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Blog Tour + 4 Giveaways: Art at the Speed of Life

So, I am now officially part of another best-selling mixed media book. Actually, I'm in not one, but TWO of the top three mixed-media books! ( Digital Expressions + Art at the Speed of Life )

Really, how friggin' awesome is that?

I think I need to break to go do (yet another) happy dance.

Remember when I interviewed Pam a few years back?

I couldn't be more honored. I am SO proud of my friend Pam for putting out such amazing content and equally as proud to be listed amidst some incredible company: Seth Apter, Lisa Bebi, Julie Bergmann, Laurie Blau-Marshall, Suzi Blu, Suzan Buckner, Brandie Butcher Isley, Cate Prato, Dawn Edmonson, Paulette Insall, Lisa Kettell, Nancy Lefko, Jodi Ohl, Sue Pelletier, Gail Schmidt, Sharon Tomlison, Glenda Bailey, Alisha Fredrickson and of course Pam Carriker

For the curious, my contributions to the book below:

  • I have a stepped out tutorial for my infamous textured backgrounds. (pg 14-18)
  • A very close to my heart, personal essay on art + healing and the importance of practicing creativity daily (pg 80-81)
  • My artography work is highlighted alongside the essay as well.
  • My hand-painted textures appear as the background on both the front & back covers.
  • My art illustrates the letter 'A' on the front cover
  • One of my mixed-media bird paintings is featured on the back cover.
  • Paintings of mine are shown on pages 8, 9, and 125

I've been hemming & hawing for days over what to tell you here. I thought about sharing my thoughts on pam's generous teaching style. The girl holds nothing back. Her enthusiasm for what she does is both obvious & contagious. Plus, she has mad artistic skills.

I debated on b e g g i n g you to help me convince Pam to tell us what planet she comes from - really, what human can can whip out QUALITY articles, original art, books, classes & teaching gigs at the speed she does? Between you & I, I am utterly convinced she's an alien. Or a superhero. C'mon, no human can possibly do what she does so well.

I thought about holding you up at gunpoint until you gave in and bought the darn book. But then I realized I don't own a gun, and frankly, the beds in prison don't look quite so comfortable.

So I settled on just telling you some of my honest thoughts on the book. You know, the kind of thoughts I'd share if I wasn't a featured contributor in it. With soooo many mixed media books hitting the shelves these days it can be overwhelming to pick which ones suit you... so I asked myself, What makes this book different than all the rest? Why should someone buy it?

The answers are actually simple.

Art at the Speed of Life is one of the only books out there that combines time management and realistic, accessible techniques for bringing art into your life. Pam's living proof it works. What magazine hasn't she been in this last year? (i'm telling ya, she's an alien. or a superhero. who knows which.). The book is woven in an easy to follow manner and jump starts you into a simple to make visual journal. Not just practical, but fun too! I'm a big believer in variety between a book's covers. This has it - and it has some new to me techniques (think toilet paper mache!)- guess I really haven't seen it all. Pam also indirectly covers an area where a lot of books fall short - she shows you time and time again how to make your piece cohesive. Sharon Tomlison's faces will make you drool faster than ummm... well, something that makes you drool really fast. No, really, they are to die for. The whole book is that perfect combination of eye candy & content. Check it out, you won't be disappointed.

(L) 'Soul's Estate' (R)'Knowing' © Christy Hydeck

Since I'm SO excited, and SO in love with this book - I thought I'd mark this as a special occasion by offering up 3 of my best-selling prints that are featured in the book. One lucky winner will receive a large, 16"x20" print of soul's estate. A second winner will receive an 11"x14" artography print of knowing and a lucky third winner will score an 8" x 10" print of move among mysteries.

And if you haven't already guessed it - the book will also be given away.

Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour:





I thought I'd try something a bit different for this giveaway - a chance to earn extra entries:

  • Comment on this post for one entry.
  • Tell me your favorite tip in the comment for fitting art into your busy life for a second entry.
  • Follow me at twitter and tweet this exactly as I have bolded here for a third entry:
    OMGOSH! I want to win! http://amzn.to/hD9ryt 'Art at the Speed of Life'  over @artbychrysti blog! Enter Here! http://is.gd/DaD3n7
  • Blog about the giveaway and link to me ( http://chrysti.squarespace.com/always-chrysti/ )within your post for yet another entry.
  • If you are on Instagram, repost my announcement there and tag it #aasolgiveaway for another entry. Please @chrysti me too.

Do this all by March 17th, as the winner will be announced then - be sure to check back to claim your prize! BONUS!: If we exceed 100 blog comment entries, I'll personally purchase another copy and pick a second winner. If we top 200, I'll toss in another. Get the idea? Good!

Good luck to each of you!

Always, Chrysti

Sneak peek: There will be a few other giveaways coming up soon too.

Reader Comments (77)

When I read the part about at gunpoint, I thought, "ha, you could use a glue gun!"

To fit art into my busy life, I have an alarm that goes off at a certain time each day which requires me to stop what I'm doing and go do something else, like paint, crochet or journal.

Big big congrats on all your success, and I wish you much more!

