Creating Art at the Speed of Life-signed copies available

I’m so thrilled and honored to have my newest book on the

best books 2013

2013 Best Books of the Year: Crafts, Home & Garden

list on Amazon!

Creating Art at the Speed of Life copy

The reviews have started rolling in and are very much appreciated!

“Pam is a wonderful teacher, Artist and person. Love her techniques. Her work is fabulous. She can bring out the artist in everyone”

-Saranne Valentine

“Pam Carriker’s new book is not only pure enjoyment to look at…filled with beautiful artwork…but it offers SO much more! This book, divided into chapters around a particular art-related theme/technique, offers lessons within each chapter ALL with a clear objective for each lesson. Following along with each lesson is like having your own private art teacher guide you through exploration and discovery in art theory and implementation. Pam’s clear and concise directions, and accompanying illustrations/journal page step-outs, make this an easy to follow, and very helpful book for those who want to expand their understanding of art principles and take them into practice. Her inclusion of helpful tips and suggested materials makes the journey that much more easy to follow and leads the “student” down the road to success. At the close of each chapter, “Open Studio” presents the artwork of at least two artists who create and comment on the theme/technique presented in that chapter. There is also a contributing artist question & answer section in each chapter. Pam leads us on an inspiring journey of artful discovery and offers so much to guide us through the journey. Her writing is clear and easy to follow and one needs only to pick up this book once, to feel the inspiration to drop everything and head for the studio! The “mixed-media glossary” at the close of the book offers a great deal of helpful information and resources. My only suggestion is directed not at Pam or the book, but to the publisher. This book would have been the perfect choice to offer as SPIRAL-bound. It would be wonderful if it could lay flat on my art desk as I follow along with all of Pam’s fabulous lessons. Perhaps Pam’s third book will be offered in spiral format…how great would that be?”

-NL from NH

“From cover to cover, this book is wonderful. It is well written and full of inspiring illustrations and techniques. It’s great to see a comprehensive mixed media book which includes many other artists as well as the authors own work. This book is a must have for any art studio!”

-kareneparsens

Because many of you have requested signed copies of my book, I’m offering a limited number of signed copies that will also come with a 6″ x 6″ Stencil Girl stencil with one of the clip art image designs from my book!

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I’m sorry but the limit has been reached on signed copies of my book and it’s no longer available here. Please visit amazon.com to purchase my books, thank you!

PanPastel and Stencils

I was playing with my PanPastels the other day when someone commented that they were glad to see ‘PamPastels’ again lol. So I decided to give them a go with one of my Face Map stencils from Stencil Girl Products and get  a little more video editing practice on my iMac. I shot this video at my worktable using the camera on the mac. This is not the way I shoot video for classes, I have a whole other set up for that, but it does make it easy to shoot a short video for youtube!

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This is the finished piece of art, done on 9 x 12 watercolor paper that was prepped with a coat of gesso. It took less than 30 minutes total to create and with no dry time, save the two coats of pastel fixative at the end, it was easy to make with very few tools and no mess.

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Here is the little video of the whole process