Are you collecting as well? I love collections, especially all kind of altered objects. So for Compendium of Curiosities 3 challenge #11 I made a collection piece. Please welcome my dragonfly from my collection:

The technique for this challenge you can find at page 52 in Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 and is called effect powders. As you know out of respect we don’t publish techniques, so it’s not the usual walkthrough, but that you will know more I give credits to find links.

So my background is a on a cardboard is made with blended batik technique from Marjie Kemper, you can find a video tutorial about that magic here:

I used Tim Holtz’s Altered alpha stamp and distress ink (weathered wood and aged mahogany).

For my dragonfly I used a technique from Tammy Tutterow:

Distress stain colors: dried marigold, mowed lawn, mustard seed and antiquedbronze. Distress ink: brushed corduroy. And finally my cogs made with effect powder technique (you can find it in Tim Holtz’s book):

I applied my dragonfly image on my background. I used art journaling stamp at the sides. I added my cogs and a word band with bards that I colored with distress paint (black soot and antiqued bronze).

I adding my project to CC3 challenge #11, which is sponsored this time by Inspiration Emporium, where you can find all the ingredients of my project.

And some bonus details:


About lerusho

I am obsessed with experimenting, using my fantasy and creating new and unique visions. The challenges are endless and that gives me real inspiration.
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30 Responses to Collections

  1. Oh yea! That was eye candy for me today Ruth! I love dragonflies!!! I love what Tammy did with that tag, so OF COURSE I love what you did here! Love this Collection Piece!!! Blessings for your weekend! 🙂

  2. Cindy Bliss says:

    Love it too!!! Beautiful work. And, I also love dragonflies!!! I have one that is so special to me. A friend took a picture of one that had landed on a wire fence (you’d love that) and it looks like he is smiling at the camera!!!

  3. kampysgirl says:

    Total eye candy Ruth!! Love the techniques you used! xoxo

  4. zksmith says:

    That is just uber cool! I love dragonflies!

  5. Maria Meade says:

    The dragonfly is just gorgeous!! I love it! The entire piece has an old kind of feel to it. I will have to take a look at the videos for the specific techniques you used on each element but suffice to say it turned out spectacular!!

  6. massofhair says:

    The Dragonfly has a must add to my collection sticker all over it!!!

    Stunning as always Ruth, beautiful techniques and colours, this one is a winner imho:-) xxx

  7. kraaftshaak says:

    Ruth, very interesting combination of techniques to come up with a completely original piece. I really like the combination of colors on the dragonfly. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Love those black gears and colorful textured butterfly! Thanks so much for playing along with Effect Powders for our challenge at CC3Challenge!!!

  9. The dragonfly is gorgeous and I love those rusty gears. Thanks for joining in at CC3C!

  10. Gorgeous, Ruth. Your dragonfly is a winner and I really love it set against the alphabet background. Marjie’s techniques are awesome! Love this piece from you, I always look forward to your art.

  11. Cool textures, it looks so tactile… great make and fab interpretation of the challenge…. Thanks for playing along with the CC3 challenge and hope to see you again soon x

  12. Ruth…your piece for the Compendium challenge is very cool. I love the rusty gears. Great use of Tim’s EP technique. The dragonfly is gorgeous. Love the soft, muted colors and all of the texture on that beauty. I also love your blended batik background. Thanks for joining us at CC3C. ❤ Candy

  13. the alphabet background–love the technique…makes one ask, “how did she do that?” and the dragonfly is a scene stealer. Thank you for sharing the video connections. “Collections” That’s when you have 3 or more of anything…so I am a fellow collector, big time. I really enjoy your posts

  14. This whole piece is a fantastic feast for the eyes, and I’m sure the hands, with all it’s texture! You’ve done a great job with the gears, and I’m loving that background…will have to check it out on Marjie’s blog. That butterfly is gorgeous, too!

  15. mrsbeez says:

    Amazing. Love those techniques with the letters and the dragonfly. I think the bee needs to be wearing this look!

    • lerusho says:

      You know Lisette, finally when I thought now I have all of them, the butterfly, the bee and the dragonfly, that new autumn leaf was coming out, phuff something else on the wish list that never ends…

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