"Mix It Up with Melange" Challenge ~ FUN

Everyone is invited to join in the challenge. You do not have to be on the team or an Etsy seller to do a piece of art with the week's theme and show it on this blog.

Thanks to Sheila Bradley, the prompt for this week's challenge is FUN. Create a piece of mixed media art using that word as inspiration. When you are finished follow these simple rules:

1) Post your finished piece on your blog, website, Flickr page, Etsy or elsewhere INCLUDING a link back to the Melange Team blog.

2) Comment to this blog post INCLUDING the link to where we can find your beautiful piece.

3) Please link to a static page (What’s a static page? An example of a static link is http://www.melange.com/ticket/2009/04/22/mix-it-up-challenge/, whereas an example of a link to the main website is http://www.melange.com)

4) Come back often to check out all the terrific work that will be submitted. :)

Thanks for joining in the fun !

Our featured artist this week is Alisa Nordholt-Dean and her interpretation of FUN is here to inspire us all. Thanks, Alisa!

Image © Alisa Nordholt-Dean

Melange treasuries

Thanks to Pat, otherwise known as whyte, for putting together this fabulous floral Melange treasury!

Another fabulous Melange treasury...this one was but together by Linda of LDPhotography.

Thank you, Linda!

"Mix It Up with Melange" Challenge

Hello friends and welcome to the Melange Team's very first challenge...long awaited, I know.

The prompt for this week's challenge is TICKET. Create a piece of mixed media art using that word as inspiration. When you are finished follow these simple rules:

1) Post your finished piece on your blog or website INCLUDING a link back to the Melange Team blog.

2) Comment to this blog post INCLUDING the link to where we can find your beautiful piece.

3) Please link to a static page (What’s a static page? An example of a static link is http://www.melange.com/ticket/2009/04/22/mix-it-up-challenge/, whereas an example of a link to the main website is http://www.melange.com)

4) Come back often to check out all the terrific work that will be submitted. :)

Thanks for joining in the fun !

This week's featured artist is Pat May. Thanks to Pat for her inspirational artwork and to all of you for participating in "Mix It Up with Melange."

Image © Pat May


Until our very first art challenge. That's right Mixed it up with Melange challenge starts on Wednesday. The information is on the right sidebar, please do join in the fun...

Another fabulous treasury!

Here’s another fabulous Melange treasury. This one was created by Amy, who put together an absolutely beautiful collection! Thanks Amy!

Melange Team Treasury

Thanks so much to studio27 for putting together this lovely collection. Keep creating those treasuries! Let's spread the word about just how fabulous and talented the Melange team is.


"Mix It Up with Melange"

We've put our heads together and decided that it would be great fun to host a weekly challenge here at the Melange blog. The challenge will be in mixed media and revolve around a weekly word prompt which will be posted every Wednesday. Any mixed media artist is welcome to join in. You do not have to be a member of Etsy or Melange team. We welcome anyone and everyone who would like to play along and have their art shown on this blog.

Ideas for the weekly word prompts come from YOU and will be chosen at random. If you have an idea for a prompt you can simply send it in an email to mycollageart@gmail.com or send a convo to collageartgirl over at Etsy.

When you have created your mixed media response to the prompt, post a link to the piece (at your blog, Flickr or website, or even an Etsy listing) in the comments section of the Melange blog post. The first participant to post their link will be our featured artist for that week and their creation will serve as inspiration for the rest of the us.

Our challenge will be known as "Mix It Up with Melange" and we hope to attract artists from throughout the mixed media community. If you can "advertise" this challenge at your own blog, especially just prior to next Wednesday, hopefully we can become a challenge that folks from all over the mixed media community look forward to and join in on.

So remember to look for a prompt every Wednesday, and maybe we'll even give you a little "heads up" a few days earlier :)

Get ready to "Mix It Up with Melange"

Good Bye Image Transfers, Hello Digital Grounds

Good-bye Image Transfers, Hello Digital Grounds

I'm teaching an online workshop about Digital Grounds, starting May 11 over at Creative Workshops. The name Digital Grounds I think is a misnomer and I've had some questions about it since I put the class information up and realized that people were having some of the same thoughts I had when I first heard the term Digital Grounds.

I decided to actually show you what I'm talking about. When I first heard the term Digital Grounds I just knew it was something to do with creating art digitally in a photo editing software program. I mean, I just knew it. So I took a short little workshop that Golden was offering thinking I would learn something more about what I could do with my digital collages. And I was totally blown away. My brain was like a fireworks display as I started thinking about what I could do with these products. And I've been experimenting ever since! :-)

You know how hard we work at our Image transfers and not always successfully? Well what if you could get the look, without all the work. Look at this picture I scanned.

