Zippindipity, it’s Zippy! Zippy runs on one speed – ZIP! He even talks at zip speed because his super positive brain overflows with gazillions of scribbley ideas. Zippy is one the creative characters from Scribble Town!
Guest: Melissa McClain
Melissa McClain is the founder of melissaAnne COLORS. She rediscovered her childhood passion for art and design several years ago and believes that by “coloring out loud,” whether through her camera lens or with her favorite pastels, she has found her true voice in creating new ways to make a difference in the world.
Zippy: Hi, Melissa. Welcome to Scribble Blog! Are you a scribbler?
Melissa: Absolutely! I scribble with lots of cool stuff…including my camera! You might be surprised to know that this piece of art was done with my camera!
Zippy: What do you like most about being an artist?
Melissa: I LOVE to scribble with pastels! If there are crayons and coloring books around, you will find me on the floor scribbling with the little ones. But, when it’s “my time” to scribble I get out the pastels or my camera!
What I truly like best is the COLORS! I LOVE to “play” with color!!
Zippy: When did you first start to scribble?
Melissa: Of course I scribbled as a kid…but, somewhere along the way I stopped. Thankfully the scribble found me again, initially with my camera about 4 years ago. This year I became a Creatively Fit Coach and I started using pastels and a paint brush. At first, I wasn’t very good at it and it was really scary. But now, I have a special journal that I color in every day! It’s my secret place where I let myself run free and “color out loud”. I even SHARE some of my scribbles now. It’s not so scary any more.One of my favorite times of the day is when I’m coloring in my journal. The more color I can put in there the better! As I said, I love color…
Zippy: That’s cool, it’s never too late to scribble! You said you love color, do you have a favorite color?
Melissa: I agree, Zippy! It is never too late!!
Artist Dale Chihuly once said “I never met a color I didn’t like.” I agree with him! I like all colors, but, I do have a favorite. I’m really passionate about the color Turquoise. It shows up quite often in my scribbles. I’m never far from my favorite Turquoise pen!
Zippy: How do you express yourself through art?
Melissa: My most favorite thing about art is that it tells a story through colors and shapes. I also love to find art where people don’t always look. To discover beauty in the unexpected. Like with my photography. My signature collection, Water Colors, are pictures of the bottoms of boats. It may sound strange, but I see amazing stories and art in the colors and textures I find there. I’m happiest when I’m in a boatyard seeing and imagining art.
Zippy: Wow, sounds fun! I hear our Chief Scribbler, Andi Thea, would like you to be a regular Guest Scribble Blogger! What type of stuff will you write about?
Melissa: Yes, I’m so excited to be one of the Guest Scribble Bloggers!
I think you’ll love my posts. I’m going to write about color, creativity, and expressing yourself through art.
I believe creativity is so important for both kids and adults! You don’t have to be an artist (or a kid) to be creative. We’re all creative and finding a creative outlet makes life better and more “colorful”!
Zippy: Now, I think I heard the Chief Scribbler say you would be doing something called a “Scribble Challenge”…What’s that?
Melissa: The Scribble Challenge is really exciting! The journal I showed you earlier is from a challenge I started a few months ago. I began calling it “coloring out LOUD” because it gave me a new way to get in touch with my “inner voice”, communicate my thoughts, and creatively express myself. It’s also been a wonderful self-care routine! Coloring in my journal changes my mindset and helps ease the stress from every day life.
I want the Scribble Blog readers to join me, so I’m going to challenge them to start their own “Scribble Journal” and start releasing their “inner scribbler!”
There will be more information on the Scribble Challenge in the coming weeks. It’s going to be really fun and creative!
Zippy: Oooo, Sounds exciting!! I can’t wait to learn about the Scribble Challenge!
Well, that’s it Scribblers! Melissa McClain will be a Guest Scribble Blogger every Thursday, so be sure to check back next week to see what she has to say!