It's my privilege to be a guest designer for Linda Ledbetter's Grungy Monday Challenge #10! I share the honor with Karen Mathews in Ireland.... don't miss Karen's work here. The theme this week is Distress Ink Free-for-All... make anything you want using Distress Inks or Reinkers as the main component.
Surely you know that Grungy Monday celebrates Tim Holtz and really... don't we all? You can see Tim's amazing work on his blog here. For this challenge I altered a plain triptych from A Stamp in the Hand. I went heavy on the Distress Inks, and also used a few Distress Stains and loads of Tim Holtz stamps and masks.
I started by staining the triptych with a few coats of Distress Stains (wild honey on each panel + fired brick on the edges.) Then I used five different Distress Inks (wild honey, spiced marmalade, aged mahogany, walnut stain, and vintage photo) to stamp the panels and in several cases, worked around masks and stencils.
I used a ton of Tim Holtz stamps from eight different sets: Bitty Grunge, Stuff to Say, Creative Muse, Papillon, School Desk, Going Somewhere, Just Thoughts, and Purely Random. Also a few of my older wood-mounted Stampers Anonymous stamps and a Hero Arts script stamp, plus some misc dream-theme and collage-y ones from my stash. Basically, a whole lot of stamps!
The stenciled words (Dream and Imagine) are Stampers Anonymous stencils and the masks (fence, compass, barbed wire, flourishes) are Tim's. I used some of Ranger's Coffee Archival on the word stencils as well. Also used a bit of Ideology hardware from Tim - a sprocket, game spinners, word charms and an ornate plate.
If you're a fan of Tim's and not yet a member of the All Things Tim yahoo group, please consider this your official invitation. It's a great group led my list mom, Gloria, and you will be thrilled with all the ideas, inspiration, and creative support you find there. Check out the Grungy Monday photo album there as well, and be sure to upload your creation too. There just may be a prize drawing... you never know, but you've gotta be in it to win it!
I can't thank Linda enough for this opportunity. It was a little daunting that it was a Free-for-All instead of a specific technique, but that ended up being a good thing because it definitely opened up my imagination. Remember to check Karen's blog too!
C'mon along and join us this week on Grungy Monday #10!