Saturday, July 5, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities III #6: Altered Burlap Panel



I'm taking a few days off from my London recap so I can enjoy making a homemade blueberry pie, getting together with friends for the 4th of July, posting my Altered Burlap Panel project for the Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III Challenge, and making cards with friends this weekend. You can find all the details about this fun Compendium challenge at the end of my post.


Here's my 6 x 8 inch burlap panel covered with all sorts of wonderful Graphic 45 French Country paper and chipboard, Tim Holtz Idea-ology and Expedition Ephemera.



While I can't describe the technique Tim uses in the book here, I can show you that I did, in fact, follow his steps. You see, I eventually added so much embellishment you can hardly see the base of my canvas. So this photo proves it's under there.



After cutting six rectangles from various French Country papers as a design element for my background, I cut an ornate frame from grungeboard and paper. I took the time to ink all the edges with Black Soot.



Here's a tip: When inking inside small spaces like this, I use an eye make-up applicator dipped in the ink pad just like the regular blending tool only I ink both sides. I buy a bunch of these at WalMart and reuse them until they get worn out.



I cut a big flower from the Jumbo Tattered Floral die from golden yellow Kraft Core card stock. To make it look more like a sunflower, I used my tools from Susan's Garden Tool Kit to create striations in the petals.



This was the exact effect I was going for.



To add dimension I inked Fired Brick Distress Ink around the center of the flower about halfway onto the petals.



Then I used the big ball stylus from the tool kit and gave the petals a bit of a curl to soften them up for the next step.



Using the tweezers in the kit, I clamped onto the end of the petals and then pinched with my fingers.



It's starting to look more like a sunflower now, right? Almost.



I decided to add a pop of yellow to the outer petal tips, so I daubed Wild Honey Distress Paint on each one.



I repeated this process on another flower and layered the two, offsetting the petals to make it look full.



I created the beginning of my sunflower's center by punching a scrap piece of brown card stock with a 1 1/4" circle punch and then inserting antique copper brads tightly until I filled most of the circle. Then I trimmed around the outer brads to get this irregular shape. To add a bit more realism, I outlined each brad with a dark brown alcohol marker. 



As I looked at it, it seemed to need more petals, so I cut another flower from the same card stock, only using the regular Tattered Florals die this time to get a slightly smaller flower. I repeated the steps from above, then snipped off all the petals, discarding the center.



Then glued each petal under the brad center to fill in.



Finally to finish my center I added this fuzzy beaded trim around the brads.



I adhered black twill ribbon around the outer border of the panel for a finished look.



Here' are some close-ups of the details below. The key here is to know when to stop. It's so much fun adding layered embellishments!










And here's another look at the finished piece...




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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 the Funky Junkie Boutique 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!

Now get your burlap panel, grab your Compendium book and get painty!




81 comments:

  1. Wow Annette, beautiful burlap panel. Great compliment to your trip...

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  2. Oh Annette I am completely in love with this gorgeous panel, it is totally stunning!!! And thanks for the great step by step on the sun flower, it looks fabulous! Such a cool idea for the center, and that extra layer of the smaller petals just makes all the difference. LOVE this!!!!

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  3. wonderful work Annette - that flower really is awesome - beautiful panel! Thanks for the inspiration! Hugs rachel xx

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  4. wouw And the flower is really beautiful!

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  5. This is gorgeous, Annette! Thanks for the extra time explaining how you made the sunflower.

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  6. Annette, the tip about the eye makeup applicator is genius. It makes so much sense. Your sunflower is so realistic, I love it.

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  7. Gorgeous, Annette! I'm in love with every details. You guys all did such an amazing job, I want mine back to redo it. I thought about some paint on the panel, but loved the natural look so I didn't. Now I wish I had. I'll have to stock up on panels. Thanks for your amazing art and amazing inspiration!!

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  8. Wonderful panel and your Sunflower is amazing! Thanks for the step by step on how you created it.

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  9. So beautiful Annette!! LOVE it!

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  10. Blueberry pie for the 4th sounds fantastic! I love your panel and all the detail work you do really pays off, it's awesome!

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  11. I have to join in on everybody's accolades on that sunflower. It is amazing!

