What do tissue paper and phyllo pastry have in common? They can be layered to create beautiful things for the eye and the palate. One is brushed with glue, the other is brushed with melted butter. One contains paper images, the other contains cheese and herbs... you get the idea.
This kind of layering has been described in books, but it was only when I actually saw and touched the real thing (thank you, Ludgera) that I got it. I can follow a recipe with very good results, but it's when I see a dish being made that I make it with great results.
With art, as with cooking, I like to make it my own: The difference is in the hand that makes it.