Thursday, September 27, 2012

A long awaited Angel

Back in June, I took several Tim Holtz Classes at Absolutely Everything. While I was there I purchased a paper mache mannequin with the intention of rushing home and altering it. Well that did not quite happen, but once again Linda at L3 studios has motivated me with a challenge. This week's challenge is Riveted Patchwork from the book A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol. 2.

I really wanted this piece to be a reflection of my personality and style. I love girly colors pinks and purples so, to start with I painted the base and top with pink acrylic paint.

I then started in on my riveted patchwork. I love this technique, so fun and easy with what I think are amazing results. I then crackle painted the base and top over the pink paint. I love this old grungy kind of look.

I added the wings next. They are cut out of canvas, inked with Victorian Velvet Distress Stain, embossed and then I added some sparkle with a Pearl Paint Dabber. I also frayed the edges of the wings a bit.

I wanted to soften the angel mannequin up a bit so I added some vintage lace that I have had on hand for a while now. I really love this lace, and was just looking for the perfect place to use it. I inked the lace with Spun sugar, Milled Lavender, and Victorian Velvet Distress Stain.

Now time to add some embellishments.The top piece is a Tim Holtz Curio knob. I accordion folded some tissue tape and added it to the top to finish it off.

I also attached some lace chain to the curio knob so I could hang the Journey Key off of it.

I added some more lace chain and more charms.

Some Charms are grungy and some have a bit more bling to them.

Next up is the little plaque piece. I used a Tim Holtz Ornate Book Plate and inked it with Black Soot, Snow Cap, Cool Pearl, and Shell Pink Alcohol Ink. The piece behind the frame is a piece of canvas that I inked with Victorian Velvet distress stain. I then added the word inspire. The metal foliage pieces are embossed with Distress Embossing Powder.

Last but not least is the base. I spritz the base with some perfect pearls to give it a bit of shimmer. I then made some paper roses up and inked them with Victorian Velvet, Milled Lavender, and Spun Sugar Distress inks. I added some sparkle to the roses with stickles. Speaking of sparkle over at Simon Says Stamp and Show they are having A For the Love of Sparkle Challenge. I decided to submit his piece as it has quite a few elements that sparkle. Hop on over for a chance to win a gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp.

The ticket on the base is stamped with the Dylusions Bit of This stamp set and the Wendi Vecchi Material Art stamp set. I then colored it in with various colors of Distress Markers. I added glossy accents over the eyes to add some shine and make them pop out a bit.

So this is it my altered angel mannequin that reflects me, both girly and grungy. Thank you for reading this far I hope you enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed creating her.


  1. Absolutely amazing! Incredible detail, and fantastic, all of it!

  2. Your altered mannequin is beautiful! Thanks for all of the detail photos! Now I'm inspired to try this technique on something 3D!

  3. With all of the BIG projects you are hosting on ATT how in the world did you find time to create this lovely angel mannequin??? So much detail and bling.
    Again, you are amazing!

  4. great work. Intrigued by how you made roses, a die perhaps?

    1. Yes it was a die. The tattered pine done die by Tim Holtz. Thank you for your comment.

  5. FABULOUS!!!! Love many things to see! She's a great piece to inspire!

  6. Wow, this is fantastic! Love the crackle, the wings, metal, lace and all the gorgeous details. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  7. Wonderful! Looks like you had a blast making her. My favorite part is how you used the word plate.