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I woke up this morning and sat listening to the news over my coffee. Needless to say with all that’s been going on it left me feeling very sad at the state our country is in right now. For some reason this simple journal lesson popped into my head. It’s from my online art journaling class back in 2010 called Journal 365. I thought I’d share it with you as I’m revisiting it today. It’s so simple and it seems very cathartic to me right now to create something simple to represent how I feel right now.FullSizeRender

Todays page spread using newspaper article text from some of the awful things that have been happening. It feels good to cover them with journaling and paint.

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There is also a video at the end, remember that this is from 2010:-)

 

Step 1

CCF03122010_00000Choose an image or word or one of each. Using Matte Gel Medium (or other collage adhesive such as my Mixed Media Adhesive) glue image onto the page.

Note: I used a word ‘purpose’ and a scrap of vintage paper and saved my image to glue on top at the end.

Apply a wash of paint (I used Golden’s Liquid Nichol Azo Gold and Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide mixed with Acrylic Glazing Medium and water in a dauber bottle, you can find the recipe on my website pamcarriker.com and the link for the bottles on the link page) or you can use my Fluid Matte Sheer acrylic paint in Goldenrod as is, to the outside edges of the collaged material forming a frame of sorts.

 

Step 2

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With a white pen (I used a Unibal Signo White Gel Pen) write around the painted portion. Using a graphite pencil write more around the outside edges. Use this step to spill your guts on the page. It will get covered up to any degree you wish and it’s such a wonderful release to journal freely like this.

Step 3

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This is an easy step that has a great impact on the finished page.

Use a charcoal pencil to shade around parts of your image and smudge it out using a blending stump. Next, take the same blending stump and smudge out bits of your graphite pencil journaling. You’ll get a touch of charcoal blending in with the pencil.

Step 4

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Add a wash (fluid acrylic paint mixed with water in about a 1/2 ratio) or you can use my Fluid Matte Sheer acrylic paint, White Washed, as is, to the whole page. Use a rag or paper towel to wipe some of it off so it doesn’t completely cover your image and journaling. If you want to cover more of your journaling you may want to add more to certain areas after the first layer dries. This unifies the page, blending the elements together.

Step 5

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Re-introduce the color you used around your image in step one to other areas of your page and blend with a baby wipe or damp rag. Add a third color (I used cobalt teal, or you can use my Fluid Matte Sheer acrylic paint in Turquoise) here and there on the page and blend in the same way. I just used hints of color so that my page would be mostly white.

Step 6

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Add your focal point (I used a butterfly) to really draw the eye to one place on your page. The word ‘Purpose’ is what I chose. To set the image into the page I added some additional cobalt teal paint around it and blended it out. Just a hint of color ties the image to the page instead of it just sitting on top. It’s the little subtle things like this that help to finish off a page.
Here is the video from the workshop

Here are the finished pages demoed in the video

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DVD’s are Now Available!!!

I’m thrilled to announce that my new North Light DVD’s are available!!! So much fun to finally see them ‘out there’. It’s been several months since I was shooting them in cold Cincinnati last February. The whole experience has been a joyful ride and I hope you’ll take a moment to check out the sneak peeks for the videos on the North Light shop (just click the video images below)

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And there’s also a value pack available with the stencils I used in the Color Wheel Journal!!

50 Shades of Grey…in Portraits

Some of you may remember one of my Shades of Grey workshops. They were conducted way before the books and movie of that title came out and I very much prefer my take on it;-)

 

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Here’s a little workshop video I did for Strathmore Artist Papers a few years ago.I return to this simple palette again and again, it’s my favorite and exploring the tonal values in this way is such a good exercise for creating faces.

There are several projects in my new book, Mixed Media Portraits with Pam Carriker, that deal with exploring tonal values in the face and while the projects are meant to be fun, there’s also a lot to learn each time you explore the lights and darks of the face, or any object. A simple sketch is one way, but when you start to add in various media such as Conte Crayon, charcoal, acrylics, oil pastels and more you get an even more intense experience as you blend and create shades of grey.

I went back through my artwork and journals to pull 50 Shades of Grey in faces spanning the last several years. It’s always fun to take a look back and see how your artwork had evolved and what things still draw you that you continue to explore. I encourage you to take a look back at your work and reflect on what things still appeal to you as you go forward~

Ring in the New Year with New Stencils!!!

