Compendium of Curiosities 3 ~ Challenge #14

CC3C #14 Marjie Kemper

Welcome to the latest challenge celebrating Tim Holtz’s book, the Compendium of Curiosities, Volume 3.  Can you believe we’re up to #14?  The new challenge features Colored Crackle (found on page 53 – if you still need a copy, you can get one autographed by Tim right here.)

Our sponsor this week is The Funkie Junkie Boutique, and a random winner will enjoy a $25 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 in the running for the prizes.

CC3C #14 Marjie KemperB

I started out by making a background in my art journal with Tim’s Distress Paint Marbling technique. Remember that one?  It was our very first technique challenge, back in April!

CC3C #14A Marjie Kemper

Next I started this week’s technique on a few different materials.  I like to do this to learn how products work depending on the surface chosen.  This is just a process shot – out of respect for Tim, we don’t share the step-by-step’s of the challenge techniques.

For this ‘try out’ I used the postage stamp frame and ‘garden greens’ dies cut out of Sizzix matboard, a Ranger manila tag, and grunge paper.  I ended up saving the tag and the hexies for another project.

CC3C #14C Marjie Kemper

Placement time… and I needed something to fill some of the space on the left hand page.  I cut another postage stamp frame to mimic the one I made with the Colored Crackle technique, but made it without the crackle, so it would look like part of the page itself.

CC3C #14D Marjie Kemper

Stenciling with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink onto the page (using the same stencil I used with black ink on the postage stamp diecut) made it blend in even more. Repeating the pattern by moving the stencil is one of my favorite ways to add a bit more interest.

CC3C #14F Marjie Kemper

I found it difficult to photograph the crackle, but you can see some of it here.  The leaves/vines have the same treatment. Were I to do it again, I’d probably choose brighter/lighter color paints.

The gal is a Teesha more stamp that I colored with Distress Inks, and the black leaves are a Dyan Reaveley stencil.

CC3C #14E Marjie Kemper

The word’ imagine’ is cut from Tim’s Word Play die and embossed with a Texture Fade.

CC3C #14G Marjie Kemper

A bit more color with Tim’s chevron and dot fade stencils finished me off.

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Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Absolutely beautiful!!

  2. So bright and fun! Amazing how you incorporated the crackle piece into the finished page as if it were stamped there. Thanks.

  3. Gorgeous explosion of colors, I love your art journal pages!

  4. Your page is fabulous Marjie!

  5. Love your use of bright colors. Such good ideas for your journal. Beautiful work.

  6. Fablous idea to combine in an art journal – very inspirational.

  7. AS always your work is an explosion of life and colors! I love so much your style! BArbarayaya

  8. Hi Marjie I always love your use of colour in your designs and your journal page this time around is no exception, stunning use of colour. Adore the lettering and your use of crackle too. Tracy x

  9. What vibrant colors you used in this art journal page! So great.

  10. very nice Marjie!

  11. Love your colors, layers, and texture. I love the art doll too. Your work is so artistic and imaginative. Makes me imagine too!

  12. Love your colors and the texture is so fun! Love your pages, always so much to enjoy here, thank you!~kim

  13. What great hot colours, The crackle really makes the leaves and postage stamp stand out.

  14. Love your fun looking journal. I had trouble photographing the crackle too. I found the cracks showed up more with the gold paint than with broken china.

  15. Hi Marjie – fab journal page and love how you used the technique. Nikki x

  16. I am so behind. Marjie, your journal pages are gorgeous and I love your colored crackle and the stenciled falling leaves. Enjoy!

  17. Great journal page! I love that you tried the technique on several pieces – always good to experiment! 🙂

  18. Simply lovely

  19. Love the brilliant colors on your journal!

  20. wonderful colours – your pages look amazing – fabulous – hugs rachel x

  21. Your use of color always leaves me in awe! This is great..and I can’t imagine how you got the marbleing technique to work on those full Pages!

  22. So bright and colourful, I like the stencil technique you used.

  23. What beautiful bright pages!

  24. Wow! I just loved all the color. Great blending of colors using the stencils too. Crackle added a lot of depth and glow to the pages…

  25. I love love love the background colors .. that technique is so fun. Every element on the journal page is super cool !!

