Monday, June 25, 2018

Collect and Collage + GIVEAWAY!!




    Like all mixed media artists, I have a large collection of materials and tools in my studio.  “Collect” contains the Latin prefix “col”,  meaning “together.”  I like to gather things together and look at them and rearrange them and try them this way and that way.  For a long time I collected words, and I gathered them together into stories and books.  These days I gather visual imagery: I hold things up next to other things to see what they look like together.  If I like how they look, I make the collection permanent, by collaging them - yes, same word origin. The interim meaning of “collage” as an art form comes via French, in which coller means to glue - in other words, to stick together.    
Collage tools of the trade
              Sometimes collage juxtaposes things that surprise us.  Sometimes we have never seen these shapes or images side by side or on top of one another before, and it makes us stop and look longer.  Wheels click in our brains.   Using collage in mixed media art also provides opportunities for patching and piecing, adding dimension and covering parts of an image that are no longer working in the composition.  Don’t like how you painted that hand?  Collage over it.  Wish this image had a different color background?  Glue it onto a piece of gelli-printed paper. (You may spy this make-the-mistake-go-away technique in my final project!)
    Very often, the stencils I am attracted to are ones whose imagery reminds me of something else, something that resonates with me, and I want to use that shape or texture with another bit or scrap of visual imagery and see what the effect is.  Sure, StencilGirl®  stencils often have descriptive names, but as much as possible I try to separate the word from the image, and just see the shape.  What does that shape look like?  Have I collected something else with those lines, or that rhythm?  I’ll go digging eagerly through my collections or ephemera or rubber stamps or vintage photos in search of something that - if I put it with this stencil - I may now see with fresh eyes.  It tells me a new story, or maybe an old story in a new way.   

Pam Carriker Stockinette Large (I used it upside down to look like evergreen boughs)
 For this column, I have been tasked with seeing things with fresh eyes on a project that is inspired by a favorite art book.  Honestly, I don’t have too many art books, but one that I have and which I refer to often for inspiration is Pam Carriker’s Art at the Speed of Life.  So without question, I wanted to use an array of her stencils and masks for my project.  I already had quite a few, but her new knitting textures really called to me.  Then there was an art journal spread in Art at the Speed of Life that really grabbed my attention - a spread that used three manila tags in the layout.  With that, I began to gather my goodies and of course, Pam Carriker stencils, masks, paints and adhesive.  I wasn’t really sure where I was heading - in my mind I was playing with the words “textile” and “text,” as well as phrases that included the word “knit,” but I was doing a lot of moving things around on the page and looking for that moment of surprise to guide me.

Face Map 3/4 Version 2 Mask
 I was drawn to this vintage photo from my collection as the “eyes” of the 3/4 Face Map mask, but it was too small and drab for my purposes.  I used some iPad magic to enhance the color and add more foreground so that it would work as a laser print (and this way I still have the original photo, too).  What caught my eye about the photograph, besides the intriguing long row of people,  was the shapes of the evergreen trees in the background - zeroing in on that shape brought more of my collected materials and tools into focus and sent me digging for others.


    The inspiration spread in Pam’s book had three tags on the edge of the recto page, but I wanted to put mine in the center of my Dylusions journal, tied into the binding thread, so that they could flip back and forth, and give the spread an interactive element and some mystery and narrative with  “the reveal.”



I had more back burner ideas about the Adirondacks Mountains (I live nearby).  Like the optometrist, I kept asking, “is it better like this? or this?”  “this way, or this way?” swapping out shapes and colors.  I kept looking at the trees; I revisited memories of canoeing on dark Adirondack waters shaded by overhanging evergreens.  Memory is the most universal collage, and we shift things around both consciously and unconsciously.







    Here.  It is done.  The infamous 1906 murder made famous by Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy, on Big Moose Lake in the Adirondacks.  I collected all the pieces and shuffled them around until they fell into place, and then I glued them down: a drowned maiden’s hair.  I wasn’t expecting to create something with a tragic story, but collage is a technique that always generates surprises, and that’s why I find it so fascinating.

