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Art at the Speed of Life

Art at the Speed of LifeMany Zentangle Zealots are also art journaling enthusiasts and tangling adds so much character to a journal.

If you participated in the first of Strathmore’s free Visual Journal Online Workshop Series, then you are already familiar with Art at the Speed of Life author and mixed media artist Pam Carriker, Workshop 1’s instructor.

How many of us struggle to find time in our daily schedules for art? The subtitle of Art at the Speed of Life is “Motivation and inspiration for making mixed-media art every day”. This book is all about inspiring your creativity and helping you manage time to incorporate art into your daily life and achieve your creative goals.

In Pam’s first book she shares many of her own “short-cut”, time-saving techniques learned through years of experience, as well as providing encouragement and inspirational essays and projects from 18 well known mixed media artists.

“This book is a tool to access all parts of your creativity, bringing them together to become the art-filled life of your dreams. In each chapter you’ll find an Artist Spotlight project from a talented contributor. From textured backgrounds and collage to assemblage and encaustics, from paper clay to mixed media portraits, the projects provide a multitude of techniques for you to explore.”

In one of several tips, Pam recommends multitasking your projects such as preparing multiple substrates at the same time. “It’s also helpful to work on several pieces in different stages of completion, working on less messy techniques one time and getting out the paint and brushes another.” These tips will help you make the most of the time you have available to be creative.

On the inspiration side, there are essays and projects from a variety of contributors including Paulette Insall, Nancy Lefko,  Brandi Butcher-Isley, and more. These projects are inspiring yet easy to complete and are followed by Pam’s own project geared to creating a similar work of art in less time.

Art at the Speed of Life is divided into 7 chapters. Here are a few of their highlights:

  1. I want to be an artist when I grow up – beginning to live your dream of being an artist while living a demanding life, and making your own art journal from your favorite paper
  2. So many supplies, so little time – helping you focus on your favorite media and techniques, keeping art affordable, making the most of fewer supplies, and reusing scraps in collage
  3. Creating cyber-space and setting limits – creating boundaries around your creative time, setting limits on time spent online, “give yourself permission to keep your appointment with your muse”, online workshops, and creating with things you already have around your house
  4. Art therapy – “take your medicine by making art!”, essays and projects to  help you make the most of the therapeutic power of art
  5. The working artist – to “help you bridge the gap between your day job and your art.” Features essays and encouragement from several well-known artists
  6. Art on the go – “personalize a traveling art kit” of your favorite tools to have with you at all times, and making the most of photos
  7. Reclaim your creative time – planning your strategy for making more art, and working on a self-portrait

The book ends with a “Declaration of Reclamation” – 5 points to remind you how to make your creative dreams a reality. “It’s the act of doing rather than wishing that makes all the difference.”

“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”.

All of this great motivation and helpful instruction is in a beautiful, inspirational package that any level of artist is bound to appreciate.


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