TwoCoolTexans in Sew Somerset magazine













It's hard to wait for this magazine to come out. It is published twice a year by Stampington and Co. The special publication is Sew Somerset. I especially love this particular magazine of theirs because it combines my love of fabric, sewing and paper. I did three angel collages for them and I am so pleased with the way that they came out and were photographed. The photos and the layout are just beautiful. Thank you Somerset for this gorgeous issue and for using my "Trio of Angels". Glenda










"Mix It Up with Melange" Challenge ~ DANCE


Thanks to Janet of Paper Dreamer, the prompt for this week's challenge is DANCE. 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 !

Chrisy McConnell is our featured artist with her wonderful interpretation of dance. Thanks, Chrisy!

(If you can't do a "hot link" on blogspot, please do just go ahead, join in and put the url where your artwork is located. We will fix it up for you so that it becomes a clickable link.)

Image © Chrisy McConnell

"Mix It Up with Melange" Challenge ~ INSPIRATION


Thanks to our own Jodi Ohl of Sweet Repeats, the prompt for this week's challenge is INSPIRATION. Create a piece of mixed media art using that word as motivation. 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 !

Glenda Bailey is our featured artist this week with her beautiful composition book. Thanks Glenda !!

(If you can't do a "hot link" on blogspot, please do just go ahead, join in and put the url where your artwork is located. We will fix it up for you so that it becomes a clickable link.)

"Mix It Up with Melange" Challenge ~ LACE


Thanks to our own Kathy of Vintage Snaps and Scraps, the prompt for this week's challenge is LACE. 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 !

Kathy Maximo is our featured artist this week with her inspirational assemblage. Thanks, Kathy!

If you can't do a "hot link" on blogspot, please do just go ahead, join in and put the url where your artwork is located. We will fix it up for you so that it becomes a clickable link.

Meet Linda Donnelly, "LD Photography"

Welcome everyone to the 2nd article in our ongoing series of interviews of the Melange Team on Etsy Artists. Today we are meeting Linda Donnelly, of LD Photography. Linda is an artist who's ideas and talents have no boundaries. She does it all and then some!
"I painted the background with a gold metallic paint. I distressed the gold crackles with vintage brown ink. I hand painted the fairy queen in metallic paints and distressed the painting. To seal the card I sprayed the entire surface with a high gloss spray and let it dry. Then I added 8 Swarovski crystals to make her sparkle"


1) So all of our reader's can get to know you a little better, Linda, let's start off our interview by you telling us a little about yourself. Also tell us something we might be SURPRISED to hear about you!

I am a licensed marriage and family counselor who
works with children and adults who have ADHD. I have a wonderful
husband and a ds who is almost 17. I have done photography for
about 25 years but my first artistic love is theatre. What would be
surprising is that I have four advanced degrees; a BA , 2 MAs and a
Ph.D. from UCLA ( in theatre). I love going to school and never
really could decide what I wanted to do. After discovering that I
could not make a reasonable salary doing theatre directing I went
back and got an MA in psychology and a license to practice. So here
I am, helping people in the daytime and creating art in the evening
between everything else.


2) You have a great eye for color and composition. Where do you get your inspiration from and do you have a favorite theme or subject that you are drawn to?

I love color. Perhaps it is because of the
sadness I deal with everyday. Coming home to my craft room
and getting out all of my colorful paints, alcohol inks, pens and
papers makes me very happy.



3) What is the best advice you've received as far as pursuing an artistic career?

Do not judge your own work. Just do what your
creative muse suggests to you and have fun.


"This is an original mixed media collage ACEO made with alcohol inks and distress inks and embossing powder. The trees have Swarovski crystals scattered among them to make it appear to be a sparkling fairy forest."

4) We all have some goals that we are looking to achieve, what are your top 3 goals for the rest of the year and going forward? Anything in particular that you've accomplished in 2009 that you are particularly proud of?
Goals: explore mutlti media
collages, learn new ways to use photo shop , take an advanced
photography course at the local college.

In 2009 so far I am most
proud of starting to explore alcohol inks and collage journal making.

5) What are your top 3 artistic tools/supplies that you could not live without?

Swarovski crystals ( I put them on everything, I love
the sparkle they give to art and my life), alcohol inks ( the
colors are extraordinary, my Nikon camera and lens ( I take it everywhere).

"I have added a clear Swarovski crystal to these pendants to make them extra special"

6) Last but not least, share with us a favorite book or inspirational quote that has motivated you artistically!


Somerset Studio Gallery Winter 2008 --- muse candy and inspiration
"This journal is a large 9 x 9 inches. It is made of white hand made paper and has 8 heavy weight pages. This journal is perfect for your photos, memories, observations or even ideas for your first novel.

It is a unique gift for yourself or a friend who loves Jane's work. "


We're thrilled to have Linda as a member of our Melange Team, she is a prime example of how you can live your dream while juggling all the different aspects of life. Thank you, Linda for sharing a bit about yourself with our readers!



Next Melange Artist to be interviewed, Sheila from
Createitcottageart

Cloth Paper Scissors May/June 2009 featuring FOUR Melange artists!!!!


If you haven't picked up your copy yet, run to your nearest bookshop and pick up the current (May/June) issue of Cloth Paper Scissors...four Melange members are in this issue!! Jodi Ohl of Sweet Repeats Studio has a tip in the back, Sue Pelletier and Pam Carriker have articles and Nancy Lefko has a full page feature in response to a Mother's Day Reader's Challenge.


Pam's article





Sue's article




Nancy's challenge piece.


Congratulations ladies!




"Mix It Up with Melange" Challenge ~ MOTHER


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 Hardy, the prompt for this week's challenge is MOTHER. 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 today is Risa Litt. Thanks so much Risa, for the inspiration!

Image © Risa Litt

Artful Blogging Summer 2009 featuring The Decorated House!!!


Congratulations to Donna Courtney, of the Decorated House!!!!
Donna is featured in the Summer 2009 issue of Artful Blogging. Not only does she have an amazing spread...one of her images (the roses) also adorns the magazine's cover! The publication is available now, so pick one up at your local book store. If per chance you can't find a copy locally, you can always order a copy online. Whether you blog or not, Artful Blogging is definitely a publication to check out and is always full of eye-candy and inspiration. Here's a sneak peak of Donna's spread.


Be sure to check out Donna's fabulous blog, The Decorated House, along with her etsy shop.

Congratulations, Donna!!!!!



Sneak Peek of New Workshop



Here's a little "tease" of my upcoming workshop PAINTED FABRIC COLLAGE beginning May 25....showing what you'll need and what you can create. Visit Creative Workshops to register today and join in the fun!

© Nancy Lefko