Saturday, July 18, 2015

Compendium of Curiosities #33 - Altered Surfaces


Happy Saturday! Welcome to another Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge. We're on #33, and if you're keeping track you've figured out we have one more to go and we've worked our way through the entire book! 

The Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge is hosted by our lovely hostess Linda Ledbetter on her blog. Each challenge comes from the wonderful book "A Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III" featuring amazing products and techniques by non-other than Tim Holtz. This week's challenge can be found on page 45 in the book and is called "Altered Surfaces."

Join us with your creation based on the featured technique and your project could win you an awesome prize pack from Tim and Mario and you also have a chance to win the random draw from our generous sponsor this time: Inspiration Emporium. All the details, rules and links are at the end of my post so be sure to keep reading all the way through.


I've been staring at a spot on my living room wall for some time now, thinking it needed something and decided it was more art! At the moment, there's one small burlap canvas (from the 6th Compendium of Curiosities Challenge) and the rest is blank. So I dug through my alterable pieces and found an 8" x 8" flat burlap panel. Perfect! Now to create. Let me take you through my process...



I began by mixing a few different Distress paints with texture paste and applying them to my canvas. First I spread a mixture with Scattered Straw then another with Broken China. I used the Latticework stencil on the topmost layer with Evergreen Bough. 



When the paint and texture paste dried, it was bit too pastel for my taste, so I spritzed the outer edges with Vintage Photo Distress Stain and the inner area with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls spray. This is more my style!



Then for my altered surfaces, I chose lots of different metal Idea-ology pieces and applied several layers of paints, following the technique steps in the book. Fun-fun technique!



I've had these Letterpress Letters forever, waiting for the right project. The time is now! I love using words that speak to me in my art. 



I was inspired by this beautiful canvas by Richele Christenson. I loved how she used the "&" symbol for her "E" in Life.



For some contrast to my burlap panel colors, I colorized a Clipboard Clip and another metal foliage piece with Distress Paints like Wild Honey, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick and Antiqued Bronze.



Creativity, to me, feels like taking flight and soaring. So many places to explore and experiment. I die-cut and embossed a Layered Dragonfly and two Butterfly Duos. After inking the edges and surfaces with Vintage Photo, I spritzed with Perfect Pearls sprays. (Perfect Copper and Blue Patina).



I selected some Flashcards and started placing my elements on my canvas.



Then filled in the open spaces with some Elegant Flourishes die cuts and some leaves from the Autumn Gatherings die. These die cuts were cut from Kraft Core and sanded for a distressed look.



Here are a few close ups...






I haven't yet decided if I want to add some Glossy Accents to the letters or not. I will wait and see how I feel in a few days. 


Will you be joining us in the second-to-last challenge? I hope you will. It's a fun one that I'm sure you'll enjoy exploring. Thanks for stopping by today. Now go get painty!


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Do you have the fabulous Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III book by Tim Holtz? (the master of all things vintage and distressed.) If not, you can find one at your local craft store, scrapbook store, or you can get a signed copy by Tim himself by going here. 

You can find all the CC3 Challenge details and FAQs here.  The lovely Linda Ledbetter is our hostess of this fun series of challenges, and all you have to do to participate is create your project, and upload to her site. Be sure, though, to read through all the FAQs so you're eligible to win...

We're working our way through this fantastic book of techniques and tips, and challenging you to join in the fun. This round's challenge is sponsored by the great folks at Inspiration Emporium who have a fabulous gift voucher to give away to one lucky random winner. Also, the Curiosity Crew's Choice scores a giant prize pack of goodies straight from Tim and Mario!



37 comments:

  1. Hi, love your canvas! I really like how you have all the seasons represented in the different colours you used, creating all year! The dragonfly and butterflies are my favourite die/ texture folders ever. Keep soaring x

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  2. Layers of gorgeousness here! LOVE the tones throughout the whole canvas too! The metal bits are perfect!

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  3. Your canvas is beautiful, Annette. All of the color is just so refreshing! I love your use of so many Ideaology elements. "Create" is so cute! I also loved Richele's use of the ampersand. So clever! I really love this, Annette.

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  4. This is absolutely beautiful Annette. That empty spot in your living room will be rejoicing with this addition. Love your background!!! Perfect for all those gorgeous altered elements. I really, really like the addition of the flashcards on this project. They seem to effortlessly live in the midst of all that wonderful color. Thanks for sharing this with us. Definitely inspired :) -- Mary Elizabeth

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  5. oh my wow! your canvas is FAB-U-LOUS! LOVE every little detail and all the altered surfaces are over the top gorgeous...I especially love the metal butterfly...that looks amazing with the technique! Bravo! Big hugs sweets!

