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Creating Art at the Speed of Life: 30 Days of Mixed-Media Exploration by [Carriker, Pam]
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"Even from the outset, this book captures the reader's attention. Rather than ruminating on how to be inspired, it launches straight into a short tutorial on how to make a simple but effective journal of your own using watercolour paper and adhesive canvas paper. It is to the point and perfect for warding off procrastination about how to get started. I found this part of the book made such sense that I made one immediately. It took me a couple of minutes tearing, folding, sticking and I was there. You start with something so simple you can't talk yourself out of it and then you have the perfect canvas to start looking at each lesson." --"Workshop on the Web"

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Pam Carriker has created art with a variety of media for more than 20 years. She has been featured in several leading mixed-media magazines and currently teaches a successful online workshop series. Her first book, Art at the Speed of Life, was released last year.

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  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (22 Aug. 2013)
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  • Language: English
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It took me a while to realise this was a new book - at first I thought it was Art at the Speed of Life re-issued with a new cover!! As soon as I realised it was something different, i had to order it, as the first book is wonderful. This one does not disappoint at all. In fact, in some ways it's even better with thirty projects to try, incorporating very many techniques. Sumptuously illustrated as before, a delight to thumb through in addition to all the practical tips and inspiring ideas. Thoroughly recommended.
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This book inspired me in so many ways, I don't know where to begin! I was so happy when I created my own journal, and it has been an amazing journey since. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in art journaling or learning more about mixed media art. A great place to begin, or to inspire and motivate a non-beginner. I will be buying all Pam's books :-)
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Excellent book with lots to try & consider.
You do need both books by this author because they work together
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A great book, some great ideas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book, Valuable Tool, A Mixed-Media Must-Have! 28 Sept. 2013
By NL from NH - Published on Amazon.com
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Pam Carriker's new book is not only pure enjoyment to look at...filled with beautiful artwork...but it offers SO much more! This book, divided into chapters around a particular art-related theme/technique, offers lessons within each chapter ALL with a clear objective for each lesson. Following along with each lesson is like having your own private art teacher guide you through exploration and discovery in art theory and implementation. Pam's clear and concise directions, and accompanying illustrations/journal page step-outs, make this an easy to follow, and very helpful book for those who want to expand their understanding of art principles and take them into practice. Her inclusion of helpful tips and suggested materials makes the journey that much more easy to follow and leads the "student" down the road to success. At the close of each chapter, "Open Studio" presents the artwork of at least two artists who create and comment on the theme/technique presented in that chapter. There is also a contributing artist question & answer section in each chapter. Pam leads us on an inspiring journey of artful discovery and offers so much to guide us through the journey. Her writing is clear and easy to follow and one needs only to pick up this book once, to feel the inspiration to drop everything and head for the studio! The "mixed-media glossary" at the close of the book offers a great deal of helpful information and resources. My only suggestion is directed not at Pam or the book, but to the publisher. This book would have been the perfect choice to offer as SPIRAL-bound. It would be wonderful if it could lay flat on my art desk as I follow along with all of Pam's fabulous lessons. Perhaps Pam's third book will be offered in spiral format...how great would that be?
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Workshop Book, with some revisions 13 April 2014
By Nigel - Published on Amazon.com
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I agree mostly with all the positive reviews of this book, so let's just say yes, Carriker's book is wonderful and all that, but as a help to those who attempt to do all the projects, I thought I'd add my own input.
First of all, the handmade book: Just know that you are not making an especially well-put together book with these instructions Carriker provides. I followed them to the T, but found that the Sticky Back Canvas did not stick well enough even on the outer paper, so the spine of the book was not held together well enough with the two pieces of tape she specifies. That said, I put twice the tape and used Archival PVA and some cheesecloth over the spine and glued it to the front cover, as a sort of homemade 'super' cloth. BTW, I had to research several websites and Youtube to find better ways to bind a book. I think a list of resources to make a better quality bound book (as an option) would have been nice. After all, you're putting hours of work into this thing--you want it to last!
Also regarding the book, Carriker states she uses 90 lb paper, and I could only find 140 lb Hot Press at the local stores. I am so glad I used it instead! I honestly don't think 90 lb. would have stood up under all the multiple processes described in her instructions. It's not as easy to fold and tear--I had to score it a few times and bend the paper both ways. Some people not experinced with heavy watercolor paper may not know to do this.
I've been doing artwork for some time now, and still had to do practice pages of some of her techniques, which I recommend, as I think she does assume some prior knowledge of how to use paint and so on. About the art supplies themselves, I'm glad she listed alternatives as I have yet to find a "Bingo Dauber" after visiting our town's 3 art supply stores.
All this being said, I really appreciate Carriker's book as it's helped me get past a creative block I've had for over two years. It was fun (but expensive!) but worth it to make the handmade book, as that way there's more of a sense of the entire book being a work of art.
I'll try and update this post when I'm done with the book.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living Your Art at the Next Level 26 Sept. 2013
By Melange Miracles - Published on Amazon.com
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Creating Art at the Speed of Life is absolutely everything its predecessor (Art at the Speed of Life) could possibly lead you to expect, and then more!
Carriker is a gifted writer with a wonderful way of taking you step-by-step through each project without overwhelming you, nor boring you silly. She is truly an amazing teacher. Her project illustrations are pure eye-candy: beautiful to see and inspiring in their own way. I found some of the projects challenging, and was thrilled by that. Carriker's explanations of how (and why) to do them are spot on. The "open studio" images at the end of each section from contributing artists are a huge bonus, as are the Q & A sections where these same contributors share their perspectives.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art Class is Open! 6 Jan. 2014
By Diana - Published on Amazon.com
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Pam's new book, Creating Art at the Speed of Life is packed full of great information, ideas and projects. Full disclosure: I have two pieces in the book and received a complementary copy. That said, I'll do my best to give an honest review.

