I have always admired work that has a coat of epoxy resin on it. Something about the gloss has always made me want to try it. I have also always been quite fearful of trying epoxy resin, thinking that it was extremely toxic (and many types are) and hard to work with.
Most artists probably just go to the library and look at books, or hit a museum for inspiration. I buy things. I surf the internet looking for cool things and then I buy them. Maybe it's a new tool. Maybe it's new materials. But that night, almost ten years ago, I found a website in Australia that sold butterflies. I was amazed by the variety of colors, shapes and patterns. I carefully selected $100 worth of bugs, then painfully put $60 of them back. I waited three weeks until the box of dead bugs appeared in my mailbox. And then.... nothing. I still had no ideas, and now I had no ideas and a box of dead bugs.