your 58-page 9×12″ bound journal built from watercolor paper and canvas panels are included in your event fee. Minimal student supplies will be required.

Download the event brochure here

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Announcing My New Stencil Line!!!

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I’m so excited to finally share my new line of stencils, a-nat-a-my  from StencilGirl with you!! These designs are right out of my sketch books and journal  pages and make a great start to Visual Journaling. Here are some pages I did with my new stencils and also a sneak peek at one more that will be added to the line shortly! 

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If you’re going to be at CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) in Anaheim,  stop by on Sunday, January 12th from 10:00-11:00 at booth #401 F&W Media or booth #1224 R&M where I’ll be giving away signed copes of my new book and this brand new stencil design!

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Starting Fresh in 2014

Starting Fresh in 2014

I don’t know why, but January is the month I always feel compelled to do my Spring Cleaning. I have this need to start off the New Year on the right foot and to do things better and smarter than the year before. So when I saw Mary Beth Shaw’s pictures of her SEPARATE Home Office I slapped myself upside the head (not really:-) and said ‘Duh’ why didn’t I think of doing that?!

I’ve been trying to figure out how to get more space in my studio and in reality all I need to do was move out the computer, file cabinet and secretary desk and revamp the smaller of our two guest bedrooms into a Home Office for me! I think it didn’t occur to me because we have a Home Office downstairs that is hubby’s domain, but I keep all of my business separate from our household so it really makes sense to have a separate office space.

I’ve been eyeing this desk for a couple of years now but never had room for it. It’s from Martha Stewarts Home Office Collection.

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My goal was to create a Home Office that could still double as a 2nd guest bedroom when needed.

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I wanted the office furniture to tie in with my antique Chifferobe and Murphy Bed that originally belonged to my grandparents and were recently passed down to me from my dad. I’ve actually slept on the Murphy Bed every time I visited their house so it’s really special to have it living in my home now.

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I like my workspaces uncluttered but still wan them to look nice so I brought a few of my favorite things in from my studio and around the house.   The little dress hanging up was actually my grandfather’s baby dress and Kecia Deveney’s artwork fits in well. I also went through my stash of artwork and pulled some pieces that I thought went well together.

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This Chifferobe now holds all of my office supplies.

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I absolutely love this credenza file cabinet. I transferred all of my files to it and still have a little room to grow.

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And while moving my inspiration board in it was so overloaded that things were spilling all over the place so I decided to start with a clean slate here as well. It will fill as 2014 progresses and I think it perfectly represents the fact that endless possibilities are ahead in the New Year!

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