Thursday, January 25, 2007

Quinacridone Gold

One color people have difficulty finding for my workshops is Quin Gold. It has been renamed Quinacridone/Nickel Azo Gold, and it is made by Golden. Don't be confused into thinking that this is a metalic ain't. It is crucial in creating some of the effects of aging (not refering to my rapidly graying hair). I mix it with just about everything. You can order it from Golden direct or you can usually find it at Michaels or other large art stores.

Also...begining late Spring...I'll be selling paint kits that have all the colors I use to create different looks.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Pre-Order Secrets of Rusty Things - Signed Copies

Hello again,

Just in....

I've just started taking pre-orders for signed copies of my book, Secrets of Rusty Things.

When the book is released you will receive an autographed I've designed a special book plate that will attach to the inside front cover. This customized plate will only be available when purchased through my website (in other words it will not be available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.). Also included will be a deMengian Artist Trading Card. All this for only $30 (plus s&h).

If you're interested, click here

My assistant, Christine will be in contact to take your information.

You won't be charged until the book is ready to ship...sometime in May, but put your name in now, so we can order enough books.

I've had a few sneak peeks at the book during the design process...I love what I've seen..I'm quite excited. Hope you are.

thanks Michael


Hey gang,

I'm getting ready to head down to Southern California for the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show. It's at the Anaheim Covention Center.

I'll be showing off the new book (or what is available to see) at the NorthLight booth. I'll also be sneaking off to Stamper's Anonymous' booth periodically to show off my new line of stamps. I think they look great.

So for those's some info you might find handy:

I'll be at:

F+W Publications. Booth Number #1509.

Sunday: 12:00 p.m.
Monday: 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 11:00 a.m.

F+W will be having a reception at the booth on Tuesday, January 30, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Stop by and say "hey".


Friday, January 19, 2007

and the winner is....

Nicole and I had a tough time deciding. This is an indication that there were some amazing words submitted. I really was quite impressed that so many people spent the time and submitted very creative words.

Originally I said I would list the top 21 runner-ups. This changed when Melange said they would do a little spread about the contest. So everyone will have to wait until summer to see some of the inventive and in witty words.


drum roll please

The winner of the big Word Off is

Andrea Davis....

CREATUITIVE cre·a·tui·tive [kree-a-too-i-tiv] –adjective

1. Combining the creative process with the internal mechanisms of intuition for artistic expression or products of invention.

2.Creative production and expression resulting from a direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process; immediate apprehension.

3. The creative ability and/or phenomenon leading to the transcendence of traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination by means of intuition.
The non-conceptual process by which one utilizes creative ability.
—Related forms
cre·a·tu·i·tive·ly, adverb
cre·a·tu·i·tive·ness, noun
Congrats Andrea....nicely done. Maybe we'll play this again next year unless I can thing of some other interesting way to give a piece of art away.
Thanks to everyone who submitted. Nicole and I had a blast reading through the goods.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Art and Soul Class Changes - Voodoo Dolls - not hats

Hey everyone,

There’s been a change in the workshop schedule at Art and Soul Virginia. The Mad Hatter class has been magically transformed into a Voodoo Doodad Doll class…don’t ask me how…it’s a secret.

If you’re interested in this class click below to enroll. The description follows.

Voodoo Doodad Dolls

Monday, May 7th

Time to do that Voodoo that you do so well. In this class you’ll be creating found object, mixed media Voodoo Dolls. Using techniques involving assemblage, collage, painting and anything else that pops in your head, we’ll be creating contemporary versions of this fascinating Haitian art form. What most people don’t know is that Voodoo dolls can be used for positive I can’t promise you that they’ll actually work but I guarantee they’ll look cool when you’re done.

Disclaimer: All Voodoo Dolls created in this class are intended for artistic and entertainment purposes only. Any use for ill matter how entertaining that may seem.... is not the class intent.

This is a project workshop and students will all leave with at least one completed project (perhaps more).

Friday, January 05, 2007

I'm back...and I see a whole bunch of words!

Okie dokie, the words are in! Now it's time for Nicole and I to rummage through them and announce a winner...wooooo hoooo!

There are some very cool words and it will be tough to nail them down. Good job.

Here's a little treat...
I will post the winning word and inventor on my blog....the other words I'm keeping in a vault until July. Why? Well because Somerset Studios wants to feature some of the words in the July/Aug edtion of Melange. Don't know how many they will use, so I can't promise you that yours will appear (especially since I had so many entries), but it will be something to look forward to.

On Jan. 19th I'll announce the Master of the Word.

stay tuned.

I've been away for the last three weeks hangin with a friend. First in S.F. then to New York. I had a great time. In NY we managed to see the ball drop on New Years Eve, and hooked up with a bunch of Cortona, Italy workshop attendees...what fun.

In S.F. I came across an alley in the Mission District filled with murals, so I thought I'd share them: