Registration is OPEN for Life Book 2016!!!

Registration is OPEN for Life Book 2016!!!

Life Book 2016  is NOW OPEN for Registration!!!



Life Book 2016 is a year long course with all of these wonderful teachers to inspire you!!!


First let me tell you a bit more about Life Book in case you haven’t heard about it yet!
Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class organized by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts.

You can find out a lot more about this wildly popular course (it has been joined by over 8700 people in the past!) by clicking HERE

I haven’t fully developed my class idea yet, but I’m excited to be sharing my take on mixed media portraits with you, much like you can see in these journal pages:













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)








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

Kicking Off 2015!!!

Wow! 2015 is off to a roaring start!!! The first week was a flurry of getting ready to head to CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) in Anaheim, CA. I taught a workshop there and it was really cool to see several of my mixed media friends teaching as well. Almost like teaching at a retreat only bigger classes and a whole different audience.


Traci Bautista, me, Mary Beth Shaw and Seth Apter, partners in crime! It’s so great to have good friends that back each other up when doing these types of events. We helped in each others classes, ate together walked the floor together, signed books and DVD’s together and pretty much were joined at the hip lol.


Mary Beth, Seth and I asked to have our classes back to back so we could each assist the others in their workshops. It was a long day but so much more fun when shared with friends like this!




At the end of the day I was rewarded with the advance copies of my book being overnighted by my publisher to the hotel!!!




The really cool thing was that last year at CHA is when I talked to Tonia Jenny  (editor) about North Light publishing this book. I’d been working on it for about a year before that and really wanted to find a good fit in a publisher. I’m so thrilled with how they have handled this book and the amount of input I was able to give. It was awesome to get to see the first copy, hot off the press, with Tonia present!



The next day it was book/DVD signings for us and walking the floor with some meetings thrown in between. I did a little demoing with the signing alongside Mary Beth.


Those of you that follow me on Facebook or Instagram know that I love to knit in my spare time, it’s a great way to relax! It was very thrilling to be signing the same day as Vicki Howell from Knitting Daily TV.


After a whirlwind couple of days, I’m now home and things haven’t slowed down! The first journal spread is from the Documented Life Project I’ve decided to join in for the year. It’s a really great thing if you want to keep on track with your art journaling and there’s a huge following with a great community of artists.


I also gifted myself with a workshop from Gillian Cox. I never get a chance to take classes and I really want to explore my work in new ways so I signed up and have started her online course, Unearth Gather Create. I believe the class is full but you can click on the link to see what classes she has available.

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I hope your year is off to a great start and that you’re finding time to do what you love!

What? A Post From Me? and a Giveaway?!!

Hi all you arty people! Wow, I am ashamed at how long ago my last post was!! I am excited as to why though-working hard on book number three!! I’m enjoying working with North Light Books and can’t wait to share all of the things I’ve been working so hard on with you. But that will have to wait until next year.

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So what can I share now? I’m going to share a new DVD of an online workshop I taught last year. If you weren’t able to take it then, now you can have all of the videos from that class and watch them anytime you want on this professionally produced DVD. Over 1 1/2 hours of instruction on one of my favorite art forms-Linoleum Block Carving.

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And I’ll be giving away a FREE DVD to one of the people who comments on this post! On Friday, March 28th I’ll draw a name from the comments and send the winner the DVD. Please make sure you leave an email or contact info so I can get ahold of you.

Don’t want to wait? Well you can now order a copy of this DVD and it will be drop shipped directly to you from the manufacturer.

Choose your own shipping method. The DVD costs $30.00 and comes shrink wrapped in a full plastic DVD case.

Click here to buy now!


But wait…that’s not all!!! (infomercial voice-lol) I’ll also send the winner a signed copy of my new book, Creating Art at the Speed of Life!

Creating Art at the Speed of Life


But wait…that’s not all…the winner will also receive another DVD! Art Journaling Live-an day long workshop event with Traci Bautista, Dina Wakley, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and myself, produced by Cloth Paper Scissors.

14qm08 So now you can just leave your comment and be sure to check back on Friday, March 28th around 12:00pm CST to see if you’re the lucky winner!!

