The Blended Batik technique, described on page 36 of Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities is this week's Studio L3 challenge.
When this challenge popped up I couldn't have been more excited. What a beautiful technique! I love the result, though I've had some troubles achieving the same distinct appearance that Holtz/Linda created.
Part of the problem surely is my lack of any plain newsprint (How does a former reporter run out of end roll? She packs the house for a move that never happens, but that's another story). I tried the technique with two other absorbent papers, but neither worked really well.
However, I believe that both worked well enough.
So, I came up with two creations. One is a purplish colored tag with plastic flowers embossed in a Holtz distress folder and Distress stickled.
The other is a watery blue card with a "Create" sentiment embossed in blue tinsel and an acetate flower.
Our flower turned out just the way I'd hoped: Distress embossing powder dressed up the top of the flower's brad and a grommet between the smaller top and larger bottom flowers add dimension.
Sadly I discovered one thing throughout this week's challenge: I probably won't often use this technique.
After all, where would I keep the iron? I don't have any more flat surfaces in my craft room and the chances of burning down the house would rise dramatically if I added an iron.
Alright then fellow creators: Drop in at Studio L3 to check out all of the cool stuff that Linda creates and to show us what you can do with a little of the Holtz Blended Batik technique.