Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Inspiration is for Amateurs

This Chuck Close quote by has been a favorite of mine ever since I saw him on Charlie Rose last fall. He was talking about how as an artist he works through problems posed by his paintings. He enters and leaves his studio at pretty much the same time each day. Did I mention Chuck has a cognitive disability which doesn't allow him to recognize faces? And yet he is a fantastic portrait painter- now that is inspiring.

Today's page is about being a cranky assed beotch. I don't celebrate that I am a beotch- I just recognize I am and work with it. I won't change it- I have more important things to do. This page is for I LOVE that site! Go on there and check out their latest transgressive prompt. I always treated my photography as something that was fueled by inspiration not by effort. That's why I am so behind on technique. This is a scan of a gel transfer I made while still in photo school. Perhaps it's time I return.
Materials: Prima Pulse collection "Crew", We R Memory Keepers Teen Angst foil paper (cut outs),
Mr. Huey- white, Hambly tranny- turquoise wood grain, EK Success Abstract Flower edge punch,
Martha Stewart Monarch Butterfly punch, Making Memories Shimmer Jigsaw alphas- brown,
MLS Black Diamond alphas, Gold gel pen, Bo Bunny clear frame, Creative Charms Pure Blossoms- Blue,
Inkessentials Glossy Accents

I wanted to share a really cool thing that happened this week- my brand new only used once Fiskars XL star punch got TOTALED by an American Crafts glitter paper a while back (UNcool!). I stewed for about a week then went back to to reorder the punch and noticed Fiskars products have lifetime warranties!!!

My permanently closed punch- waaah!
I went to the customer service page on their site, uploaded a photo of my pathetic punch and literally 5 days later a BRAND NEW PUNCH arrived! How awesome is this company???? So I have upgraded my Fiskars rating to BUY ALL THE TIME- even if their punches are heavier and larger than EK ones.

1. How to punch that AC glitter paper? It's so darned thick! DUH! Rip out a layer of the backing to get it thin enough for punching.
2. You CANNOT write on Mr. Huey spritz no matter how long you wait for it to dry- you can write in random sprays but not on a layer of spritz sprayed specifically to make room for journaling- darn!
3. You CAN ink Bo Bunny acrylic bits! SO gonna get me some more!
Lola is ready for Chinese New Year.
Thanks Auntie G!!!
MuChOs SmOoChEs!


  1. Very cool layout! Love how you did the title with all the funky different fonts. Aqua & chocolate brown: such a yummy color combination!

  2. cool layout. liking the overlay (mmm-hmm, a little bit obsessed with them at the mo...) x

  3. an absolute WOW from me! this is AMAZING!!!! love all your details...I love "real-life" layouts! OUTSTANDING WORK!

  4. I love your gel transfer photo, it totally looks cool. Your scrap page has really done it justice too :)

  5. wow! love that layout! it's so innovative and totally unique. the color combo is awesome, too. thanks so much for playing along with us at punky scraps!!

  6. Oh I just love your layout, so glad you could play along with us at Punky Scraps!! =)

  7. cute LO, Cute baby!! :))

  8. wow! amazing i LOVE it :) Thank you for playing and the lovely comments :) Check out the blog.......... Nat xoxox


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