CONQUER YOUR OWN STYLE.
Art? If you would have told me as a kid that I would grow up to be an artist of any kind, I would have thought you were nuts! My dream to become an attorney, and then thought I would go into Financial Management at Clemson, changed to Secondary Education - Mathematics. Getting married and having kids by 20, veered my path into a completely different direction.
My artistic journey began way back almost 30 years ago when I was introduced to rubber stamping when someone demonstrated heat embossing. I was like, 'WHAT IS THIS SORCERY!??' But that was all it took to realize I was hooked! It ultimately became my creative outlet from being a stay-home-mom of 4 children. Shortly after came scrapbooks, paper crafts, polymer clay, watercoloring, and so on and so on. My artwork was published in several books, magazines, and catalogs. I started teaching in stores in the upstate of South Carolina and in the mountains of North Carolina. I had a passion for all things art but mostly for wanting to share what I have learned.
I eventually went back to college at age 36 to obtain not one but TWO visual art and design degrees and graduated 9 days before my 40th birthday. Three years later my life veered off in an entirely different direction when I lost my oldest son, Logan, in a tragic accident that changed my life forever. I shared that story on my YouTube channel as a PSA video in the hopes that I can prevent others from suffering the same fate. Along with that loss came Acute PTSD that I still suffer with to this day. From that point on, I used what I call "zen therapy" to relieve stress, anxiety and cope with daily aggravations that would normally have not caused me any level of frustration before that event. I learned an art form called "Zentangles" to take my mind off the constant visions, flashbacks and reminders of my pain and grief. It didn't not remove the loss, but it helped me find a sense of tranquility and a state of "zen".
Since the time of Logan's death, I have worked in jobs that I have loved, and that is what led me to my job at Michael's Arts & Craft in the Custom Framing Department as the Manager and Personal Designer. That job lasted almost two years until fate intervened in the worst possible way. My body started to shut down on me physically, and I was in constant pain! My hemiplegic migraines were a daily norm, which caused stroke symptoms...like vision loss, speech loss, partial paralysis, etc., and in February 2020, I ultimately had to make the decision to leave an amazing, full-time job that I loved. Two weeks later, we all learned about a devastating virus that was sweeping the world...COVID-19...a full-blown global pandemic.
Since I had been dabbling in new creative hobbies for the past several years, such as, diamond paintings and paint-by-numbers, I now had an opportunity to revive my YouTube channel to offer advice and tips on the things I had learned regarding these hobbies that may help others and save them precious time and money. So that's what I did while I had the "free-time" to do it. The pandemic allowed us all to be at home more...unfortunately, even if we didn't want to be, and we all needed an outlet!
Along came MELANIE B'S CREATIVE STUDIO...with paint-by-numbers, diamond paintings, stamped cross stitch, scratch art kits for adults, and more hobbies and crafts being added all of the time.
The opportunity to be able to teach again has me excited! I can't wait to meet you and hopefully begin a new creative and artistic journey for you. So, let's get started!