Pillows

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Well a couple of weeks back I made some pillows on Zazzle using my artwork. They came yesterday and I have to say I’m extremely happy with them!!

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So you know how it goes, you post it on Facebook because that’s where all the fun is happening lol.

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Several people messaged me and asked on my post if they were going to be available to purchase and to be honest I’d not even thought about doing that,

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I just wanted some new pillows for home and thought it would be fun to have some arty ones,

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but I listened and went ahead and opened up a shop and listed my pillows there. I hope you’ll check my  SHOP out:-)

Color Shaper Journal Painting

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I was messing around in my journal a couple of days ago and wanting to play a little differently I grabbed my Colour Shaper tools to paint this portrait without using brushes. Several people have asked about both the Colour Shapers and the method so I did another quick journal page in my Extra Large Moleskine Sketchbook (11.5 x 16.75″) and took some step out pictures to show the process.

Most important I think to using the Colour Shapers in this way is not to get bogged down by details, stay loose and go with the marks that they make!

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The Colour Shapers are some of my favorite art tools and I keep them handy by my work table on my Raskog cart from IKEA.

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Here are the sizes I like, and note that they come in both firm and soft tips and it’s good to have both as they will work differently with the paint.

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I’m using my Fluid Matt Sheer Acrylics in Mustard Seed, Barely Black and White Washed. You can see that these are very fluid and also carry a high pigment load. You can try any acrylic paint and you will get various results depending on the viscosity of the paint.

I love this color palette as the Mustard Seed and Barely Black mixed together make a really warm gray color.

FullSizeRender_3My model is my Asaro’s Head. This is such a wonderful tool for seeing how light hits on the different planes of the face. Here I just sketched the actual head, but you can use it to also sketch a more realistic face and get some great references to where shading and highlights should go.

FullSizeRender_2Using the larger 1″ and 2″  Colour Shapers, I start to block in the dark areas. Note all of the cool marks the tools leave in the paint-I don’t try to avoid them, this adds to the overall look.

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As I work I wipe off the tool onto the background to start that off. By adding small amounts of White Washed to the gray mix I get various tones of color that I add the planes of the head. Switch to smaller tools as needed.

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You can also wipe a bit of each of the tones you mix on the page somewhere to help document them. I do this a lot in my journal work.

(and yes, that’s a glass of wine in the background-keeps you loose while you paint😉

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Remember to stop! I am not at all going for some finely detailed painting, I want it raw, so remembering to stop is important. In all this took less than hour from sketch to finished painting. Now I’m going to let it dry and then add some journaling to the page. This is a fun journal exercise to help you loosen up and play with shading and tonal values.

 

 

Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway!!!

To celebrate the season of giving as well as the earlier than expected release of my new book I’m going to give away signed copies of all three of my books as well as some artist quality prints of some of the artwork from my new book!!! This will be the biggest giveaway this year!!! A total of SIX BOOKS and SIX ART PRINTS (8×10 Somerset Velvet Giclee Art Prints) to TWELVE LUCKY WINNERS!!! That’s TWELVE chances to win for The Twelve Days of Christmas Giving!!!

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All you have to do is leave a comment! Already have one or more of my books, well consider paying it forward and giving your copy away to a friend or on a blog post if you win!! Pass the giving along. The copies of my newest book, Mixed Media Portraits with Pam Carriker will be shipped as soon as my advance copies get here around the end of January. You’ll be the first to get your hands on a copy!!

Creating Art at the Speed of Life

newAASOLThe drawing for winners will be done on Monday, December 15th and announced on my blog in a new post so be sure to check back to see if you’ve won! Please be sure to include a way to contact you in your comment as well.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all~

BIG News!!! Christmas Comes Early!

I have some awesome BIG NEWS to share with you! My new book, Mixed Media Portraits with Pam Carriker has had it’s release date moved up and will be in-house at the North Light Shop on January 20th!!! And it’s now on sale there!!! That’s two months earlier than the original release date!!! I’m beyond excited!!! Oh and more good news is that it’s on SALE today at the North Light Shop-HALF OFF the cover price!!!!

The book is a nice fat 160 pages, they upped the page count to include even more instruction and eye candy. It would make a great Christmas present, just saying:-)

And if you’ve already ordered it from Amazon  you’ll be getting it way earlier than the original release date, likely the first part of february rather than late March!!!

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Mixed Media Portraits with Pam Carriker

I’m so excited to share the cover of my new book with you!

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Mixed Media Portraits with Pam Carriker is now available on amazon for pre order and will be releases in March of 2015.

Book Description:

Set your portraits apart from the rest!

Portraits can be an intimidating subject. But not with Art At the Speed of Life author and workshop instructor Pam Carriker as your teacher. She helps you take on faces one quick sketch at a time for faster, easier, more enjoyable drawing and painting. Not your average book on drawing the face, Mixed Media Portraits With Pam Carriker shows easy ways to draw more realistic faces in your own signature style. The goal is not an immaculate finished portrait, but a continually growing collection of personal, expressive sketches that you can use and reuse in your mixed-media work.

Inside you’ll find:

An easy-to-learn face-mapping technique that allows you to draw faces from your imagination, without a model or photo in front of you
Mini-demonstrations breaking down each facial feature
Simple color combinations for mixing both realistic and out-of-the-ordinary skin tones
15 step-by-step projects featuring original ways to use your portraits as starting points for mixed-media masterpieces
Tons of expert tips, from selecting the right pencil for the job to creating self-portraits, working with reference photos and using transfer techniques
In the true spirit of mixed media, this book is all about combining, layering and experimenting in your pursuit of portrait nirvana. It will get you out of your comfort zone and into the habit of making faces that are truly and uniquely your own.

This book was a labor of love. I’ve spent the last few days going over the final author review and I’m so thankful to North Light for allowing me to create the book I envisioned.

Graduate of Sticky U

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I just have to share this new product, Tombow Xtreme tape runner! I was sent this product to try out and I’m very pleased to report that it is awesome! I’ve used it in a couple of workshops as well with great results. The hold is amazing and I’ve found it to be just what I needed to quickly and easily create handmade journals in class, when you want great staying power and no dry time.

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When I sat down to actually make one to blog about I looked right at my journal shelves and decided to tackle a bit bigger project than just making one journal. As an in structor I end up with a lot of  sample journals and some of them you can see here on the second from the bottom shelf. I’ve been wanting to bind several together to make larger, more substantial journals for some time and well, today’s the day!

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So I grabbed a stack and then divided them into groups of three, which seemed about the right size and weight for the journals I wanted to make.

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Because these are all made using the 10 Minute Journal Binding from my first book, Art at the Speed of Life, the outside stitches are all the same, two long stitches on the outside. If you’re making signatures from scratch you can see this blog post showing how I do that.

 

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Next I used a scrap of chipboard to thread some cloth tape through the outside stitches, securing the tape on both sides of the journal stack.

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Next I cut two pieces of matt board to the size of the journal. These are matt board blanks, what is cut out of matts made for pictures. I get them in bundles at Michael’s and they come in handy for many things.

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Using the Xtreme Tape Runner, apply the sticky film to the back of the matt board and then stick right to the first and last pages of the bound journal stack. The trick to using a tape runner is to let it do the work-you don’t need to press hard just maintain an even pressure and speed as you guide the sticky where you want it. Side swipe to break the sticky film.

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Once the covers are attached use some cloth tape to cover the binding.

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Now my shelves look a bit neater and I’m motivate to go through my teaching supplies and dig out the rest of the samples from old workshops and bind them up too!

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