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Art at the Speed of Life: motivation + inspiration for making mixed-media art every day Paperback – February 15, 2011
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"Exciting mixed-media projects and sage advice on how we readers can find ways to artistically make it happen for us every single day. By the end of the book, you are left with a completed art journal where you have learned numerous techniques in a voice and style that is uniquely yours." – Jenny Doh, Crescendoh
"I'm in love with this book...everything about it." - Lesley Riley, host, Art & Soul Radio
"Love the book and I think you will too!" - Mark Lipinski, former Executive Editor of Quilter's Home magazine
"Definitely worth checking out if you are looking for some creative inspiration and motivation!" - Paint.Draw.Blend, the Pan Pastel blog
"You'd think this is really enough for a book - topics, inspiration, commentary, projects. But there is more to this book. There are gorgeous illustrations, aphorisms to encourage you, and a square size that makes dropping it in your tote bag and taking it anywhere possible." - QuinnCreative, Blogger
"This book is a beauty from cover to cover--that is what first struck me as I leafed through it. The art-filled pages drip with gorgeous color, interesting textures, striking imagery, and provide an appealing array of projects for various mediums. Pam is a master artist as well as an excellent teacher to boot." - Susan Tuttle Blog
"All of this great motivation and helpful instruction is in a beautiful, inspirational package that any level of artist is bound to appreciate." - TangledPatterns.com
"Pam's book makes me want to rush out and begin creating. That's always a good indication of whether or not I am inspired by a book! I highly recommend it." - Violet's Creative Juice, Blog
About the Author
Pam Carriker has created art with a variety of media over more than 20 years. She has served on several design teams, and has been featured in magazines including Cloth Paper Scissors, Somerset Studios, The Stamper's Sampler, Art Journaling, and Somerset Apprentice. She currently teaches a successful online workshop series through Creative Workshops and Crescendoh Creative Lab.
Top Customer Reviews
All this aside there are many techniques such as the paint under technique and excellent suggestions on how to use time wisely like making multiple backgrounds and interesting collages. Many of the contributors have unique ideas and techniques. the illustrations are excellent. This is is a good book for anyone new to visual journaling and and collaging.
First of all let me say this is by no means a bad book and I wouldn't advice against getting it, but when it comes to tips for incorporating art into your everyday life I think it just scratches the surface. In fact the book scratches way too many surfaces. There is a little something about just about everything a beginning mixed media artist might want to know, but it never goes beyond the little somethings. Most sections are so short that just when you get started to get interested in the subject it already moves on to the next thing.
I feel the book is written the way Carriker works at her art: many things going on at the same time, jumping back and forth, and never really focusing on one thing long enough for it to stick. This may be a wonderful book for people with short attention spans! ;-)
All that being said, there's good stuff too! The book offers many pages written by all sorts of mixed media artists and there are some very nice techniques and ideas shown. There's lots of eye candy too. I think this would be a wonderful book for someone who is new to mixed media or art making in general as it does give an introduction to many aspects of making art.
However if you want more in depth information on the subject of living an artful life and how to incorporate art into your busy schedule, I highly recommend reading Ricë Freeman Zachery's books "Living the creative life" and "Creative time and space".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Colorful and bright, I received this book in the mail box just yesterday. I was pleased by the format and the glossy paper, although I don't necessary love this type of paper, but... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Cristina G.
This is a great book! The artists are encouraging in their comments, the instructions are easy to follow, and the art is fun and inspiring. What's not to like?Published 20 months ago by V. Stewart