Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Tim Holtz's Creative Chemistry Day 2

I am thrilled to be taking Tim Holtz's online course (details here) "Creative Chemistry"... handouts, videos, forums & galleries & loads of support from Tim himself!  He's going into details of the "chemistry" behind products, so we understand why some things work & why others don't & showing us lots of techniques ... I've learnt so much already!!

So day 2 was on distress inks ... he showed us 3 different techniques, which I've been playing around with, on tags ...  I'll be creating a "tag book" for the techniques (we also get mini technique reminders to stick on the back of the tags) ... 

Blended distress (& flicking with water)

Brushless Watercolour 

Wrinkle-free distress

And I've been trying them out on lots of tags, making notes on the back of what colours I've used, in case I want to do them again!  I'm also writing what I did on other bits & pieces that didn't make tags!  And I'm hoping to stamp on some of today's not so successful tags later to improve them a bit (or a spray of perfect pearls mist may do the trick!)

For the tag on the right here, I used a limited colour palette - mainly browns with spiced marmalade, on a kraft tag, I quite like the way this one turned out (I think wrinkle-free distress is probably the most difficult of the day's techniques, for me, anyway!)
Mind you, dealing with inks & water is rather imprecise -that's one of the things I like about it, even if you do the same thing with the same colours, the next tag will turn out quite different!! And its amazing how different surfaces can create quite major differences in the appearance!

And lots more to come - I can see I'll be buying some more tags before the fortnight's out!  And I'm loving the opportunity to learn & play at the same time - "homework" has never been so fun & inspiring!!!

Back soon!  Kay


  1. Terrific Tags....this is such a great class, isn't it? I can't wait till tomorrow, I'm so glad I signed up
    Ann-R x

  2. Very pretty tags. Love them all!