CC3C Challenge #5: Distress Watercoloring

main frida

Here is my finished piece for Challenge #5. I wanted to create the illusion of a finished piece still on the artist’s easel. I used a Frida Kahlo stamp set. The main stamp, which is taken from one of Kahlo’s many self portraits, gave me lots of space to watercolor in. I used archival ink to stamp the image onto watercolor paper, then played with one of my all time favorite Tim Holtz techniques and products (Distress Markers).

The background was watercolored weathered wood. Then covered with Tim’s “Doily” stencil, covered with Bundled Sage. I then used darker greens to highlight certain areas.

I created some hand made embellishments by using another stamp and Tim’s layering and cutting technique. I finished off the top layer with a small drop of “Inkssentials” black Enamel Accents.

The finishing touch was to “grunge-up” the small easel/clip board. I used Distress Stains and Distress Paints in various colors.

Finally, I want to thank the Curiosity Crew for some really great inspiration this week! Thanks to the Inspiration Emporium for having all the great supplies. And as always, thanks to Tim Holtz and Mario Rossi for being so cool and continuing to make fun stuff for us to play with!

As always, if you are visiting, please leave a comment or some constructive criticism. I am really trying to get better at mixed media, and it may take a village! Thanks-Lisa

Now on to the close ups…

Frida close-up

Close up of Frida.

bottom detail

I also added a found key with chain.
I stamped Tim’s “Artist” stamp on the bottom of the easel.


The 3 layer embellishment.


CC3 Challenge #4: Layering Stencil/Texture Paste


So here is my finished piece. I followed the directions to the letter, and my first stencil for the Texture Paste was “Harlequin”. I later used the “Honey Comb” stencil after I finished using a matching “Harlequin” background stamp. I wanted to incorporate a Kraft Glassine Pocket, but they were too large for my piece, so I hand made my own. I just used a sheet of Tim’s Kraft Glassine Paper and stamps, of course.

It was really interesting working with the Texture Paste. I would like to do it again, and you can get yours at The Funkie Junkie Boutique,  As always a big thanks to Tim Holtz and Mario Rossi.

If you are visiting, please leave a comment, I would love some feedback. Thanks, Lisa.

Now, on to the close ups….


Here you can see the edge of the “Harlequin” stencil, and the Texture Paste’s effect on the right. On the left, just above the lace ribbon, is the best spot to see the “Harlequin” stamp. You can also make out the “Honey Comb” stencil on top of the stamp.


cc3c : challenge #1: Paint Marbling Technique


Here is the finished piece.

I used a 8″ x 10″ burlap panel. The technique worked on the burlap. However, if I were to use a burlap panel again, I would choose darker colors. I used Distress Paints: Antique Linen, Weathered Wood, and Tarnished Brass.

cc3c : Thanks to: Tim & Mario for all they do!; Inspiration Emporium:); The Curiosity Crew!

Now for the close ups…




the Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge

A group of 9 Tim Holtz “groupies” lead by Linda Ledbetter have designed a challenge based upon the latest book in the Compendum of Curiosities series, by Tim Holtz. Those who choose to accept the challenge, will be taking on each of the 34 techniques explained in the 3rd volume. We will be randomly assigned a technique, and have two weeks to finish and submit our piece of work. Considering that I myself am a major Tim Holtz “groupie”, and would very much like to grow up to be Him. I have decided to accept the challenge!

I am more afraid of the technology involved, in said challenge, than the actual art work. Heaven help me!


In the beginning…


My high school art teacher was the biggest influence in my life. I have had many great teachers, mentors and role models in my life. However, none of them have touched my creative soul or pushed my thought process so throughly. No one has opened my heart up to, the joy in capturing life quite like Mr. Price.
I now have found myself spending a large part of my life without the joy of art. Using the oh, so typical, excuses of life is too busy. Well, I am going to challenge myself and start a journey back to the “roots” of my heart and soul.

art, mixed media, creativity