Compendium of Curiosities 3 ~ Challenge #6

Mixed Media Collage Canvas

I’m kicking off the latest Compendium of Curiosities challenge with this mixed media collage canvas. Our new challenge focuses on an Altered Burlap Panel (pg 37 of Tim’s book). 

Mixed Media Collage Canvas with Tim Holtz Sizzix Umbrella Man (Marjie Kemper)You’ll find all the information for Challenge #6 ~ Altered Burlap Panel ~ on Linda’s CC3C blog.  We ask that you not post tutorials on this technique, as we’d like to encourage people to get their own copy of the book. Our sponsor this week is The Funkie Junkie Boutique, and there are fabulous prizes available from Tim and Mario as well. Just pop over to Linda Ledbetter’s blog to see the rules and FAQs.

CC3C-06A Marjie kemper

I started out with a burlap panel, tissue wrap, and several strips of paper from 7 Dots Studio.  I added interest to the paper strips with PaperArtsy stamps designed by Ellen Vargo and a variety of stencils.

CC3C-06B Marjie kemper Here’s how my collaging looked at the beginning. CC3C-06C Marjie kemper

Here it is with several more pieces added. That clear piece I’m holding is a piece of packaging I used to ‘audition’ where my sentiment would land. The sentiment is made up of stickers from Tim’s Chitchat collection… you just pull the words you like and create your own sentences.  I was able to rearrange the sentiment at will (on the packaging) until I found the placement I liked, and then adhered it to the canvas.Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 3 (Marjie Kemper)


Another view.  Those diamond-ish shapes are from the Courtyard Frameworks die, and the arrow is Idea-ology.

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  1. Love what you’ve done with the panel. How can you think of it all!? So many cool things to look at. Love it!

  2. The burlap as the base to the touches of ink on top- your layers are divine!

  3. Debbie P. says:

    Great panel. Love just about anything with the umbrella man on it. Wonderful colors and composition.

  4. Love the idea of using the packaging for placing the text, allows you to experiment. I have always used a Ziploc sandwich bag….not anymore, I’m upcycling! Good job Marjie, you must have had to make this before you trip to Europe (lucky dog)…..been thinking of you, hope all is well…

  5. Great altered panel, love the warm colours, and how you embossed the Umbrella Man.

  6. Love, love, love everything about your panel design.

  7. Fabulous layered panel Marjie, so much to look at here, loved seeing the pics of you and your family in Europe x

  8. Kourtney Vallee says:

    Love all the layers of colors, paper strips and die cuts. Beautiful panel Marjie!

  9. you’re amazing. thanks for sharing. LOVE those framelet dies.
    These burlap panels are so versatile.

  10. AMAZING project! I love it.

  11. Love it. And thanks for the packaging tip.

  12. glenda schoepp-drake says:

    great tip about using the packaging to figure out placement.

  13. Great piece Marjie!

  14. I always love your images and color! Your designs are always amazing, thanks so much for all the inspiration you give! Have a great day!~kim

  15. Love it Marjie! I love the various elements on your altered panel.

  16. Julia Higginbotham says:

    I love your panel. This little man image is one of my favorites. Thanks for all the details.

  17. Beautiful piece! Thanks for the great tip for arranging sentiment wording.

  18. Cool piece!

  19. Your panel came out great! I love the tip on using the clear packaging for a layout. And the Courtyard fillers add such nice interest. Now I want another panel to start over! LOL!

  20. I love this! =)

  21. snazzy JJ says:

    I love your intriguing project, it just pleases me to look at it and let my mind wander.

  22. Wonderful layers and beautiful composition.

  23. I am so in love with this I cant tell you, it all just comes together perfect for me x

  24. Love this panel. The umbrella man is so perfect here. Love the way you embellished everything.

  25. What a beautiful panel! Love all the die cuts on it! Very pretty! Hugs, Sandra

  26. Denise Shepherd says:

    I love the vintage feel to your burlap panel and I always adore the umbrella man :). This challenge is the scariest for me so far, I have learned so much but I have never used Burlap yet. So I will give it a go any how’s.
    Denise xx

  27. This is stunning, it looks very alchemical with the black silhouettes and all the different text panels. Using the ‘offcuts’ from lattice dies is really cool.

