Thursday, 17 February 2011

Creating Experimentally (II)

My Tim Holtz workshop is fast approaching.

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAL!!!!!

Ahem. Sorry about that. But hey, I think I've been very restrained, really - I haven't mentioned it that often! Considering how much I've been thinking about it and planning for it and collecting together the little bits and pieces I'll need to take and checking and re-checking the ticket to make sure it really does have my name on it and it does have the date and time I think it is and checking my hotel booking and thrilling over the photos and hints on blogs and Twitter and etc and etc...... Yep, I think you've got off pretty lightly really!


Anyway, I seem to have got slightly distracted! Where was I?

Ah, yes. Someone had mentioned bringing along a craft apron to the workshop. (The Tim Holtz workshop, that is. Did I mention that I'm going? And that I'm quite excited?!)


I don't actually have a craft apron. I've never really worried about protecting my clothes from my craft - though maybe I should have on occasion! But I rather liked the idea of having one. I had in mind a tasteful natural-coloured cotton canvas, perhaps; I had visions of it gradually picking up ink and paint marks and signs of loving use, I think. But then I started trying to find such an apron, and I discovered that it would be much cheaper to get a plain white cotton.


And then it arrived. It was fine, you know, but the white was glaringly clean and bright, and it looked - well, frankly, a bit boring.

So I livened it up :-)

Considering that I expect to add inky and painty marks and fingerprints as I use it, I wasn't worried about messy mistakes - it was the chance to *play* and experiment and have fun. And so I did! Out came the inks and sprays and stamps and StazOn.


I started with a bit of alcohol ink across the top of the bib, but the idea I had in mind didn't quite work out. I moved onto my Liquid Lustre sprays instead, and added bands of colour in a rainbow right down the apron. Then I splashed on some co-ordinating alcohol inks. When that was all dry I got stamp happy - the fabric gave me a beautiful surface for stamping on, the images came out really clear, with maybe a slight loss of detail in the very intricate designs. I focused my stamping on the pockets and bottom hem, with a couple of extras elsewhere on the apron, but as I add to my stamp collection - or if I should spot a beautiful and appropriate stamp in a dear friend's collection, say! - I can also add to my apron :-)


And after that, I raided my ribbon hoard and added some scraps of twill, a line of decorative stitching to the ties, and also pleated and stitched down the bib section that hadn't turned out so well (which was good, as it turns out, because the apron was a bit too big for me and now it fits much better!)


What's that? You want to see a photo of the whole thing - with me wearing it? I'm afraid you'll have to wait for that one..... But I may get such a shot during my Tim Holtz workshop, you never know. And if I do, I may well be sharing it on here. After all, I suspect I might tell you a little bit about the day, and I might have one or two photos of the event to show you!! ;-)

21 comments:

Scrappi Sandi said...

I'm Squeeeeealing too...just at the thought of you being so excited! It's contagious!! That is one awesome apron, I'm sure Lord Tim will comment on it! You MUST get a pic of you & he together! I cannot wait to hear all about it & see what you create!! Enjoy!!!

debs14 said...

There's been a fair bit of 'not mentioning the Tim Holtz workshop' from Denise's part of the world too. She's there at the moment and we are meeting up for dinner Saturday night. Guess she won't be talking about it much then as well ;-)
Apron looks fab, just remember to pack it now! Not to mention having photo taken wearing it at the ... where was it you were going???

Kirsty.a said...

What a fantastic idea. Especially the thought of adding to it every time you get a new stamp. And yes, we do want to see the whole thing

Cheri said...

That has to have been so much fun - creating knowing that there was no such thing as a critical mistake! Can't wait to see the whole thing with you in it and Mr. Tim next to raving over it!

Sian said...

And this is what you can do BEFORE you get to the workshop??!!

Mary B said...

the little snippets we can see look really fabby but I WONT TO SEE THE WHOLE. Where is it you're going and what is it? and why are you so excited When is it and what's all the fuss about anyway lol


Joking aside have a super duper time.

scrappyjacky said...

Tim Holtz????? Never heard of him!!!! I'm sure you've NEVER mentioned any such workshop!!!
Fab apron though.

Kaz said...

Gorgeous Gorgeous and more gorgeous!!! loving the apron!! Have tweeked one too but will save mine for next week, love it Mel!!

Amy said...

Ooooh, this is fabulous Mel .... only a few more sleeps now ;-)

JO SOWERBY said...

are u going to a TH workshop? really, i hadnt heard that for at least......................a second!!!! heehee. u sound dead excited mel, keep calm and breath. the apron looks gr8 i love the stamps uve used especially the camera ones
Jo xxx

Jimjams said...

LOL - that apron will look fabulous - take care not to get more ink on it though won't you!!!
Have a fabulous time.

Maria Ontiveros said...

I've been thinking about you while reading Tim's blog about his trip to the UK!!!
can't wait to hear how you liked class.
Rinda

Melissa said...

Oh my goodness, Mel, that was great reading, full of foreshadowing and anticipation and then no photo of the WHOLE THING! Well, now I'm anxious for that Tim Holtz workshop to get going so I can see it! :>)

Anesha said...

Hope you have a wonderful time. Love the colours in this. Hugs Anesha

Giselle said...

I love your apron & yes you can squeeeeeal as much as you like. A friend of mine is doing the same workshop & is also squeeeealing & apron altering :) He's just great; I'm not an altered art type of crafter but thought he was THE best teacher when I was lucky enough to attend CKU in 2008 -his was the only project I completed & displayed in my house!

Have the BEST time! :) And I look forward to seeing your pix from the workshop.

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

The apron looks really neat! Have fun at the workshop!

Denise said...

Oooooh I can't wait to see you in that apron and with him too - have fun!xxx

Beverly said...

Such suspense, I was fully thinking I would see it being modeled at the end of the post!! You must hand your camera over to someone during the workshop, possibly before Tim is squatting by your side admiring your handiwork :)

gayle said...

Oh my. Utterly utterly jealous!! Of the apron and the workshop with King Tim LOL hope you have a wonderful time! xx

Lizzie said...

Oh. Wow. That. Is. FABulous!

That's worthy of a free place on the Tim Holtz workshop... I hope he notices it because it's wonderful! So clever, Mel!

By the way, did you mention you're going on a Tim Holtz workshop soon? I didn't know....

I so hope you have a wonderful time!

Kai said...

Oh good golly, I don't think I will EVER turn back to my normal coloring... green, green, green with envy here... give Tim a snug for me! :)