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Mixed Media Inspiration

Honor Thy Self • • • Create Art Daily
Okay Sounds Grand But Why & How?

By Sharla Hicks inspired by the videos offered on YouTube by Pam Carriker

Sometimes we get so caught up in our everyday work, home, family, friends, and more that we forget how important it is to honor ourselves by doing what we love, be it quilting, creating art, doing Zentangles, surrounding ourselves with beauty, reading a book, exercise and more. If doing Zentangles, art and quilts is important to you, how do you go about making that need to create a priority. Daily journaling is the key. If the WORDS Arts Journal scare you, then call it a journal, call it a quilt journal, call it an idea book, call it scraps and bits, call it nothing if you wish but please do not ignore it. The Journal is a simple way to honor our need to do what we love daily. It provides a small intimate space between you and the pages to be creative with words, color, fiber, paint, pens, stitch, thread and more.

The journal can be scraps of paper pulled together in one place. It can be graph paper for jotting down the latest pattern or idea that popped in but will get lost if NOT recorded. It can be fancy smarty pants art and each page looks like a piece of piece of art. What ever your daily choice, remember you are honoring yourself and your need to be crative by recording your personal journey. If your daily sessions turn into a a great quilt, fiber art piece, a new pattern or string for Zentangle inspiration, or a lovely piece of art that inspires you to greater things then you have truly honored your need to create.

As our resources on the Internet grow I am amazed by the quality that can be found. Yes, sometimes there is much to be ignored or can be seen as a time sinkhole so I am hoping to circumvent some of the time wasters by pulling together some truly inspiring videos I have viewed in the last few days. It started simple, I was looking at an Weekly Ad by Micheal's via my i-phone and found Pam Carriker s video on doing Art Journals. Here I saw straight-forward advise that can be applied to embellishing our fabrics using Mixed Media techniques. FYI: Mixed Media is a fancy word for using multiple techniques to create a finished pieced. Her ability to create a beautiful backgrounds was awe inspiring and Pam's quick tips for enhancing simple collage by adding depth and shading with grey, white and black pencils and pens was so applicable to fabric that I had to share them with you here.

Now I am very right brained, but my left side logic needs satisfied before my right brain settles into my out of time space: My point? I have organized the Videos into categories. Skip around or go with my logic, which ever you wish but most of all enjoy the journey your are taking today by honoring your need to feed your creative soul.


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FIRST: Here is an overview of Pam Carriker 's work to inspire you and to see why I am so inspired..

SECOND: Pam shares how she honors collecting those things we need to fill our lives with our creative tools and the lovely things we surround ourselves with.

THIRD: Pam shares her personal philosophy on the need to honor our creative selves by doing something just for US, ME, YOU everyday. She chooses the Art Journal as her way of relieving the everyday stress that surrounds us al

FOURTH: I have selected some of Pam's How-to Videosa
NOTE: Most of the techniques she outlines can be used to develop ourselves in our Expressive Quiltmaking be it tradition, innovative or the art quilt.

Also Available here at Soft Expressions by Pam:

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Art At the Speed of Life

Art At the Speed of Life
Motivation + Inspiration for Making Mixed-Media Art Everyday

Author: Pam Carriker
Contributors: Suzi Blu, Lisa Bebi, Christy Hydeck, Paulette Insall, Cate Calacous Prato
Pages: 143
Page size: 8.5" W X 9" H
Publisher: Interweave Press
Cover: Soft Cover
Item Code: 4Q0099
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Find Inspiration in Pam's Work

My Stepflix Video with Pam Carriker

What do you collect, how do you honor your collection?

VIDEO: An Angel's Antholody with Pam Carriker


Stressed? How focusing using Journaling brings inspiration to your artistic and creative side.

VIDEO: Artful Gathering Inspiration Video by Pan Carriker

Sharla's Note: Pam shares her personal philosophy on how the Art Journal is an opportunity to be true to yourself and become a better self, friend, mother, daughter, employee. Setting aside time for yourself everyday 5-10 minutes is enough to jump start the creative process which begats more creativity. Pretty or not pretty is not the purpose, it is the journey.

Using Mixed Media Techniques in Art Journaling and Creating Colorfast Fabric using Acrylic Matte Medium with Water Soluble Crayons (Crescendoh)  &/or Water Color Pencils.

VIDEO: Getting More Mileage Out of Your Art Ways
to use and re-use your existing art ending with a little stepped out tutorial on hand carved stamps

Mixed Media

VIDEO: Crescendoh Creates Tip from Pam Carriker (water souble crayon or water color pencils)

SHARLA'S NOTE: This quick video is an excellent how-to make Water Color Pencils & Water Soluble Crayons permanent on fabric


Using Acrylic Glazes (acrylic watered down) for backgrounds. Use to unique fabric and develop backgrounds for collage and mixed media inspired works.

Visual Journalism 101 in a Strathmore Watercolor Journal with Pam Carriker

Sharla's Note: You know how a picture is worth a thousand words. NOW, combine the picture and words in a video and you will be inspired and learn how to create backgrounds as the base for the any art piece, be it a quilt, art quilt, or art journal, and more.

Techniques for using Black, Grey and White Pens to Enhance your work.

Pam offers some excellent ideas on how to add words to your Quilts and Art Journals

Shades of Grey Art Journaling with Pam Carriker

Sharla's Note: Pam really understands how to add the extra spark to lettering by adding shading and white highlights. This demonstration is done with grey pens.  Working in greyscale is an art school technique for learning.  Take away the color variable and concentrate on the learning process, then incorporate the learned skills to color!

Techniques for using Black, Grey and White Shading and Accents with Pens to Enhance your work.

Shades of Grey-Pitt Pen Tutorial in My Moleskine Art Journal by Pam Carriker

Pam's Note: I love to use Faber Castell Brush Tipped Pens in my Moleskine Art Journal

Sharla's Note: Pam really understands how to add the extra spark by adding shading and white highlights. This demonstration is done with grey pens.  Working in greyscale is an art school technique for learning.  Take away the color variable and concentrate on the learning process, then incorporate the learned skills to color!

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