I’ve eagerly been awaiting the arrival of this particular Thursday because today marks the beginning of our first-ever blog hop!
With Pam Carriker’s brand-new stamp line making its debut on our shelves, we wanted to celebrate by hosting a number of mixed-media projects that feature her unique designs. We’ve also invited some of our friends, and very talented artists, to participate: Seth Apter, Traci Bautista, Jen Cushman, Dina Wakley, Mary Beth Shaw, and Stampington’s very own Director of Publishing, Christen Olivarez.
Please join me in welcoming our first spotlighted artist to kick off the “hop,” the oh-so-talented Pam Carriker, as she takes you step-by-step through this eye-catching Stamped Art Page project idea.
Hello Somerset Place! I’ll have you know, I originally developed and produced this new stamp line for my own workshop and class use. I wanted some fun and cool stamps that would be great for journaling, not just images that would be good for a few stampings and then put away. Many of the images came directly from my own journals as I noticed doodles and markings making appearances in my work. I hope you’ll find unlimited uses for these images in your work as well!
1. I began with a sheet of watercolor paper that I actually used to clean off stencils. When I’ve used a stencil I will lay it down on a sheet of hot press watercolor paper and wipe it off with a baby wipe – the result is a background of interesting partial stencil designs. You can also ‘clean’ off your stamps on the paper in the same way.
3. Next I added some texture with the Punchinella Honeycomb stamp and some chalk inks. This adds a soft touch of texture that blends in with the background.
4. Some design elements were then ‘imperfectly’ stamped with Staz On ink. When you imperfectly stamp an image you are already changing it up in a way that makes it unique to your art.
5. For the focal points of the page spread, I added my Face Map Stencil images by tracing the design with a water-soluble black pencil.
6. Activating the pencil with a wet brush helps to begin to form the face.
7. More texture is added to the shaded areas behind the face with the Sketched Background stamp and Staz On ink.
8. Next I stamped the small sized I Will Soar wings onto a piece of deli wrap (dry wax) paper.
9. I then cut out and adhered them to the page with Mixed Media Adhesive.
10. To shade the wings I stamped some chalk ink out onto my palette and picked it up with a brush and painted it onto the wings.
11. With the same chalk ink, I stamped the Column of Dots onto the background to help this color move around the page a bit and tie into the wings.
12. To enhance a shadowy image of the My Heart Stencil that peeked through the background, I stamped the My Heart Lifts image over it.
13. Using colors from the background, I painted acrylic paint washes around the focal elements to help them pop from the page.
14. With a White Big Pitt Artist Pen, I added highlights to the face and other elements on the page and brushed them out to blend with a wet brush.
15. To finish off the page I added some journaling with a black pen, and highlighted selected areas with a white pen to make the letters pop.
We’d like to give a huge “thank you” to Pam for sharing this wonderful mixed-media project with our blog readers! Pam Carriker has also been featured in a number of Stampington titles including Art Journaling and Somerset Studio, and offers a number of project tutorials at The Studio. You can explore more of her work in our new Pam Carriker Collection.
For additional information and to view more of Pam Carriker’s artwork, please stop by her blog (and say hi!) at: pamcarriker.com/blog
*STAY TUNED: Every Thursday, a new artist will be posting his/her own project using Pam’s new stamp line (on their blog), and we will include the link here! Come back to discover these new projects and learn how to recreate them yourself:
Thursday Sept 5th: Seth Apter − CLICK HERE!
Thursday Sept 12th: Jen Cushman − CLICK HERE!
Thursday Sept 19th: Mary Beth Shaw − CLICK HERE!
Thursday Sept 26th: Dina Wakley − CLICK HERE!
Thursday Oct 3rd: Traci Bautista − ClICK HERE!
Thursday Oct 10th: Christen Olivarez − Link coming soon!
Call to participate: Have you created your own artwork using Pam’s new stamp designs? If so, please post your project in a blog post titled “Blog Hop: Mixed-Media with Guest Artist Pam Carriker’s New Stamp Designs” and link back to this page to jump aboard the blog hop bandwagon. We can’t wait to see what our creative readers come up with!
Posted: Thursday, August 29th, 2013 @ 9:23 am
Categories: Art Journaling, DIY, How-To, Somerset Studio, Uncategorized.
Tags: art, art journal, Art Journaling, artists, blog hop, color, designs, Dina Wakley, heart, How-To, Mixed Media, new, new stamps, Pam Carriker, stamp, stamps, stencil, Traci Bautista, tutorial, wings, workshop.
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