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.