This week at Studio L3's Compendium Challenge it's all about the stamps, Fillable Pens and fragments.
Which means that I expected to love this one. Turns out that I don't like it all.
This technique can be easily recreated in exactly the way our Mr. Holtz describes it. The completed bits can be used to make outstanding pieces of art just like the one Linda put together to post with the challenge.
I like the example in the Compendium, and all of the challenge pieces posted at Studio L3.
And I like this calendar page I've made. It's only not the kind of thing that makes me say "Wow! Just imagine what can be done with that!"
Before someone looks more closely at my lovely February page and realizes that I cheated I'd like to say something else: As usual I cheated, but only on this finished piece.
After making two fragments I disliked, the third one I made and didn't like was torn apart to make the fragment you see here.
Part of that dislike could be my stamps: I used flowers with very bold lines. But they were the stamps I chose after trying others, with thinner lines, and didn't like them, either.
Maybe it's the alcohol ink colors that I'm unhappy with: It's not as if I own Tim's full line. I do have a dozen colors though, which are all favorites in my repertoire.
The element I know is not the problem are the Adirondack Fillable Pens. Those things make me happy. Smile like a toddler with a new toy kind of happy. Given a choice between meeting Tim Holtz and owning a bucket of these pens would be a hard decision kind of happy (don't be silly, of course I'd choose to personally thank and hug Mr. Holtz, but play along with my verbal illustration, OK?).
Anyhow, aside from obviously not using the recommended background, my big time cheat of the week is that the fragment isn't stamped with a cool winged heart. Instead it's got my own wee Sharpie drawing (another favorite tool of mine, but that started back when I was a kid stealing them from my Dad).
I'm so relieved that Mr. Holtz tells us, Linda reminds us and all of us chide one another: Make each technique your own.
Because I can't stick to the instructions no matter how clearly they are laid out in front of me.