Creative Chemistry with Tim Holtz is back for 102 this year. We did 30 techniques in a week so it was pretty full on, but because 101 was a prerequisite we were able to launch straight into the techniques.
Day One was about Distress Paints, a new product in the last year. We used them to create back grounds, on crackle paint, on non-porous surfaces like metal and plastic, and with stamps. They are so versatile and because they are water-proof once dry, you can use them to make resists for the inks and stains.
Day Two was techniques using stencils (especially the Layering Stencils from Tim). I’ve recently rediscovered stencils, and I love them. With the paints and inks they look amazing; there are many other ways to use it stencils, using them for a soft embossing, embossing powder through them, stamping through them, printing with them using paints and inks, and the old tracing with markers. So many new (and old) options!
Day Three: Distress Differently. We were taught some different ways to use Distress products, including inks, stains, markers, crackle paint, and glitters.
On Day Four we learnt about Alcohol Inks, special because it will dry very quickly on non-porous surfaces like metal, glass, tinsel and gloss cardstock. We learnt about making a patina on metal by mixing inks, colouring tinsel, creating a faded effect, and using them with stencils.
The last day, Day Five, was about Embossing Effects. I only managed to do a couple of these techniques: shabby chic using embossing powder and paint, and tarnished silver making use of different textures of embossing powder. I now need some more supplies (ordered) to finish off the rust effect, the sticky embossing powder, and the chalkboard technique.
I put all the tags onto a ring for future reference.
Just like the previous class, it was well worth while. Not only did I learn some new techniques, but my knowledge of what each product does and why it does or doesn’t work with another product, has been increased too. Highly recommended.