Welcome, everyone, to a brand new challenge series based on the techniques, products, and all-around awesomeness of Tim Holtz!
That's right: It's Grungy Monday!
It didn't take long into the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge series for me to realize that I was not going to want it all to end once we'd completed the 35 techniques in the book. I've made so many wonderful friends, after all, and I want to keep creating Tim-inspired art with you all as long as you're willing, and also welcome anyone else who'd like to join in. And so, with Tim's permission, Grungy Monday will launch on March 28!
Details? You want details? Sure!
Tim is the undisputed master of inspiration, and he's created enough wonderful techniques and products to keep us happily challenged for a long time to come! This series will be a complete mash up of Holtzian goodness. For instance, one week we might create something inspired by an old 12 Tags of Christmas project, the next week maybe a product-themed challenge, the week after that, maybe one of his video tutorials from the Ranger site... you get the idea!
This will be quite different from the Compendium of Curiosities Challenges, in that the technique instructions will generally be readily available, and you won't have to own a particular book to play along. In fact, only rule will apply: All participants must give credit to Tim Holtz in their post or photo link. Okay, actually, there's one more rule: You Must Have FUN!
Rather than have a dedicated Design Team, I'd like to offer an opportunity for everyone who's interested to have their turn as a guest designer. Here's how I envision it, and we'll see how it evolves over time:
Each week, two "Special Guest Star" artists will create examples for the technique along with me! I'll include a link to their blogs so they can get the props they deserve, and the participants will get to see some wonderful variety in the way the week's challenge can be approached.
If you'd like to be a Special Guest Star for an upcoming Grungy Monday challenge, contact me and I'll put you on the list, first come/first served. Email Me Here! (Please don't leave Guest Designer requests in the Comments!). Once I get you on the schedule, I'll send you detailed instructions on your challenge so you can get started on your artwork.
RAK 'Em Up!
After the outpouring of generosity from so many online vendors for the CCC, it doesn't feel right to ask for even more, so I'm not going to seek out sponsors for these challenges. Instead, every once in a while --out of the blue-- someone is going to get RAKed (that's a "random act of kindness," or, in other words, "an unexpected gift!"). I'm not going to make a big deal about it, but just be aware, you never know when you might get a little goodie in the mail. Of course, if you're a vendor and you want to sponsor a challenge, you're more than welcome! Just send me an email and we'll work out the details.
Pay It Forward!
I'm a big believer in the healing power of art, and something I've wanted to do for a while now is designate an occasional challenge as a Daymaker Opportunity. This won't be required, of course, but I love the idea of using our creations to unexpectedly brighten someone's day. I'll get into specifics when the challenges begin.
Hugs and Thanks!
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