Last Chance to Pre Order Journal 365

I’ve been getting several requests every day from those who missed the pre-order of my Journal 365 DVD so for today onlyENDS AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT-If you email me at pcarrikersart@yahoo.com and include whether shipping is in the US or International I’ll send you a paypal invoice and include you in the pre-order. This is the last chance to purchase it at a 30% discount for $50.00 plus shipping. I’m sorry but this offer will not be extended past midnight tonight.

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SALE IS NOW OFFICIALLY OVER. I WILL HAVE THIS DVD AVAILABLE AT THE REGULAR PRICE ON MY WEBSITE AFTER I’VE COMPLETED THE PRE-ORDERS. THANK YOU~

Susan Lenart Kazmer’s Industrial Chic Blog Hop Begins!

Anyone who has met Suzan Lenart Kazmer in person will tell you, she has an infectious laugh and energy that is second to none! So when I was asked to take part in this blog hop I knew how busy my schedule was, but hey, if Susan can do all she does how can I say no?

Each day a new artist will reveal what they made using this super cool Industrial Chic line of products that can be found in Michaels stores. Later this month I’ll share how I incorporated Art Journaling into my project.

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Here’s a sneak peek at my project that will be revealed later in the month.

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Compartmentalize

Ever feel like you are compartmentalized to the max? This page so represents the way I feel lately. So many things going on that are totally unrelated to each other and each seems to bring a different emotion with it.

I realize I haven’t blogged for a bit. I’ve been overwhelmed with both very sad and very good news. Many of you know from facebook that my stepdad (since I was 11years old) passed away after a very long health battle. I’m relieved that he is now at peace but also sorry for the loss to our family especially to my mom. This fills in one of the very large boxes of this journal page.

The same week that this happened I got the news that my 2nd book was picked up for publication. This had to be squeezed into a little box as well. I’m thrilled and very excited to begin work on this project and thankful for the opportunity. While all of this was going on we also hosted Thanksgiving for my husbands family with 14 guests staying for three days. Fun but a lot of work for my task saturated brain.

Another box is filled with the realization of another goal, my line of products has been picked up by Interweave Store and will soon be available through them.

Here are a couple of video demos to show a little of what these products can do.

I had no idea when I began that journey how long it would take and the amount of work involved so it brings a deep sense of fulfillment to me as I sent off the first shipment this week. I’ll post a link and let you all know when it’s actually available for purchase.

I know I’m by no means alone in this busy world, and I’m sure many of you can relate to my journal page. I would like to encourage you to create your own compartmentalized self portrait. It helps to see the balance that is sometimes not evident when you’re immersed in one particular emotion.

Ice Queen

Check out Jen Cushman’s new Ice Queen E-Zine! I’m honored to be the Superstar Saturday feature and couldn’t be more thrilled for the Jen and all of her acomplishments.

Jen is the author of

Click here for more info about her book

Jen is not only a fabulous artist, she is also a very savy business woman, she listens and shares her experiance, and she realizes the importance of family. All of these things are traits I greatly admire. So I hope you will check out ICE Resin’s new home.

I’m busy getting ready for Art Is…East Coast and worked on some sample pages for my Color Book Journal Pages workshop.

I will be bringing all of the materials I used to create these pages with me, so if you don’t have a lot of your own work to start with you can share some of mine and let your imagination take you from there!

It’s so fun to create a color book background first and then go crazy with color.

Who doesn’t love to color? You can completely reinvent your artwork and go wild with it!

If you are going to Art Is…East Coast in October I hope you’ll consider joining me for this fun workshop!

Last Chance

Well almost last chance! My last workshops for 2011 are coming up in October at Art Is East Coast! If you are interested in creating some awesome journal pages like these

Creating Color Book Journal

Reinventing old work to create new pages in your Art Journal

Reusing your own artwork in your journal pages helps you get the most out of the time you put into creating art. By making copies of previous journal pages and other art you’ve created, you continually have a great stash of collage fodder right at your fingertips! You are able to revisit your art in a totally new way and create pages that are uniquely your own. We will use black and white copies of work and other black and white journal fodder to create a color book style page that we will build on with paint, pens and water soluble crayon, completely reinventing the original work.

