Honor Thy Self Create Art Daily
Okay Sounds Grand But Why & How?
By Sharla Hicks inspired by the videos offered on YouTube by Pam Carriker
Sometimes we get so caught up in our everyday work, home, family, friends,
and more that we forget how important it is to honor ourselves by doing
what we love, be it quilting, creating art, doing Zentangles, surrounding
ourselves with beauty, reading a book, exercise and more. If doing Zentangles,
art and quilts is important to you, how do you go about making that need
to create a priority. Daily journaling is the key. If the WORDS Arts Journal
scare you, then call it a journal, call it a quilt journal, call it an
idea book, call it scraps and bits, call it nothing if you wish but please
do not ignore it. The Journal is a simple way to honor our need to do
what we love daily. It provides a small intimate space between you and
the pages to be creative with words, color, fiber, paint, pens, stitch,
thread and more.
The journal can be scraps of paper pulled together in one place. It can
be graph paper for jotting down the latest pattern or idea that popped
in but will get lost if NOT recorded. It can be fancy smarty pants art
and each page looks like a piece of piece of art. What ever your daily
choice, remember you are honoring yourself and your need to be crative
by recording your personal journey. If your daily sessions turn into a
a great quilt, fiber art piece, a new pattern or string for Zentangle
inspiration, or a lovely piece of art that inspires you to greater things
then you have truly honored your need to create.
As our resources on the Internet grow I am amazed by the quality that
can be found. Yes, sometimes there is much to be ignored or can be seen
as a time sinkhole so I am hoping to circumvent some of the time wasters
by pulling together some truly inspiring videos I have viewed in the last
few days. It started simple, I was looking at an Weekly Ad by Micheal's
via my i-phone and found Pam Carriker
s video on doing Art Journals. Here
I saw straight-forward advise that can be applied to embellishing our
fabrics using Mixed Media techniques. FYI: Mixed Media is a fancy word
for using multiple techniques to create a finished pieced. Her ability
to create a beautiful backgrounds was awe inspiring and Pam's quick tips
for enhancing simple collage by adding depth and shading with grey, white
and black pencils and pens was so applicable to fabric that I had to share
them with you here.
Now I am very right brained, but my left side logic needs satisfied before
my right brain settles into my out of time space: My point? I have organized
the Videos into categories. Skip around or go with my logic, which ever
you wish but most of all enjoy the journey your are taking today by honoring
your need to feed your creative soul.
THIRD: Pam shares
her personal philosophy on the need to honor our creative selves
by doing something just for US, ME, YOU everyday. She chooses the Art
Journal as her way of relieving the everyday stress that surrounds us
FOURTH: I have selected
some of Pam's How-to Videosa
NOTE: Most of the techniques she outlines can be used to develop ourselves
in our Expressive Quiltmaking be it tradition, innovative or the art quilt.
What do you collect, how do you honor your collection?
VIDEO: An Angel's Antholody with Pam Carriker
Stressed? How focusing using Journaling brings inspiration
to your artistic and creative side.
VIDEO: Artful Gathering Inspiration Video by Pan Carriker
Sharla's Note: Pam shares her personal philosophy
on how the Art Journal is an opportunity to be true to yourself and
become a better self, friend, mother, daughter, employee. Setting
aside time for yourself everyday 5-10 minutes is enough to jump start
the creative process which begats more creativity. Pretty or not pretty
is not the purpose, it is the journey.
Using Mixed Media Techniques in Art
Journaling and Creating Colorfast Fabric using Acrylic Matte Medium
with Water Soluble Crayons (Crescendoh) &/or Water Color Pencils.
VIDEO: Getting More Mileage Out of Your Art Ways
to use and re-use your existing art ending with a little stepped out tutorial
on hand carved stamps
VIDEO: Crescendoh Creates Tip from Pam Carriker (water souble crayon
or water color pencils)
SHARLA'S NOTE: This quick video is an excellent how-to make
Water Color Pencils & Water Soluble Crayons permanent on fabric
Using Acrylic Glazes (acrylic watered down) for backgrounds.
Use to unique fabric and develop backgrounds for collage and mixed media
Visual Journalism 101 in a Strathmore Watercolor Journal with Pam Carriker
Sharla's Note: You know how a picture is worth
a thousand words. NOW, combine the picture and words in a video and
you will be inspired and learn how to create backgrounds as the base
for the any art piece, be it a quilt, art quilt, or art journal, and
Techniques for using Black, Grey and White Pens to
Enhance your work.
Pam offers some excellent ideas on how to add words to your Quilts and
Shades of Grey Art Journaling with Pam Carriker
Sharla's Note: Pam really understands how to
add the extra spark to lettering by adding shading and white highlights. This
demonstration is done with grey pens. Working in greyscale is
an art school technique for learning. Take away the color variable
and concentrate on the learning process, then incorporate the learned
skills to color!
Techniques for using Black, Grey and White Shading and Accents with
Pens to Enhance your work.
Shades of Grey-Pitt Pen Tutorial in My Moleskine Art Journal by Pam
Pam's Note: I love to use Faber Castell Brush Tipped Pens
in my Moleskine Art Journal
Sharla's Note: Pam really understands how to add the extra
spark by adding shading and white highlights. This demonstration
is done with grey pens. Working in greyscale is an art school
technique for learning. Take away the color variable and concentrate
on the learning process, then incorporate the learned skills to
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