Meet Mollie. Well, her name is Mary Margaret Brooks, but all her friends call her Mollie. She was born in 1870 and saw the world change during her lifetime. She grew up with her mother and 5 sisters in rural east Texas, and grew up without her father who never came back from the Civil War. She was the baby of the family.
She worked hard all her life, loved her friends and family stubbornly, and laughed loudly. She could tell a joke better than anyone but that didn't stop her from wanting to hear everyone else's funny stories. At 94 she still had a mischievous sparkle in her eye.
She died just a few years after this photo was taken. Strong to the end, she left this life suddenly. But that's how she would have wanted it. Strong to the end.
And..... that whole story is made up. This photograph came to me a few years ago from a friend who gave me a whole collection of vintage photos. (Maybe that's why that's my favorite Distress color!!) I've always been fascinated by this old girl. I knew this is the picture I'd want to use for this challenge and my respect for "Mollie" has only grown as I've worked with her beautiful face.
This is a FABULOUS technique. You can add such interest and life to these pictures. Here's a before & after. Amazing. I promise you, I'll be doing this one again and again. SO much fun. Learn this technique from page 41 of Compendium of Curiosities III.
1. I had best success taking my photograph to a copy store and having them print the photos on glossy paper.
2. Using a tip from the talented Lady Ledbetter, I picked up just a pin dot of water with my color source and then tinted the photo. That's all I'll say so as to not reveal Tim's technique, but this made all the difference in a good result for me.
I used Tim's NEW Alphanumeric die set which is a "GOT-to-have-it". I laid out the letters and then placed a piece of tape over the line of dies. I picked them up and laid onto the tag, cutting out the lettering and used the negative spaces on my tag for interest.
The wording came from the back of the photograph. No name, sadly.
I used Tim's Remnant Rubs on Enamel Tags to create my messaging. It made me think about myself and how much time and energy I give to coloring my hair, trying to keep fit, moisturizing my aging skin. How relatively little time I give attending to timeless beauty. Thank you, Mollie. You've reminded me and encouraged me to be more deliberate to develop inner qualities of the soul.
I smile to think of the fun you'll have with this delicious technique! Enter your art and gain a chance to win a Funkie Junkie gift certificate or a treasure trove of goodies from Tim Holtz! Best thing to do is go to Linda Ledbetter's blog and get the game plan for entering and being eligible to win. If you enter, it would be a SHAME not to be eligible to win, no? Do this:
- Include a link to CC3C
- Include a link to the current sponsor, which is Funkie Junkie for this challenge
- Comment on each of the Curiosity Crew blogs
- Work from your own copy of Compendium of Curiosities III; don't reveal the technique in your write up; direct your readers to Tim's book, Compendium of Curiosities III instead
- Don't use these challenges to promote your business or organization. This is a celebration of Tim's book and techniques.
Follow the Guidelines - We Want You to Win!!
Can't wait to see all your beautiful art!!