Friday, January 27, 2012

Gauche Alchemy digest- a week of mixed media projects

This will be a quick post to tell you about what I've written up for Gauche Alchemy this week.
 Gauche Alchemy- Stuck?
The first article included a fantastic video by Cheryl on ways to used mixed media items in your regular scrapbook pages- it's a great "process" video that let's you see how Cheryl builds pages layer by layer.  I contributed this page to show off one of the latest kits- the Bare Nekkid Mixed Media kit.
For this page I used the Bare Nekkid kit which has already sold out but the smaller
Nearly Nekkid kit is still available and is just as full of beautiful neutral items.
I also wrote about ways to combat serious creative block. There are many ways to battle flagging mojo but the one I have to keep reminding myself to use is- keep working. Even if the things you make go straight into the garbage. (I throw out my duds quite frequently- it's the one thing I have no misgivings over). Even if you really would just like to sit on the sofa- do not. Get to work.
 Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
Here's a GREAT quote from fine artists Chuck Close:
“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that's almost never the case.”

Before shot of a scrapbook page I really like but it still looks pretty bare.
I have heard some feedback from friends that it's hard to imagine how to use some of the more eclectic or 3D items in a Gauche Alchemy mixed media kit so a few members of the design team got together and made "before" and "after" projects to show how the mixed media color kits can really jazz up a scrapbook page. Here's the link so you can see the other projects: A very Gauche Before and After.
Items from Scarlet Red Mixed Media kit and some plastic grid material that came with the Black Out Mixed Media kit both of which include things like fabric, wall paper swatches, board game pieces, sequins, and all kinds of tiny objects that can be easily incorporated into any project- even flat scrapbook pages. 
This week Design Team member Maggi wrote up a fantastic post on using old corporate or junk mail magnets to make gorgeous DYI decorations. This will surely inspire you to just have fun with the process of creation:
Using fabric from the newest kit Gauche alchemy kit- Moshi Moshi,  punchinella and
items from various color kits, Maggi made the cutest DYI fridge magnet.
The hardest decision about her process? KEEP IT? Or gift it to a bestie?
So now that you are heading off into the weekend take a few minutes to consider how you can feed your creative soul. I am working on my Project 365 and making a few cards for Valentine's Day. What are you working on?
Which camera is the best? The one you have on hand.
This was taken with my lowly iTouch.
MuChoS SmOoChEs!


  1. these are great! i really love that first project!

  2. Fantastic WiR write up, Michelle. I love that mixed media page you did (the first one at the top). That has got to be my favorite page of yours. Great work this week and thank you for all of your hard work.

  3. Fantastic layout! I love Chuck's view on creating too...I need to remember that when I get back to my "drawing board.". For some reason, I always feel
    Like I must have a plan before executing a project. I definitely spend tons of time looking for new inspiration. TFS!

  4. I LOVE your first page Michelle is Fabulous!!! love the mix of different elements
    Wonderful creations!!! Take Care dear! hugs! :)

  5. Michelle you blog never ceases to teach, inform or entertain me!! Wanted to let you know I really enjoy it by sending you the Liebster award! Come on over and "pick up" your award...XO!

  6. Always inspired by you....and now am inspired by the quotations on this post :) Thanks for sharing!

  7. Oh, I love the page "Leading Lola" - such a wonderful mix of elements and colors!!! What a sweet photo and the title is spot on!!!!

  8. wowsssss that first page is a stunner! total love on the rework too.. have a great weekend Michelle!

  9. Loving that page you did for Gauche Alchemy! :D


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