Tuesday, 18 March 2014

A Vintage Journey- Anything Tim

I'm stepping back in time on my vintage journey!
A few years ago I discovered this amazing guy called Jim Holtz well that's what it looked like!
He inspired me to get back into crafting but in a different way, having done pottery, jewellery and watercolours amongst other things I discovered this kind of mixed up grungy style which I loved
So there I was with a paper pad, a Vagabond a few dies and lots of little bottles of alcohol inks...
So here I am now using lots of ideology for many project styles but not specifically Holtz style and I have a lot of products sitting in drawers waiting to be used....
So here goes!

I had a lovely little box that had a candle in; it's about 3" square
and the wonderful Tim Holtz Laboratorie papers and a variety of embellishments
I measured and cut the chequer board effect for the lid and applied the box corners and the clock key and a key hole

The base was a real high gloss metallic gold, which I had to key with sandpaper
Applied a coat of DecoArt Glue & seal followers by Carbon Black acrylic paint
Followed by a thin coat of elegant finish silver, which created a grungy metallic finish

I cut a small piece of card to form a housing for a couple of artificial tea lights The corked vials were filled with various embossing powders and paints, labels were made by scanning images from the Tim Holtz papers and distressing with Black Soot and Walnut stain

Chariot de laboratoire 




  1. Brilliant Jools, what a transformation and a magnificent one at that. This is amazing with the wheels and bottles inside, so much detail to look at. Love it.
    hugs Brenda xx

  2. Okay - never mind jaw-dropping... my jaw has pretty much fallen off!! What a stunning piece of upcycling of the candle box... and what a fabulous crazy brilliant creation has taken its place. LOVE this, Jools!!
    Alison xx

  3. Brilliant, Jools!

    Love it to bits!
    Claudia x

  4. Wow, that is one out of the box box Jools, trust you to come up with something amazing like this! Love those bottles!!!

  5. An amazing project and you made me smile with your Jim Holtz. You really pulled it out the bag...or box...with this one. Great to air those Tim Holtz goodies.

    Thank you for joining in with us this fortnight at A Vintage Journey.....great to have you on board

    Hugs Annie x

  6. This is sooooo cool. What a lovely piece you have created. Karen.x

  7. Tooooo cooool for words Jools. totally awesome. I am completely in love with it.

  8. This is just great and so is your blog. Loving it all.
    Thanks for visiting me, happy crafting, Angela x

  9. What a stunner - a brilliant piece Jools. We share a love for the metall stuff I reckon! Nicola x

  10. Perfect project, so well done !