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.


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.


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.




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.


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.


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.


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.


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