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Sunday 23 November 2014

Upcycled Home Decor - Tim Holtz watercolor technique with some old stash bits

I created this as have been looking for a nice little something to hang on a wall in my bedroom that was calling out to me to be prettied up.  I was sorting through and reorganising my stamps, having watched a Jennifer McGuire vid and came across the lovely stamp set  that I bought ages ago and have been neglecting.  Im sorry but I really cant remember where I got it from but Graphic 45 Parfumerie Clear Stamp Set by Hampton Art has the bottle and small images. I raided my stash of cardboard and material and found some net and this is what I came up with.

I stuck 3 layers of cardboard together, covered with gesso.  The backing papers are from my stash, I inked them up with the same colours and used watered down gesso to mute them a bit.  I then covered loosely with the net and used pins to hold in place so I could manipulate it after the images were in place.

From the back, nearly as messy as my desk

 I use Tim Holtz watercolor technique from his compendium book 3, so easy, and distress inks victorian velvet, black soot, pickled raspberries and pumice stone to create my main images.

 I inked the edged of the images and mat and layered them using my "perfect layer tools", they make the job so much easier for me.

I coated all the images in glossy accents including the little circle.  I love how this really changed their look.  It was hard to pick up on camera but they look like enamel buttons.  Then onto embe;;ishment heaven.  The flowers were made but curling ribbon into circles.  I punched out some sma;; butterflies and raided my box of brass tone embellies.

I added lots of pearls and a special button I have been saving.  I chopped the back of the button off and sanded it so it would lie flat.

The chain under the Parfumerie sign was from a necklace that I had broken and kept because I (am a crafty hoarder) just know them odd little bits some would call rubbish are just waiting for a new home.

I am super chuffed with my new wall art and because I made it myself it matches my room perfectly :)

I am entering this into the following challenges

Altered Eclectics -Anything but a card anything goes
Flonz craft - Anything but a card
That Craft Place - Anything goes.

Thanks for taking dome crafty time out to have a look at my blog, please feel free to leave a quick message and then I can pop over to your place too

Tracey :)


  1. That will be so cool to wake up and see that every day. Especially since you've crafted it yourself!

  2. Replies
    1. Tank you Boss Lady ;) It all the inspiration Im getting from Eclectic Ellapu and Altered Eclectics Design Teams xx

  3. A fabulous piece of artwork, loving the colours and soft feel of the fabric.

    Thanks so much for sharing your lovely work with us at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping Challenges.

    B x

  4. So beautifully feminine, I love the mix of pearls with your metal embellishments.
    Julie x

  5. Hi Tracey
    this is an amazing piece of art and I bet it looks wonderful hanging on your bedroom wall. I love the use of the lace it makes it just that little bit more girlie. Really stunning I will be watching you to see what else you get up to. Congrats on staying positive with the fibromyalgia it is surprising how many suffers turn to crafting to help them get through their days
    Hugs Ria


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