Who would ever think Pam Mannix’s fascination with paper dolls as a child would lead to creating paper art as an adult. “I always enjoyed making outfits for my paper dolls and preferred playing with them rather than baby dolls.” Perhaps paper dolls were the foundation for her becoming a paper artist.
Southern by birth, Mannix moved across the Mason-Dixon line when she was nineteen and became a Jersey girl. While living in New Jersey she became friends with a lady whose hobby was “stamping”. “The friend invited me to a 'Rubber Stamping Party', and I was hooked. I later added paper art and mixed media crafts to my artistic interests. I learned my craft through watching U-tube videos and taking classes at shops where I purchased art supplies.”
Mannix returned to the south and resides in Alabama (Monroe County), where she continues her hobby. One of her specialties is photo journal books. “I start with chip board, cut to size and joined together to form a book, then add pages to the spine. The pages are embellished with a variety of scrap book papers and contain pockets with flaps. Each book has a theme – coastal scenes, birthdays and other events. I also do orders for special events.”
Mannix also designs stationery. Her hand-made cards are imprinted with rubber stamps. Some have greetings inside, while others feature scenery and space for personalizing.
“When creating mixed media art, I start with a textured base, poly clay the featured items, then use luminaire paint over the canvas. Sometimes I use stenciling in my mixed media pieces. My favorite artistic piece is created with dragonflies – a mixed media piece. The subject and colors are unusual.”
Pam Mannix artwork may be purchased at Black Belt Treasures or ordered at http://www.blackbelttreasures.com.