Sunday, February 28, 2016

Altered Wooden Panel - Prima and Tim Holtz Collide!

Hi, Everyone,

It's been a while since I created an altered art piece. Using Prima and Tim Holtz products how can you go wrong?

I was asked to decorate one of Prima's new Vintage Wall Decor Bases by Daryl from Treasured Memories.  They are made of wood and already painted white.  You can see the finished artwork up close at Treasured Memories.

To add color to the background, I chose to use the Vaseline resist technique.  I rubbed Vaseline along the edges and natural cracks of the wood base.  Then I mixed Golden Teal and Cobalt Turquoise Fluid Acrylic Paint with Liquitex Glazing Medium and painted the entire surface and sides of the base.  I let it sit for about 2 minutes then used a baby wipe to wipe off the surface.  The paint over the Vaseline was wiped off to reveal the white background and the remaining teal paint stayed on.  It provides a beautiful weathered look to the board.

I used the weathered planks page from Prima's French Riviera collection, cut out then tore some planks and glued them to the base with Heavy Gel Medium.  You can't tell from this photo, but I ruled a 3x4" chunky canvas to the base as well.  I Love to Collage so I layered drywall tape, honey combs, stitched watercolour paper, a wooden ruler, metal embellishments to the base using Heavy Gel Medium.  I absolutely love Daryl's Dark Edge Tags that he creates and prints exclusively for Treasured Memories.  You will not find those anywhere else.  Oh, look at the bottom of the tag . . . I've glued an old rusted pen nib to the bottom of the squid!

Instead of stamping directly on an altered project, I like to stamp on tissue then attach it with Fluid Matte Medium.  That way, the image is always perfect . . . yes it's the OCD coming out . . . and it does look beautiful.  This time however the stamping was done for me because I tore some of Tim Holtz' Tissue Wrap.

Can you see the dangly bits?  I used an upholstery nail to attach a chain and a glass dome which has a "Le Rai Original" fabric label wrapped around a tiny spool and a decorated pin.  Adding to the nautical theme is blue ribbon intertwined with wire, glass beads & fish netting.  I hand make my own photo slides (this time adding a wire embellishment) and inserted one of the Tim Holtz photo booth images of a sailor.

The rusted stars and keyhole are new Prima products which always look good on altered projects.

Remember . . . always make time to do the things that make you happy.  You will be a happier person for it.  You don't have the time . . . you make the time.  Schedule it in your calendar, that's what successful people do.

Have fun creating!


  1. Beautiful piece!! Looks even better in real life. I have some information for you regarding our conversation today, but you don't have any contact information to contact you privately.

    1. Thank you for leaving a comment. That piece turned out beautiful, photos don't do it justice. I emailed you with my contact information. Talk to you soon.

    2. My email is You can contact me anytime.