I feel like I should have better prepared to for this once in a lifetime moment .. it's my 100th post! .. how does one celebrate a 100th blog post milestone? I think I'll get a green tea frappuccino. Mmm. Now you know my weakness. Use it wisely grasshopper.
And I will also celebrate my 100th blog post by entering my not so perfect photo layout in the mid-August picture this! challenge.
This was a really fun layout to put together and I had tremendous inspiration watching donna downey's design team create gorgeous art pieces with her new stencils.
But I'm getting ahead of myself. I first chose the photo for this layout. Yes, it is a photo of me around the age of 2 or 3 taking time to enjoy life and smell the flowers even though those flowers were not, um, authentic. A few years ago I "borrowed" a bunch of my mom's photo albums as I readied myself for a milestone birthday (40) and came across this great shot. Yes, it is blown out. Yes, the flower makes me look like I have a horn on my nose (thank you monkey muse for pointing that out). And yes, the quality of the photo is terrible. But it is, and has been, one of my favourite photos of all time. I cannot explain. It just is.
And, as I mentioned, based on this photo I pulled out donna downey's flowers in vase #1, applied some modeling paste and added some delicious creamy colour with gelatos. The flowers turned out great. The vase, not as much. Here's a tip. If you want crackle paste to crackle do not add acrylic paint to it until it dries and crackles. And then do not add acrylic paint to it after it has dried and crackled. Use something else.
The photo may not be perfect. The memory may be blurry. The sentiment is the same. Enjoy every moment and take time in life to get messy.