Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide
if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding,
make even more art. --andy warhol

Thursday, September 8, 2011


I have to admit that this is the second time I have come here today to post an entry for my blog.  Where's the other entry, you ask?  Well, that's the thing.  Nothing happened.  I was uninspired and unwilling to write anything that wasn't at least in some way focused.  Now, I know that some people who have very successful blogs will tell you that they just blog about whatever is in their heads.  Good for them, but they're either (a) lying or (b) have way more interesting empy heads than I do because they still manage to come up with some pretty interesting stories from their supposed nothingness.  Let me assure you -- when I say I've got nothing -- I've got nothing.  Nothing anyone would want to read  -- nothing that I would want to write.  It would be hideous nothingness.  Not the fun/silly/interesting anyway nothingness that these other bloggers talk about.  So I ran away.  But, isn't it amazing how the smallest things can inspire you?  That's what happened to me so I'm back to share it with you before I dash upstairs to start trying to use my inspiration to actually create something vaguely artistic.

As you've seen, I've been all over the place lately with my art interests and today was no exception so I was checking out some of my favorite paper crafting spots and, voila!, I found inspiration.  I will tell you, though, that my primary inspiration came not from the blog itself, but when I opened up a new page to check out  some of the products that were used in a project that was demonstrated.  I love new products!  I'm a marketer's dream in that respect.  Just show me something new that does something I consider cool and I'm there, baby.  I'll be taking one of those and one of those and one of those, thankyouverymuch.  They will go into my collection of other way cool products that do way cool things whether I use them or not.  Today's cool inspirational products were Glubers and Goosebumps by Tsukineko.  (It really adds to the excitement when they have fun names, too, doesn't it?  Or is that just me?)  Anyway, look them up.  I think you'll agree that they are super cool.  Glubers are super huge glue dots that allow you to use them as a base to create flowers or rosettes and Goosebumps is a texturing spray that gives your canvas or paper a mottled and textured effect.  Now I'm sure to be on a wild goose chase looking for them to appear in a store near me.  Unfortunately, the downer part is that, although there are lots of us who are still immersed in scrapbooking, cardmaking, stamping, etc., we have very few local stores left who would be the ones who would carry these newer products fairly close to the time they are introduced.  We live in somewhat of an art supply wasteland because we are dependent on the big chain hobby stores like Hobby Lobby and Michaels to find our supplies unless we order them online.  And while Hobby Lobby and Michaels may eventually get these really cool items, even the people who work in the stores themselves have no idea when they will arrive and the reality is that they will probably not get them (if they do) until they have been on the market for many months.  And I have to admit that I'm an instant gratification shopper and I will usually go without something rather than have to order it online.  Blech.  Online may be fun in some respects, but, for shopping, it bites.

Anyway, enough of the whining about our lack of local stores.  The point of this story is the inspiration!  So you go Google "Goosebumps" and "Glubers" and I'm going to get into my art space and make something!