Don't Let Summer Storms Slow You Down!

The summer weather here at Jerry's Artarama has been full of rainy days!

For many parents, summertime is an amazing chance to make lasting memories with their children. And if you're in an area where it rains during the summer, you know that it's easy for children to waste time sitting in front of the television or playing video games. Instead, why not spend that time to getting creative?

Making art together during the summer is an exciting way to inspire your child's imagination and to engage them in a stimulating activity. Whether it is drawing with colored pencils, painting abstract pieces with watercolors, or building sculptures and models, these will be mementos you can keep with you for years to come. If you want a one-stop shop for lots of different projects that meet your child's artistic aspirations, try out the First Impressions Complete Art Studio Set which features watercolors, colored pencils and pastels, all in a convenient carrying case.

Their childhood won't be around forever, but your memories can be!

When you pick up the paintbrush with your child, not only are you encouraging a positive activity that will drive their creativity and imagination, but you are physically creating something that you can save that will be around to remind you of the good times you're having together. Remember, their childhood wont be around forever.

   As your child grows and enters adulthood, won't it be nice to have some of their artwork preserved to hold onto and savor.Make sure to keep that artwork safe in an Eternity Clamshell Box. You can look back at the rainy day art work and show them and their children someday the masterpieces you made together.

On these stormy days don't waste the precious time you have with your children. Instead, make memories you'll want to keep forever.

What artistic memories will you make with your children this summer? Let us know in the comments below!


A Jerry's Online Street Team Art Project with Pam Carriker

Professional mixed media artist, Pam Carriker, uses her own product line with Derivan to create art journal pages!



You can use any kind of printed paper for this step. Let the journal page sing a song of your recent ideas & experiences! Adhere some collage material to the watercolor paper using Mixed-Media Adhesive and let dry.

*Note: Try to use personal collage materials. A few items you might want to consider would be written letters, kids' homework or office waste. This will add a more personal meaning to your pages!



2. Use Matisse Low Viscosity Gesso as a wash (1:1 :: gesso:water) to unify the collage. Be careful not to cover text that you want to show through.



Use a sponge brush and Liquid Pencil Ink: Permanent to stencil a design on the background.I like using the Liquid Pencil for this because of the soft graphite-look that doesn't overpower the page.



Use acrylic ink spray bottles to spray over masks. Blend out spray with a baby wipes.



To add a sketched face to the page, use a Face Map stencil and Liquid Pencil Ink: Rewettable. Use a stencil brush, Style Stix or even a makeup sponge to apply it over the stencil. Let dry.



Use a blending stump to blend out the lines on the face. Liquid Pencil is real graphite, so it will blend using a stump much like a pencil sketch will. You can also use a kneaded eraser to blend and lift the Liquid Pencil.

*Note: To intensify the shading, use a wet brush on the Liquid Pencil and move it around to your liking.



Continue to add Sheer Acrylic paint (or very thin washes of acrylic paints) around design elements to help them pop from the page.



Use acrylic paint, sponge brush and stencils to add texture to the background.



Use a stencil or draw a color wheel onto both the pages and onto a piece of paper. Cut out the wheel on the paper and adhere part of it to the wheels drawn on the page using Mixed Media Adhesive.



Add watercolor washes and/or water-soluble pencil to the page around certain elements. In color wheel designs, let the paint puddle sit for a minute then blot with a paper towel. The Mixed Media Adhesive allows for fine media like watercolors and even sketching to be done on top of the collage background.



Use a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Big Brush Pen to color around objects on the page and activate the pens India ink with a wet brush, moving it around and let dry. It will be permanent when completely dry.



Use Liquid Pencil Sketching Ink:Permanent and a stencil brush to pounce over a small stencil design.




Add dots of Liquid Pencil Sketching Ink:Permanent direct from the nozzle tip to the gear element and let dry. Burnish all permanent Liquid Pencil to a sheen with a bone folder tool or a soft cloth. I love how the dots look like nail heads or brads.



Use a pencil type eraser and erase areas where you used the Rewettabe Liquid Pencil to create highlights as I did here in the eyes. Liquid Pencil rewettable can be erased, lifted with water, blended with a blending stump and just about anything you can do with a regular pencil, with the addition to being able to use it like paint.



Use Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens to add finishing details and journaling.

For more information, check out Pam's YouTube video about this specific project!



Mixed Media Artist Pam Carriker In Jerry's Artist Spotlight


 Pam Carriker in The Splatter's Spotlight!

Pam Carriker is a life-long art lover, who grew up in the Pacific northwest. To pursue a creative life was her dream and she is living that dream through a multitude of different artistic outlets.

She has 20 years of experience with a variety of different media. She has over 40 published works of art and artistic articles with Somerset Studios (Cover Artist Nov/Dec 2010), The Stampers' Sampler, Art Journaling (Cover Artist Summer 2010), Somerset Apprentice, Where Women Create, Artful Blogging, Cloth Paper Scissors, and Studios. She serves as a Directors' Circle Artist for Stampington & Co. and is the author of two books, Creating Art at The Speed of Life: 30 Days of Mixed Media Exploration with Pam Carriker and Art at The Speed of Life: Motivation + Inspiration for Making Mixed Media Art Everyday.

Pam has a product line for Derivan Liquid Pencil from Matisse that is available at Jerry's Artarama and she has developed instructional videos for Strathmore's line of Visual Journals.

Pam draws her inspiration from husband and her role as a mom to her three boys (2 of whom are currently serving our country! Thank you both for your service.). With all of these accomplishments, Pam still finds time to blog about her art on her website.


 "It's all journal worthy." 

Art Journaling is the single most important tool I have in my arsenal of many, many supplies. It's the vehicle that I use to experiment, challenge myself, to try things I'd dare not on a canvas. It's where I accept the good with the bad, the perfect and imperfect, where I lay my feelings and where I make notes to myself.

On many of my pages you will find notes about products/media used, what I liked or didn't like, what colors worked for me, how much something cost or even where I found it. It's all journal worthy. That's where I think many get stuck in the journaling process; they view their pages as finished works rather than a playground to try things out. The interesting thing is, when you finally let loose a bit and start enjoying the freedom of journaling without expectations-that is when beautiful, true pages emerge!

A good way to get started and the method I used here, is to just gather supplies that catch your eye and bring them to your table. Paints that speak to you, some stencils you maybe haven't used yet, collage material from around the house, and maybe some new supplies you haven't yet experimented with. Don't get caught up in pre-planning just begin and see where your page takes you.

- Pam Carriker

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