"Mix It Up with Melange" Challenge ~ DRAMA QUEEN


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

Thanks to Glenda Bailey the prompt for this week's challenge is DRAMA QUEEN. Create a piece of mixed media art using this phrase 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 !

(Here is a great tutorial on CREATING HOT LINKS)

Maureen Tillman is our featured artist with her wonderful interpretation of DRAMA QUEEN. Thanks so much !

Image © Maureen Tillman

Melange Team slide show video number #4

Here is our slide show on utube for this week. Hope you all like it.

Tutorial on How to Use Magazine Pages in your collages

I wanted to write a tutorial on how to take magazines pages that you cannot use in your work due to copyright issues and make them usable. Finally, I am sitting down to get this done. It may not be new to some of you, I actually started doing this and wrote it up 5 years ago. There have been lots of people change it up a little and use it, and that is just a-okay with me. I am for finding ways to use what we have on hand. It does use up some of your dye inkpads and your chalk inkpads (or you can substitue regular pigment inkpads also), but you can control how much or how little that you apply.

The first picture is of a regular b/w and a little color magazine page. I did blur it out, it is not your computer. You can also use colored ads, but I didn't because they are too easily distinguishable.





The second picture is the very same magazine page slathered in gesso. You can do the whole page, leave some areas showing (especially if you use an ad that is full color) as long as it will not immediately be recognizable as somebody's ad. By the way, I used a yellow cheap sponge roller to put on the gesso. I usually just use a brush. It gave it a cool texture.



Next, I used an Adirondak latte dye inkpad and just smeared it all over the page. No heavy hand, but just skimmed it across the paper.



Next, after the first dye inkpad dries, you can add as many others as you want. I added a little Espresso by Adirondak and a little Mushroom Adirondak. Be sure to click and see the larger picture, I think this one looks dull. I am not crazy much about my choices of colors on this one.

I pulled out some old sheets that I had done which I will show you at the end. I do think that I do not like the effect that I got with the sponge roller nearly as much as when I applied the gesso with a brush. From now on, I will just be brushing my gesso on.

Once the dye inks that you have applied are dry, time to bring out the Chalk Inkpads (or any pigment inkpads). Chalk inkpads by Clearsnap are hybrids. You can if you want, emboss with them just like straight pigment pads, or not. For this, if you do not have chalk pads, use what you have. I used Chalkpads in Yellow Ochre, Creamy Brown, and then I used another pad at the very last to tone it all down--called VersaMagic in Cloud White. You don't have to use all these pads. If you want, you can use ONE dye inkpad, followed by one Chalk pad. When you are happy, stop.



Next, as you can see above, bring out your rubber stamps and black Stazon inkpads. Stamp all over randomly.

Here are some tiny pieces of other colors that I used and I did want to show you the differece on black magazine pages and also using a brush for the gesso.



Tear up your sheets and use them in your collages. A little piece or a larger piece.

Have Fun

"Mix It Up with Melange" Challenge ~ BELIEVE


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

Thanks to Linda B. aka Midwestie Lady the prompt for this week's challenge is BELIEVE. Create a piece of mixed media art using this 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 !

(Here is a great tutorial on CREATING HOT LINKS)

Meikoningin is our featured artist with her wonderful interpretation of BELIEVE. Thanks so much !

Image © Meikoningin

Crowabout Entry Week 56 "A Horse is a horse, is a horse..."


This week the crowabout page was all western, complete with a gun-totten cowgirl. While the cowgirl and the words "WANTED" appealed to me, I kept seeing the words "A horse is a horse, is a horse..." and a tune came to mind. Yes, of course, it was the tune for the TV show "Mr. Ed" that was so popular back in the 60's. So Mr. Ed's theme song became the focal point of this collage piece.



I enlarged the photo of the two kids in the vintage western clothes and added western elements. I completed the verse of the song and added "OF COURSE." The pairs of boots are dimensional. All the rest of the designs are paper. The backing is a 6' x 8" canvas covered board.

"Mix It Up with Melange" Challenge ~ WANDER


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

Thanks to Maureen Tillman the prompt for this week's challenge is WANDER. Create a piece of mixed media art using this 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 !

(Here is a great tutorial on CREATING HOT LINKS)

Aimee of Mazer Design is our featured artist with her wonderful interpretation of WANDER. Thanks so much !

Image © Mazer Design

A little something for my team members....


Hi Everybody! Stacey (ArtSnark) here. I recently had some good fortune & decided to share it with my fellow team members. 2 months ago I hosted a random drawing of 250 custom printed greeting cards from DigitalRoom.com on my blog. Well, that generous sponsor then gave me the same prize to thank me for hosting their giveaway.

I decided to print up some cards to promote the Melange Team & its amazingly talented members. The card shown above measures 3.5" x 5".(The pink edge in the photo is not on the card; it's just the background). There are no envelopes.

My intention is to distribute these cards among members who would be willing to include 1 when shipping items to a buyer. The insides are blank, so you can write whatever you want. If you are a Melange Team member & would like to participate, please leave your etsy shop name in the comment section of this post. Again, this is only open to Melange Team Members.

In 2 weeks (October 27th) I'll contact the members who have left a comment here. Once I know how many people are involved, I'll have a better idea how many cards each of you will get. Then I'll just contact you for your shipping info & send the cards.

I have gotten so much from this great team in the short time it has existed. This is a really special group of talented artists, who care about each other and are willing to share their knowledge. I have met some of the kindest people since joining this team & I just wanted to say thanks.

So, if you're a team member and want to share the team's info with your customers, please leave a comment. Thanks.

Utube slide show number 2

I am proud to show off the brand new utube video/slideshow of Melange team member's works of art. Hope you like it.

"Mix It Up with Melange" Challenge ~ FALLING


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

Thanks to Elizabeth Johnson the prompt for this week's challenge is FALLING. Create a piece of mixed media art using these words 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 !

(Here is a great tutorial on CREATING HOT LINKS)

And Elizabeth Johnson is also our featured artist with her wonderful interpretation of FALLING. Thanks so much !

Image © Elizabeth Johnson

Our first Utube slide show

This is our very first utube slide show. Needs a little work, but we will be doing better, and doing them regularly. Hope you like it