Sunday, April 18, 2021

In the Garden (With Tim Holtz)

Hello and welcome! Today I have a mixed media panel that has been in the works for some time.

 I'm  saddened by the removal of our little city's annual spring event, The Azalea Festival, from the community's agenda for the second straight year due to the virus. I don't attend most of the festival events, but always go on the Garden Tour associated with it. Each of the gardens on the tour are dotted with high school girls dressed in Antebellum dresses that are passed down year after year. I guess that's a big no-no in the current environment. The Paper Dolls I chose for my panel brought back memories of these by-gone tours, so I prepared a garden for these lovely vintage ladies to walk through. 

My panel started as a Cheerios box, and I believe I first started working on it a long way back when The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge blog had a recycle challenge, but wasn't happy with it and set it aside. I can't remember what I built it up with, but recently I added pieces of Collage Wrap and did some stenciling with Crackle Paste and Kitsch Flamingo Distress Embossing Glaze, regular paste and Distress Rustic Wilderness crayon. I have a list of all the products I used below, more so I don't forget, but hopefully they will be helpful to you, too. In the end, I added smudges of Prima Matte Wax in white to tone it down and to cover the shine  of the glazes. Tim, how about a matte embossing glaze?

I used the Lattice stamp with Picket Fence paint to resist Tumbled Glass ink on the Stitched Oval die cut. The Gate Keeper die cut is colored with inks as listed below. I colored the ladies from the newest Paper Doll release--Groups with Speckled Egg and Spun Sugar crayons and a water brush. I do love my Paper Dolls!

The flowers are die cut from water color paper using Funky Nature and Brushstroke #2 sets. I lightly shaped them with my swizzle stick. My stencil work turned out less than impressive, and these sweet little flowers and foliage help to cover it.

The quote is from the Clippings Sticker booklet, and I covered it with Embossing Dabber and a mix of Tattered Rose and Kitsch Flamingo glazes. I used what was left of my glazing powder mixture on the opposing corner. I spritzed the panel with water and sprinkled with the powder mix, tapping off excess and heating. This and the Clippings sticker were scuffed with steel wool to take back the shine. I added a little shadow under the sticker with Black Soot crayon and my water brush.

I realize there's a lot going on here, but that's exactly what you would expect in a vintage garden, wouldn't you?

That's all for now. I hope you are enjoying these beautiful spring days and finding time to do what you love! Take care, Sara Emily

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 These products all by Tim Holtz were used:

Ideaology Paper Dolls Groups

Sizzix Thinlits Dies - Brushstroke Flowers #2, Funky Nature, Gate Keeper, Stitched Ovals

Stampers Anonymous Lattice & Flourish Stamps

 Stampers AnonymousStencils - Lattice, Floral

Ideaology Collage Wrap - Field Notes, Botanical

Distress Paint - Picket Fence 

Distress Crayon - Abandoned Coral, Rustic Wilderness, Black Soot, Spun Sugar, Speckled Egg

Distress Embossing Glaze - Kitsch Flamingo, Antique Linen, Cracked Pistachio

Distress Inks - Black Soot, Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke (Gate), Tumbled Glass, Speckled Egg (Background Oval and Flowers) Kitsch Flamingo (Flowers) Bundled Sage (Foliage)

Ranger Distress Texture Paste

Ranger Opaque Crackle Paste

Ideaology Clippings Sticker Book


  1. Wow, such a beautiful panel! The background texture that you created looks amazing and I love the soft pastel colours too - so pretty 😁. Happy and creative wishes! Hugs, Jo x

  2. What a remarkable vintage piece, Sara. It's lovely! FYI You will be receiving a notification that I have unsubscribed from email notifications, but I am still following using different options, just wanted you to know. hugs, de

  3. Good ole Cheerios!!! LOVE the amazing and colorful texture...just swooning over it. The women look amazing on this. Fabulous!

  4. This is so beautiful, Sara Emily!!!! I'm way far behind on visiting and am sure I've missed some fabulous projects. I'm going to take a quick stroll through your blog but probably won't have time for more comments. I hope you are well!!!! Blessings to you!!!

  5. This panel is absolutely fabulous, Sara Emily! I love it! Tim's paper dolls are a favorite of mine, too.


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