  28. Those black silhouettes on the burlap background are so stunning! And that’s a cool way to use those little lattice “tiles”…

  29. Great looking project. I really like the tip about using the packaging to help with placement. Thanks Marjie, you smart cookie.

  30. beautiful inspiration!! Kerstin

  31. I love this. The colors are so perfect with the burlap and the ephemera you choose to use is perfect. I love the little die cut pieces towards the bottom.

  32. Amazing! Looks fantastic!!

  33. This is postively luminous…the depth is just remarkable. Your eye gets pulled in immediately and then the composition leades you around the panel. It’s fabulous. One of my all time favorites – for sure.

  34. What a stunning project and wonderful compostion. Nikki x

  35. Gorgeous canvas Marjie…lots of lovely layers on your burlap panel…love it! x

  36. Marjie, this is one fabulous canvas. I love your collaged pieces and those are some awesome stamps by Ellen. Must have!

  37. Marjie, this is just awesome, I love your theme, and looking at all the awesome elements in this panel!

  38. akmoose says:

    Your layers are amazing. Love the globe! Zo many interesting things to look at! Thanks

  39. I love your panel! Umbrella man is one of my favorite dies!!!! Fantastic job!

  40. I adore your burlap panel! I love all in this project: colors, details, stamps, layers! I’m totally speechless! barbarayaya

  41. Fabulous layers on your burlap panel, Marjie – and your trademark glow on those little diamonds is gorgeous!
    Alison xx

  42. Love your take on the panel. The colors are great and the entire thing is fab!!!

  43. Sandi Parrott says:

    Ideally like this,especially the black ornate piece in the upper left corner. The colors are perfect.

  44. Oh how I love the way you used Umbrella Guy! This is so cool, Marjie and the layers of tissue wrap with all the papers and elements is perfect! I have so many bits and pieces that I may just pull some out! Love this.

  45. Cim Allen says:

    I love the layers on the canvas ! The umbrella man is one of my fave things too 🙂

  46. This is fabulous! I really love the upper left corner embellishment – looks like a cross between a clock, a compass and the sun – very cool!!

  47. Rosann aka Rea' says:

    Love your sentiment and umbrella man is one of my “favs” ; love how you “worked” your collage; very inspiring and the elements and the colors are inviting !

  48. The black silhouettes really stand out on the background, and I really like how you incorporated the arrow into the piece, along with all the other collage elements, of course.

  49. cheiron says:

    Gorgeous colors and layers Marjie! I love your trick of placing the sentiment too!

  50. Ooh! This is gorgeous Marjie! xxx

  51. so well constructed, the end result is a pleasure

  52. I adore this Marjie, such a wonderful design and gorgeous details xx

  53. Girl…this canvas rocks. I love all of the layers of papers, stencils, stamps, etc. You always create the coolest, most colorful, interesting backgrounds! Love it! <3 Candy

  54. Absolutely beautiful! I love the element in the left hand corner, is it a die cut?

  55. The clockwork sun is lovely. Is it a die cut or a stencil? I love how you used the plastic to try out the position of your sentiment.

  56. Marjie,
    This is absolutely , positively! my new favorite of yours!!! Phenomenal- I totally adore the whole design and all of your layers! Fab!

  57. Just stunning. One of my favorite pieces. Just a great composition and as usual gorgeous color. Off to pin!! — Mary Elizabeth

  58. Mmmmm loving the Ellen Vargo sets. I don’t have any, but may need some. lol Another wonderful creation. I used some Frameworks and Idea-ology arrows too. Funny how they can be the same yet so different. The umbrella man is always one of my favorites.

  59. the packaging idea is brilliant 🙂

  60. What a clever idea to use packaging for placement ideas. Beautiful colours and I love the umbrella man.

  61. Kirsten Alicia says:

    That looks wonderful, I love the different papers & stamping on them gives even more interest to the entire panel.

