Last Chances

Sad to leave friends Mary Beth Shaw and Joanne Sharpe after Art Unraveled but so glad I’ll be seeing them again soon at Art Is!!!

School is starting and I’m left scratching my head as to where the summer went?! I’m sure a lot of you can totally relate to that feeling.

BFF Nancy Lefko and I met for the first time IRL at Art Is last year after being online buddies for years!

I feel the same way when going to teach at art retreats. There is so much planning (already sending in proposals for next year) and build up before the retreats then you get there and have such an amazing time with art friends that you only once or if you’re lucky a few times a year, and the time is over in a blink.


It leaves you looking forward with great eagerness to the next venue when you can see your friends again!

Hamming it up with Kecia Frazee Deveney and Michael DeMeng at Art Is last year

Art Is…You is coming up in October. I’m looking forward to it with both eagerness and a touch of sadness as it’s the last big retreat of 2012 and I know I’m going to have an amazing time there.

On the subject of ‘making’ new friends, I’m really excited to be teaching my Busting Out-Self Portrait Journaling workshop at Art Is. This is the only place I’m offering this fun and personal workshop. Not only will we explore journaling techniques in 3D, we will also learn how to shade portraits in the easiest way possible. All of the face painting techniques can be applied to flat work but working on an actually dimensional face will allow you to see where shadows fall from front, side, and 3/4 views. It’s a great way to learn as we start with some cool long-necked wig forms and build layers similar to that of a journal page and then continue on to paint a portrait with all of the facial features already in place!

There’s still room in this workshop and I hope if you haven’t yet decided which workshop you are going to take, you’ll consider joining me for Busting Out!


You’ll also have a travel buddy for the trip home;-)

I’m also teaching Get the Lead Out! with some cool techniques using my Liquid Pencil Sketching Inks. This workshop is loaded with fun products (that you’ll get in your class kits) and fun new techniques to do everything from still life to portraits to journal pages!


If you haven’t yet stopped by to leave a comment to win one of my new stamps from my Poetic Portraits line there’s still time! I’m giving away 1 stamp for every 50 comments, giving away 4 so far and I want to give away more so spread the word!

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Facing Circles

Hi Everyone,

Cannot believe summer is flying by like it is! So much going on and trying to enjoy the hot but lovely weather as well!

I have a new post on how I did this journal page on The Sketchbook Challenge blog today, hope you’ll stop by and take a peak. This months theme is circles.

Tomorrow is the official release of my new line of Art Stamps, Poetic Portraits (available through Stampington & Co) and those of you who’ve pre-ordered them will be getting them soon!

I’m also getting ready to head to Phoenix at the end of the month, yep that’s right Phoenix in the summer! But it’s cool where I’m going, Art Unraveled to have fun with my art friends and teach a couple of classes!

We’ll be Puzzling Portraits, creating self-portrait journal pages on puzzle boards using some awesome Faber Castell Mixed Media Sampler kits that they’ve graciously provided for the whole class!

And I’ll share with you my tips for carving your own lino cuts in A Cut Above using Speedball cutting tools that Speedball has provided for the class kits. Lots of goodies and lots of fun! All in the lovely air-conditioned hotel!

Hope you’re enjoying summer and finding plenty of time to create as well~

Press Release!

Pam Carriker Transforms Lino Cuts Into New Poetic Portraits Stamp Line
Mixed-media artist invites lovers of handmade to make their mark with her debut collection

Laguna Hills, CA, June 26, 2012— Long before she was an established artist and best-selling author, Pam Carriker was an avid rubber stamper. Next month, Carriker will reap the fruits of her creative labor with the launch of her highly anticipated debut stamp line, Poetic Portraits. Featuring distinctive portraits reminiscent of a Shakespearean cast of characters, this collection of cling mount stamps is a reflection of Carriker’s own hand drawings and carved images originally featured in Somerset Studio magazine.

“I love to use and reuse my art in many different forms to watch it develop and morph into new artwork, so I create tools from it, some in the form of lino cuts, that allow me to continue exploring my art in new ways,” said Carriker. While the process of gathering ideas from years of artwork and turning them into carvable designs was a long one, Carriker is pleased with the cohesive, user-friendly collection. “I really wanted to have a line of stamps that can be manipulated with different media so artists using them can do more than just stamp the image. These images are perfect for sandwiching in between layers of other media that can totally transform them into new artwork!”

“Rubber stamping was one of the very first things I was really involved in as a creative hobby, and producing this stamp line feels like I’ve come full circle in many ways,” said Carriker. “My love of stamps has never diminished, and I look forward to helping push traditional stamping into a more mixed-media/artistic approach.”

The Poetic Portraits cling mount collection is made in the USA and will be ready to ship on July 9th. The retail price for the images is $9.95 each, and they can be purchased through select art and crafting retailers and directly from Stampington & Company at or by calling 1-877-STAMPER. To learn more about Pam Carriker, visit  For more information about this release, including print-ready images, visit