Monday, January 14, 2013

Tim Holtz Inspired Mixed Media Collage

Good Evening!

As promised here is my latest project.  It's a mixed media piece inspired by Tim Holtz.    One of the recent classes he has been teaching is the Patchwork Pandemonium.  You can see an example here of his Patchwork piece.  While I haven't had the opportunity to take a class from Tim when I saw this patchwork I knew that I wanted to try my own version.

 I challenged myself to use only pinks, a brown, and black.  This was so much fun!  I used a 9 x 12 Artists Canvas - a thin one and a mixed media 98 lb paper.  I dry embossed many of the pieces using my Sizzix Big Shot and Sizzix and Cuttlebug embossing folders.  All of the pieces were colored with Distress Inks using Tim's wrinkle free distress technique.

The pieces that were not embossed got some additional stamping staying with the pink/brown/black color scheme.

Some of the pieces were painted with Claudine Hellmuth Studio multi-medium matte and some with Distress crackle paint-clear rock candy.

I adhered the pieces onto the canvas using scor tape.  Extra embellishments were added including some flowers made from a Sizzix Tattered Flower Garland die, some grunge pieces, and an Idea-ology gear, spinner and an a trinket pin.

I added pink twill tape for a hanger and finished off the back with paper from Tim's paper stash-Crowded Attic.

Thank You Mr. Tim Holtz for the inspiration!

I really enjoyed this process and will definitely be making more of these.  The possibilities are endless.  I'm going to take photos as I work on these pieces so I can give you some step by step instructions.  In the meantime here is a list of what I used to create my Tim inspired patchwork:

  • 9 x 12 Artists Canvas from Aaron Brothers
  • Mix Media 9 x 12 98 lb paper from Canson
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Flower Garland die
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades
    • Bricked and Woodgrain set
    • Pocket Watches & Steampunk set
    • Texture Trades Playing Games set
  • Sizzix Textured Impressions Damask set
  • Cuttlebug embossing folders
    • Forest Branches
    • Argyle
    • Stylized Flowers
    • Decorative Tile set
  • Distress Inks - Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Walnut Stain
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz stamps
    • Papillion CMS106
    • Stuff to Say CMS110
    • Slight Alterations CMS060
    • Visual Artistry (from Michaels) The Journey CSS30232
  • Sizzix Charms and Buckles die
  • Idea-ology gear, spinner and trinket pins
  • Grungeboard Elements
  • Doodlebug Doodle Twine in Beetle Black
  • Claudine Hellmuth Studio multi-medium in matte
  • Distress Crackle Paint in Clear Rock Candy
  • Idea-ology paper stash crowded attic

Thanks for stopping by.  I love to get your comments.  Take some time to get creative!

Hugs,  Sharon


  1. Wow, Sharon your piece is beautiful. Using 3 colors is a challenge, but you met it and created an amazing piece. I like how happy your piece looks. Great job girl!

    1. Thank You Mary. I so appreciate your support and kind comments. I will bring it to the PSB valentine crop so you can see in person.

  2. This is fantastic! I love all the different techniques you used to create all the textures.

    1. Thanks! Each individual piece was fun to make and then it was so exciting when it all came together. Really appreciate your support.

  3. sharon that is a beautiful piece! i love the patchwork idea and your embossed elements are gorgeous! great job!

    1. Awww, thanks. Look for more of these in the future. Too fun not to do more. Maybe try the salt technique on one.

  4. This is definitely something you are good at...from your last post! Love that you used a color scheme! Fabulous!!! Gorgeous make...just gorgeous!

    1. Thank You! So appreciate the feedback on this piece and support of my focus to learn. It's usually those things that I have an emotional attachment to or are just fun to make that turn out the best. Glad that comes through in my work.

  5. This piece is soo beautiful. I love the design and mix of the colours you chose

    1. Thank You! I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to comment. This piece was a joy to make.


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