I’m very excited to announce that my new line of stencils with Stencil Girl Products is now available! 

Gross Anatomy 6 x 6″ Stencils
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Inside My Head

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One Breath at a Time

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These stencils reflect on personal struggles of the past year and will add powerful imagery to your art journaling and other mixed media work.

Here is a stepped out look at creating a journal spread with one of my new stencils

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This page started off on a partially stenciled background using my Acrylic Inks and a copy of a sketch adhered with Mixed Media Adhesive, to give a nice matte finish to the page. Then I traced the stencil design with a Pitt Artist Pen. Using a small sponge dauber I applied Liquid Frisket through the stencil. Let it dry. The Liquid Frisket will mask off the stencil design to preserve the colors underneath.

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I adhered more imagery using Mixed Media Adhesive and chose my color palette for the page. I’m using my Fluid Matt Sheer Acrylics in the following analogous color palette, Turquoise, Rain, Olive, Celedon and using a complementary color to Turquoise, Mustard Seed.

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Because I’ve masked off the stencil design I can freely paint over the top of it with layers of color.

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Using a Liquid Frisket removal tool, I can easily pull off the masking to reveal the page underneath.

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I love how it went slightly outside the lines of the stencil design. This gives more interest to the page.

DSC02187The completed journal page using paints to define the face and imagery.

Here are some more pages done using my new stencils

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Analogous Colors at Play

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Today I had time to play with lesson 3 from my book. Analogous colors are so fun to play with in a messy way because you can’t make mud with them! They just keep blending and making beautiful color.

 

photo 1I first spritzed my page spread with water so I could work wet on wet. (Check out my messy table from yesterday’s print making session!)

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Then I used Mini Misters (Ranger) to spray some of my acrylic inks onto the page. These will be available soon at Jerrys Artarama! They are great for backgrounds because they’re acrylic and when dry, permanent!! No bleed through. I’m using a non stick teflon sheet to mask off most of the page.

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These pics show the progression as I work my way up the page from the bottom. I chose to use 6 colors. Remember analogous colors are side by side on the color wheel.

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Next I laid a stencil on top (Stencil Girl Products) and then used paper towels to blot off the excess ink. I used 3 different stencils to create an interesting background.

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I added a color wheel using one of my stencils (Stencil Girl Products) to show the colors I used on the background. Then using a Copying Pencil (these have indelible ink in them and turn a lovely turquoise color when you wet them) and sketched a face. I used the Copying Pencil to stay with my color palette and not overwhelm the page.

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I activated the pencil with a wet brush.

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Next I used white and black China Markers to add a little pop to the face with highlights and shadows.

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I used the Copying Pencil to add some journaling and my page spread is complete. I really like that the image doesn’t overwhelm the page, or cover the background. I may work a bit more on this but I’m done for now.

 

Stampington Blog Hop

This week it’s Seth Apter’s turn to use my new stamps and boy did he create a cool piece of art with them!
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I have to admit I wasn’t surprised that he chose the Column of Dots and Sketched Background stamps but when he used the I Will Soar wings, I was! But look how he made these images his own in this piece. So much a ‘Seth’ piece of art, I just love it!

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Columns of Dots

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If you missed the start of this blog hop it’s not too late to join in! HERE is the original post on the Stampington & Co blog.

*STAY TUNED: Every Thursday, a new artist will be posting his/her own project using my new stamp line (on their blog), and I will include the link here! Come back to discover these new projects and learn how to recreate them yourself:

Seth ApterTraci BautistaJen CushmanDina WakleyMary Beth Shaw, and Stampington’s very own Director of Publishing,Christen Olivarez.

Thursday Sept 5thSeth Apter

Thursday Sept 12thJen Cushman

Thursday Sept 19thMary Beth Shaw

Thursday Sept 26thDina Wakley

Thursday Oct 3rdTraci Bautista

Thursday Oct 10thChristen Olivarez

Call to participate: Have you created your own artwork using my new stamp designs? If so, please post your project in a blog post titled “Blog Hop: Mixed-Media with Guest Artist Pam Carriker’s New Stamp Designs” and link back to THIS page to jump aboard the blog hop bandwagon. We can’t wait to see what our creative readers come up with!