  26. What a beautiful lay out Marjie, I always love your color combos and everything is so well layed out!!

  27. Wow Marjie what amazing journal pages – the colours you have created with your blending are gorgeous

  28. I love that you try something a little different–that is what creativity is all about! This is a really wonderful journal page, has all the 3 C’s: color, crackle, and creativity!

  29. Always and always so beautiful <3

  30. Rosann aka Rea' says:

    Always love your journal pages ( I’m getting closer to doing mine… honestly between the other challenges and life I can’t find time to play with all the fun things ) ; pretty colors and fun techniques @!

  31. Bright and bold and crackly! Love it!!

  32. I marvel at how your make such bright colors from Distress products!

  33. Great journal pages, Marjie! I love your bright colors! The colored crackle turned out great!

  34. Love all the fabulous colours, Annette x

  35. This is so cool, Marjie. I love to study your work. I always learn from your step by step processes. The repeated stencil patterns are so effective and that Teesha Moore stamp is awesome. <3

  36. You are an amazing “Tim” maven. Love your techniques. xox

  37. Awesome journal pages, Marjie!! Love how you’ve incorporated those layering pieces of colored crackle goodness 🙂 So bright and colorful!! This is one of my fav Tim techniques 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Marjie!! XOXO-Shari T.

  38. Crackly beautiful Marjie!!

  39. Gorgeous … I think the paint marbling background is one of my favorites. It provides such drenched color to your journal pages. I can see the colored crackle. Great way to use it here. I also love the texture you added with the dry embossing on the letters. Fantastic make — Mary Elizabeth

  40. Marjie, wonderful journal pages. So artistic….

  41. The colours are as though Autumn is on steroids – taking the warm Autumnal tones and making them so vibrant.

  42. Always, always….your use of color draws me in, Marjie! This is like walking in the branches of a sugar maple tree….so glorious and so autumnal! I love the contrast of the black against that brilliant backdrop, and your crackle glaze makes me think of frost. Just wonderful!

  43. Marjie…your art journal pages are so colorful and amazing. I love them. All of the marbling and stenciling really creates such cool interest. Love your examples of crackle, too. The leaves; both stenciled in black and the out vine really finish these pages off nicely. <3 Candy

  44. Jan Bianchi says:

    Beautifully chosen colours for your art journal pages!

  45. Jan Bianchi says:

    Beautifully chosen colours for your art journal pages! Warm and inviting.

  46. I love your layers and layers of colors and textures. Amazing results! The tiny Teesha Moore character is always a delight to see.

  47. Your art journal is something I would love to peruse..hehehe. Love how you incorporated the technique onto your pages. Personally I love the colors you chose…very rich! Love the way you create!

  48. The variety of layers is awesome. love the colors.

  49. You never fail to impress with your wonderful colour choices Marjie, I love how you carried the stencilling across using different colours, it looks beautiful and the technique looks great on the postage stamp die too. Anne xx

  50. Gorgeous colours & a great spread Marjie! x

  51. This is beautiful, Marjie!!!!

  52. That colour combo is just juicy!

  53. Wonderful mixed media project. I love ALL those stunning layers. The stenciling is great!

  54. What a bright and fun page! And thank you for showing how different the technique can look on different substrates. Not always the look we’re after but a great learning experience…and the base for another future project!

  55. I think it’s so cool that you stamped underneith the technique and you can still see some of it! Great idea! Gorgeous, happy, and fun pages Marjie!!!

  56. Love the colors and the latticework stencil is one of my fave’s. This is an awesome spread Marjie!

  57. Gorgeous! I loveeeeee the leaves and the colors!!!!!!

  58. Love the bright colors on this journal page! Also how you have incorporated past challenges with the current one.

  59. A wonderful journal page Marjie! Great background too. Karen.x

  60. I have just made a very similar background for my journal with Dylusions inks…I love how you have used her leaf stencil too…I had my eye on it in the shop just the other day. Great accent pieces you have made with the technique.

  61. Victoria Sturdevant says:

    Fantastic pages!

  62. A wonderful page Marjie, love this technique and really like how you used it here!