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


Art plus Sunshine equals Summer Fun

Summer is here!

The season’s days are numbered, so don’t let them go to waste! There are plenty of ways to enjoy the Great Outdoors, but what can be more fun than outdoor art projects?

Outdoor art is great for kids (a great way to avoid a messy house) but the following projects can be fun for adults too. Grab some snacks, and maybe an old blanket to relax on, and head to the yard or the nearest park to enjoy these fun summer pastimes!

Make a mural.

Rummage the hall closet for an old white sheet, or pick up something heavier at a fabric store. Rig up a clothesline and hang the sheet or fabric with clothespins. Voila! You've got yourself a canvas. Get some acrylic paints, or if everyone in the party is old enough, spray paint works wonderfully as well. Next, release your inner Picasso.

You can also try a different variation of this same project using a clear plastic shower curtain. Regular acrylic paint works best for this one. The transparency of the material gives the art a stained glass look, great for later hanging in front of a window or any place the light can shine behind it.


Build a fort.

This is a great project if you’re needing a use for old empty cardboard boxes. You could recycle them, or you could make a yard fort instead. Assemble them any way you like, making cuts for windows and doors. Get some paint and decorate the day away.



Paint the sidewalk.

This can be really fun and you can even make the paint yourself. All you need is vinegar and baking soda and you have yourself some Fizzing Sidewalk Paint. While also non-toxic, it gives the art something more than two dimensions.



Some say art is for the birds. 

Find a recipe online for making home-cooked birdseed. (You’ll need something to make the seeds stick together.) You can make different shapes with the bird food using cookie cutters, and then string them up with ribbon. Hang them on a tree and you’ll be sure to make some avian friends.

Set it in stone. 

Immortalize your kids’ favorite toys and trinkets (or maybe some of your own childhood treasures) with this cool art project. Pick up some Easy Mold Silicone Putty and use a spoon to spread it in a tin, about a quarter of an inch thick. Press the object(s) into the surface and let it dry overnight. Then punch holes in the tin and string with ribbon or yarn to hang the display.


Tie dye.

Collect some old white T-shirts, ones that are 100% cotton tend to work best. You can buy a tie dye kit at most craft stores. You will need some buckets, but everything else will be provided in the kit.


Papier-maché sculptures.

There are different recipes to use for making papier-maché. You may need a type of glue, or just flour and water. And of course, some newspapers. You can get creative with all sorts of sculptures or masks. Plaster Cloth Rolls also work very well. If you get really into it, you can even try making your own piñata, a great activity for a summer birthday celebration.

When it comes to making art outdoors, the options are endless! Simple sketching, finger painting, and chalk drawings are great for outside. Or just put some paper on a table and let loose with some paints. It might get a little messy, but that’s just par for the course.

What are your creative plans for this summer? How will you have some artsy fun in the sun? Tell us all about it in the comments below!


Emergency Convention Kit - We got it

I forgot to bring that!!! Avoid the panic of the last minute... Jerry's Has Your Back!

To avoid the panic of the last minute OMG-I-FORGOT-TO-BRING-THAT syndrome at HeroesCon! Jerrysartarama.com remembers the forgetful at HeroesCon!

For those that need it Karalyn/Mama Hat is bringing an "OMG-I-FORGOT-TO-BRING-THAT-EMERGENCY-CONVENTION-KIT!"

We will be at Table AA-311 for HeroesCon 2013 in Charlotte NC dispensing hope and comfort.



  • Duct tape
  • Packing Tape
  • Scissors
  • Box Cutters
  • Zip Ties
  • Phillips and Flathead Screwdrivers
  • Sewing Kit
  • Rubber Bands
  • Paper Clips
  • Blank Price Stickers
  • Glue Stick, Super-Glue Gel
  • TUMS, Aspirin
  • Tylenol
  • Bactine
  • Bandaids
  • Cold Pack
  • Tape Measure
  • Silver, Bronze, Gold and Black Sharpies
  • Pliers
  • Wire Snips
  • Needle-Nose Pliers
  • Scotch Tape A Lint Roller
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Hot Melt Glue Gun
  • and a Partridge in a Pear Tree!

While at the convention if you forget... at least remember to go see Jerry's Artarama/Staff and Karalyn (AKA Momma Hat)


We will be at Table AA-311 dispensing hope and comfort. :-)

See you at HeroesCon 2013 in Charlotte NC



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