Sunday, April 17, 2011

Adirondack Color Wash: Grungy Monday

Yesterday I said the Octopode's March Hare would get an updated color job and reemerge as the Easter Bunny to create a holiday card: Turns out he wanted to adorn my first ever chunky ATC instead.

He is correct though, don't you think?

Surrounded by a few UTEE eggs, wrapped in real chocolate egg foils, a fuzzy chick and some quilled flowers he's right at home, and stressed out as expected.

We even found a real woven basket for him to carry, which he so obviously appreciates!

OK, so before I forget, this is my second Studio L3 Grungy Monday post in honor of the techniques of Tim Holtz. Check out his fine work and creative inspiration at Many of you are probably on your third: I missed last week. I know, I know. And what's worse is I didn't even realize I'd missed one until it was too late.

Anyhow, back to the action: This week's challenge focuses on a the Adirondack Color Wash product rather than a specific technique. And that's super fine since this color wash stuff is brilliant. Messy, too, so keep on eye on your work space and everything within two or three feet.

Depending on how much you spritz it'll create a fine mist, puddled finish or fully coat your intended surface (and, as mentioned, some unintended surfaces).

I used it over a layer of white appliance enamel spray paint, so in some places it's soaked through to the wood base and in others it dried into perfect little bird's egg splotches.

This enamel with wash background is something I've used before and can guarantee you'll see again since I think it's an amazingly cool look.

Today I also discovered another "technique" that you'll see from me again ... wrap-around stamping.

See those birds? They're from the Lost and Found Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous set. I dipped the stamp in black archival ink, pressed it carefully against the edge of the chunky, and then "rolled" it around to the back side, creating a single stamped image that curves around the ATC.

Neat, huh?

If you haven't been over to Grungy Monday yet this week you've still got a few hours to join the creative fun!


  1. I did none! This is just another CB wonder! I love the character and his attire is so awesome! Love the eggs and chick touch! Your rock!

  2. Ok, so I hit the close button before I put in the security code..let's try again...
    LOVE this! It's eggs-tra special! lol! Love the idea to make UTEE eggs, and the wrap around stamping is way cool.

  3. yep, your bunny is definitely correct! The stamp wrap around was well done! I love the enamel and splotchy bit that you managed to create. I want to give that a go.

  4. This is the coolest Easter bunny ever, in the entire history of Easter, or bunnies. He's like the Easter Bunny would look on The Ren and Stimpy show! I LOVE HIM!

    He kind of looks like he could be the Drunken Stampers' mascot, too. Just sayin'...

    I love the entire chunky ATC, in fact, and though I now have a sudden craving for egg-shaped Dove Chocolates, I'm feeling the whole "Peter Cottontail" thing. You used the Color Wash brilliantly (I've gotta try the enamel appliance paint@), and the foil eggs and flowers and curly ribbon are mega cool. The fact that you did wrap-around stamping makes me want to light incense in your honor. For real.

    Great job, girlfriend!

    By the way, I LOVE your new blog design!

  5. Oh errr not at all sure what he thinks of all that cuteness but it is brilliantly funny. Great freehand stamping it really does add a whole new dimension to your work use it on other awkward shapes and you get that lovely bits missing distressed stamping look. XOXO Zoe

  6. Oh my, he is just so cute, enjoyed reading your post again. Had to miss this one as I didn't have the colour washes.

  7. oh WOW!!!! GORGEOUS!!! absolutely brilliant!! =)
    hugs, SannaS

  8. Wow he is a supercute character, i love your projects t love the Unique ideas you pop into your work!!

    Hugs June x

  9. Your first chunky ATC? Wow! This is amazing! What a fabulous background technique! And I love all your little details {eggs, chick, real basket!!} Mr. Hare looks perfectly at home here! (I might have to aquire that little guy for my collection). Thanks for sharing your super cool, chunky Easter ATC! :)

  10. i looove the idea od the stamp around stamping!!great project!!..tfs..loves ya

  11. How cool, just wonderful. I haven't made a chunky ATC yet, but it's on my to-do-list.
    Happy Easter to you.

  12. Wow I thought at first it was a brick ! How wonder the effects you achieved. and love your cool bunny

  13. Tracy your chunky ATC is just Fabulous, Love how you split the eggs and wrapped them in foil, Wonder who got to eat the real ones?
    hugs Lynn