Carolyn Dube Hip to Be Square Small Alphabet


Face drawn using Pam Carriker 3/4 Face Map Stencil as a guide


Eye stencil from May 2017 Stencil Club "Woman of Mystery," by Pam Carriker
Background stenciled with Pam Carriker Stockinette Small Pattern and Stockinette Large




One lucky winner will receive their choice of $50 of Pam Carriker's stencils plus a signed copy of her book!

Enter by commenting below by July 1st, 2018. One winner will be chosen at random on July 2nd. Winner notified by email.

193 comments:

  1. Beautiful work!
    mbajzoo(at)aol(dot com)

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  3. Love your work, Pam. Congratulations on the new book!

    Kelly
    artsydoll (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  4. Fabulous inspiring creativity . Tfs .
    Amanda
    pink.66(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. That is awesome. I love her stencils!

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  6. Love your stencils and would be great to win this book. Always looking for inspiration. drumcloc1971 (at) gmail (dot com).

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  7. Wow What a cool spread and I absolutely love the way you were inspired by Pam! I will have to check out the story you referred to as I am from Upstate,NY.
    I love the way your colors meld so perfectly and love the way all of your elements came together- well done Jennifer!
    Jackie ")
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    Thanks for the giveaway StencilGirl!!

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  8. I like how you think! LOL I often try various items from my stash (I can't throw anything away, that can be used SOMEWHERE!) So I try to match things together from other "cast off" projects that didn't quite work together at the time but I KNOW will work with something 'one day'! Plus, I can't afford to be wasteful however, even if I could I wouldn't.
    Your work is wonderful and I love how you draw inspiration from other perspectives! I would love a book lie this, I could learn so much! Thanks for the chance to win that and some amazing stencils.

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  9. Chilling piece. Im not familiar with the murder, but the piece leaves a haunting sensation.
    l dobr y6 at gmail dot com

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  10. Beautiful inspiration :) love the integration of unexpected elements, very cool! thanks for the opportunity to win xoxo

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  11. Awesome!
    tlf_10_84(at)hotmail(dot com)

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  12. Love your art. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  14. Would love to have some Stencilgirl stencils. I have been drooling over them for years! Plus, love the artwork of Pam Carriker! Kstutz1951@gmail.com

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  15. This is mesmerizing, I actually will now read that book. Your work is beautiful, I’m such a fan of Pam’s stencils. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity to win something so useful and exciting. Renee dot Zarate 2015@gmail dot com

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  16. Great work/art! I like mixed media and especially using stencils to enhance the art. thank you for sharing your talents.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  17. I want to go back in time with your ideas and today's products so I would have years to collect and play and create. Thank you for the inspiration, Jorja Thomas-Murcia. Jorja33@gmail.com.

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  18. Hi. Your stencils are beautiful. I would love a copy of your book.

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  19. So fun! Such wonderful stencils! Thank you for the inspiration and the opportunity! mjmarmo@comcast.net

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  20. What a beautiful piece, love tge composition very inspiring. Collage seems eady, but not really, takes time. Would love the book and stencils.Lorraine Lopez @ladyraine8@gmail.com

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  21. I Love, Love, Love, Love.. Love, Love what you have done here. Mysteriously mysterious..Collaging over her eyes really caught my attention .. spoke volumes. It amazes me how people can tell a story with their art. I Love the layering the textures and perfectly placed images, colors and bits. Thank you for the inspiration as well as a chance at a giveaway.. wish I could do collage. I may have to go look through my stencils from stencil club and grab some magazines. I don't know if I can tell a story since I haven't done collage.. But I'll enjoy making a mess.
    LisaAnn01 (at) aol (dot com)

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  22. Love your collage and clever use of the stencils.Pam's stencils are one of my favourites.

