Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 27 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling


Happy Thanksgiving to those in the U.S. and a happy day to all! Lesson #27 was on shading.  This is pretty standard for me, so I didn’t feel the need to do an assessment sheet.  Unfortunately, the scanner didn’t pick up the lightest shade of gray (done with Pitt brush pen).  Another reason, I likeContinue reading “Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 27 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling”

Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 25 & 26 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling


After counting off the pages I had left in my handmade journal, I realized that I somehow come out a page short.  I felt that Lesson 26 was a continuation of Lesson 23, so I decided it could easily be incorporated into Lesson 25. In #25, Pam has us develop a ‘brand’, a signature styleContinue reading “Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 25 & 26 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling”

Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 24 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling


There is a certain style of drawing and painting that I personally associate with the ’50’s, jazz and beatnik sensibilities.   I’ve always liked it, but it requires a clean and simple layout that is quite different than my own. While working through this journal, influenced by Pam’s illustrations, I’ve started to get the hangContinue reading “Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 24 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling”

Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 22 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling


For leasson #22 Pam has a how-to for making a mask using a homemade paper clay with toilet tissue, acrylic gel medium and water.  Fun!!! The mask is attached to the page with a strip of washi tape along the edge so it swings open.  Hmmm.  I can actually see using this technique for manyContinue reading “Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 22 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling”

Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 21 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling


Lesson #21 was fun!  It used a cut-out to provide a focal point. To save time, I used stamps rather than drawing or doodling.  I did write out most of the children’s poem ‘The House that Jack Built’, one of my all time favorites and I did paint the fence. I chose bright colors andContinue reading “Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 21 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling”

Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 20 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling


I have this habit.  I buy some art supply and I really wanted it, but feel a little guilty buying it because it’s a bit spendy.  So I hesitate to use it, fearing that I’ll make a mess of the work and, therefore, waste the product.  One of my secondary purposes for creating this artContinue reading “Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 20 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling”

Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 19 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling


One of the things I’m finding most difficult about the lessons in Pam Carriker’s book is in taking the time to find emphemera that suits what I’m doing.  I’d like to say that it’s because time is limited–if I do get on a jury, then I’ll have to stop journaling for a while, most likely.Continue reading “Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 19 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling”

Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 18 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling


Lesson #18 was more in my comfort zone, though I had to work hard to keep myself from fussing endlessly with the painting. The challenge was to look at something from a different angle than I usually would.  It does challenge your ideas on perspective, doing that!  

Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 17 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling


Lesson #17 was about block printing.  I debated about just using a pre-bought stamp, because of the time involved in carving my own, but I’ve had a speedball carving block for well over a year, that I’ve put off carving. So here’s my first self-carved stamp.  As usual, I got a bit too ambitious butContinue reading “Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 17 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling”

Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 15 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling


I thought I would hate Lesson 15. It required finding images that you felt represented yourself in someway and that’s a bit touchy-feely for me.  But as I got into it, I started to enjoy the process. Wanting to focus on collage rather than drawing, I decided to use a photo–a selfie I did usingContinue reading “Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 15 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling”