Art’s Many Forms

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Art is a funny subject. I love talking to people who insist they don’t have a creative bone in their body. After awhile they will reveal something amazing about themselves like their ability to cook a gourmet meal, their beautiful poetry, their family’s history archived in a scrapbook where they spent hours pouring over the pages–choosing the perfect colors, textures and embellishments so future generations can almost step into the pages and feel the experience that has been recorded between these two dimensional pages for themselves. I don’t care what anyone says. We’re all artists because we’re all creative in some way. It comes with being human. I love what Elizabeth Gilbert, one of my favorite writers, has to say about this. WATCH THIS.

Just as artists come in many forms, they also use many different tools to express themselves. These tools are called ‘mediums.’ I’d like to share my favorite mediums with you. I sincerely hope this post inspires you to take a look around your world with new eyes. Maybe they’ll be opened for the first time and you will be prompted to create the art that the world is waiting for! At the risk of sounding hokey, there actually IS only one you. If you don’t create the art you were meant to create the world will miss it. I really believe this.

~My Favorite Creative Mediums~

photographs by Melissa Placzek


There is something soothing about opening a brand new notebook. Lately I like to imagine the stack of notebooks that contain my novel as portals. A place where, by simply applying ink to paper, extraordinary things take place. Birth. Life. Death. A place where I’m not only free to explore new worlds…but worlds that I create.

I can’t believe I’ve been working on my novel for nearly two years. I remember the day I decided to take a little nap on the couch. It was early afternoon and the cat decided to join me. I looked at the clock and then drifted off… only 15 minutes later I had the outline for 3 books in my head. I woke up with the characters’ voices still in my ears. Before this incident when I had heard of this happening to other writers I rolled my eyes, and thought “Yeah, right!” And then it happened to me. Since then the characters in my story keep “bugging” me! Even on the days when I have to say “NOT NOW! I’M BUSY!” I do secretly love it 😉

*Note: Did you notice the cool pictures of the typewriter? It’s one of my thrift store finds! All it needs is typewriter tape and we’re in business! YAY!

Soul Color Wheel from my book “Welcome Home”


I know. Color? Well, yes. Color is a pretty broad medium, but it’s absolutely essential to my creative process. Especially this time of year. I’m one of those people who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. I should wear one of those mood lamps with the special “happy light” as a HAT. Instead I rely on color to get me through until spring. Here’s how…


Most of you already know that I’ve authored and illustrated two books. I love watercolors! I have a sort of “secret” project I’m working on that I hope to reveal soon. There have been SO many changes taking place in my home studio…It’s a work in progress, but I hope to share pictures with you soon!

Along with the novel, I’ve also been working on a book featuring tea. This book has caused me to make a list of watercolor paints, paper, brushes and Micron pens I have to stock up on the next time I visit Blick.

~Yarn and Fabric~

I’ve been knitting and crocheting for years. I find shopping for yarn to be therapeutic. All of the colors and textures to choose from! I would rather go yarn shopping than to the spa!

I’ve recently decided to revisit the art of quilting. I have a few friends (Maria, Sandy and Clare) who are fabric goddesses. They’ve inspired me to unearth the unfinished quilts from the back of my craft closet. It’s been so much fun going over to my friend’s studio and talking fabric and technique. I love vintage fabrics and have an extensive collection of linens, tablecloths, napkins, runners and tea towels. The art of quilting is helping me appreciate my passion for fabric in a whole new way.


I bet you already knew I was going to say something about food. 🙂 I LOVE to cook. I could elaborate in this entry, but I’ve already talked about cooking so much… you can read all about it HEREHEREHEREHERE and HERE. I could keep going, but you get the idea. Creative cooking is one of my all time favorite simple pleasures…and food is one of my favorite creative mediums.

What is your favorite creative medium?


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  16 comments for “Art’s Many Forms

  1. Kimber Dunn
    January 19, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Well, you know my answers already, but besides words & paper crafts, I’m dipping my hands into the “art” of repurposing things and I’ve always had a thing for sewing but not as a hobby. I have a major itch to learn to oil paint and knit/crotchet. Not sure if I’ll go there since I already have no time for the hobby I do have, but I’m very attracted to those mediums.

  2. Kimber Dunn
    January 19, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Oops, didn’t finish my thought. LOL I absolutely LOVE AND ADORE with all my heart your antique type writer. I have one of those in my parents garage and hope to have a place to display it someday. I know how you feel about the yarn stores – I shamelessly get lost in the aisles of any art store, browsing papers, pens, ink pads, ribbons and cataloging a million ideas in my head that I’ll never get around to doing. LOL And of course book stores. I could spend hours and hours reading book covers and running my hands over the edges, smelling the pages, etc. It’s intoxicating!!

  3. admin
    January 19, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Yes! If only there was enough time to try everything! There are so many mediums I’d like to try that I haven’t gotten around to yet. And there is something to be said for not spreading oneself too thin and being good at a few things. 😉

  4. January 19, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    of course, i love my material, i like to dabble in paint, and LOVE FOOD!! i’d like to repurpose journals, making hardcovers from other materials, and working with other fibers to make rt. someday…

  5. Kimber Dunn
    January 19, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    OH I forgot that I want to take a pottery class too!!! Decided one day that instead of actually buying supplies and taking up all these fun new hobbies, that I’d be happy just taking classes here and there to at least *learn* the art and that I don’t actually have to take it up as a hobby. So I plan to take a class or two for pottery, drawing, oil painting, and glass art.

  6. admin
    January 19, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Maria- You are an amazing quilter and have been an inspiration to me! I’m still “baby” quilter…but I’m learning! Re-purposing journals sounds so cool!

    Kimber-My friend Jana is a pottery teacher! Maybe you two should meet 😉

    • August 28, 2011 at 7:29 pm

      aw, thank you! i LOVE quilting, actually chose it as my occupation and love most everything about my job.

  7. Kimber Dunn
    January 20, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Ohhhhhh, is she local to me??

  8. admin
    January 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    not quite an hour away from you 😉

  9. Sandy
    January 20, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    You are all young gals and you have so much time to do everything you love. I have done so much, although most people don’t believe how I did it all but you do find the time to do the things you love and enjoy…I am still open for a challenge and will be until the day I die…

  10. admin
    January 22, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I love that Sandy! What a great attitude. You are such an inspiration!

  11. Dana
    August 28, 2011 at 6:25 pm


    • Melissa
      August 28, 2011 at 6:27 pm

      Aw, thanks! LOVE you. Thanks for your continual support of me, my art, this little blog. xo

  12. August 28, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    melissa, these are great points. what a great post! i love that creativity and art fall so hand in hand, and honestly i worry about the future of our children with art and music becoming less important in any schools. it’s such a vital part of being human.

    • Melissa
      August 28, 2011 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks! I completely agree Maria.

      • Melissa
        August 28, 2011 at 8:40 pm

        Loving what you do is a great place to be!

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