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

 

New Facebook Group for those working through my book!

New Facebook Group for those working through my book!

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I always love it when people comment with great ideas!! My new Facebook page stems from a comment on a recent post. I created a page for those working through the lessons in my latest book, CREATING Art at the Speed of LifeThis is where you can share your own work from my book, ask questions, get feedback (even privately if want to message me for a personal critique) get information on supplies and substitutions and really anything book related. I’ve loved seeing the work that’s already being shared  and hope many more of you will join in the fun of this online class-like setting I’m creating. N

Did you know you can also share your work on AMAZON?!! I’d love it if you did and also if you have a minute to leave a short review or feedback for my book it’s very much appreciated!!

I hope to see you on my CREATING Art at the Speed of LIfe Facebook page and if you want to follow all of my art happenings I also have  Pam Carriker’s Art page. I’ll have some exciting news to bring you in the near future there so follow along to get the latest!

Here’s a sneak peek at upcoming releases you’ll want to stay tuned for:

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Summer is almost here and it’s a great time to work through the 30 lessons in CREATING Art at the Speed of Life so I hope you’ll join in to stay creative and motivated with your art!

Survey Says…

In answer to “What is your most asked question?”

Survey says, “When will your Mixed Media Adhesive be available?”

The answer is, “NOW!”

Now available online HERE at the Interweave Store

There is a video tutorial up on the site so you can see why this is different from any other collage adhesive out there.

Here is a sample journal page using the Mixed Media Adhesive to collage black and white copies of snippets of my artwork and then I used water colors and black pens over the top.

Create with Me in Italy

For the month of December Americana Toscana is offering $100 off of enrollment for both workshop participants as well as non-participating guests.

For a little taste of the beauty that will inspire our art, check out this video

What fun would it be to find a ticket to Italy in your stocking this Christmas?! If you want to put it on your ‘Santa List’ please feel free to include my email pcarrikersart@yahoo.com so I can play ‘Santa’s Helper’ if Santa should need it;-)

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 your journal. 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! With inspiration all around us in this ideal setting, there will be no end of things to journal about. After we limber up our artistic muscles, using this new medium, we will move from our journals to a more substantial substrate and create mixed media artwork to take home and hang, for a permanent reminder of this once in a lifetime experience.

 Picture Yourself…
among the sights and sounds of beautiful and romantic Tuscany: olive groves, vineyards, centuries-old buildings, winding streets, texture and vibrant sunlight.

 Feel Yourself…
in the warm ambience of Cortona, overlooking Lake Trasimeno and the Val di Chiana, originally fortified by the Umbrians, claimed by the Etruscans, touched by the Renaissance.   Almost unchanged for centuries, Cortona is one of Tuscany’s jewels.

 Experience…
the joy of painting en plein air yourself in a relaxed and inspiring atmosphere with the expert instruction of a nationally known artist and instructor and the camaraderie friendship of a small group of learners and seekers.

Enjoy…
great Italian food, delightful wines, new friends, breath-taking vistas, history and the hospitality of the people of Cortona.

The class kit will include a your own bottle of my new Liquid Pencil Sketching Ink, a journal, a Set of my favorite Peerless Watercolors (these are so awesome if you’ve not used them before!) a signed copy of my book a water reservoir brush and more goodies. You won’t have to bring anything in the way of art supplies. I’ll provide it all so you can just  pack your clothes and camera, oh and maybe your best friend!

If you have questions or would like to be on a mailing list for more info and updates please email me at pcarrikersart@yahoo.com

For more information visit http://www.toscanaamericana.com/pamcarrikerhome.html

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.

Stashing my Stash

I am finally down to one box left to unpack in my studio, but that will have to wait until after I finish things for a couple of deadlines coming up fast!

So this week, as I put things away, I kept asking myself, ‘How do I stash my stash’?  This is something we all deal with and whenever you move or reorganize your space you have to figure out what works best for you.

I decided that a trip to Target and Lowe’s was in order and I purchased some shelf units and plastic storage drawers. I need functional storage for my closet, not worried about ‘pretty’ and I need to be able to expand it as my time and wallet allow.

I received my first boxes of products from Matisse and I’m thrilled to finally have a huge closet space to store this type of thing in. I will add more shelves as needed to accommodate product.

Drawers will hold stamp sheets all neat and tidy

and I love these over the door shoe organizers. I keep all of my flyers, postcards etc in them.

Mailing supplies all grouped together will be handy. I used to keep them in a different room at our old house so I’m glad that I will be able to have everything I need in one space.

My stash of cute workshop aprons hangs at one end of the long closet.

Believe it or not, but one of my first workspaces was in a closet about 1/2 the size of this. I was thrilled when I converted that closet into my own private workspace. Work with what you have, carve out your little niche and don’t let not having a ‘studio’ keep you from creating. You can create no matter what your space is, even if it’s a spot at the kitchen table. I can say this because I have done it.

See, my one last box left to unpack! I hope the missing drawer in my shelf unit is in there-lol!

I have my stuff stashed and still have room to grow vertically in this storage space. I picked shelf units that can be added onto as needed and that are inexpensive. For now I’m good. My things are unpacked and I can work in my studio. I will add to and adjust things as needed down the road, but for now I love having a space to work in again~

PS. Checkout Interweaves Stash Buster Sale this week! Lots of cool things at this annual Post Labor Day Sale and there is even a flicker group you can upload your photos to making you eligible to win cool prizes!! Be sure to check it out!!

New DVD Giveaway!

I’m so excited-my new DVD from Interweave came in today’s mail! In fact they sent me a few extras, so I’m going to give one away here!

What do you have to do to enter? Just leave a comment about what you like about art journaling on this post and in one week, on July 27th (my birthday gift to you:-) I’ll use a random number generator to select one of the posts. Please be sure to leave a website or email addy so I can contact the winner!

Oh, and if the posts go over 100 I’ll give away 2 DVD’s!

Here’s a sneak peek~