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  23. Fabulous opportunity with this giveaway! I love Pam’s creative style!
    Artfordinnergallery@gmail.com

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  24. I really enjoyed reading about your thought process as you created this fascinating piece!

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  25. I love giveaways especially with art and books as the prize!

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  26. Beautiful artwork! These stencils are very inspiring!! Thanks for the chance.

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  27. Fabulous work and fun stencils. Please put my name "in the hat" for the give away. Thanks for your generosity!

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  28. Beautiful! Love these and would love to win!

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  29. Love the haunting interactive elements in this piece. I am always looking for inspiration, thank you for sharing. Ravinc.geo@yahoo.com

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  30. Very creative and inspiring! Would love the chance to win. Congrats!

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  31. Stunning! Would love to win. Thank you for sharing

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  32. Now That's a story!!! An beautifully depicted in your art. mcsuetexas(at)yahoo(dot com)

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    1. Thank you for sharing and for the opportunity! Love your work.
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  35. Great color combos and exciting stencils at play here. I would love the opportunity to win this wonderful prize.xoxo

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  36. What an intriguing story told with great stencils!

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  37. Amazing piece. Thanks for sharing your process.

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  38. Thank you for the opportunity. I thought the use of Pam C.'s stencils was interesting. rtilinsk(at)mail(dot)win(dot)org

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  39. Love your collage work and what a great opportunity with this giveaway. Fingers crossed.
    kenoly2000@hotmail.com

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  41. Would love the chance to play with some of your stencils and delve deeper into your creative process in your book. froghollow01@gmail.com

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  42. Enjoyed reading your process and seeing the amazing results.

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  43. Absolutely love this collage and would love to win! Thanks for the opportunity!
    marchris2175@gmail.com

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  44. Love the creativity! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  45. I love the stencils by Pam. Its funny though because sometimes I see something and think oh I would never use that stencil then I see someone else use it in a way that makes me think--I HAVE to get that! I love it! Beautiful! mmpierron (at) yahoo (dotcom)

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  46. I love working with stencils, so this would be right up my alley! czukasathome@yahoo.com

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  47. Love your work. Fabulous opportunity to fun fabulous prizes.

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  48. Pam, your work is always fabulous and the stencils are awesome. Would be thrilled to win your generous giveaway! Thanks much for the chance
    dkaste at wi dot rr dot com

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  49. Thank you for your in-depth explanation of your process, I love knowing the "why" behind the "what" - the goings on in the mind, not just the hands :) Love how you incorporated the stencils! aka.snapdragon(at)yahoo(dotcom)

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  50. Love this! I'm definitely a collector, too!

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  51. I love your books and your work, and someday I hope to have a class with you. I’d like to learn more about your style, Pam. Thanks for the giveaway offer!
    Jenjzj at yahoo dot com

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  52. Love all of the yummy layers!! Sewcrazystudio@yahoo.com

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  53. I love your spread Jennifer !
    Didn't know that book from Pam Carriker, it's now on my shopping list ! Thank you !
    leamethyste(at)hotmail(dot)fr

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  54. Love your work! Thanks for the give away!

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  55. Jennifer, Thank you for sharing your process and how a thought can lead to many pieces of art. Very interesting. I would like to see one of your pieced collages.

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  56. Stencils are a great way to begin if you are a novice.:)

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  57. Wow, thanks so much for this amazing opportunity! ashlynnsmom at hotmail dot com

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  58. Hi! I too am a col-lecter of making art stuff :) I have been a big fan of Pam's for a long time. I have some of her won derful stencils, not nearly enough, and some of her mixed media materials. I don't have any of her books, have always wanted them. Maybe I'll be very lucky! Keep creating :) :)

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  59. Thanks so much for sharing! Love your work and this article!! Mifferss@hotmail.com

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  60. Very creative use of stencils! Would love to win. kennedy_margaret at yahoo dot com.