Sisterhood of the Traveling Stencils

So Excited for my next teaching event and EVENT it will be!!! Join Mary Beth Shaw, Joanne Sharpe, Sue Pelletier and myself for~


StencilGirl Friendzy 

A Royal Mixed Media Art Retreat

Wednesday, March 5th & Thursday, March 6th
Event fee: $425.00

Detailed Schedule

Once upon a time, in a Queendom not so far away…. It came to pass that four artists dreamed of coming together in a royal venue to teach fun, innovative mixed media techniques, hereafter known as StencilGirl Friendzy! This unique collaborative event marries art and stencils with friendship, and endeavors to move creativity up a notch.

You will be a part of an amazing sisterhood of stencil wonderment, as you are introduced to tons of techniques using stencils, paint, paper, markers, plaster and more! All students will work with all four artist/teachers, rotating through diverse and innovative mixed media processes in each 3-hour segment. You will depart the Queendom after two days with a fantastic artistic journal plus tons of skills that can be applied to a variety of future projects… in queenish terms, you will have “refined your technique and transformed your art”! You will learn techniques and tricks from each artist that are reflective of their mixed-media styles. You will use limited-edition stencils created by each artist and exclusive to this event, in the creation of your journal, then keep these four unique stencils as your gifts from the StencilGirl Friendzy artists. All materials for your 58-page 9×12″ bound journal built from watercolor paper and canvas panels are included in your event fee. Minimal student supplies will be required.

Download the event brochure here


Still Pursuing Portraits Workshop Giveaway!


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I’m giving away ONE SPOT in my Encore Presentation of Still Pursuing Portraits!!! To enter your name simply leave a comment and share this post on Facebook or your blog or to a friend or anyway that works for you! If you are already signed up for class and win, you’ll get a full refund of your tuition!! For a look at a previous post with all the class info go HERE

DRAWING WILL TAKE PLACE WEDNESDAY, JULY 10TH at 12:00pm CST. You must leave a contact email or website to be eligible. 

Last years attendees had so much fun that many of them still talk portraits in a private Facebook group they started after class. I asked some of them to share their progress, thoughts, or journeys with you so you can see first hand how their work has evolved into their own personal styles and how they overcame the fear of drawing and painting faces through this workshop. What I love and strive for in teaching is to encourage people to find their own artistic voice. I put a lot of thought into how I wanted to teach a class on faces because I didn’t want to just teach how to do little carbon copies of my work, but rather to give the tools necessary to learn the how of drawing faces and encourage people to make them their own. You can see from the examples here that they did just that!

Student Work from Still Pursuing Portraits

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work of  Vicki Lee

Here are eight postcards (of many) that I’ve sent to other artists in an exchange. I have Pam to thank for so expertly teaching me to draw faces. I wanted to say that, before taking your class, I had no clue how to draw or paint a portrait. Since your class, I have never looked back and continue to draw and paint portraits daily. I thank you from the bottom of my heart (and all well-placed features) for teaching me these skills. You are my drawing angel.

Cynthia Leary Stroo

work of Cynthia Leary-Stroo

I LOVE taking online art classes. Going to class at any hour of the day or night, wearing whatever you want to class, and sitting with your cat beside you, what’s not to like!
My art has grown by huge increments by taking these classes. While there are many teachers out there, one of my very favorite is Pam Carriker.
Her teaching skills are fantastic and she is a generous and big-hearted soul . I am proud to call her both teacher and friend.
I first encountered Pam , as a fellow classmate , in a collage class. When I heard that she was teaching online, I jumped at the chance…and have jumped several times since. I have learned in her background classes , her gray-scale class, but my favorite classes are her Portrait classes.
Pursuing Portraits and Still Pursuing Portraits are some of my favorites and by taking them, my portrait skills have moved forward.
My tips to those taking her Portrait class are to practice, practice, and practice some more. That repetition is where you will find your own style. And don’t judge your efforts ,just keep producing and with dedication to the art, you will be greatly rewarded.
A bonus of the Pursuing Portraits class was the genesis of a private Facebook group we formed with students from the class so that we could continue sharing our art work , our ideas, and keep our little community alive. We welcome future and current students of Pursuing Portraits to join us
Come visit my blog at

Christine Jermyn

work of Christine Jermyn

“Pam …… I just wanted to write and thank you for doing the Still Pursuing Portraits class. It was my first online class and although I was somewhat nervous initially, once I got started, I enjoyed it very much. The individuality of all the artists and their portraits and the feedback, both from you and from the group, made it a very positive experience.”

