April 25, 2008

Ode to Tim Holtz: My 12 x 12 Altered Canvas

Karen challenged me to design a 12 x 12 canvas using the new Tim Holtz image CDs. Paper Pals sells three different versions. Some are borders and frames. Others are clip art images. They all have a vintage-y feel.

I used some school-related images from the CD. I emphasized the face of one particular boy with a Heidi Swapp clock. Then I painted around the edges with black Ranger crackle paint. And I used both letter and number grunge board that I distressed with black ink (Ranger Distress ink, of course!).

The patchwork colors on the right-hand side are some Bazzill cardstock samples that Karen gave me. Whenever Bazzill comes out with new colors, she gets a new ring of sample papers, so the old ones were going into the garbage...and I couldn't let that happen :)

Then I added an antique celluloid baby doll that I got at Deluxe Goods antique store awhile back. There are pencils I've found while out on walks. I shaved down the back side of each pencil with an exacto knife so that they would fit flat on the canvas.

Finally, I edged the bottom with a colored ruler I found while out junking and added my very favorite piece: a pair of broken glasses, complete with the elastic head strap. For that, I have to thank A., who picked up the broken glasses in their case and knew I'd find a use for them in a collage some day--and I did!

Working on canvas can make ANYONE feel like an artist--you'll have to try it for yourself!
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7 comments:

Shelle and Dan said...

These canvases are so fun and art-y. I love what you did with yours.

lindsaysain said...

if i were still a teacher, i'd love to have this hanging in my classroom...what's that pink floyd song, "we don't need no education..." anyway...i was getting a lot of anti-old-school-education vibes from it. love it.

Karen said...

I LOVE THIS! You are too cool Wendy!!

London Tierney said...

Wow! I love the elements you used! This is amazing! Its very insightful and deep. love it

Martha said...

Wendy this is so freakin cool!!!! YOU do awesome work girl!!! :)

Aline said...

Wendy, you are amazing! You need to make me one! ;) I love the broken glasses and red ruler...

Judy said...

WOW, Wendy, I LOVE this!!! You are so incredibly "artsy"...I want to be more like you! Great job!!