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  6. Love the finish on your metal pieces and the pops of color in your canvas.

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  7. Your altered surfaces alone are stunning Annette! But the dragonfly has stolen my heart, I love how it takes centre stage, the colour is wonderful and you have created the most beautiful background too. Gorgeous! Anne xx

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  8. Very pretty and what interesting color choices! I never would have chosen them myself, but they really work well together and have a great impact. I think my favorite part is that gorgeous metal butterfly. Can't wait to try this technique; thanks so much for the awesome inspiration!

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  9. Beautiful piece of art work Annette! Lovely colors!
    Hugs,
    Jo

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  10. What a difference the sprays made on your canvas background. Thanks for the before and after spray photos. This is a beautiful canvas and will look lovely on your wall. I can't believe CC3C is almost over.

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  11. Lovely canvas 😊 the clip is so lovely 😊
    Have a nice day 😊

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  12. Wow Annette, so many altered metal surfaces and they complement so wonderfully in your beautiful canvas. I love the sayings and how great it would be as an inspirational gift or to embellishes one's own creative niche... Thanks for the inspirations...

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  13. Your canvas is amazing ... I love how you used/embellished the various alterable surfaces... had fun identifying them all... the create is fun too !
    That background ... OMG amazing technique to get that look... WOW!

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  14. WOWIE, WOWIE!! This is Gorgeous, Annette!! I feel like I just walked into a beautiful English garden, with butterflies fluttering about and dragonflies flitting here and there! :) :) This is just a delight to look into, to see the layers you built and I love the inspiration you found in Richele's canvas! I love her, too :) :) Just an amazing creation to -almost- end the CC3 challenges with. Thank You for your amazing inspiration!! XOXO-Shari

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  15. Ooh thes colors are just yummy. Great piece.

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  16. FABulous canvas, Annette! I really love the contrast of your bright letterpress letters and the grungy, aged metal pieces. Love the "relax, play, create" message and the building your your textured layers. Your tutorials are always so well done. Most lovely, my friend!

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  17. How could I not love something with both butterflies and dragonflies? The piece is trult art worthy of display!

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  18. Love all your layers! Beautiful work!

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  19. This is so pretty Annette!I love the colors you used and how well they work with the technique!

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  20. Wow.. Annette ...Your canvas is wonderful.... LOVE all the altered surfaces and every little detail :) ...I especially love the metal butterfly and the clip :)

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  21. Wow, Annette, I think this is one of my favorite pieces you have done! I love the canvas along with the wonderful colors and amazing altered surfaces! Fabulous!

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  22. How fabulous! I love your wall art and the fantastic job you did on the metal embellies and your word. Super!

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  23. love what you did with the metal pieces!! fantastic canvas!

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  24. I Love this!! From the perfect background, to the bird and vine in the lower right!! Absolutely beautiful!

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  25. Wonderful addition to your wall. The colors are vintage and a bit grungy. The altered metal adds a nice touch. Love that some of the burlap is peeking through all the yummy layers.

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  26. What a COLORFUL, eye-catcher of a creation!!! Your canvas literally shows the relaxing time you had creating it, and the use of the '&' is an idea I also love!!!

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  27. Beautiful canvas, for me it's so perfect that it would not add glossy accent.

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  28. This is so beautiful, the colours are really restful and dreamy and the metal pieces are lovely.

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  29. What a wonderful piece from the background to the dragonfly to the metal pieces. So perfect. Love it!

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  30. Your altered surfaces are soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo BEAUTIFUL Annette. Love your entire creation. But... dragonflies are one of my fav things and yours is LOVELY. This just makes me feel happy. Thanks bunches for a great way to end my day. j.

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  31. I love your beautiful color contrast with the greens and oranges. The design on the clip is so cool, and the dragonfly is awesome!

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  32. Beautiful canvas, Annette! Your background is fabulous, and all those elements are just perfectly placed. I love that you have altered metal surfaces--who'da thunk? These look so rich with the colors you chose! Really pretty! Hugs!

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  33. Completely in awe of your varied embellishments on this wonderful creation! Bravo x

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  34. I LOVE the colors! fabulous!

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  35. Love the colors you used on this project Annette! This is awesome!!

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  36. Annette, Your burlap canvas is beautiful. I love how you used the technique on a variety of surfaces and the colors are so rich and bright.

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  37. Wow! Such layering and details! My favourite area is the bottom cluster with the title. I like how you used that E like in the inspiration canvas and the colours that you used on the wood blocks.

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