About Me

Hello! I'm Missy, a wife, stamper,  empath, indigo, and I am so happy you're here on my blog!

In case you're wondering, the M.A.D stands for my initials, Melissa A. DiMatteo. I fell head over heels when I discovered the art of mixed media and stamping, and I'm here to tell you all about it, including the ups and downs. I create for myself, and decided to share my work here on my blog.

My whole life I've loved art. As a kid I loved sketching, playing with watercolors, coloring books, acrylic paints, and of course, color on the house walls with Moms lipstick. OOPS! In high school, the drive to create left when I had to follow the class agenda for what was considered art acceptable. Oh I hated it. I hated having to paint or work in a way someone else told me to. We didn't have free art will. We had to follow the agenda. I barely passed art classes to be honest.

For years I didn't paint, or do anything that involved getting my creative juices flowing. After 12 years of never touching a paint brush, I found the urge to get going again...

 Mixed Media is the use of a variety of media in a work of art
Basically, Mixed Media is using more than one medium on a surface. If you want to throw together ink, book pages and acrylic paint on your project, by all means do it! If you work with fabric, stencils, pastels and glue, that's cool! You can incorporate stamps ( I LOVE STAMPING!) stencils, tape, metal, book pages, and anything you so desire. There are no limits with mixed media. You're the master of your creations now. You don't have to meet this "Picasso Master Mold" anymore. You can just have fun!

My goal here is to show and share my work, and continue to connect and grow. This is a never ending learning process. Styles and tastes change as we age, our art certainly will too. There is a whole world out there of people that create and I do love connecting with everyone.

I hope to inspire people to dive into the world of art journaling.. Believe me, I understand the scariness of a blank page or canvas. I know the feeling of being afraid of making a mistake. And I definitely understand artists block.

I hope to show people that it's ok to dislike your work sometimes. It's ok to get frustrated when things don't turn out exactly as expected. I'm trying to get back to that place of zero judgement and zero fear I had as a child. I think the majority of people reading this know exactly what I'm talking about.

The professional me is employed at a municipalities office as an Executive Assistant. I work with council members, board members, commission members, county executives, state reps, and of course, serve the public. I pretty much do a little bit of everything. I hire employees and put them through the hiring process, process building permits, work with Code Enforcement, and a bunch of other stuff I want to leave at work.

I graduated with an Associates in Administration. I'm certified in Microsoft Office Applications, and I'm also a Certified Phlebotomist. I've worked since I was 15 years old and have never been unemployed since. I am counting down the years until the hubs and I can retire. We have quite a ways to go...

I love to swim (particularly in ocean water). I enjoy dozing off to a good book (yes, dozing off).  I love deep conversations. I'm fascinated with the unknown/invisible, and search for answers. I'm in awe of the universe and everything in it. Hubby/Family are the most important things to me and dear to my heart. I'm an indigo and a spiritualist. I've been called weird my entire life, but I'm finally at a point in my life that I embrace my weirdness, and the fact that I'm different. I was born this way, and I wont push my gifts away anymore. I bear an ancient heart in a young body. Oh, and, I looooove chocolate!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

- Love!

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