In the world of papercraft the name Tim Holtz certainly causes you to pay attention, the man is always coming up with something new and interesting, often totally amazing! Following on from his previous two books, Tim has released another – number 3 featuring a whole extra world of techniques and information. As for the previous two books, Linda Ledbetter is running some challenges, based around various techniques that are described within the book. The first cab off the rank is ‘paint marbling’, a technique I’ve done heaps of times but never into my art journal – so here goes for a project with a difference!
I used Distress Paints in Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade to create the initial background in my A4 sized, hardbound journal. Having the extra space to do it was great, although a little awkward to control.
Next came some torn strips of dictionary paper and some stencilling. I used a new Dina Wakley stencil and sponged each part of it with Archival inks – I didn’t want the colour to move in the next steps. I drew around the outside of the shape with a paint pen to define it a little.
I added a few swipes of texture paste through the dot fade stencil and got onto Copic colouring my butterflies while that dried. I had stamped the various Darkroom Door butterflies onto plain paper so I didn’t get too much ‘bulk’ – made blending a little difficult but it worked.
I also stamped a stacked set of butterflies onto some pale green tissue paper & Copic coloured them. Once they were adhered onto the page, the tissue paper almost disappeared.
Extra colour and shading was added with Gelatos, watercolour crayon & sponged ink. I added a few dribbles of watercolour crayon using the Ranger spritzer tool – more on how I did that in a later post!
I hope you liked learning how I created this layout. Perhaps you would like to join in the challenge? You can find out more info on Linda’s blog here.
- Darkroom Door Collage Butterfly
- Darkroom Door Wings stamp set
- Darkroom Door Wildflower stamp set
- Darkroom Door Discover stamp set
- Ranger Archival ink – Forget-Me-Not, Chrome Yellow, Manganese Blue, Jet Black
- Momento ink – Tuxedo Black
- Tim Holtz stencil – Dot Fade
- Dina Wakley stencil – Mod
- Copic markers
- Copic multiliner
- Liquitex texture paste
- Liquitex matt medium
- Liquitex gel medium
- Liquitex Paint Pen – Brilliant Blue
- Neocolor II watercolour crayon – Azurite Blue
- Ranger Spritzer Tool
- Gelatos in blues & yellow