  62. Umbrella man! I’ve always loved him and you used him so wonderfully well. I especially love the piece in the top left corner; is that a die cut?

  63. Susan Schultheis says:

    Love how you altered Tim’s burlap panel. As always it is a fantabulous piece of art. This is a great hop!

  64. This panel is so fun. Love that it has such a whimsical feel. The Umbrella man is perfect! I don’t have him yet…but I think you have convinced me I need him, wink.

  65. Bingo! Love the colors and the detail, Marjie! A winner!

  66. I just love your work Marjie , I have joined your blog as you are so inspiring.
    This is so lovely, I want to try and make it , now !! I love the black image/stamp ? On the top left
    What is it ? So cute. And as ruby says the idea with the clear packaging is clever.

  67. Love seeing your layers build. I appreciate the tip on using clear packaging to help space out the chit chat words. Your colors are beautiful. I like the umbrella man more and more, everytime I see him. He looks perfect on your panel.

  68. I like your tip about using packaging to decide where to put the sentiment. I love your canvas, umbrella man looks stunning in silhouette against the beautiful background – great colour choices too. Hugs, Anne x

  69. That’s a wonderful project, always love the umbrella man.

  70. Love the vibrancy of your burlap panel…all you!

  71. Wonderful panel!

  72. Jan Bianchi says:

    Love how you added the layered pieces to your background! I love
    the yellow shadinng for contrast. This is a very sweet burlap.

  73. LOVE your canvas Marjie! The layers of paper, the sentiment, the die cuts, and umbrella man all lot amazing. Fab design!

  74. AWESOME, Marjie!! I love those bright pops of yellow!! And how clever to use your scrap piece of packaging as a surface to ‘audition’ the chit chat stickers with!! How very clever 🙂 This is just a lovely Altered Burlap Panel, Marjie! Fantastic inspiration for CC3 #6!! XOXO-Shari

  75. Love this piece, Marjie! Your composition is so beautiful – I love the colors and all the pieces you incorporated into it…The umbrella guy is one of my favorites! You have such an eye for detail!

  76. Mo,nica says:

    AWESOME, TERRIFIC AND FANTASTIC. !!!!!!! Love all the fab details. Gosh you are talented !! I do admire all your work. And this one is among my faves of your art pieces !!
    Can I ask two things… The Umbrella Man : is he a stamped image or cut out and embossed ? And the scroll / ironwork uper left corner : is that a die and in case which ???
    Sorry for asking “dummie” questions…. But I adore this panel so much. Need to know all details… Lol
    Sending hugs from SPAIN

  77. It’s amazing Marjie, love all the details on it!

  78. Love it.

  79. GREAT PIECE Marjie… I love the colors, and the design of this whole creation.. so many wonderful uses of pieces here… I never remember to use this man with the umbrella… and I love him… have to keep him in mind and pull him out of hiding… thanks… Love, Light and Peace…Bonnie

  80. What a wonderful composition on your canvas Marjie! The silhouette die cuts are striking against your lighter background collage!

  81. I just love the way you use the plastic packaging to “audition”, certainly a wonderful technique. Your canvas turned out beautiful Marjie, I love it!!

  82. *sigh* this is just gorgeous! I loveeeeeeeee the colors!!!!!

  83. Schweet!! I love that used my boyfriend, Umbrella Man, on your canvas. The scrollwork at the top corner suggests rays from the sun from which poor Umbrella Man must protect himself. Thanks for this fabulous offering. Yummy!

  84. What a cool panel!

  85. Wow….very stylish and creative Marjie!

  86. ohh this one is special..i like it the most…i can’t say what it is but it’s very special

  87. Oh so wonderful!!! LOVE the whole design, the vintage colouring and the touches of texture, including the embossed umbrella man. Fabulous Marjie! Jenny x

  88. Amazing page, Marjie.

  89. I adore your panel – it is beautifully designed – and includes umbrella man – he’s so iconic – brilliant xx

  90. Amazing burlap panel. I love the man with the umbrella image…