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  61. Hello, your blog is so inspiring to me. I particularly enjoy how you have given me a fresh way to look at both what I do, and how I see what I have. Thank you! perrijo (at) gmail (dot com)

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  62. I always enjoy seeing the process behind the piece, the way this came together and the end result are wonderful! Thank you for sharing! And also thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of Pam’s book and stencils. Aksbarchitect1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  63. Great use of the stencils, Jennifer. (And I'm a big fan of Pam's art)
    patsartden (at) aol (dot) com

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  64. I find the piece and the thought process behind it mesmirizing. Thank you for sharing and the chance to win Pam's book/stencils!

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  65. yAY!!! AWESOME THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE OPPORTUNITY!
    LindaRichards15@gmail.com

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  66. I'd love to try these stencils with glass!

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  67. Thank you for the giveaway. Pam's work is such an inspiration. lummelingram@cox.net

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  68. I really appreciate the art and thought in this spread, thank you for sharing. And thank you for this giveaway ❤️

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  69. What a joy to turn on my computer today and see this giveaway! I loooove Pam and her art! I have been inspired by her Pinterest page a lot! This book seems like a homerun for her!!

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  70. Very nice flow between images and background. Smooth and lovely...

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  71. I love Pam's work. Her book is a staple in my house for face. Thank you for this opportunity

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  72. Wonderful art. I could look at Pam Carrikers books, videos ( I wish she had more ) all day :) , art all day and such awesome stencils. This is a wonderful give away.
    ruthhodgson1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  73. alannahmp@gmail.com “Memory is the most universal collage.” I love this phrase and this post. I use Art journaling in my practice as an art therapist and for my personal creative well-being. Love Pam Carriker’s work and happily own a few of her earlier stencils.

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  74. Absolutely stunning! Very inspiring too! I would love to win. Laura shiloh_daughter ( at ) yahoo (dot com)

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  75. I have one of Pam’s book and it is very interesting, lots of mixed media techniques to try. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  76. My email address is pamelaandries (at) gmail (dot com)

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  77. Love Pam's fabulous art. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  78. Amazing piece. Thanks for sharing your process. Have wanted this book for so long.

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  79. Beautiful work. I am also a mixed media artist and have my on "stash" of items i use in my work. Congratulations on your book

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  80. Jennifer your visual interpretation of a story is wonderful. A great lesson on using your tools to create a story.
    cvtamasiunas (at) Hotmail (dot com)

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  81. I love Pam Carriker art supplies, I have a few....but I would love to win stencils and book!!!

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  82. Your work is truly amazing so inspiring

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  84. This post about Jennifer Armstrong...Collage...is amazing!!! I love how the project came together and how it told a story!! The stencils are are awesome also!! I would love to win the book and stencils!! Thanks for sharing!!!
    bamapmw(at)gmail(dot com)

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  85. Your stencils are not just the same old stuff I keep seeing elsewhere. I like unique!
    Biedermann(at)Verizon(.net)

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  86. Those are beautiful! I love them.
    dlatany at gmail dot com.

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  87. Your Instagram feed is always such a breath of colorful fresh air. And now that I know about your blog, I’ll be back here again ♥️
    silentgoddess.etsy (at) gmail (dot) com

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  88. WOW your process is fascinating. Your outcome amazing. Love how you flipped stencil to mimic the evergreens! Beautiful!
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  89. I loved reading about your thought process in creating this piece. Using images that have related elements is exciting to our brains. I also love your idea of tying the tags to the binding. rlreff@aol.com

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  90. Great prizes as always! Love Pam’s art and stencils! Thank you.
    Suzschultz23(at)aol(dot)com

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  91. Beautiful project, and I love Pam's stencils! Thanks for the chance to win!
    clen3(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  92. Wonderful article! Love the project and always love stencils. Thanks for the chance to win more!
    Until later,
    Judy
    janhmldy(at)aol(dot)com

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  93. Looks like an excellent set of stencils and guide book! Anytime I can be creative and do something unique and original, this is something I'd love to try.

