Now Available for Pre Order!

Now Available for Pre Order!

I’m so very excited to share that my NEW line of Fluid Matt Sheer Acrylics and Acrylic Artist Inks are now available for Pre Order!!!

The first shipment of product is on its way so pre-order to be sure to get it as soon as it arrives!!

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Fluid Matt Sheer Acrylics allow you to play with watercolor techniques using a permanent matt acrylic paint. These highly pigmented, lightfast, sheer matt colors allow you to see all the layers underneath and are perfect for working on watercolor paper, in art journals, layering over collage, with watercolor painting techniques and more. Fluid Matt Sheer Acrylics are lightfast, permanent and are available in 12 signature Pam Carriker Palette colors along with black and white.

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Acrylic Artist Inks are acrylic based inks that come in intense, heavily pigmented colors for use in many applicators – perfect for calligraphy, pen & wash, technical drawing, airbrushing, dripping, and washes. These inks work well for filling spray bottles and in refillable marker type tools. (Montana brand works great!)

These inks are washable in water while wet, making cleanup quick and easy. Brushes, pens and airbrushes clean easily in water. They come in a tip resistant bottle with a dropper tip to make filling tools and direct application easy. They need to be shaken before use and they have a stainless steel ball in the bottle to help with mixing. Acrylic Artist Inks are lightfast, permanent and are available in 12 signature Pam Carriker Palette colors along with black and white.

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Journal Page using Acrylic Artist Inks on background

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And you can also get my other mixed-media products at Jerry’s

Pam Carriker’s Mixed Media Adhesive

A quality adhesive is vital to Mixed Media Artists, and Pam Carriker’s Signature Mixed Media Adhesive (MMA) will help you achieve results you can’t with traditional collage glues.  Non-sticky and extremely matte in both feel and appearance, MMA makes it possible to use any other media over it with no tell-tale line where the adhesive ends. MMA is so matte that even delicate watercolor applications, pencil sketches, and fine art pens can be used right over the top of it. Worries about paper wrinkles or bubbles disappear as MMA handles even tissue paper with ease and keeps Art Journal pages from sticking together. Try MMA today and feel the difference!

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Journal Pages created using collage and watercolor techniques with MMA

With Derivan Liquid Pencil you can get graphite in your art without apencil in your hand! Pam Carriker’s signature line of Liquid Pencil Sketching Ink is nothing less than an entirely new medium—a graphite ink that’s easy to use in myriad mixed media techniques. It comes in a handy squeeze bottle with a special tip usable for direct application or to refill regular ink tools. Available in both Permanent and Rewettable formulas for a wide range of techniques, Sketching Ink can be used to ink rubber stamps, as a dip pen ink, or as paint. The Rewettable formula can be manipulated using traditional drawing tools like erasers, blending stumps, or even wet brushes, and the Permanent formula can even be burnished to a lovely sheen. Put those boring pencils away and discover a whole new way to get the look of graphite in your art with Pam Carriker’s Sketching Ink!

Created using the Rewettable formula  to ink one of my rubber stamps and blended out with a blending stump and kneaded eraser

Mixed media application with Sketching Ink and Acrylics

 

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!

Creating Art at the Speed of Life

 

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!!

Art Journaling at the Speed of Life

Hello Art Friends,
This is the latest newsletter, that I had a few issues with getting out. I’m reposting it on

my blog because a couple of people were having issues opening it via email and some may

have thought it was accidentally double posted when they received two newsletters in one

day. I don’t spam with my newsletters, they arrive about once per quarter and if you are

interested in signing up there is a link in the sidebar.

Well do to an unfortunate mishap you just received the Fall newsletter that was saved as
a draft instead of the new one that I worked all morning on! (Insert frustration here) I’m
so sorry for that!

Now to begin the first newsletter of 2013…again.

We have all welcomed the arrival of 2013 in a variety of ways. I see many people choosing
a word to guide them in the new year, others making resolutions and still others writing
down their goals.

I welcome the New Year by re-visiting the goals from the past year and then setting goals
for the new one all in the safety of my art journal.