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  12. Annette, this is WONDERFULLY DELIGHTFUL... love it all.. the French Country paper from Graphic 45 is a favorite of mine too... although all their lines are... love it all... but the most outstanding of this masterpiece is the FLOWER... love the way you have created the CENTER of the flower... love the usage of the brads... I love all kinds of flowers... and this is GLORIOUS.... thanks for all the sharing on this project... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

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  13. I love how you divided your panel with your pretty papers Annette! that flower is gorgeous - I can't believe you added ALL those little brads to the center!! Beautiful!

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  14. Beautiful panel. Wow! That flower just jumps out from the wonderful symmetrical background. Thanks for the tip on inking the ornate frame as I have struggled on how to do that. Such a happy piece. Thanks for sharing. And, oh, the blueberry pie looked so yummy!

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  15. Holy layers of awesomeness! I love this for so many reasons, not the least of which is the color combo. The sunflower really centers the piece and all of the attention to detail is just so great. The ribbon trim along the outside edge is a great idea which I will probably be copying. Love it! Adding makeup applicators to my shopping list right now.

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  16. LOVE your design! The layered squares, the embellies, and especially that gorgeous flower! Brilliant! LOVE this Annette!

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  17. Wow, your panel is fabulous!

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  18. Wow Annete! What a gorgeous flower!
    The entire panel blends so effortlessly
    together! Well done. Love all the details.
    Wonderful piece indeed.

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  19. Annette, you are so stinkin' clever! I would have never thought to use the brads to make the sunflower center that way. I love the way your brain works! Your attention to detail is absolutely amazing too....love every bit of this panel!

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  20. Yummy...love Love LOVE sunflowers and the color red!

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  21. Your sunflower is absolutely stunning! That extra layer of petals made such a difference and the centre you created is perfect. Love the canvas too... Anne x

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  22. I love this , I am sure if I put all that on one project it would look jumbled , but yours is neat and ordered, very clever indeed.
    I think the tutorial for the sunflowers is great . Thanks

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  23. Your altered Canvas is so pretty! I love all the little pieces that pull it all together. Fabulous work girly!

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  24. Your altered Canvas is so pretty! I love all the little pieces that pull it all together. Fabulous work girly!

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  25. I just love how you altered Tim's burlap panels and used each one to decorate differently. This is a great hop with great team members. Thanks for the opp to win the great prize(s).

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  26. I love how you used Tim's burlap panel to create such a beautiful piece of art. You and your team mates have done a fantabulastic job using Tim's techniques.

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  27. This is SOOO pretty; I literally cannot stop looking at it - there are so, so many details and it all works beautifully together! Nice job and very inspiring, thank you!

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  28. Wow, this is my favorite of the projects you have created. I need to go back and look at it again. So much detail.

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  29. the make-up brush idea is brilliant, I totally love all the shots too! :) this has such amazing textures.

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  30. Great panel. I love the color combo and papers. So french country.

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  31. Absolutely beautiful. This is such a fabulous panel. Love how the background layers just showcase that gorgeous sunflower. Thanks for the step x step and the tip about using the makeup applicator! Can't wait to make my own:) -- Mary Elizabeth

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  32. The center of the sunflower is awesome. I have never seen this done before. I can't wait to try it. This would be prefect for poppies too!
    Jess

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  33. Fabulous look! So well laid out with all the elements

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  34. Annette, what a great panel! I absolutely adore your sunflower- and so much appreciate your thorough tutorial on making it!!! So cool- I never knew such tools existed! Thank you! xo

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  35. I love the detail on the flower Annette, it's absolutely gorgeous!!!
    This canvas is chock full of eye candy and inspiration. :)

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  36. Beautiful canvas! The sunflower is so pretty!

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  37. Annette...oh my gosh! Your canvas is gorgeous! I love everything about it. That big ol' sunflower is GORGEOUS! All of your paper panels and the way you've laid out your design is so very cool. Girl, you really outdid yourself on this one...it's amazing! <3 Candy

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  38. You've put so much effort into making this panel and made an extraordinary piece of art. It's amazing.

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  39. I LOVE the red panel and the flower is amazing..so lifelike!

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  40. Thanks for the mini-tutorial on the awesome sunflower -- it looks so great in the center of your piece, especially with the G45 papers, one of my favorite lines of the recent past, French Country!