Class Kit-$10-payable directly to instructor at beginning of class

Includes:
  • Strathmore 140lb Cold Press Visual Journal
  • Copies of some of my own journal pages
  • Special collection of journal fodder you won’t be able to get anywhere else!
  • All paints, mediums and other workshop materials are provided
Students Should Bring:
  • Paint brushes, assorted
  • Water container
  • Palette of some sort (can be a paper plate)
  • Black and white copies of your own artwork
  • Black marker (permanent)
  • Graphite pencil

Register Here

or painting portraits

Behind the Face

We will create a mixed media background using a variety of techniques, developing a perfect 8×10 backdrop to add a mixed media portrait to. I will deconstruct the drawing of a face to make it doable by everyone. Behind the face we will explore ourselves, through journaling. Our ‘thoughts’ will then be covered up by the face we create as we work on a self portrait of sorts that anyone can do. I provide full support for all skill levels in this class, offering a variety of ways to add a face within your comfort zone.

Class Kit-$10-payable to instructor at beginning of class includes:

  • 8×10 hardboard premium artist panel
  • Collage fodder you won’t find anywhere else
  • Charcoal pencil
  • Blending Stump
  • My favorite white gel pen
  • Sequin waste
  • Wooden stick tool

Students Should Bring:

  • Water container
  • Palette
  • 2” chip brush (or other cheap wide brush)
  • Paint Brushes, assorted

All other paints, mediums and materials supplied by the instructor

Register Here

Now is the time to reserve your space at Danbury CT!

I also just learned that Americana Tuscana has extended the early enrollment discount of US$100.00 until September 30, 2011!! So if you want to join me in Italy now is the time to sign up and save some $$$!

Cortona Italy 2012

Cortona Italy

March 31-April 7, 2012

Liquid Sketching with Pam Carriker


 

Derivan Liquid Pencils are a relatively new medium that takes sketching to a whole new place! With different tints in both permanent and rewettable formulas, they offer a wide range of creativity and allow you to ‘sketch’ without picking up a pencil! I’ve been working with the creators of Liquid Pencil and am excited to have a line of new products coming out that make this new medium especially user friendly to Art Journalers. If you love the look of sketching but are unsure of your drawing skills, this class will give you exactly what you need to begin sketching in a journal made with hot press watercolor paper. For the more advanced student the sky’s the limit when you add this to what you already do and I will show you the many different techniques possible with this innovative product! I will be bringing my very own Portrait Sketch Stamps to use in class as well so there is nothing to fear if you don’t have much experience with portraits-you can literally stamp a sketch! As we gather memorabilia from our day trips, we will add them to the covers of our journals to finish off an artistic keepsake that will bring back the once in a lifetime memories of our time in Italy.

Supplies

 

Paint brushes-watercolor type

Watercolor brush with a refillable water reservoir

Small set (field type for outside/travel type use) of watercolor paints

Bone folder tool ( for scoring and burnishing)

All other supplies will be supplied by the instructor

Saturday  – Arrival in Cortona

-7:00p Welcome to Cortona wine and chocolate tasting at La Saletta.

-8:00p Evening dinner in Cortona at La Locanda nel Loggiato

Sunday  – Cortona

-9:00a-12:00p Morning Session

Class kits will be handed out including a signed copy of my book, ‘Art at the Speed of Life’

We will spend the morning session constructing our sketch journals using a binding method from my book, with a twist-we’ll add a pocket or two to the book for the memorabilia we’ll no doubt pick up on our outings. I will introduce my line of Sketch Ink from Derivan Liquid Pencil and we will begin to explore its properties and the tools we will use to apply it. No pencils here! Derivan Liquid Pencil is actual graphite in a paint-like form. My line of Sketch Ink products provides a user-friendly way to apply this medium in a more liquid form. Using both Permanent and re-wettable formulas, we will smudge, erase, lift off, burnish it and more.

-1:00p Lunch

-3:00-6:00p Afternoon Session

Now that everyone has had a chance to play with the Sketch Ink, we will begin our first journal pages, discussing our views on what Art Journaling means to us and how we each find ways or hope to find ways, to incorporate it into our daily lives. This will become the foundation for our pages as we layer various fluid media.

-7:30p Wine tasting

-8:00p Evening dinner

Monday  – Cortona

-9:00-12:00p Morning Session

Time to venture outside for inspiration! Taking our journals, Sketching Ink and Brushes, we will begin quick sketching without pencils as we capture the sights and sounds around us.

-1:00p Lunch

-3:00-6:00p Afternoon Session

The afternoon will be spent in the studio or on the grounds, completing our quick sketches and turning them into journal pages.

-7:30p Wine tasting Il Pozzo

-8:00p Evening dinner

Tuesday  – Florence

-Day trip to Florence with lunch provided

As we journey to Florence, we will gather memorabilia along the way, stowing it into the pockets in our journals. Quick Liquid Sketches will capture the beauty around us.

