"Mix it Up with Melange" Challenge ~ FREEDOM




*** In honor of Independence Day and our brave men and women serving in the military, our prompt for July is FREEDOM. ***

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 month's theme and show it on this blog.

Thanks to Karen the prompt for this month's challenge is FREEDOM. Create a piece of mixed media art using this prompt 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)

Indira is our featured artist with her wonderful interpretation of FREEDOM. Thanks so much !

Image © Indira

"Mix it Up with Melange" Challenge ~ GROW


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 month's theme and show it on this blog.

Thanks to Stacey Merrill the prompt for this month's challenge is GROW. Create a piece of mixed media art using this prompt 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)

Leslee Lukosh is our featured artist with her wonderful interpretation of GROW. Thanks so much !

Image © Leslee Lukosh

"Mix it Up with Melange" Challenge ~ ROYALTY


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 month's theme and show it on this blog.

Thanks to Linda Harbin Beard the prompt for this month's challenge is ROYALTY. Create a piece of mixed media art using this prompt 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)

Linda Donnelly is our featured artist with her wonderful interpretation of ROYALTY. Thanks so much !

Image © Linda Donnelly

"Mix it Up with Melange" Challenge ~ UMBRELLA


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 month's theme and show it on this blog.

The prompt for this month's challenge is UMBRELLA. Create a piece of mixed media art using this prompt 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)

Jenny Petricek is our featured artist with her wonderful interpretation of UMBRELLA. Thanks so much !

Image © Jenny Petricek

"Mix it Up with Melange" Challenge ~ CHARTREUSE


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 month's theme and show it on this blog.

Thanks to Pat May, the prompt for this month's challenge is CHARTREUSE. Create a piece of mixed media art using this prompt 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)

Laurel Martin is our featured artist with her wonderful interpretation of CHARTREUSE. Thanks so much !

Image © Laurel Martin

"Mix it Up with Melange" Challenge ~ HEARTS AND FLOWERS



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 month's theme and show it on this blog.

The prompt for this month's challenge is HEARTS AND FLOWERS. Create a piece of mixed media art using this prompt 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)

Indira is our featured artist with her wonderful interpretation of HEARTS AND FLOWERS. Thanks so much !

Image © Indira

Visit with Artist Sammie Flame

Violet by Sammie Flame of RawkMama.etsy.com

Last week we popped by Melange Team member Sammie Flame's new studio. Lucky for us, Sammie returns today for a cup of tea and a lovely chat - and we are both so glad you could join us! 


Sammie is a talented mixed media artist with a unique style and wonderful rich colors. In her online shop RawkMama.Etsy.com you can find a mix of original art... and fun paper supplies, like these cool tickets:

Set of 12 poison tickets from RawkMama.etsy.com

So, take off your coat and stay a while. I'll put up a fresh pot of water while you guys chat for a bit.... By the way, click on any of the captions for more info on each photo.

SF: I am an artist who loves rawk music and comes from a family of rock [gems and minerals] lovers! hence the name...

When did you first become interested in art? 

SF: I think I've always been fascinated with art. My Dad is an amazing artist, and my Mom is super creative sewing, crocheting, etc. As a child, I was always surrounded with creativity.

What are your favorite materials & why? 

SF: I have always been in love with papers! I think paper is so beautiful & versatile! It always appeals to me... Paint is my second favorite, because I can get so messy!

Where do you find inspiration? 

SF: I find my inspiration from my emotions, music, nature, magazines, people - everything that surrounds me!

Do you listen to anything while creating? If so, who are you listening to lately?

SF: I love music!!! And most people might find this shocking, but i love to play alternative/rock/metal while creating! My current playlist is Karnivool, Joe Satriani, Skillet, 3 Days Grace, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Pearl Jam. I do love softer stuff, too, but as of late, I've been creating to these guys! Yeah, I'm a rocker chick at heart!


How long have you been selling your art? 

SF: I have been selling my art since 2006, and on Etsy as a seller since 2008.
What is your favorite piece in your shop right now? 

SF: I have 2 faves right now:

Melting Mirror by Sammie Flame
&
So Blue by Sammie Flame

What are your 3 favorite Etsy shops? 

SF: This is a hard question! So many favorite shops! 

paper scrap pack classic - margo collection from thienthanh.etsy.com
Thienthanh.etsy.com for amazing papers.


Shadow Dancing set of 12 clear stamps from Nahanibluette.etsy.com
 nahanibluette.etsy.com  for a huge selection of stamps.

What A Feelin original painting from JMJArtStudio.etsy.com
JMJartStudio.etsy.com for incredible paintings!

What are your 3 favorite websites? 

SF: Etsy.com, Flickr, and Moo

What do you like to do when you are not creating? 

SF: Read [novels], write, take walks, tinker on the guitar/ play piano, spend time laughing with my 3 girls! 

Sammie Flame

You have recently become interested in art-journaling and art therapy. Is there anything you would like to share on this topic? (For those just meeting Sammie, she was recently widowed and is the mother of 3 young children).

SF: Art has been a way for me to express my emotions and grief, in a way that words cannot. Sometimes, without my husband, I feel lost, and it scares me. Art grounds me and helps me to feel "found" and that I live with a purpose. I wrote about this for Crescendoh.com. CLICK HERE for my thoughts on the healing power of art.

Sammie, thanks so much for stopping by and sharing with us today! And thank you, Reader, for popping in. I hope you have enjoyed today's visit.
Love Original Art Card from RawkMama.etsy.com

Studio Tour - Sammie Flame of RawkMama.etsy.com

Keeping Faith by Sammie D. Flame

Got your traveling coat on? Today we are off to Arizona for a visit with RawkMama.

RawkMama.Etsy.com

Also known as artist (& fellow Etsy's Melange Team member) Sammie Flame. She recently moved to a new house and has kindly agreed to show us around her expanded creative space.  Ready? Here we go...

SF: Here is a picture of my old "living room" studio. My old space was a 4X10 ft. space located behind my couch in the living room! 

Sammie's old art space

SF: I moved into my new studio four months ago. This new space is a 9.5 X 14 ft. room, actually built as a studio! it has a lot of natural light & is part of my new house. It has taken a lot of time and thinking, adjusting to this new space... trying to figure out something that works for me is hard, but it is coming along finally!

 

SF: Entering the studio through inside door.  This connects the studio to the family room. Now, going counterclockwise through room:


SF: This corner showcases artwork by Stacey Merrill (ArtSnark.Etsy.com) & Trine Stasica (ManicAttackArt.Etsy.com).



SF: Shelves that house (from the top down) - paintings, envelopes galore, and drawers & drawers of patterned papers & vintage maps.


SF: The outside door leads to the back yard (super handy)! The artwork on the wall is by Kim Geiser (PersimmonsGal.Etsy.com) I made the garland/banners over each of the windows - I needed some color & "me" in there! The file cabinet is a yard sale find which I painted.


My messy art table


 and my drafting desk.


 Me, by the art table.


SF: Special things on my art table: my dad's vintage Kodak camera, a clay head that I sculpted when I was 19, and various jars/pencil holders from friends.


Art journal pages in progress.


SF: Some outlet covers in progress. The outlet covers were made for the studio, but I do list them in the shop at random times.

Hey, Sammie, thanks for the tour! Enjoy your new found elbow room  - I can't wait to see what colorful creations you come up with next!

And thank you to all who came along for the ride today. Want to find out more about this artist? Pop back next week for a chat with Sammie.

In the meantime, be sure to visit her online Shop RawkMama.etsy.com where she sells her artwork as well as paper supplies.