I printed out some collage sheet size images for my experiments. You'll never guess what I printed the images on. No I didn't print them on the ledger paper. They look so nice and transparent don't they? You can see the ledger paper behind all the images because they're so transparent. And they are no thicker than a piece of copy paper...maybe even thinner. You could burn these, rip these, cut these, paint on these images...the possibilities are endless.

What would you say if I told you I printed the images on Soft Gel (gloss). And yes that is absolutely correct. And I printed them on my ink jet printer. And that once I top coat them the ink won't run and the image will be UV protected.

Whatcha-gonna-think-then-huh? :-) Think of the possibilities!!!

So come and join me in the Goodbye Image Transfers, Hello Digital Grounds workshop May 11 and learn some mind blowing possibilities!

Happy Creating



When I received the package, I knew right away it would involve a clothesline. After that it took a few days to come together. I layered pieces of the tissue paper on a composition book, as I had promised a friend I would make him a journal. I ended up using teeny bits of most of the materials- I cut the puzzle piece for a base for the jester's head, and used little bits of the fabulous paper for the clothesline and pins. I layered more of the paper ( the moon was made of the purple) paint, sparkles, stamping and more paint on the cover. Somehow it became The Jester Spring Cleans; maybe because that's what I should be doing.... Only the Jester does it at night.

Cathy of Minerva's Madness

Mine is titled The Jester's Nightmare. His buddy on a stick is stuck in the mirror on the left wall guarded by the bubble maiden in the black wall and surrounded by the woeful mistress of the rose trellis on the right. He is just trying to get his head back on and not fall off his very square world.

Stacey of Artsnark Artifacts

The balloon is "powered" by faux candle, my extra piece.
Balloon & basket are paper mache. "Sandbags" are clear plastic chips.The wire on edge of chips was removed to make the Jester's joints
Backside of jester is colored bingo sheet.Anchor is altered puzzle piece.The "pull" is cut from a King of clubs playing card

Kim of Persimmons Gal

When I got my package for the challenge I immediately knew what I wanted to do with all those fantastic goodies. I didn't wait to get started and it went so quickly after only about an hour I was finished! I used a bit of everything that I got in the package including some words from the instructions! I thought the game gal looked like a perfect puppet master for the jester. I created her hands from the cards and the bingo markers made great balls for juggling. It was a fantastic challenge and made me anxious for the next melange challenge!

Risa of Created by Risa

I didn't want to over think the piece...I wanted it to feel spontaneous and fun. I used half of a vintage box as my base. I tore up the tissue paper (adding some extra tissue paper of my own) and with a little modpodge created a colorful backdrop. I couldn't bear to cut up the bingo card, so I left that intact. I added some dice to complete the piece. The jester is the focal point...he was great fun to color and put together. I suspended him from the inside top of the box.

Glenda of Two Cool Texans

"This was definitely a fun, stretching experience for me. I don't usually use much strong color in my work and so I used the opportunity to see how I might do with that. I liked it, but I spent so much time laboring over the color, that I didn't get very creative with my composition. Boy, the others did!"

Linda of Door No 2

It took me close to a month of thinking about this piece and I couldn't come up with a thing until I finally sat down and starting "playing" with it. I absolutely hated my first attempt and started over from scratch. The second time something clicked in my mind and I saw exactly what I wanted and knew that I wanted to use some of the techniques I recently learned in an on line art class. I love vibrant colors so that part was easy, it was the assemblage that was tough. But once started it all came together. The final piece to the puzzle was the quote. It seemed to fit perfectly and it tied everything together nicely. It sold almost immediately, that was the most exciting part for me!

Kathy of Vintage Snaps and Scraps

Wow, this was different for me. I have never done a challenge like this one, I was excited. Once I decided what to do and to use a cigar box…I got to work right away and made this in no time. I pile of tissue paper, oh my, I decided to make a rose. This is WAY different for my style, lots of color. But I had the best time with it; it is mine and holds supplies. Can’t wait for the next challenge…

Ok, that is everyone who played. I just included a small blurb from everyone about their piece. Please do go to their blogs to see more about their pieces, they have included much more information and more pictures in their personal blogs.

Melange Treasury

Check out this fabulous treasury put together by mamapainter.
What a wonderful tribute to the Melange Team!

