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Nov. 15th, Prompt #31

Are you an optimist? Maybe you're a pessimist. Either way, we want to know...
My Glass
Thank You by Alanis Morissett
Newspaper clipping
Please welcome JINGLE, our Guest Gutter Girl!! She rocked our prompt, as did the DT!! I can't tell you how much it makes me smile to see what everyone creates each week!! This week, I even managed to MAKE something!!

This prompt really caught me off guard actually. I love the song, so when I first red the prompt I expected that to carry my piece, but then when I sat down to create, the 'glass' portion of the prompt kept nagging at the back of my mind. The usual 'half full/ half empty' discussion was lingering there and I couldn't decide which half I I was leaning toward. That's when I realized that I didn't CARE if it was half full or half empty. My glass, is different. It's unique. The question is not whether or not it is full or empty, but rather which half? When you can bring yourself to the point of nothingness and silence, from that I find that you can discover clarity and in that clarity you are able to discover that which is uniquely you, hence the Latin at the bottom of the piece. And this is what keeps me coming back here to Gutter Girlz challenges. Creating isn't about showing your half full or half empty glass - it's all about expressing that which is unique to you. Thank you so much for this opportunity to be a part of this challenge!

I used a verse out of the song to get the emotion of this layout. I used his actual hospital braclet for this layout. I wish I had of kept the newspaper headline for this day. I would have used that for my newspaper clipping. Great challenge again Rachel

When I hear those words from the song "how bout unabashedly bawling your eyes out" it makes me think right away of exploited women and children. I watched that movie called "Taken" and it has haunted me ever since. Women and children are being abused, molested and trafficked every single day and it breaks my heart. I can't imagine what life is like for some of these people and I can only hope and pray it gets put to an end. No one deserves to be the property of another.

I guess mine is a lil on the lighter side. We have gone thru so many tough times this year (will be very happy to see 2009 END) but we have a plan now and it seems like a new beginning. Even though it is taking FOREVER to get our lives turned around and past personal problems I think I can consider my glass half full now.

I used two lines from the song along the border of the layout. The lines reminded me of how I over come my fear and entered a local art show. I wanted to document this moment so that I can remind myself in the future that it is okay to be a little afraid but that you must try and try again.

Torn pieces of newspaper collaged on paper with a light wash of Gesso on it. Then i mixed acrylic paint and water and dripped from the edges - cool effect with the soppiness of the paper. Then i put my hand down and took paper towel and more white gesso and wiped it over my hand. Really pretty!


instead of half empty! i cut out a template of a martini glass and then glimmer misted around it...added a whole bunch of other paint too.... Inside the glass I wrote a bunch of the the thank you's from Alanis' song. ( I absolutely love her by the way! her songs are perfect for prompts!)

A couple of months ago, a good friend of my son's passed away unexpectedly in his sleep. I knew when I saw the product for this challenge was a newspaper clipping that I could scrap a page about Matthew, using his obituary. This was a tough subject, but I'm glad I have those pics of the boys together, and had this chance to thank Matthew for his friendship.

A couple years ago, some friends of mine stopped talking to me. It's taken me a few years, but I'm finally at a place where I can say THANK YOU. I'm truly better off without them... so I used this prompt to say that my optimism has SURVIVED. My glass remains half FULL. Even when I have felt like it was the other way around.

This prompt could have gone so many different ways for me. I think I might do a couple of more lo's just from the other ideas I have. I think the journaling says everything for me:
This used to be my glass: Margarita's, martini's, single malt scotch, or Red Bull & vodka. Now you're more likely to see me with a cup of coffee or a bottle of water. I looked for answers & oblivion in the bottom of my glass for YEARS, but all it brought me closer to was the porcelain god & self-loathing & depression. It also made me a 'glass half empty' kind of girl. Putting the glass down, stepping away from the bar and staying out of the bar made me a 'glass half full' kinda girl.

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JessiW said...

I absolutely love all the different takes on this one!! I hope I get time to do one:) It truly is so inspiring to see how each girl interprets these prompts! Keep up the good work! Love, Jess

Becky said...

Love each and every one of them!

April said...

I was just about to do a LO about how full and overflowing my glass is at the moment. So this will be fun to add some challenge to it. Awesome LO's girlz. BTW,I LOVE Alanis so her song is like the cherry on the top.

Beth Perry said...

wow, beautiful projects by all!

Jingle said...

Thank you for the honor of being a part of this challenge! The DT work is amazing! So inspired!

Nikki said...

awesome pages girl! Rachel, yours and mine are about the exact same thing....Hugs girl!

Nikki Love said...

W@W!!! so many wonderful interpretations of the song and prompt and I love each and every one of them!!! I haven't played in a while. Might have to jump on this one since I have ALWAYS loved that song ;)

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Anonymous said...

It is certainly interesting for me to read the post. Thanks for it. I like such themes and everything connected to this matter. I definitely want to read a bit more soon.

KimmyS said...

Awesome challenge!! I played along and this will certainly not be the only time. I cannot wait for the next challenge already


Joyce said...

I just finished prompt #31 and deciding whether I want to modpodge it silly! I'll wait until daylight to get a good pic though, off to have another look at what you guys have done. Happy happies.

Joyce said...

here it is:


and Rachel, thank you- your lo helped smooth out a thought process about another challenge I am doing about my mark. Trusting that everyone is happy happies.

Anonymous said...

Finally got around to doing mine!

ladybrayton71 said...

Here is mine