We had a houseful this year with all of our kids and grandkids home for the holidays. It was awesome and I’m beat lol! I spent a lot of time cooking, crafting and decorating so I thought I’d share a few pics with you. I just love homemade anything during the holidays!
learned to knit cables this winter
made a cute Santa hat from a CRAFTSY pattern
practicing cables with these ‘Winding Way Mitts’
love this eco dyed alpaca
My father in law likes to wear a knitted hat to bed so I made him this ‘Scrooge/Cratchit Night Cap’
I knitted some BIG stockings for the fireplace (the pattern is from CRAFTSY)
I got to try out my new KitchenAid ravioli maker
I knitted a ton of fingerless gloves lol
love this yarn called North Pole Hot House from YarnDyeit.com
New sock book, I love the patterns. I want to knit them all!
knitted this cute little sweater for my niece
made several kinds of candy
and now it’s time to put it all away, after a cup or two of coffee…
I’m excited to announce that I’ll be participating as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2017, run for the 6th time by Nathalie Kalbach. If you’re not familiar with CJS, it’s a one-of-a-kind online event to kick your creativity into high gear in January 2017.
Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters.
Throughout January participants get access to 27 downloadable videos from 27 featured artists. I’m proud to be one of those artists, called “JumpStarters.” See for yourself:
Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful for my fellow Americans! I am looking forward to all of the holidays and happy to announce that my stencil designs at Stencil Girl are available at a fantastic CYBER MONDAY sale! All of the stencils over there are so go check them out and maybe do a little early shopping for yourself;-)
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.
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.
There is also a video at the end, remember that this is from 2010:-)
Choose 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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’.
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.
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.