-7:30p Wine tasting

-8:00p Evening dinner

Wednesday  – Cortona

-9:00-12:00p Morning Session

Time to find a quiet spot to turn yesterdays sketches into journal pages filled with words, color, and texture.

-1:00 Lunch

-3:00-5:30p Afternoon Session

We will now gesso the front and back cover of our journals turning them into leather like covers and then add our  memorabilia in true mixed media collage form to create amazing covers for our journals.

-6:00p Tuscan cooking class & dinner

Thursday  –  Cortona
-Morning visit to outdoor market in Camucia
Fruit, vegetables, people, there will be no end of inspiration and a Quick Liquid Sketch can capture the moment so we can return to it later.

-1:00 Lunch

-3:00-6:00p Afternoon Session

Depending on how many pages you’ve already completed, it may be time to create a second journal. We will stroll outside and find lovely spots to capture the beauty around us and enjoy returning to the moments captured from the mornings outing.

-7:30p Wine Tasting

-8:00p Evening dinner

Friday  – Cortona

-9:00-12:00p Morning Session

Adding portraits to our journals will be the finishing touch. I will provide a number of ways to accomplish this that will suite the varied degrees of experience. Even if you’ve never drawn a face before, I’ll show you how to use my Portrait Sketch Stamps to create a one of a kind face. These were designed to work with the Sketch Ink and you will be amazed at how you can personalize the stamped image to make it truly your own.

-1:00p Lunch TBA

-3:00-6:00p Afternoon Session

Now is the time to share our journals within our small group. We are all friends now, having shared this once in a lifetime experience and as we talk about our art, finish up our pages, exchange email addresses and take pictures, we will know we’ve bonded in a special way through our journals and our art.

-7:30p Farewell Wine Tasting Dinner

Saturday – Departure

-Morning Check-out and departure from Cortona.

 

Register Here

Slowly but Surely

Things are falling into place (falling? Well, being placed there with careful attention-lol) I’m loving this little niche in the room for my desk work. It’s not my favorite part of the ‘Full Time Artist’ thing, so I try to make my surroundings as enjoyable and none distracting as I can. If I try to work in arms reach of paint and other art supplies I get sucked into the more fun aspects of creating! I love how the sheer drapes section this area off a bit without closing it in too much.

That pile of work sitting there followed me over from my old studio and needs attention fast, so I’m pushing to get my studio in order asap.

At day’s end the desk is a bit more tidy and what you can’t see is that behind the panel on the right is my kind of ugly but functional file cabinet with that pile of ‘needs to be done soon’ work from my desk, organized by priority. I like that I don’t have to look at it right when I walk into my studio, but it’s easy to see what needs to be done when I sit at my desk. Those of you who work as full-time artists know that at least half of your time is spent working on things other than actual art. It’s important to make that time as enjoyable as possible and to set yourself up for successful use of that time. Seeing a desk full of work does not make me want to go and sit there, but having one task on the desk and the rest out of sight but in easy reach from an uncluttered desk makes it a bit easier.

I have found that for me, neutral calming colors and uncluttered work areas work best. I’ve done the colorful walls, stuff everywhere kind of workspace and have come to prefer a cleaner, less cluttered, light filled space. Bottom line is to pay attention to what works for you. How do you feel in your space? Do you want to go into it, or do you want to shut the door on it and find your art supplies migrating to other areas? Listen to your inner voice and create a space that invites you in.

Packing Tape-Transfer

We are moving! To Dallas! And every time I tape up a box my mind wonders to the many uses for packing tape that don’t have a thing to do with moving-lol! This ‘packing tape transfer’, is not nearly as fun as the crafty kind. We are excited though to transfer our family to a place where my DH (darling hubby) won’t have to fly a day-long commute to work. After 12 years of that kind of living arrangement we are happily walking into phase two of ‘See Nate Commute’, a 25 minute drive to the airport!

LOST AND NOT FOUND

During our last trip, on the flight from Springfield to Chicago, I left my Art Journal on the plane.

It was full of lino cut images that I was turning into journal pages. I had it about 3/4 full of almost done pages like these, just waiting for the finishing journaling and doodling.

So if any of you see some of these faces ‘out there’ let me know! I’d so love to find this journal again.

The one nice thing is that because these pages all started with my lino cuts, I can use the same images to begin new pages. I still have all my hand carved stamps and will begin again. Just like our move, where we will begin a new chapter in our lives.  One we hope will bring us more family time with Nate home more often, less stress with him trying to commute a long distance to work, and with new opportunities for growth. It feels good to move somewhere where we already know some people and already have offers of help unloading on the other end of the move.

So you may not hear much from me in the next couple of weeks and now you know why:-)

Journey on…