And now that I know where to look for Melange treasury screenshots (in the yahoo photo folder...duhhh)...hopefully, I'll be posting much more frequently. If you put together a team treasury or happen to spot one and want it posted to the blog, please send me an e-mail at lislis32@hotmail.com or convo prettylittlependant and tell me about it.

Go Melange!


New issue of Art Journaling coming soon

There will be a new version of Art Journaling magazine coming out soon. Pam Carriker from our Melange Team has a wonderful article in the premiere issue. The new version will be digital rather than a reprint. So, if you missed picking up your copy, now you will have another chance.

Also, if anyone would like to submit for the next print issue, the deadline is April 15th. More information at http://www.stampington.com/.


When this group was in the first days of forming, we decided that a small challenge would be fun to kick things off. It was a first come first serve sign up and being our 1st attempt, we got a group of 8 artists to contribute.
We all use exactly the same materials. You are required to use all but two of the items in your package. It could be anything. The substrate is the only thing that you can choose, it will be your own substrate. You can't add anything except texture, script, paint, inks. The object really is to use exactly the same stuff and see how everyone interprets it. You could add a quote, but that's all. You don't have to send your project anywhere, but you have to post it in the Photos section on April 10th.

Cathy M

New Workshop with Nancy Lefko

Here is the description (in her words) of the fun new class being taught by Nancy Lefko. You can read the post and see the gorgeous pictures at Nancy's blog at http://nancylefko.blogspot.com/2009/04/new-workshop-registration-open.html

Spring is here and so is a new collage workshop I am offering at Creative Workshops. It's the time of year to use beautiful springtime fabrics and luscious paint colors in a PAINTED FABRIC COLLAGE WORKSHOP. Registration is now open for this three session class that will commence on May 25, 2009. For those of you unfamiliar with the classes at Creative Workshops, they are designed for you to participate in at your own pace...which is wonderfully convenient. I am a student at Creative Workshops, as well as a teacher, and I enjoy the ability to "attend" class when it fits MY schedule. If you are like me in that respect, pop on over to Creative Workshops and take a look at the wonderful classes that are offered.Below I have included specific information about my new workshop. Come on over and play!

Workshop Description:Do you share my love of patchwork, paint and collage? If so, you are in the right place. In this three session workshop we will combine techniques and materials to create pieces of art suitable for framing or fashioning into wall-hangings.This class will be a combination of images, written instructions, printable pdf's and video.Supply List:* 1/2 yard fabric (for background and backing)* 1/4 yard total of 3 or 4 coordinating fabrics* scraps of muslin fabric* 1/2 yard Heat Bond®* 1/2 yard fusible interfacing (mid-weight)* clear gesso* fluid acrylic paints* FABRIC paintbrushes, variety of sizes (I use Loew Cornell, sold in pkg. of 4 at JoAnn's)* foam brush* charcoal pencil (medium hardness)* white gel pen* blending stump* small alphabet stamps* Staz-On® ink (black)* sewing machine and black thread (optional) or black embroidery flossand sewing needle* 2B (regular) pencil* brayer* bubble wrap®* grosgrain ribbon (optional)* buttons (optional)* iron* ironing boardWorkshop begins May 25, 2009Fee: $38.00© Nancy Lefko

If you are a melange team member and would like to let the world know about an upcoming class or workshop please email me...Kim Geiser at gkgeiser@yahoo.com!

Blog Review-Jodi-SweetRepeats


Jodi Ohl of Sweet Repeats Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Spring Journey: Mixed Media Work In Progress

Quote from Jodi "All I can say is wow--my blog readers are the best. The last couple of posts have really brought out some raw emotion, true sharing of feelings and experiences-it's been heartwarming to read through all your comments and share a few moments of your life. Thank you to those who stopped by and entered my contest and left comments about how art and creativity has helped to heal you! I am always amazed at what connections are created through blogging and the online community. The world seems much less smaller when you find ways to connect and glimpse into the lives of those who may be miles and miles away, but are close in spirit and experience."

These are some work in progress pics for my newest painting, Spring Journey. It's a 30 x 40 piece that is really turning into one of my favorite pieces. A few posts ago, I had a call for ideas on colors and my friend Jeanne had a suggestion that just really stuck with me....pink, white, black, and lime green.....perfect. Bright, bold, and springy. Good vibes will come to those who see my painting :) Thanks Jeanne for the suggestion!"

And, here is Jodi's newest work for us to enjoy.