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My Sesame Street Art Journey: From Contest to the Official Store

Hey there, fellow art lovers and Sesame Street fans!  Recently, I had the amazing opportunity to participate in Zazzle's Sesame Street Design contest, and let me tell you, it was SO much fun to take beloved characters that I grew up watching and see them come to life on products in the official Zazzle store! Today I’ll take you behind the scenes of my creative journey, from painting some of my personal favorite characters like Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Elmo, and Cookie Monster in my signature style to the honor of winning one of the Editors Pick from Zazzle. So, grab a drink and a cozy spot and join me as we dive into this colorful Sesame Street adventure!

image of Sesame Street characters painted on an art desk

The Sesame Street Design Contest: Where Art Meets Nostalgia

When I heard about Zazzle's Sesame Street Design contest, I knew I had to jump on board. Growing up, Sesame Street was a huge part of my childhood, and I've had the joy of sharing it with my own son who is grown now. The opportunity to put my own spin on these iconic characters was a dream come true. Armed with my brushes and paints, I set out to give each character a hint of my unique style, adding fun pops of unexpected color and playful scribbly lines to capture their essence while staying true to their classic look.

image of pillow with sesame street's Cookie Monster

The Creative Process: Painting the Beloved Puppets

As I got into the creative process, I found myself transported back to my childhood, surrounded by the warmth and magic of Sesame Street. With each stroke of the brush, I found myself smiling ear to ear bringing Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Elmo, and Cookie Monster to life in my artwork. It was a collaboration of nostalgia and creativity that brought back so many memories of watching these characters on screen as a little girl and then many years later again with my own kiddo and the excitement of giving them my own artistic twist made it hard to stop at just these characters.  After I painted the initial characters I decided to try my hand at creating the background for them digitally in Photoshop using bold and bright colors that are synonymous with not only Sesame Street, but in the art that I create as well.  I think that they really turned out fun and unique.

image of tote bag with sesame street's Elmo and Dorothy

Watch Them from Sketch to Finished Piece in My YouTube Speed Paint Video

I documented the painting process in a lively and fun speed paint video on my YouTube channel. From the initial sketches to the final touches, you'll get an up-close and personal look at how each character evolved on the canvas. It's a behind-the-scenes peek into the magic of creation, complete with jaunty music that evokes the nostalgic vibes of the Sesame Street theme song. I do hope you’ll visit my YouTube channel and give it a watch and leave me a comment to let me know you were there!


A Win-Win Situation: Editors Pick from Zazzle

Imagine my excitement  when I received the news that, though I did not win the top prize, my designs had been selected as Editors Pick by Zazzle! It was a moment of joy and validation for all the hard work and love I poured into each painting. To have my artwork recognized in such a meaningful way was truly an honor, and I couldn't be more grateful to Zazzle for the opportunity.

wrapping paper with Sesame Street character art by Malissa Melrose

From Contest to Store: Finding My Art in the Official Sesame Street Contest Store on Zazzle

Thanks to Zazzle, you can now find my version of the beloved Sesame Street puppets in the official Sesame Street Contest Store. It's a surreal feeling to see my artwork alongside other talented creators, offering Sesame Street fans a fresh and vibrant take on their favorite characters. Whether you're looking for a fun gift or a nostalgic addition to your own collection, there's something for everyone in the store.

image of sesame street's big bird on a poster

Join Me on This Sesame Street Art Adventure

So, there you have it – my Sesame Street art adventure from contest to the official store. I'm incredibly grateful for the opportunity to put my artistic spin on these beloved characters and to share the joy of Sesame Street with fans old and new. Whether you're reliving childhood memories or creating new ones, I invite you to join me on this colorful journey through the streets of Sesame. And who knows? You might just find yourself smiling from ear to ear as well as you rediscover the magic of Sesame Street through my art!  

Sesame Street Bert and Ernie on posters in a bedroom

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