Compendium of Curiosities 2, Challenge #33

Welcome to the new challenge celebrating Tim Holtz’s book, the Compendium of Curiosities, Volume 3.  Our new theme is Altered Surfaces (found on page 45) and believe it or not, we only have ONE more challenge to go after this one. We’ve worked our way through the whole book!  Thanks to all who have joined in and encouraged us along the way. We hope to have a great turn-out for these last two challenges!

Our sponsor this week is Inspiration Emporium.   THANK YOU, INSPIRATION EMPORIUM!  A random winner will receive a $50 shopping spree on their online store. There are also prizes donated by Tim and Mario for the Curiosity Crew’s favorite project.  You’ll find the Rules and FAQs at Linda’s site… please take a moment to read these so you are definitely in the running for the prizes.

Marjie Kemper mixed media canvas using paints, inks stamps, and stencils

I worked on an 8″ canvas using loads of Distress Paints, and chose several different materials for my altered surfaces: clear acrylic pre-cut bird (Heidi Swapp), black “Note to Self” (Alpha Parts), clear acrylic fragments (Tim Holtz), and clear acrylic packaging material (wings).

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I loved the way the bird came out but it had no wings, so I diecut some feathers from Tim’s Sizzix Writing Desk die, cut parts of them and treated them, and adhered to my bird.

Marjie Kemper mixed media canvas 07182015C

The fragments were done with the same technique, and I embedded the die-cut letters in the process.

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I think the colors blended really well on the “Note to Self” and love how bits of the black show through.  I want to use those Alpha Parts more often.

Marjie Kemper mixed media canvas 07182015D

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Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Great take on the challenge! Diggin’ the monochromatic blues. So bold!

  2. Marjie, your canvas is so vivid. I love the contrast of the blue hues with the black. Your use of the technique is great…so much attention to detail.

  3. Love the blue vibe you and Yvonne has going on. This is awesome Marjie!

  4. I love the monochromatic color scheme!

  5. Stunning canvas, and in my favorite color! I love all your altered surfaces, and they look fabulous on that gorgeous background! Hugs!

  6. Oh wow – Marjie – super work – love how you have taken such a variety of surfaces to alter x

  7. Love your bird. Such a clever addition with the wings. Great use of the fragments-did not think to use those for this technique. The blue is soothing.

  8. What a wonderful deep blue piece you have created! It’s like being out at night!

  9. How did I miss this Marjie – it’s soooo lovely. And wow – so many different surfaces that you altered. Even the sides are done so perfectly. Such a beautiful creation. j.

  10. That is a really neat bird. Looking good.

  11. Lyn Coogan says:

    This is such an atmospheric piece, love the colours and the cute little bird.

  12. I love your background and how did you create the bird’s wings ….. Marjie you are fantastic!

  13. The blue is BLUEtiful!!!! But the use of lettering of the fragments really inspires me in giving another use for them!!! THANKS!!! Sweet project, gurl!!!

  14. I love how you solved the missing wings! Great idea! And as the rich color and depth!

  15. as always Marjie your pieces are so …. holy what can i say…. deep….i love how you create and knowing your pieces from most everyone else ..your pops of black speak to me!!!

  16. Love your blue on blue theme, Marjie! Your altered surfaces turned out so well! Fabulous!

  17. Love what you have done with this technique MarJie! … Beautiful canvas… and just love that birdy and its wings!! 🙂

  18. I love the blue!! I would know this was your design without seeing your name! Very you!

  19. Marjie, Very cool effect on the acrylic pieces! It is lovely that you got such depth out of a simple palette of blues. Really nice!

  20. Carol Harper says:

    So beautiful and such a variety of surfaces! I especially lime your little bird… Did he come with an eye or did you embed it like you did the letters?

    • Marjie Kemper says:

      Thanks, Carol. I added the eye with matte medium ~ it’s a little black jewel.

  21. Fabulous canvas, Marjie! Love all the bluesy touches and really love that messaging. FLY! Gotta remember that. 😉

  22. Oh, Marjie! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! I’m just swooning with the blues over this lovely canvas! WOW! And for some reason, this brought Roy Orbison’s Blue Bayou into my head 🙂 🙂 It’s so serene and calming and beautiful. WOW! That’s all I can say, again! 🙂 What a superb creation to -almost- end this CC3 challenge series to a close with! 🙂 🙂 Thanks for another Fabulous CC3 inspiration!! XOXO-Shari

  23. so different and lovely. very inspiering.
    have a Nice day 🙂

  24. Love the birdie and his wings.

  25. Beautiful makes me think of moonlight. Love the fine details and the birdie.

  26. Oh, aren’t you clever with those cool wings?! Great canvas showcasing this fun technique!

  27. OMG… that bird and it’s wings so amazing… feather wings… genius !! The colors and techniques are awesome… and the use of fragments … you rocked it !!

  28. Stunning canvas Marjie. Love those painted layers/colours and your bird looks amazing. How clever to alter the feather die…..genius!!
    Sending you my best wishes. I am so thrilled to watch your journey and wish I lived closer so I could take a class.

    Tfs and hugs
    Annie x

  29. Marjie, this is is very beautiful canvas, the saying is touching and very inspirational. Great reminder to give ourselves permission to fly and be creative… The blue color palettes are also very calming and complement the whole feeling of relaxing and be free to fly…

  30. WOW! Amazing all of the depth and texture in your layers of blue. Beautiful canvas.

  31. Corrine says:

    I’ll remember that not to self. Wonderful blues! xox

  32. Very inspiring monochromatic piece! I love love love the bird – and he does look nicer with those added wings. Thank you for the inspiration!

  33. I love it when you do blue and this is gorgeous. The wings look amazing and now that I look closely I can see that they are from the feathers die – very clever Marjie! So beautiful! It is hard to believe that it is so near the end… it has been a great journey! Hugs, Anne xx

  34. This blue is so compelling. Love the details and embellies!

  35. Looks like blue was calling to both of us, wink. LOVE your canvas…so fun. Very vibrant and intense! Love your embellishments…I think I still have some of those birds too! lol…Big hugs!

  36. I really love all of the blues you used.

  37. Wow Marjie — this is beautiful. Love those feathers!!! And I’m just enthralled with the blue and transparent elements. Stunning — Mary Elizabeth

  38. Again…no one does blue like you! LOVE this canvas! The bird is just wonderful!!!!

  39. Really neat canvas, Marjie. Great altered surfaces! I love your bird, too. And I love all of the layers of the blue tones.

  40. Gorgeous! LOVING the colors and the birds!!!!

  41. Hi, Marjie! This is splendid! All those blues…like a midnight sky on a night with a full moon shining down…just fabulous! Everything is so seamlessly blended and so perfectly laid out. I love the wings on the bird…they glow! And the fragments are like jewels…they make me think of lapis. What a wonderful, dreamlike piece! You’ve done it again!

  42. Jackie Neal says:

    This is sooo cool Marjie! (no pun intended-but it works!) I love your blues- so rich and intense!! Beautiful canvas! xx