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.