Art at the Speed of Life

Art at the Speed of Life : Motivation + Inspiration for Making Mixed-Media Art Every Day

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Need high-energy inspiration when your life gets crazy and your art keeps getting pushed to the back burner? Offering terrific mixed-media art projects, as well as tips for getting organized and inspired, Art at the Speed of Life is a treasure chest of ideas for the artist whose creative goals sometimes get stymied by the frantic pace of modern life. Author and mixed-media artist Pam Carriker proves that art and life can coexist peacefully, productively, and happily. Making things every day can be a joyful reality instead of just wishful thinking.
Each chapter in Art at the Speed of Life includes both essays and project ideas from a variety of contributors, including Paulette Insall, Nancy Lefko, and Brandi Butcher-Isley. The projects are inspiring, yet easy to complete on a tight schedule, and include techniques such as assemblage, image transfer, and collage. A bonus seven-day journal project helps you track your work as you go. With a unique combination of time management tips and advice, inspiring essays, and projects designed to fit into busy schedules, Art at the Speed of Life will help you live your dream of making art every day.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 216 x 226 x 12mm | 498.95g
  • Loveland, CO, United States
  • English
  • 160 Illustrations, color
  • 1596682612
  • 9781596682610
  • 45,655

Table of contents

Introduction: Living the Artful Life
1. I want to be an artist when I grow up
2. So many supplies, so little time
3. Creating cyberspace: setting limits to make more art
4. Art therapy
5. The working artist
6. Art on the go
7. Reclaim your creative time
About the contributors
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Inventive mixed-media artist Pam Carriker takes you on a journey to discover your own inspiration and creativity by showing you how easy it is to make beautiful, personal art every day using easily accessible materials such as paper, pencil and paint. These are mostly quick-make projects using up all the day-to-day 'bits' that we keep just in case there is a time when we can find a use for them. If this sounds familiar to you then now is the chance to use up that 'too good to throw away' item, saved tissue paper, or that inspirational piece of polystyrene lurking at the back of the cupboard!-Fabrications Life moves too fast for most of us. And being creative can fall further down the pecking order when there are more pressing chores to be done. But this book goes some of the way to making you rethink your priorities and fit in art every day. The book is structured into seven chapters and, at the heart of it, is a Seven-Day Journal, one section in each chapter. In these, you are given instructions on making a journal of your own within the seven-day time span. Time is of the essence here, and each segment is short but effective (from making your Ten Minute Journal, to painting the pages and transferring images onto it and so on). There are also musings by other artists on how they find their time, and suggestions on how you can too. But in addition to the Journal project, there are also other projects for you to tackle - 'Artist Spotlight Project' and 'Speed of Life Project' including making toilet paper mache! I liked the way that this book did not lecture you on making more time for yourself, but included real artists telling you how they achieved it. These gave food for thought about what you can achieve, and also small but effective projects that, when tackled, would give you a sense of achievement - but also scope to expand on. I'm glad I made the time to read it!-Workshop on the Web
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About Pam Carriker

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.
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Our customer reviews

This book is filled with ideas, artists' thoughts and inspiration. I like the tips on maximizing the time you have to create art, especially the one on working on multiple backgrounds at the same time. So easy, now why didn't I think of that? Many of the suggestions are, like this one, easily realizable and practical. Pam Carriker and her guest artists also share interesting techniques, nothing very new but all well-executed and explained. I did learn new techniques on making papier-mache dress collages and Carriker's quicker toilette papier mache, both of which I can't wait to try. I like how Carriker offers an easier and less time-consuming "Speed of Life" project as an alternative to each chapter's Artist Spotlight project, so if you're really strapped for time, you can try an different method to create a similar piece more quickly. The instructions for the projects in the book are quite detailed but I feel they are more geared towards the more experienced artists/crafters. The book is also chokeful of information but I sometimes found it a bit overwhemling - there's just so much going on. Maybe I'm doing this too much on the go and not squeezing in enough time to absorb it more
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