October 10, 2017

Field Notes

Tinted mostly with water-soluble oil pastels, an image transfer, some stamped images, Tissue Wrap and Quote Chips came together on a support made from an old textbook cover. I've got step-out photos if you'd like to see the particulars.

(Click on the photos for a larger, lightbox view.)

I stripped the cover of a textbook which left me with a sturdy gray board that I covered with Tim Holtz Postale Tissue Wrap using Modge Podge.

I edited an image (coincidently, also a book cover) and then transferred it to the board using Golden Polymer Medium (Gloss). You can read about my technique in this post.

I used dilute gesso to obscure the background details and this also provided a good surface for applying color.

I stamped the keyboard image (Tim Holtz) on tissue paper using archival ink, tore the edges and pasted it on my support. I added a border detail/frame using a dark brown Pitt Artist Pen. They are made with india ink and waterproof with almost all mediums.

The Quote Chips (Tim Holtz Idea-ology) were delaminated because I wanted the text but not the thickness. They were later stained and distressed to blend in with the background.

The snail (Carabelle Studio) was also stamped on paper, which I tinted then cut-out and pasted on.

Most of the coloring was done with water-soluble oil pastels. I like that they are transparent, easily blended with your fingers and can be diluted and spread with a water brush for thinner coverage.

I made this to link-up with Simon's Monday Challenge Blog, this week's theme is to make anything except a card. This may be out of the box for some but if the challenge was just the opposite, I'd expect to struggle a bit as I haven't made a card in quite some time.


  1. I'm always amazed by all the fantastic details you add to your tags! So inspiring!

  2. Such an awesome collage and I enjoyed reading your process. Hugs, Autumn

  3. Beautiful! Love all the layers in the background. Thanks for sharing your talent with us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

    Cathie ♥

  4. Wonderful, I love all the elements you've added and how you've played with them, hugs.

  5. I just found this - it is incredible. I went back and read your image transfer technique. I've read descriptions of it before, but I think your description really makes it possible for me to try sometime. I just love project.