Monday, November 3, 2014

The Harvest - framed distress watercolor

I been working on a new project today with watercolor. I learned the technique from Tim Holtz' book,  A Compendium of Curiosities Volumne III. 

No, I am not a Vincent van Gogh but I still find the distress watercolor interesting and fun. Here's my project.

The stamp is by Stampin Up and was stamped with archival ink then water-colored with TH distress markers and a watercolor pen. 

I'll share a few pics of the progress. The frame was cut from cardboard and embossed using the Textured Leaf folder. I did apply distress ink to the folder before I embossed. I didn't want the frame to overpower the stamped image of the project so I used a very light stoke of watercolor on the leaves. 

The leaf attached in the lower left corner of the frame was cut from corrugated cardboard using the Layered Leaf die. TH distress paint was then applied by dabbing it on to get down in the crevices. 

Another option could have been to cut some from cardboard or grunge board then emboss them with the Layered Leaf embossing folder but I wanted something a little different and decided to go with the corrugated cardboard. 

The "harvest" stamp is from Ali Edwards and was stamped on a piece from TH tattered banners. A little vintage photo distress ink was inked on the edges of the banner. The acorn and branch are pieces from Maya Road Autumn Mini Chipboard Set. The acorn chipboard needed some detail so I used the acorn stamp from TH Mini Blueprints CMS 136 and stamped right on top of the acorn chipboard piece then water-colored it.

There you have it, my framed distress watercolor project - Judy

A Vintage Journey - Challenge 18 Bountiful Harvest


  1. Your frame is gorgeous and I love the look of old leather it has now. Great Tim techniques used. Thanks for joining us at AVJ and good luck. Julie x

  2. Fabulous color combination and the textures are so delicious. Such a nice fall project. Thanks for traveling with us here at A
    Vintage Journey.

  3. Oh I love your bountiful harvest of goods in the wheelbarrow! What a great image and framing! Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey.