Saturday, July 12, 2014


The current Compendium of Curiosities challenge was more than just an art challenge for me this time. I had to actually go into my stash of treasured Tim Holtz products and use product that I have been "saving for the perfect occasion". The current challenge is to create an altered burlap panel (p. 37 of Tim's book) Of course, I had to get the burlap panels when they came out, but I never had the nerve to use them or it was never the right time. As I went along, I was also inspired to use other precious product.
Although I won't go into detail on the actual technique of altering the panel, that's what Tim's book is for.  There are a few embellishments on my panel I'll talk about. My butterfly girl comes from an Artchix image. Her wings were die cut from Tim's Fanciful Flight die. The upper part of the wings was cut from grunge paper and painted with black soot distress paint. The colorful under wing was cut from Shimmer Sheetz.
The flower was made from scratch. I used Tim's Jumbo Tattered Florals die to cut all but the center (Cheery Lynn die). I have wanted to make a large flower for a long time, so this was a perfect time. I wanted a full flower, so I cut seven of the large layers. The first layer was cut from Suze Weinberg's Wonder Rubber and embossed with UTEE. (I can't begin to remember when I bought the wonder rubber, but this was the first time I used it. I had forgotten I had it.) The next layer is burlap. There are two layers of fabric from Tim's line (another previously uncut product) and one of his tissue paper. I wanted to make the flower quite full, but fabric and tissue paper don't stand up very well. I got the idea to use Wendy Vecchi's Clearly for Art moldable plastic. I cut out the flower twice and heated the petals so I could form them into dimensional petals. A little alcohol ink added color to these layers.These clear layers helped to lift the fabric layers. The flower center was also made from the Clearly Art.
To make the background, I added some stencil paste for dimension and distress paints for color. The center band was cut using a Cheery Lynn die. The sentiment is a Dyan Reaveley stamp from Ranger. The final touch was to add some bling stars and dots.
I am also entering this panel into these challenges: Vintage Journey -- dies and distress; Take a Word -- butterflies; Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge -- start from scratch; Classy Cards 'n Such -- pick a posy (use a handmade flower) [CCnC products include distress paints; Cheery Lynn dies, bling]; Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge -- let's be clear (used Clearly Art for the flower layers).
A special recognition goes out to the Funkie Junkie for sponsoring the CC3 challenge.


Annie said...

A beautiful alteration of the burlap panel Barbara. I adore the stunning layout and fabulous floral. Thank you for hopping on board at AVintage Journey this fortnight
Hugs Annie x

Sim said...

Awesome indeed!
Beautiful artwork! :)
(Sorry for being so late)

Anita Houston said...

Delicious wings and flower on this burlap panel! The colors are wonderful, and great words too! Thank you so much for playing along with us on the Altered Burlap Challenge at CC3Challenge!!!

Dan said...

Beautiful altered panel Barbara! Well done too on forcing yourself to use something that you were hoarding, I know myself how difficult that can be! Thanks for joining us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

S@ndy Diller said...

Congratulations Barbara on using those treasures from your stash for the first time. Doesn't feel great? Great job on your layout, just love the colors and details. Thanks for traveling along with us here at A Vintage Journey.

Jo Nevill said...

Absolutely gorgeous !

Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge this week.

Jo x

Cheryl Grigsby said...

Beautiful. Colorful, whimsical burlap canvas. Thanks for entering it for CC3C!

wannabcre8tive said...

An awesome card. Thank you for joining us for the Classy Cards N Such challenge.