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  94. Very cool use of Pam’s stencils - yikes! Love her art!

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  95. Looks like a great book and set of stencils.
    airmonkey120 (at) yahoo (dot com)

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  96. Especially enjoyed reading your thought process -- I think it does take some time and thoughtfulness to do a good collage....love Pam's stencils, would love to own so more

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  97. Thanks for the chance to win some of your great stencils! Honestly,I never won anything and don't expect to now but I still appreciate the chance!

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  98. I love the way you used the tags in your spread and also the use of such very different stencils all in one piece. I have fond memories of the Adirondaks so your piece is especially interesting

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  99. Thanks for a fresh perspective!
    immismit@gmail.com

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  100. Had the distinct pleasure of attending a class in Maryland with Pam and MaryBeth several years ago. Pam’s stencils make my art conversation pieces. Would love to win this one!!

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  101. Thanks for the giveaway! I have checked out Pam's books over and over again from the library. It would be nice to have my own personal copy!

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  102. Wow I love how your spread tells a story. It is so cool. The way you used the stencils to create texture and add interest is cool. I love it.

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  103. Once I discovered Pam and her style I have never looked back..A standard to build on,her work is timeless,fun and some times strange...yet unique. ..A signed book would indeed be the icing on the cake. .

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  105. Thank you for the opportunity to win. Congratulations on your book.
    tabitha (dot) low (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Thanks!

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  107. When I was teaching at our local museum, the kids had only 45 min to make art so I would say “we’re going to make art at the speed of life like Pam Carriker” lulubadgley (at) gmail (dot com)

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  108. I love fresh eye interpretations and how differently things are seen/used/communicated to others through amazing art. Thank you for showing us your unique and awesome art and for sharing your thoughts on Pam's book. I would LOVE to win this book and additional stencils of Pam's that I don't have in my stash. Thanks for the opportunity. ~Rachel Bell bellbrzs (at) cox (dot net)

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  109. I have a bunch of Pam's stencils on my wish list, so putting my hat in the ring for this is a no brainer :) I'll have to bring the book to the road show for an autograph if I win it!

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  110. Great stencils! I love Pam’s work, her book looks inspiring. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Judiknits (at) gmail (dot com)

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  111. I already own her book so if I win I'll order stencils and give the book away to someone that isn't as fortunate as I am.:)

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  112. oooops I forgot my email address: cre8now@att.net

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  113. Oh my I would love to be lucky enough to win this wonderful prize. The draw is on my Husband's birthday. What a great gift for him to give me.
    pamopark(at)gmail9dotcom)

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  114. What giveaway! I would love Pam's book! And the stencils! Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway. walker2897@comcast.net

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  115. Love the stencils. Would love the book too.
    jennineavril@gmail.com

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  116. I love to experiment with layering media with stencils

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  117. I love your stencils and a chance to win.Thank you!This is so fun!!!

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  118. One can never have too many stencils! I would enjoy the book as well.
    jleonhardt (at) bresnan(dot net)

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  119. Stunning art! As an art supplies junkie, I would love the stencils and the book! Thank you. :)

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  120. Thanks for the inspiration and opportunity be in the contest. Love Pams work xxxx

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  121. I would love to win this giveaway great prizes!
    beanpac19 (at) gmail (dot com)

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  122. I love collage and stencils! It’s so inspiring to see other people’s work and makes me want to get out my art stuff and work! Love it!!

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  123. Evergreen boughs; thinking outside the box. Lovely. Anni
    handgathered@hotmail.com

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  124. Pam, I have taken your classes and learned so much and I enjoy seeing your newest works. I love your stencils and have a few and use them and so much inspiration to get from your work and books!! Thank you for this opportunity!!! Nancy Lorenz

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  125. Awesome inspiration! Hope to snag some of these beautiful stencils! xoxo j.halstead29@gmail.com

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  126. What cool art! Great inspiration! anitamocha2@gmail.com

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  127. Absolutely fantastic art! Very inspiring--thank you for sharing!
    whitebuffalo3@hotmail.com

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  128. Lovely artwork.
    LOVE Pam's stencils !!
    mycollageart[at]gmail[dot]com

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  129. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  130. I am so enamored by these stencils and the stories you can tell using them. I need more!

