Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 4

It's hard to believe this is the 4th week already, it seems like we just started Challenge 1 a few days ago!  Are you playing along? I hope so because it is fun and educational!  Go to Studio L3 for details!  If you play, you might even win a prize in  a random drawing!

This week's challenge is "Shabby Chic" and can be found on page 49 of  Tim's Compendium of Curiosities book.

I struggled with this one but learned a few things along the way.  I ended up making 6 pieces - 5 ATCs and one slightly smaller (than an ATC) piece.  Don't worry I am not going to bore you with all the pieces, just the finished ones! lol

The Shabby Chic part of these ATC were both created, oops, found myself wanting to type directions here.  Turn to page 49 to find the directions, I followed them pretty closely.  I will tell you for the top coat I used my silver dabber and my gold dabber.

When we started this challenge 4 weeks ago Eileen  at ArtSavesLives blog mentioned she was going to keep an art journal of all the techniques as she does them.  I thought it was a fabulous idea and decided to create my own even though I am not much of a "journaler".    Then the only problem was what to use as my journal.  I sat in my studio pondering the question of what to use when my eyes landed on this:

This is a journal I created last year when Tim was in town and taught a "Nostalgic Metal Memoirs" class.  It was a fabulous class and I loved making this book. I loved working with the metal.   It has a hand-stictched binding which is something I had never attempted before and I enjoyed it.   When I showed it off to family and friends, they all wanted to know what I was going to do with it.  I told them I had no idea, but one day it's use would become clear.  And sure enough after sitting on a shelf for a year, its purpose became clear!  It's my art journal!  After 4 weeks I can even say I have faithfully added a sample of the technique along with a sentence or two about the technique!

Here's this week's sample:

For the sample I used Stream and Copper.

Oh, the few things I learned


2) Make sure your embossing ink pad is juicy

3) I know there was something else, but I can't think of it now. 

Go have some fun and play a little!

Take care


  1. Linda, you have outdone yourself, girlfriend! Your Shabby Chic is spectacular, and that gorgeous metal journal is the PERFECT home for this and all your other masterpieces!

    I love your style. You always make the technique the focal point, and embellish with the perfect balance of restraint and blinginess! It's always a treat to see what you create.

    Thanks for rocking Week 4 (I know-- how can it already be Week 4?!).

    The Other Linda

  2. Wow, Linda, the ATC's are fabulous! Love the metal paints in this technique, very vintage shabby chic! And I LOVE your journal. It's gorgeous!

  3. What a treat to visit you today! Fantastic pieces! I love them all!

  4. Oh wow I love these ATC's tags and ATC's have to be my fav things to make; the technique is just right for them - off to make some of my own right now lol


  5. Love your atcs, I have just started doing them and really enjoying it so far. Maybe one day I'll be able to manage to do some of the techniques that you do, hope so. xx

  6. Wow Linda these are totally fab. Annette x

  7. Your work is all totally Awesome!

  8. Six pieces? I'm hanging my head in shame, and every one of them is over the top awesome!!

    Thanks so much for your kind words I'm glad you liked my little nautical steampunk piece!
    Hugs lynn
    have a great weekend