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Creating Art at the Speed of Life: 30 Days of Mixed-Media Exploration Paperback – September 19, 2013
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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
About the Author
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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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.Read 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.
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.
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This book has great techniques to try and the best thing about it (to me) is that several great artists have examples of each technique and they critique their work. Read morePublished 10 months ago by S. Beverly
This book gets right down to business and shows you how to sew together a art journal and gives you 30 days worth of ways to fill the journal. Read morePublished 12 months ago by shiningwaters
I took a mixed-media art journal class and was looking for something to continue that. This book fits that bill - it helps you to exercise your creative muscles and learn... Read morePublished 13 months ago by H. Kittleman