    Thanks for all your creativity and your sharing.
    Joey (at) paprikapi (dot) com

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  131. Amazing art
    Love how different it is from other art
    Completely unique style
    Gorgeous

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  132. Congrats on your book.....
    i believe that art is an expression...

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  133. Absolutely gorgeous work! Loved reading your thoughts on the process behind it! xo

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  134. Gorgeous collage work! My favorite medium of all time :) I love your creative ways of working in the stencil designs. Thanks for sharing :)

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  135. Congratulations on your new book! Thanks for sharing.

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  136. Oh your new book and stencils look yummy 🦋😁

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  137. Collages are a wonderful medium - a
    good way to mix and match lots of
    items that you wouldn't think might
    go together. Thanks for the chance
    to add stencils to my stash and peruse
    your book. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  138. Love how you let your imagination lead you. Yes!

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  139. I love seeing your process, and especially the comparison to being at the optometrist!
    imaginationkids (at) lucyames (dot com)

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  140. Love your work and stencils. Keep them coming.

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  141. Love your work and stencils. Keep them coming.
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  142. Jennifer, enjoyed your article and artwork. So interesting to learn not only the history of the words, but the history of the tragic 1906 incident. Your words and work have a lot of depth to them. luckyone.jt@gmail.com

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  143. such beautiful callages would love to learn how to make this

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    1. Beautiful and a bit nostalgic. Ypur book sounds exciting

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  145. I love how you connected your theme of this artwork: collect, collage and knitting together your images and thoughts. Very insightful. I had a collection of stencils, many of them from Pam's work, and lost them all during my last move. I miss them and need to start collecting new ones again. Thanks for the opportunity of a giveaway. I'm in! linda at lindakaysart dot com

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  146. Hi Jennifer - I really enjoyed your spin on Pam's stencils, she is one of many favorites and I LOVE her mixed media adhesive, the best in my opinion. The way you did the eye on this one is my favorite, very cool and inspiring, time to break out the PC stencils! thanks for the great opportunity to win an awesome giveaway also _ Michelle - micduf2@gmail.com

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  147. Terrific article and giveaway! lopez.nance (at) gmail (dot com)

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  148. pam carriker is one of my fave artists! Love her style, and how she has helped me draw portraits better.

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  149. I love seeing the beautiful works you create with these fabulous stencils. Very inspirational. tomitierney@comcast.net

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  150. I love Pam's work, her book, DVD and lots of her stencils. I like to use model paste through the angel wings stencil on heavy water colour paper for Christmas projects.

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  151. Thank you, Pam, for sharing your knowledge, tools and artistic vision!

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  152. I love Pam Carriker's work and designs!! Thanks for this wonderful post, I love what you've done with the eyes especially.

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  153. You never know when inspiration will strike, but these stencils are a hit every time!

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  154. Love! Daria darialafave (at) gmail (dot com)

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  156. I refer to Pam’s book often but had no idea she’s expanded her stencil collection. Thanks for the stepped-out process pics!
    Luv2crop (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  157. OMG. I love Pam Carriker's stencils and art. Taking your class at Whidby with Mary Beth last year was such a blast. Would love to have these... Val
    valcook@shaw.ca

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  158. You think you have exhausted all you can do with stencil then you discover Pam Carriker's new ideas and stencils.

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  159. Love your work Pam! I have followed you for several years now. YOu are a true inspiration on multiple levels!
    annie. tinnesand (at) gmail (dot com)

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  160. I would be thrilled to win stencils by Pam Carriker and her book. I love her designs.

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  161. Out of tragedy emerges something with a message and beauty all its own.
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