Monday, April 18, 2011


This week's Simon Says "SHOW A TIM HOLTZ TECHNIQUE!"  For those of you who are HUGE Tim Holtz fans like I am, you KNOW that you have TONS of techniques to choose from!  Betcha can't choose just ONE!!

So come with me on this journey...I'm going to wave my magic paint brush (made from a toothpick, copper tape and Fantasy Fiber and Wha-lah....
We're transported into the land of TIM and his amazing techniques!  How do you like my little version of me?  I'm standing on a 5x5 stretched canvas that is covered in Molding Paste textured with a palette knife and some sequin relief. It is painted with a bluish acrylic paint and then highlighted with various Perfect Pearl colors including Berry Twist, Interference Green and Copper.  

I love Tim's "Grungeblock Technique".  You know the one...where you put his Alphabet Soup letters on Grungeboard, sand them, paint them, distress ink the letters and edges and they look like printer blocks?!  Well, I did my own twist on that and instead of using Grungeboard as my base, I used Wendy Vecchi's Residential Art Parts.  I didn't want them to look like printer blocks.  I wanted them to look like funky little fun houses!
 I made my own sides and back on the "R" house so it would be 3D.  I did Tim's Grungeboard Blocks technique to create the basic houses. Then I added some designs either thruogh the sequin relief or Tim's mini checkerboard and brick stamps. Then I stamped or drew in designs on the roofs.  Before gluing them together, I did Tim's Rusted Enamel technique found on page 41 of his wonderful Compendium of Curiosities book.  This gave my houses a nice shiny, durable rusted enamel finish. I glued the roofs onto the houses and embellished them.
The butterfly features Tim's new Pen Nib for the body. The butterfly wings are heat embossed with Copper Embossing Powder over a blue card stock.  They are then brushed with Distress Rock Candy Crackle for that fine cracked porcelain look.
The little light bulb on the "R's" roof is from Tim's new Light Bulbs Ideaology.  The crown on the"A" house was made by pouring hot Bronze UTEE into a mold.  When it hardened, I added a bit of Antique Gold Rub 'N Buff to highlight the detail.  I added the little trinkets hanging from the roof of the "A" house and the Maya Road Cream Organza Roses Ribbon sprayed with a concoction of another Tim Holtz idea; mixing Fired Brick Refill Distress Ink and Perfect Bronze in a Mini Mister with water.  Then I put all the houses in place.
The round medallion featuring the lovely vintage lady is also made using hot UTEE.  I stuck a distressed doily behind her and she's peeking out from behind a metal patina butterfly with a little Vintaj clock hanging on a chain.  The other end of the chain attaches to another Tim technique.  I metal stamped "CREATE" onto a piece of thin copper metal.  Then I ran a little bluish paint over the metal with my finger, wiping off the excess and leaving a patina look.
The back side of my little ART village features a Tim saying that I love and yet another Tim that I dearly love...COLORIZING vintage photos!!!
 This is such an easy and  FUN technique with dramatic results!  You simply print out a vintage image (preferably black and white or sepia tone) on either glossy or semi glossy photo paper.  Then, taking a Cut 'N Dry Pen Nib, rub it onto the surface of a Distress Ink pad and begin colorizing your photo.  Use this technique to highlight elements in your picture!  In this case, I used Broken China for the head band and Victorian Velvet to lightly colorize her cheeks, the rose in her hair and the tulle she's wrapped in.  After you finish coloring the areas of interest, lightly go over the entire photo and the edges with Vintage Photo.  I LOVE this technique!

Thanks for coming on this little Tim technique journey with me!  Now...hop on over to SIMON SAYS STAMP AND SHOW CHALLENGE and drool over the wonderfully creative and informative Tim Techniques that my design teammates have waiting for you!
Then use YOUR imagination to create something using a Tim Technique and enter it in our challenge!
Our wonderful sponsor, SIMON SAYS STAMP is awarding one lucky person with a very generous prize of .... (drum roll) ....
If you are chosen as one of the TOP 3 artists for the week, you will receive our coveted TOP 3 Blinkie for your site!  So, what are you waiting for?  Get your Tim on and get inky!!!


  1. Oh my goodness, Candy! I just love what you create! I mean it! It just makes me want to just get right in there and try it all! This is fabulous, dear girl! I wouldn't even know where to start. But I want to so bad!
    Thanks for sharing your incrediable work.

  2. WOW Candy, this is just awesome!! Love the letters, love the photos and love thos houses!! I just had to go back for another peep as so many things happening love it!
    *waving at you*

  3. Wow this is a stunning piece of art. I love it so much detail and texture. It amazes me how you can get so much in such a small piece. The houses are adorable. You're one creative lady .

  4. Absolutely fabulous, Candy! So many details... LOVE this piece.

  5. Hey Candy, my favourite time of the week already, another challenge, another awesome project you have created ... wowzers where to start .. loving the art parts, they are my new fav,I adore the little girl's fairy wand ... how sweet. So many wonderful techniques/elements to this project. I'm sure I will be back for another look:) x

  6. Hey there my AMAZING teamie, my goodness your project is really stunning I just LOVE IT, wowzerssss absolutely an EYECATCHER. Hugs Terry xxxx

  7. oMG, you really outdid yourself here! So many yummy details! I don't know how you keep doing it but your work is always amazing!

  8. Oh wow! Absolutely wonderful just love your village and all the amazing details. Kim

  9. Another Wow from me as well Candy, your creations are totally awesome my friend and am so loving this beautiful and enchanting piece. Happy Easter. Annette x

  10. Wow, Candy, this is just an amazing piece full of detail! I could look at it for hours! Fantastic!

  11. piece is unbelieveable...HOLY COW!! all the details.....ABSOLUTELY & TOTALLY AMAZING!!

  12. wow this is so delightful. Your work reminds me a bit of Joseph Cornell - I love his work! :)


  13. Wow, I'm just sitting here in awe. I just read your entire post and my head is spinning. Soooo many techniques and products. I need to visit you every day and try to learn one new thing from you! I'm just overwhelmed by all the different things you did to create this magnificent piece of art. It is truly spectacular. I thought the front was amazing and then you revealed the back side! You TOTALLY rocked it this week (as usual - LOL!!).

    Hope you are having a great week.


  14. LOVE LOVE LOVE this Nancy ... a lot!

  15. Fabulous work, this really gives Tim's pieces a fun and whimsical feel!

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  16. Love the fact that this has two sides. You've certainly worked hard! Gorgeous


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