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  41. Aah ... it's so fun when two of my favorites meet (Love Tim Holtz and Graphic 45)! The colors you used are so awesome... that French Country Collection is amazing... that black n'white with red and yellow so yummy !! And the elements OMG so fun ... I love it !

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  42. I love the canvas .. your flower is so cool. Love the way it just pops off the canvas :)

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  43. Annette, your burlap panel with all the panels is fabulous! I just love that big bold beautiful flower taking center stage! Love it!

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  44. Love the flower and all the embellishments.

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  45. Really beautiful Annette - as is all that you do.

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  46. Wow! I'm in love with your flower, great great tutorial! thanks for sharing! barabaryaya

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  47. I am loving that sunflower! It just pops off of your panel! Great job!

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  48. I just love the postal theme. It looks like you had so much fun creating this. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  49. Gorgeous Annette! I adore your sunflower!

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  50. Oh Annette, this is really fabulous. I love how you compartmentalized the burlap into sections and all your great embellies, especially that wonderful crown.

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  51. Your burlap panel is wonderful Annette....loving all the individual paper panels...so beautifully embellished ...I also adore your fabby sunflower :) x

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  52. I LOVE THIS, Annette!!! Your Sunflower is FABULOUS and my favorite piece on your Altered Burlap Panel!! I LOVE Sunflowers and I would snatch this panel up in a heartbeat!!! LOVE IT!! Thanks for giving us such wonderful inspiration, Annette!! I'm waiting for my burlap panels to come in from The Funkie Funkie!! XOXO-Shari

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  53. Your sunflower just Pops! Great idea about the brads for the center! This is a beautiful canvas!

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  54. Completely stunning - keep having to go back and look some more! Nikki x

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  55. This is simply gorgeous! That flower is out of this world beautiful. I love this panel, it has so much amazing detail and the colors are so bright... Love it!

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  56. an amazing sunflower, beautiful inspiration, many thanks Kerstin

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  57. There is just so much to look at on this panel its fantastic. I love this!

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  58. I love it and thank you for the fabulous tip using the eye shadow brush, how fab and it will be used :). I also love the brad idea for your sun flower that is genius also. The whole panel is fab.

    Denise x

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  59. Ohh wow, this burlap panel is gorgeous! Love the big bold flower! Love the step x step of it. Hugs, Sandra

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  60. Wonderful interpretation of the technique. Your panel is beautiful!

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  61. Beautiful work with those fabulous papers, and that sunflower is just stunning! Lovely tip about the make-up applicators for inking the gaps too, thank you.
    Alison xx

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  62. This is gorgeous. I'm loving your sunflower. Thanks for the tip with the applicators. All these beautiful panels makes me think mine won't measure up. ;-) oh well I create for the outlet.

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  63. Its amazing, I have never been brave enough to cut Graphic45 up!

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  64. Stunning burlap panel, Annette. It's gorgeous.

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  65. Love the sun flower and the background pattern papers.

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  66. Great project! The sunflower is so striking along with the paper collage.

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  67. Annette, Your burlap panel is beautiful. The sunflower centerpiece is lovely...thanks for the tutorial.

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  68. Your panel is great. I really like the sunflower. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  69. So beautiful Annette! I really love your sunflower and your detail is always amazing! Have a great day!~kim

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  70. Great piece Annette! Your sunflower is beautiful! Thanks for sharing how you made it.

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  71. the flower is amazing, i counldn't tell it was made with paper until i read your blog (ok i just looked at the pictures)

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  72. This is SO fabulous! There's so much work but it SHOWS!

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  73. love your flower. These burlap panels are so much fun. WHO KNEW!
    Thanks for letting me play along.

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  74. Fantastic panel! Love all the layers and colors. The sunflower is Beautiful and looks so real.

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  75. Stunning Annette! love all the detail you have worked into your panel. Thanks for sharing that fab flower technique !x

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  76. Beautiful altered panel, love the big flower in the centre, and great tip on using make-up applicators for inking small areas.

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  77. Awesome detail, love the fuzzy around the sunflower brad, very realistic! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  78. Great project. Love the colors, and all the different panels within the panel. Gorgeous result!

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  79. I love this project. I can't stop looking at it. I love the center of your flower! Love the colors, and the papers. It's so pleasing!!!

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