The most difficult thing for me was posting my first drawing as I was very apprehensive about sharing my work online. However, with the wonderful support and encouragement from Pam and the other group members, this quickly disappeared. Pam is a great teacher and the lessons were very clear and easy to follow. I learned so much in this workshop and it gave me the confidence to continue drawing portraits on my own. I also purchased the DVD which was very helpful for review, once the workshop was finished, as I continued with my own practice.

M Kristin Johnsen

work of M Kristin Johnsen

I’m one of those people who was told as a third grader that she couldn’t draw, so I stopped trying. So you can imagine my tenseness when Pam asked us to draw our own faces in Journal 365 a few years ago! Now she was wonderful about it all and had alternate solutions for those of us who were scared senseless – but encouraged us to take a chance. And with that kind of encouragement, how could I say no? Thing was, when I was done, my drawing wasn’t half bad. And new options for my art and art journaling opened up.

The Pursuing Portraits class came at a good and bad time for me last year. I was working very intensely in my day job, but because I was also located away from home, I had a lot of time to focus on my art when I wasn’t at work. And Pam and the group of participants became my new friends. Some Friday evenings when I was too tired to do much else, the virtual Pam would keep me company and encourage me to draw a face using her face map. And I could! I wanted to use more faces in my journal work, and with Pam’s ideas and prompting, I discovered new ways add them and my drawing got better through practice.

I still envy Pam the easiness with which she picks up a pencil and dashes out just a lovely face but I know that if I put the time into the work as she has, I could be doing the same thing. And I know this because of how much I’ve improved over the past two years. I purchased the videos of the class because for me, I need to see something over and over again and because of my schedule, I knew I would not always be able to do that during the scheduled class time. I still need Pam talking me through some of the places I where I struggle, and knowing that I can always return to the videos for reminders helps me be bold and try new things.

People come to this class for different reasons, and get out of it what they put in. I was not able to do as much during the class as I wanted due to job constraints on my time, but with the DVDs, I’m able to attend what I call my remedial class, so I can get the time in that my fellow travelers did while we worked together. I’m better than I used to be, and not as good as I want to be. But two years ago, I did not think I could draw a portrait. And now I can. – here it is now, she says hopefully:


work of Judy Miller-Check

I’d tell the new S.P.P. students to practice, practice, practice. I’ve borrowed sketching books, bought books, clipped good faces from magazines, and studied features on TV. I “reused” several of my portraits in a piece which will be published in fall. Thank You, Pam, and all of you wonderful artists in this group.

Anne O'Connor

work of Anne O’Connor

I like the way you present material in a step-by-step format that makes it possible for anyone to draw a face! You are a wonderful teacher – thanks.



work of Leslie Van Der Heide

Here is a picture of one I did in your class. I never dared to draw a face. I did’nt know how or where to start. I fished the internet for a good course. I found Pam’s video and decided to sign up.

The second picture is one I drew a few days ago. I am still learning and just love it.

I liked how Pam introduces other materials to use for colour.

And because it happens to all of us, this shows the growth from before viewing the video lessons in class

Judy Evans-Clements

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work of Judy Evans-Clements

First and second attempts – then I got derailed…..

Kelley Diener

work of Kelley Diener

visit her blog post HERE

Darlene Campbell

work of Darlene Campbell

I took my first class with Pam through Strathmore workshops. I was thrilled to take her Portrait class through Artful Gathering. The group experience was fun and memorable…enough that a facebook group (About Face) developed as a result. I felt as if Pam were sitting with me in my studio. I typically draw with ink then go right for the paints. I never sketch with pencil. I surprised myself that I could achieve this with a pencil and a blending stump. Pam’s “face mapping” is ingenious and the structure of what I learned has definately transferred to painting portraits for me. If you want to know what face mapping is you’ll have to take the class. Visit my blog to see my recent portraits with acrylic.

Last Call!!!

Registration Ends This Thursday for A Cut Above!!! Don’t delay in signing up for the class(es) of your choice because once registration closes (June 20th) the opportunity ends. I’m offering an optional DVD of both of these workshops that can only be purchased inside of the classroom at a nominal fee. This allows for those who may not have the time to do the class while it’s live, to do it at their own pace or for those who want to have unending access to the videos to revisit the workshop whenever they like.

The neat thing about the Artful Gathering Online Art Retreat is that you can take as many classes at a time as you like-just like a live retreat! There are many wonderful instructors to choose from and a wide variety of techniques to learn.

I hope you’ll consider joining me for one or both of the only online classes I’m offering this year!!

Click on the image above to Register





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