As I look over the goals of last year I’m encouraged to see most of them come to fruition!
I also see those that did not, and I can re-evaluate whether they make this years list or it’s
time to let themgo. I also leave room when I start these journal pages so I can add to them
as the year goes along.

One of my goals for last year was to explore the possibility of doing a column for a magazine.
While finishing up my next book (due out Fall of 2013!!) I kept thinking about where I
wanted to go with the writing aspect of my career. I never set out to be a ‘writer’, that came
along as a by-product of my art, but I’ve found that I love it as well and really wanted to go
a bit further with it than articles and books. I want to reach out in a way that is real and
consistent- with information that will both inspire and encourage others on their own
art journey, and art journaling is honestly the single most helpful tool we can embrace
as artists.

I’m beyond thrilled to announce that my column, Art Journaling at the Speed of Life,
will debut in the April issue of Somerset Art Journaling!!!

This is something I’ve dreamed about, written down as a goal, and laid a path of hard work
to achieve. For most of us, things don’t just get handed over on a silver platter, we have to
plan for them and work towards them. If you ask you ask any artist who has achieved
something how they did it, I guarantee  that ‘a lot of hard work’ will be part of their answer.
It’s a journey, the successes we have are stepping stones on the path to something more.
You won’t ‘get there’ by just dreamingand wishing, it takes a bit of guts to put yourself
‘out there’ and hard work to establish the means to make dreams a reality.

So I hope you’ll join me and begin your journey into 2013 with some time spent dreaming,
planning and setting your goals for this year. Write them down, revisit them often, revise
them as necessary, and work towards them with diligence.

2013 is just waiting to be written on by you!

PS. I’m sorry that the text is a bit wonky in this post, it doesn’t show up that way when I go

to edit it, so the cut and paste is as it is;-)

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.

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…

Counting Down the Days To Cortona

March 31-April 7, 2012 CORTONA ITALY

This is one of those ‘trip of a lifetime’ events that requires some advance planning. It’s in the back of my mind as I work through the tasks of today, sitting there like a prize at the end of the race! I’ve never been to Italy and going there to create art with a small group of artists is exciting beyond words!

 

All-inclusive* workshop includes:
Escorted Group Travel
Florence to Cortona March 31, 2012****

Five days of instruction
Seven nights accommodations
in historic Cortona** (Private room & bath)

Local Etruscan Museum & Museo Diocesano
All meals***
(Italian breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Daily wine tasting opportunities
Day trip to Florence
Tuscan cooking class & dinner
Vist to local outdoor market
A farewell wine tasting dinner


**Included with “Hotel” plans only. See details.
***Included with “Group Meal Plan” only. See details.
****Specific departure time only; to be announced

*All-inclusive plans only.
Air travel and ground transportation to/from Cortona is not included
and is the responsibility of each participant
.

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.

To find out more or to save your space click HERE

If you are interested in being put on a mailing list for updates about this Art Retreat Experience send an email to pcarrikersart@yahoo.com

An Artful Gathering Place

Registration is now open for Artful Gathering! This is the perfect way to attend an art retreat, featuring an amazing list of teachers from all over and the best part is you don’t need to pack your suitcase! Through out this very special event, there will be ongoing drawings for prizes, amazing workshops covering a variety of media and techniques. All instructors will be available for student’s questions and commentary from July 16 to August 27, at which time our event will close, and the final Grand Prize Giveaways will be Raffled. So pop on over and see what all the hubbub is all about!

Visual Journalism 101 

After receiving numerous requests, I’m excited to bring back my first online workshop for one last time! Visual Journaling is everywhere now but it can be intimidating to get started. This workshop guides you through 5 lessons to create awesome pages using a variety of mixed media techniques that can also be applied to your other work. With an updated 29 paged down-loadable workbook, and a DVD of all of the video lessons (DVD’s will start to be mailed in August), you will be able to take notes and refer back to the lessons long after the workshop has ended. Almost 300 people have gone through this workshop, several have even had their journal pages published, so don’t miss out on this one last chance to begin Art Journaling today!

I hope you will join us for a fun few weeks of creative inspiration!

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