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLuna

the tour is so much fun. i love Pam's book. It is full of inspiration from the many artisit. II enjoyed your article redefining the blank canvas. I have been reading your blog since I received my book and see you on facebook. your have a wonderful sense of humour. I love to read your posts....especially the ones where you leave the reader hanging on. Waiting to hear your big news. Thanks Pam Barnes

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPam Barnes

Congratulations to you too on being published in two books! I am new to your blog but have already added you to my twitter followings. In order to fit in some time to craft/sew/do art, I get up early and get my workout done early and get my day underway AND it helps to have my craft room right off the kitchen so I can steal away for even a few minutes at a time!

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterupstatelisa

Thanks, Chrysti!

I'm goin' with "superhero"....yep, she MUST have super powers.... :)

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Lefko

Anything new, different, and interesting is always appreciated to jump start my creative mind; so I appreciate and love everything!

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjodie

Wow, girl! Those are some awesome prizes! Am I eligible?
(I think superhero, btw.)


March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie Blau-Marshall

I already have this (autographed copy)book, so I am bucking for one of the prints!!! = entry 1
my favorite technique is the hand santizer image transfer...it's just cool!! = entry 2

Did I do it right?? :)

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie Todd

Congrats Chrysti!! Wishing you more Success in the future! Thanks for the opportunity to win this FAB book!!

Artful Blessings,

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKV Creative Designs

I have been following you on Twitter for a LOOONG time! I gave ya a Tweet today!


Thanks again!

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKV Creative Designs

I now follow you on twitter and have tweeted the message about this giveaway. @virgbell
I fit art into my busy life by listening to audio books so my hands are free to make beautiful things.
Thank you for a chance to win this cool book!

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVirginia Bell

I'm convinced she's an alien too!! I think you're sister aliens! Girl you have it going on yourself as well!! LOL CONGRATS to both of you awesome artists!! Proud to call you my friends!!

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAimee

Awesome. Congratulations, Chrysti!

I always try to make time for photography, my art of choice. I keep some form of a camera on me at all times so that if I see a photo opportunity I can grab it. I also schedule photo outings regularly, and make time - at least twice a week - to work on photo editing. I try to do it only so often so it doesn't become a chore. I need to be enjoying it - once it stops becoming enjoyable, I stop doing it so that I don't lose the fun side of it.

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPreeti

awesome giveaway thanks for hosting it

i fit art in my life when i can this book will help me

thank you

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLydia

wow. this is an exciting giveaway. i haven't purchased pam's book but it's on my list of things to buy..soon.

i carry a tote bag with my art supplies and journal wherever I go. never know when inspiration will pop up.


March 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentervivian

Love you & your work; you're brilliant and it's no wonder why Pam chose to work with you in her book. I'm constantly inspired by your work and only wish I could create the way you do; I've tried, but yourself & Pam make it look much easier than it is :)
Anyways, so glad Instagram introduced us; because fresh inspiration is healthy!
I fit creativity into my busy lifestyle by snapping photos; good thing for iPhone having a decent camera right?! I try to get out for a hike or somewhere to explore at least 1x per week; snap a bunch of shots with my Rebel and Powershot and get back home to do some editing.
'Knowing' is one of my favorite pieces of your work and would love, love, love to win a copy! <3

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterQiksilver840

hey chrysti, count me in, i'm following you on instagram i;m cherry 2000

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternancy donaldson

Hi Chrysti - I love your work on Instagram and purchased a copy of the book 3 weeks ago and today I have a note that I have an item to be collected at the Post Office - cannot wait to get my hands on the book! Congrats! Tracy (@trayc on IG)

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

Dear Chrysti,

Congrats on your contributions to Pam's intriguing looking book! Thanks for the opportunity to win the book and also one of your lovely art prints. You are SO talented. I love the Knowing piece. . .but all 3 are beautiful.

One thing that I do to fit art into my life every day is to take a mini-composition book with me on my walks (2 for 99 cents at Staples) and as inspiration strikes me for something to create I will write it down as I walk (don't worry it's in my neighborhood so there are very few cars!). Having my thoughts and strategies on how I should go about creating something and also jotting down new ideas that I come up with as I'm walking gives me a head start to tackle these projects head on when I do make it into my studio. Sometime the thinking it through part is as important as the creating part so I am happy to have some of that "out of the way" before actually beginning on the project. This strategy works very well for me.

I don't have a blog but will post this giveaway info on my FB profile page. Hope that counts for a third entry! :O)

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara I.

I think Pam rocks too and would love a chance to win her book.

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda

I want to win

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

I usually wait until the kids are in bed at night to create, usually that's the only time I can fit art into my day.

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

I want to win all of these! You sure are talented Chrysti. When will you do your own book? I fit art in everyday by beginning my morning with a sketch session.

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

I am really enjoying the blog tour, and am totally in love with your art! I couldn't resist getting one of your original pieces that you posted on facebook, and love having it inspire me in my studio. Thanks for being such a sweet person and sharing yourself with all of us!

What I do to carve out an extra hour or so for art is to do it when my kids have gone off to school and my husband is sleeping (he works nights) so it is quiet in the house, and I can really get into a zone with my muse.

Following you on twitter for sometime now, and posted the giveaway.

blogged about it, you can see it here: http://thismuseofmine.blogspot.com

attempted the instagram thing, but I am not sure if I did it right, but I do enjoy seeing your photos there too!

Thanks for all you do, and for such great give-aways! I will cross my fingers and hope for the best :)

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLetha Richardson

Thia ia a wonderful blog hop, and so beautiful thanks for this chance

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBoni

Pick me please, please, please! I want to know how your backgrounds r done.

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDana

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