If you’re a Tim Holtz fan like I am, the publication of his newest book, A Compendium of Curiosities, was the coolest thing since the invention of Distress Ink! Besides being an absolute treasure trove of information about Tim’s products, the Compendium also offers thirty-five excellent tutorials that demonstrate how to use those products in the most wonderful, gorgeous, grungiest ways imaginable! What's not to love?!
So, I decided to challenge myself— and everyone else who'd like to play along!— to complete every tutorial in Tim's book! Here's how it will work: Each Monday, beginning June 14, a randomly-chosen technique from among the 35 in the Compendium will be posted on this blog. During that week, all participants will create a work of art using the designated technique. There will be a link feed at the end of the blog post where you can add a thumbnail of your creation and link it to your own blog or photo album. That way, we can all admire each other's work. I can't wait to see all the unique interpretations we come up with!
Please be aware, I will NOT be giving the actual instructions when I post a challenge. All participants will need to have their own copy of the Compendium. That's only fair to Tim. Besides, it's a fabulous book and you'll love having it! You can order it directly from the man himself by following this link:
I'm announcing this Challenge Series two weeks ahead of time so everyone has the opportunity to get the book and mail order any of Tim's products that they can't find locally. There's a list of some of my favorite and most trusted online vendors below.
I'll post a reminder next week, and once the Challenge series begins I'll move this info to its own page for easy reference.
I so hope you'll join me!
Gather up your Distress Inks, your blending tools, your Grungeboard and Stickles, and get ready to have a whole lot of fun! Please check out the FAQ below, and if you have any questions I haven't answered, just post them in the comments form and I'll respond there.
Questions that Might Be Frequently Asked
Hey, Linda, is Tim cool with you doing this?!
He is! I asked Tim for his permission and he said it was a “Great idea!”
Will you be posting Challenges in the order that the tutorials appear in the book?
Oh, heck no! Where’s the suspense in that?
Any chance of winning a prize?
Sure! While I can't afford to give a prize every week, there will, from time to time, be a treat sent to to one of the participants. To keep this fair, I'll use the Random Number Generator to choose the winners. Be aware, too, that after all 35 challenges have been completed, there will be a big, mack daddy prize awarded, chosen at random from every single entry since the beginning of the series. The bonus of doing it this way is, the more challenges you enter, the better your chances of winning something! Please be sure I have a way to contact you, because you’ll never know when I might decide to do a drawing. ;-)
Do I have to do every challenge?
Not at all. Do as few or as many as you like. This is all about having fun!
Will Tim be involved in this?
Tim hasn't made any commitment to this Challenge Series, so please don't be disappointed if he doesn't make an appearance. He's always more than welcome, but as we all know, he's one of the busiest guys on the planet!
Where can I get Tim's stuff?
Here are a few of my favorite online sources, listed alphabetically. I've ordered from all these companies, and they're fabulous.
There are lots of other excellent vendors out there. I've just listed those that I've had great personal experience with.
Anything else I need to know?
I guess just the usual fine print: I'm hosting this Challenge Series because I'm a huge fan of Tim, his techniques and his products. I'm not affiliated with him or any vendor.