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 www.stampington.com or by calling 1-877-STAMPER. To learn more about Pam Carriker, visit www.pamcarriker.com.  For more information about this release, including print-ready images, visit www.stampington.com/press.

Coming Live from Stampington & Co Tomorrow!

Enjoying your summer so far? I hope so and if you’re having a little ‘staycation’ maybe you can check out the fun thing Stampington has cooked up for tomorrow-I’m so excited!!
It’s a
Facebook Takeover:
Chat Live with Pam Carriker

 

To celebrate the launch of her debut stamp line, we’re inviting mixed-media artist and author Pam Carriker to take over our Facebook page for two sessions (one hour each) for a live Q&A! Jot down your questions for your chance to get artful advice in real time on Wednesday June 27th at 12 p.m. (E.S.T.) AND 12 p.m. (P.S.T.) at https://www.facebook.com/stampington.

I hope you’ll be able to stop by for a minute or two and chat with me live tomorrow! I’m looking forward to a little real time talk about art and living a creative life so even if you can just pop in for a minute or two, I’d love to hear from you:-)

Poetic Portraits Stamps Are Here!

Poetic Portrait Stamp Collection

from Stampington & Co

The Shoppe at Somerset
Poetic Portraits
by Pam Carriker

Awaken your muse with our newest collection of cling mount stamps by Pam Carriker – reflections of her

own hand drawings and carved images originally featured in Somerset Studio! Transform these distinctive

portraits, reminiscent of a Shakespearean cast of characters, in your next paper crafting, art journaling,

and mixed-media creations with a dab of paint, intricate lettering or personal musings, and the addition of any

materials of your choosing. Lovers of handmade, make your mark with Pam Carriker’s debut stamp line to infuse

your own signature style.

Meet the Man
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Heart on a String
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Beatrice
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Meet the Man
3 x 4″
$9.95
$9.95
Beatrice
3 x 4″
$9.95
Send in the Clown
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Viola
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1-2-3
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$9.95
Viola
3 x 4″
$9.95
1-2-3
3 x 4″
$9.95
Lady Macbeth
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Ophelia
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Desdemona
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Lady Macbeth
3 x 4″
$9.95
Ophelia
3 x 4″
$9.95
Desdemona
3 x 4″
$9.95
Cordelia
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Rosalind
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Cordelia
3 x 4″
$9.95
Rosalind
3 x 4″
$9.95

I’m so thrilled to announce that my new stamp Poetic Portraits line from Stampington is now available for pre-order! And at a 10 % discount!! (to be taken off the prices shown here)

A couple of weeks ago I was able to visit Stampington & Co while in CA, with my friend Joanne Sharpe. Let me tell you, the talking, brainstorming and wonderful ideas for artistic pursuits that ensued would make your head spin! So amazing to hang out with others interested in art to the degree that you are.

I spied my book keeping company with the love Rice Freeman Zachery’s book at the Shoppe at Somerset

And we got to take a tour of the shop where all of the stamps are made…here…in the USA…by one man…Darryl Groves

Who cooks

(these are some of Dina Wakely’s new line!)

hand cuts (looks like he may work out in between;-)

and packages each stamp!

The attention to detail is personal to him and he obviously takes great pride in his work. It makes me very proud to say my stamps are Made in America and I’m in awe that this one man handles the whole process!

Here’s a little video from Stampington & Co about how the stamps are made

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…

Carving Time

Summer is speeding by and right smack dab in the middle of it I get sick. This happens to many of us and puts a damper on the outside activities. With my creativity at a low ebb along with my energy, I picked up my carving tool and some Jack Richeson Easy Carve Lino and used some of the designs I’ve been creating for stencil products. This is one of the ways I like to reuse artwork, by making art tools from it.

Focusing on the positive and negative space and the lack of color to distract, forces you to simplify and make every line count. The art becomes a sort of puzzle that you carefully put together to create impact. Less is more when carving stamps. There are no shades of grey, just black and white. Positive and negative.

Summer is a busy time, but it is still possible to carve time for art out of each day. Try something new like carving stamps, it only takes one tool, you can do it outside, and the stamps can be used for future projects.

Carving Tips

Use a sharp blade

Start with simple designs and work up to more intricate ones

Never cut towards yourself! Carve away from your hand holding the Lino

Use a bench hook/inking plate to carve safely http://www.dickblick.com/products/speedball-bench-hookinking-plate/

Cut a groove with V shaped tip around all of the design out lines and the carve away lino to that groove. This will help prevent cutting into the design lines.

Take your time and enjoy the process. This is something that takes time, it’s not a fast process but you can come back to it and spend a few moments on it throughout the day.

Ink your lino cut with a stamp pad to see areas that still need carving (see last two images)

I show some carving tips on my newly released DVD from Interweave Press, you can see a preview and order it HERE