Birds & Words

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Layering Stencils: Monoprint

Jeepers, is it really the last CC3C?  I miss it already.  What a blast it has been working through Compendium of Curiosities, Volume III with all of you!!  I have been so inspired, so challenged, so thrilled to work through Tim's products and techniques and SO grateful that we all got to do it together.  

It would be so great to get to craft with you in person!!  I, along with some of my crafting besties, will be teaching in Costa Rica in October, 2016.  You can get all the information here about Craftours and Jim West's amazing opportunity to be inspired by the sensational sights, sounds, and scents of beautiful San Jose, Costa Rica.  I would LOVE to meet you there!


On to our challenge....

I have to say, our last challenge features one of my very favorite techniques.
Very simple, very grunge-erific.

A tip: often my very favorite is the second impression I do with this technique.  I lift and reveal the monoprint image and gasp a little.  Really, I do!!  So, get a nice thick stack of tags and play with this one.  I finished my project for my post yesterday, but I was still playing with it today.  Cards, tags, art journals, lots of places to use this one.

I just think this girl's got a secret, don't you?  I had prepared her for a prior challenge but didn't use her.  She refused to be ignored.  This is a technique of Tim's.  A layer of Glossy Accents between the Ideology Facet and the image, which was taken from Photo Booth vintage photos.

A spoon that my huz hammered for me.  I've got dozens and I love them.  I stamped the sentiment with one my very favorites, a Hero Arts alphabet set.  Confession:  I have a set I use and two extra new sets to use when I wear this one out.  I cannot be without these stamps.
To say the things I want to say.

This sentiment was my defining inspiration for today's challenge.  My dear, dear Curiosity Crew sisters and all of YOU inspire and encourage me more than I can say.  How lucky we all are to create art together!!

An old toothbrush (having been run through the dishwasher!!) sprayed liberally with Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain and flickered over my tag.  Don't you love splatters?

Bits of Tim Holtz Emporium Ephemera.  You get a TON of die cut pieces that work for so many different project themes.  I trimmed the bouquet die cut back closer to the image. A letter, a sprig of flowers, a movie ticket.  Memories.


Many, many thanks to our generous, art-hearted sponsors for these challenges.  They have been amazing.  I truly hope you'll keep them at the top of your shopping list for all your art supply needs.  Inspiration Emporium has been amazing and amazingly supportive.  Our sponsor for this challenge is Funkie Junkie Boutique with a $25 gift certificate for a randomly chosen winner.

And, of course, so many thanks to Tim Holtz and to Mario Rossi for their support and friendship.  When you lose your mojo or doubt your artistic ability, please remember and know that Tim would encourage you to Explore Your Curiosity and Enjoy the Journey.  Tim and Mario donated a huge cache at the very beginning of our challenges to be rewarded to the Curiosity Crew winners.  The winner of this challenge will take the last of that incredibly generous, unsolicited donation.  Thanks, guys.  You're amazing.


We've completed the book and our challenges are done.  But we're still curious.  We're not finished creating, are you?
Stay tuned.......