Monday, June 29, 2015

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 June


What a blast I had with Tim's June tag.  The plaid, the coffee, and oh the creative fun!

Here is what Tim created

This month I wanted to recreate the technique in my Ranger Small Dylusions Journal.  I faced some challenges along the way but am so happy with the finished journal spread.

The lightest spray stain color I have is Pumice Stone.  I sprayed some water and then the stain.  It's been hot (like over 100 degrees hot) here in Chico and I think the heat and the AC caused the stain to dry too quickly and so I kept spraying and ended up with pages that were way too dark for the plaid technique. I'm sure these pages will make a great background for another journal spread.  It will be there waiting for inspiration.  In the meantime on to finding a solution.

Well, I thought, I just need to start with gesso so my ink doesn't soak in too quickly.  On went the gesso on some other pages.  The stain didn't soak in but I didn't exactly get the look I was after.  I kept going determined to make this work.  I don't have the DIY pad so I used my mini Distress Inks to create the plaid.  It was then that I remembered that Distress Inks and gesso do not play well together.  The plaid ended up looking like a bunch of dots and dashes.  This was not going well.

Ok, back to the trusty tag.   Yes!  Much better.  Still determined to do a journal spread I took my favorite peeled paint distress ink and a blending tool and blended all the inks on the gesso pages.  Turned out to be a cool background.  Happy accident.  I pulled out my Spills & Splatters stamps as well as the Scribbles and Splats Thinlits dies to create some background interest and accents.  This is why I love art journaling.  Creative play with lots of layers, inks, paints and what ever works for me.   Yay!

I added some journaling with some Idea-ology Small Talk stickers.

Tim's 12 tags series is such a great way to get some creative play time.  Thank youTim for the inspiration and generosity in sharing your cool techniques.  Be sure to stop by Tim's blog for your own inspiration and ideas.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Happy Creating!

Hugs, Sharon

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge 29


I'm joining in on the latest Compendium of Curiosities 3 challenge. This one is all about the eroded metallic technique. What a fun time!  If you want to play along grab your copy of Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities III and turn to page 44. 

I used the eroded metallic for my old jalopy and sign. Perfect for an old car, right?  I created a journal spread about driving yourself to an unique life and leaving the ordinary behind. 

The spread is a bit of a hot mess but I adore the eroded metallic on the car and the sign. 

My art journals are about learning and letting go. It's my playground and lab. Great place to practice new techniques and just have fun.  I'm ok with however things turn out as long as I enjoyed the process. 

As with all the challenges the curiosity crew will select a winner to receive some goodies from Tim and Mario. This challenge is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium. One lucky participant will receive a gift certificate.  Be sure to visit their site at

Thanks for stopping by to see how I used eroded metallic in my journal. 

Happy Creating!

Hugs, Sharon