Friday, 22 August 2014

A little touch of Tim at A Vintage Journey

Well after ‘time flying’ from the last challenge it is Alison’s turn to take us along another route of the journey and she is challenging us to think about a little bit of Tim. What she says is - Keep it small please!  I'm looking for Vintage and Tim Holtz style ATCs - a single ATC or a set - perhaps a trio that match.  And I'm being a purist here, so only ATCs, please - no ATBs or Chunky ATCs allowed.

Mmmmmm small eh? Ok here’s what I came up with using the shattered stains technique for the backgrounds and Tim’s papers for pieces of ephemera which fit perfectly with the 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch size pieces of art.

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I began by looking at Tim’s paper pads – they are a treasure trove for snippets and small bits for little projects. In fact long before Tim bought out his ephemera packs I had my own box full of small pieces I have kept from his papers and the things I love the most are his photo portraits. I use them quite a lot in projects and along with the photographic studio cards in the French Industrial stash the seeds of ideas for my ATCs were born.

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I cut out three portraits and 3 studio cards keeping colours together and along with lots of other bits from my box I managed three colourways.
I cut myself three pieces of card and used distress stains to make the backgrounds.

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I then cut three ATCs using Tim’s die and started designing the layouts. These are the rough placements before I distressed any of the elements.

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As I was designing these I imagined what was going on in their lives and what meaning all the little pieces of ephemera had for them.

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This couple got married during the war on the 15th January 1942. It had to be arranged at short notice as they didn’t want to wait until Jimmy came home again, he just didn’t know when that would be. He was being deployed in Europe after the bombing of Pearl Harbour the month before. After a ceremony with close family the couple went to the Thornton Theatre that night to see a show, on the way they stopped at Hill’s Photographic Studio to have some pictures taken as a memento of the day. Time was of the essence as Jimmy had to be back on base by 9.00 am the next morning.

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This pair of friends found themselves at Crystal Beach on their day off from work and spent their time chatting about starting a metal scrap business for the war effort. It was the 3rd October and the US had just announced their new initiative of " scrap days " encouraging every American to help the war effort by giving scrap consisting of metal and old clothing to the nearest scrap merchant who would then be able to provide much needed raw materials. To cement their partnership they decided to have a photo taken at the Gibson Studio.

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These girls have been friends since school and often enjoy a day out together when they can. On the 25th November they had their photo taken at the Walton Photography Studio before venturing out to do some shopping and then a game of Bingo at the Majestic Theatre. They enjoyed a bottle of fruit punch each and then found they were winners of £25, calling on the number 25. What a great day they had and 25 became their lucky number after that.

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It’s been lovely to return to some collage work, it really is my favourite way to create works of art.


Please come and join us by making an ATC (or two, or three lol) and share your inspiration at A Vintage Journey.

hugs Brenda xxx

33 comments:

Scrapthat said...

So awesome! I love the idea of visulizing their lives as you worked. They truly are gorgeous little works of Art! TFS

froebelsternchen Susi said...

fabulous work of art Brenda!

Redanne said...

Love, love the stories and your ATCs are just beautiful - little works of art! Anne xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Wonderful Benda, great backgrounds, great use of those lovely ephemera and beautifully put together!! Love this type of ATC!!

Nikki Acton said...

Creative with the pen as well as the brush! Wonderful collages and stories. Nikki x

Kathyk said...

Just three GLORIOUS projects, Brenda - a pleasure, as always, to visit your blog and admire your talent

Happy Friday

Kathyk

Margaret said...

Great to see how you put these little collages together - you have inspired me to have a go! Margaret

Jennie Atkinson said...

Fabulous collages Brenda - a wonderful selection of individual details and so beautifully put together. I love the stories too! x

Samantha Read said...

Wonderful :)
Wishing you a lovely weekend xx

Deborah said...

Just love all the thought - and stories - that went into these, Brenda. Amazing what you can do in 2.5 x 3.

Karen Garrard said...

Beautifully done Brenda. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the stories on each one. Wonderful Vintage pieces. Karen.x

Buttons said...

Such intricate collages in such small spaces Brenda! I love reading the back stories to each of these and going on that journey with you. Good things DO come in small packages. Jenny x

rachel said...

amazing Brenda - these look wonderful x

Rosie Schirrmeister said...

These ATCs are absolutely gorgeous, Brenda

butterfly said...

Stunning collage work, Brenda - they are all just perfect. I absolutely love the stories built around each ATC - the bingo friends, on that rosy happy backround, are probably my favourite ATC, but the romance of Jimmy's wartime wedding is my favourite story... or maybe the scrap metal pair... What a joy of a post and a fantastic trio of ATCs.
Alison xx

Terry said...

Always love your start to finish steps! Brenda, your collaged ATC's are wonderful and love all the little details! Have a lovely weekend. Hugs!

massofhair said...

Each one is a mini piece of ArT, so much to see and loads of layers and textures, doesn't get any better :-) xxx

Cardgenie said...

Brenda, love your ATCs and the little stories you've invented for them! Thanks for sharing. Jean.x

Julia Aston said...

what wonderful aging and rusting on your lovely collage ATC's Brenda!

kit cochran said...

I love your creativity! The stories were so interesting that I forgot the art part. Great art and storytelling (which is also art).

Paper Profusion said...

Love your fabulous post Brenda and your gorgeous Atcs. All are beautifully created and totally engaging. No wonder you love collage, you are second to none at it. Hope all is well with you. Nicola x
Ps. Mine's a fruit punch if you're ordering!

Inky and Quirky said...

Oh dear,I love all the DT makes but now I have just seen yours....wonderful creations Brenda,just stunning

Have a great weekend

Hugs
Donna xx

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

I always have time for some story telling :)
How wonderful, those imaginary people with their imaginary lives told out for us to enjoy on a piece of perfect miniature art.
Wishes
Lynne

Sue C said...

Fabulous ATC's Brenda! Love the stories that accompany each one. Sue C x

Pam said...

These are such fantastic pieces of art! Love the stories that go with them.

sally said...

Fun stories, fun art....fun fun fun!

Sally

Bonnie McLain said...

I too have had a fun time with making ATC's... and totally enjoyed yours, with the creative writing that you did as well.. so very nice... adds a really special touch to these little pieces of ART... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

Fandhmum said...

Gorgeous ATCs and I loved reading the stories. Hope you are keeping well
Rosie x

1Cardcreator said...

These are gorgeous Brenda and I really enjoyed reading the little stories you imagined to go with them. Big hugs, ~ Diane

Jools Robertson said...

Lovely, fabulous set with so much incredible detail
Beautiful colours especially the coral tone and such fascinating stories

Jools x

Nichola said...

Those are gorgeous! I love them to bits.

Annie said...

Love your ATC's Brenda. Great background and details. TFS Annie x

S@ndy Diller said...

What a fun way to use these papers. They all look like a nice family together. Great color and texture.