Creating Art has a good bit of technical information regarding the elements of art: color, form, texture, shape, lights/darks. This is a fine introduction to the bones of making strong art. There is much to achieve here and the book is meant as a beginners guide with creative projects to illustrate and guide you through the beginnings of learning these elements. Perhaps you'll want to go further with weightier texts after mastering what's offered here. Or maybe this is enough for you. Either way, the information presented is a wonderful beginner art class in a book.

Apply yourself and your artwork will become stronger.

There are simple projects in here as well: information about working in monochromatic color for instance. The little lesson on creating your own street tag by abstracting the letters in your name is very fun. Some of the projects have been around for centuries: rubbings, texture making with found object. There is much to learn from creating artwork in the styles of Cubism and Impressionism. These are all time-honored ways of training artists in the formalities of art.

It wasn't a surprise when Pam assigned me with projects for the color section of the book. I've been studying the interactions of color for all of my artistic life. I pushed myself to use white in these paintings and mix some muddy colors. I like the pebbly flower forms. All of these elements, taken one by one could provide a lifetime of study. And what is neat about this book is the overview can give you a sense of your favorite element.

I see myself dipping into this book for fun and practice and am honored to have been a part of it.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars maybe the Best Book around right now on Art Journaling. Could be a bible of knowledge for a beginner journaler. 11 Dec. 2013
By Martha Yokawonis - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoy well written books and I found Pam Carricker's book, Creating Art at the Speed of Life, very enjoyable and a must read for anyone wanting to explore art journaling. Many times these how to books are written by someone who has become a popular instructor and so a book explaining their methodology is trotted out to build on their popularity. However there are those who are so passionate about art they connect with others because they are full of the desire to help others excel. Pam is such an instructor. In this, her latest book called "Creating Art at the Speed of Life" she fills every page with really helpful tips on how to do what she is so passionate about: namely drawing, using color well and expressively, finding a voice on each page and making a book from start to finish without having to run to a craft store with a shopping list. I was particularly struck by the chapter on Sacred Spaces. I don't want to spoil the fun for anyone buying the book but you will love her clever ideas on how to use a self portrait and alter it. Archimbolde anyone????
Her tutorials on using expressive line, the chapter on greys (using values) & grisaille struck me as well. None of the many books I've looked at having to do with art journaling have really covered the "art essentials." I have begun to assume that the reason so many so-called workshop instructors stress the fact that there is no wrong way to be creative is that they are merely responding to their own thirst for self expression and promoting the heck out out of their own artistic methodology. The fact is that there are some intrinsic things that art historians have seen commonly in art that really speaks to people through the centuries and Pam does not neglect to touch on some of these essential things. She starts with the color wheel but as the book goes through the daily steps of creating, - yes by the time you are through the book you will have created an entire book, - she has exercises to help you learn how to create with expressive line (an artistic element) positive and negative space (another), and even the use of shading and values. And she makes it fun and engaging and appealing. she is a superb and passionate teacher.
I am an artist but as most artists would tell you we always study new things and new ways to do what we already think we know. I am having a lot of fun being a student in this book! I don't need to use the templates provided ( a thoughtful inclusion in this book) but I am following the guidelines as though I knew nothing just to see if I can learn like a newbie and I have learned some things!
So get this book even if you never get another this will launch you in a most positive and creative direction.
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