One of the best things about being a mixed-media artist and instructor is that I’ve had the pleasure to meet and befriend some of the most amazing creative souls. One of these peeps is artist extraordinaire Pam Carriker. I was thrilled when Pam asked me to participate in this blog hop – the first ever hosted by Stampington & Company – so people can get an idea of how to incorporate her new stamps into various styles. The request came at a good time because I was preparing additional samples for students taking my Art Journal Jewelry workshop in Chicago.
To read Pam’s kick off post on Somerset Place (Stampington’s blog), head on over here. The see the second stop on the hop, be sure to check out this post by my other pal and mixed-media phenom Seth Apter, which was featured last week on his popular blog The Altered Page.
I know some new readers to my blog may find this shocking, but I consider myself a mixed-media artist…period. Even though I’ve written two jewelry books on metalworking and resin, I’ve been making collages and assemblage work for a long time. I adore using rubber stamps because they’re a quick way to add imagery and texture to everything.
Today is a little peek into my art journaling process. The first thing you will notice is that I always rip my pages from the sketchbook. I do this for two reasons. The first is that I like the raw edges of the ripped paper and incorporate these into my pages. The second is that I use them for all kinds of art projects so I prefer them loose. I started working this way in 2006 after reading Visual Chronicles by Linda Woods and Karen Dinino. (Truly LOVE this book!).
Are you ready? Here we go…
First step is to gather my art journaling supplies. This particular Saturday was an artmaking morning with my daughter so we worked at our kitchen table. You will notice inexpensive tempera paint and crayons, mostly for her, but it’s the paint I used as well for this project. You can see Pam’s new stamp Heart on a String in the background that I’m using.
I began by painting the paper substrate with some really saturated color. The orange/red color palette suggests energy and movement to me. I brushed on color with long broad strokes and then added spot color with a palette knife for texture. The script is a rubber stamp I have that I stamped into the same red and added to the paper.
To add more texture and mark making, I used the pointed end of a chopstick to do sgraffito (scratching) into the wet paint. I let my pages dry, which was pretty quick since I’m using water-based tempera paint.
I pulled from my stash old dress patterns and, using Staz On solvent-based ink, applied ink to Pam’s stamp and made an impression onto the paper. I pick up old dress patterns from thrift stores for a quarter and use them a lot in my work. At this point, I start layering my additional three-dimensional pieces for the collage so I can get a visual of how I want to place them. I later kick out the metal piece, but at this point in my thought process it’s still a consideration.
Paint’s dry! Time to go add some dimension to the sgraffito with black charcoal. I also draw in some quick pussy willow shapes on the left hand side for balance.
Time to go back in for more contrast so I grab a white charcoal stick and add some shading. That white thing at the top right is some of my cured ICE Resin organic shapes that I paint later and add for texture.
LOVE my Faber-Castell watercolor pencils. I use these to add some color to Pam’s stamp.
Isn’t she cute? Her shirt needed a pop of green to offset all that red and orange. Red cheeks, lips and heart though are a must.
I step back to look at the page. It needs something. I grab bubble wrap and white paint to stamp more texture. I didn’t know Pam has a circles stamp in her new collection or I would have begged for that one from Stampington. Alas, its much messier than I would have liked, but it’s all I had at the time. Seriously, would have loved to have the Columns of Dots stamp here.
I glue down the stamped image on tissue paper to the page. I take some of those wonderful cured ICE Resin organic circles (upcoming article in Somerset Studios on how to make these soon!) and add paint and art journaling to them with a blue paint pen and then glue them to the page as well. I consider adding a handwritten quote going vertically along the right hand side of the page and then stop myself. It’s too much. I congratulate myself on editing my work and call it a day.
And now for a giveaway as a thank you for reading all the way to the end! Please leave a comment telling me your favorite technique you’ve learned from a Stampington publication. I’l pick a winner by random number generator and he or she will get Pam’s brand new Heart on a String stamp that I used here.