February 18th, 2008


Excuse me?! No, not burp, BLURB!

When I was presenting at the Meeting of the Masters last October, I saw a gorgeous, printed portfolio in the booth of a very talented artist, Carol Pascale. I’m like, “How did you afford this!!” She looked at me like “Are you serious?” No big deal, it’s through my iBook, but Blurb is cheaper. Blurb, blurb, blurb I repeated in my head so I wouldn’t forget. Miraculously I didn’t, and found the website immediately upon returning home. Isn’t this just the coolest thing ever?! You can while away large chunks of time previewing other peoples books (ask me how I know this!) and getting great ideas to make your own. What a perfect tool for a limited run of swanky artist portfolios!

Blurb book montage  

So, I’ve been biding my time trying to decide what my first Blurb book will be. Ah HA! The Painting of Peacock Pavilions! (working title). Maryam has offered to contribute some wickedly witty writing so I think it’s going to be a winner! Even if it isn’t it will be fun to do and a great keepsake for the artists in the group, don’t you think?


This also would have been great to do after the Italy Painting Trip. Darn! Not quite as glamorous, but I DID write an article on that for the most recent issue of the The Faux Finisher magazine! 

And more-

Maryam just sent me this link from Grow Wings. What talent! Look at these lovely ladies….

6 Responses to “Blurb”

  1. Maryam in Marrakesh Says:

    I think these blurb books are just fabulous. Must get my butt in gear and make some!!!

  2. Melanie Says:

    Yes, you must stop simply sitting around drinking minty Moroccan tea and really DO something with your life! LOL. They will be fabulous….

  3. Laini Says:

    Hi there! I meant to say hi the other day when I found you via Maryam — I guess I was too overwhelmed. Your work is GORGEOUS — how do you DO it??? I can’t wait to see the Peacock Pavilions project unfold! As for Blurb, it’s funny, I just heard about it for the first time last week — another awesome blogger (rosylittlethings.typepad.com) is cooking up a project she is going to print by Blurb. I found myself wondering. . . what sort of book can I make? Too much fun! My sister made a wedding album last year on another site, Shutterfly, and it came out great. Looks like Blurb is a little fancier, though. Nice to meet you, Melanie!

  4. Julie Stonehouse Says:

    Blurb! Thank you for keeping it in your head –because I just read about these on fauxforum.com and when I went to the website it was still under construction or something… Anyway, I want to while away some time checking out their website and now I can. Yay! ~Julie

  5. Carol Pascale Says:

    Thank you so much Melanie! It was an honor and a pleasure to meet you at MOTM. I was overwhelmed with joy to give a bit of inspiration back to one who has always given immeasurable inspiration! I always look forward to seeing everything you do, new books especially welcomed :D

  6. Melanie Says:

    Well, your work is gorgeous Carol! New, inspiring books on decorative painting and finishing are definitely in sad, short supply these days, aren’t they!

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