Saturday, 14 June 2014

Truth Coffee meets Tim Holtz

I have had an idea wandering through my head for a while and thought I had to put it on canvas before life happened and it got away from me!

This is a photo heavy post so get yourself a cup of your favourite something to sip on.  No prize for guessing what mine usually is! (I have been known to drive round the mountain to get my fix from Truth - 15 min there and 15 back!)

I am mad about Truth's Coffee.  I told Tim about the place and kept on at him till he went while here in Cape Town teaching at a Convention...He wrote a whole blog post about the place!

So now you see I had to find a way to combine my two favourite things...Tim and Truth!

First I die cut some cogs from various thickness pieces of chipboard and glued them to the canvas.  Then I added some texture paste through a stencil and gessoed the die cuts and left it to dry overnight while I finalised the concept in my head.

I added Distress paint to the canvas, sprayed it with water and let it dry.
I cut the logo from black card stock using my eCraft cutter.  
 Pity the cup is empty...I keep the take away cups and re-use them for water on my desk or to store stuff in.  I like to recycle!
Below is a better view of the paint once it had dried. 
 I stamped some cogs by Deep Red randomly round the canvas and added this well known lady with her binos.  I also used Tim's Steampunk set by Stampers Anonymous for the men, the hand and the diagram which I randomly used on the cogs and between the U and the T of TRUTH.
 Having worked out where the wings of the logo were going, I set about lightening the paint behind them so the word COFFEE would show.
 Then I added some of Tim's idea-ology line and some more stamped images as well as some sticky backed foil which I had run through the 2"x12" Cuttlebug cogs folder and adhered it to the side of the canvas.
 I did Tim's "industrial" technique on the foil so that the shapes have more depth.
 Below you can see the effect created by the texture paste.
This was before I added a shadow to the wings with a Distress marker as Tim taught us at the convention.
Below you can see that I have added more colour round the wings with distress ink and the drop shadow with the distress marker.
 Here is the finished canvas showing off its industrial edge.
 I used crackle accents on the clock inside the 7 Gypsies metal piece and glossy accents on the binos to make them shine.
I know I have already entered a project into the CC3 Challenge No4 over at Linda's place, but I thought I would add this one too as I used texture paste through a stencil...go to page 49 in Tim's book Compendium of Curiosities 3 for the instructions!

The  www.thefunkiejunkie.com  are the prize sponsors again this month...

EDIT: I am excited to say that  Marjie Kemper has featured this project on her Texture on Tuesdays schedule here and want to thank her for this honour.

Thanks also to you if you came from there and took the time to wade through all these photos and got to the end of this post!


43 comments:

  1. I love your project, I'm a huge coffee fan but in England we dont have truth coffee, could you pop some in the post ;) Your project is awesome so many bits and bobs to look at. You're have a really craft cranium awesome job :)

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  2. FABulous. Really, I want to just take some time with this piece and soak it in. Great work! Thanks for sharing on CC3C!!

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  3. WOW!!! Most excellent project! Love the textures and browns! The image is so fun and perfect for the Truth!!! Thanks so much for joining in on our texture challenge this time at CC3Challenge!!!

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  4. Wow is right!!! I have been staring and trying to see everything your amazing creation has to offer. LOVE LOVE LOVE...fabulous! Thank you for sharing with CC3C!

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  5. Tim's post about this incredible place has been going round in my head too (thank you SO much for pointing him in the right direction) and you've absolutely nailed it with this canvas. The title says it all and the joy of steampunk truly shines through. Fabulous! Jenny x

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  6. I'm a left brain extremist, love Truth and love my coffee :-) Your work just blew all my senses into the stratosphere!

    I could go on and on - just amazeballs!

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  7. Bella, you had me at the word coffee. I remember Tim's post about Truth and your piece is beyond fantastic!! So much texture and things to see. You rocked this challenge!

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous! Love all the texture and the rich colors... would love to see this one in person. Fabulous! Thanks for joining us at CC3C.

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  9. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!! Great piece!! We don't have TRUTH Coffee in Australia either. Must be good.. Karen.x

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  10. Ooooo, now I want to reach out and touch this gorgeous creation, it looks SO tactile... and I now also want to try Truth's coffee... am a bit of a coffee addict meself! Thanks for playing along with the CC3 Challenge x

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  11. Gorgeous piece. Love all the layers of cogs.... beautiful colours too.

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  12. Belinda...your TRUTH coffee piece is off the charts COOL! I totally love every little nano inch of this canvas! You have put so much work and thought into this and it totally shows. I love your design, your use of embossing paste and stencils. Your stamping is fabulous and all of your other rich embellishments (the layers of metal cogs, gears and buckles, etc.)really give such great added dimension. And the way you've finished off the sides of your canvas, too! I adore your die cut "TRUTH" and the logo from the coffee company. FABULOUS art! Thanks for sharing with all of us at CC3C. <3 Candy

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  13. Everything about your canvas is wonderful, so many details, I'd love to display this piece of art on my wall xx

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  14. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! Such an interesting piece fabulous job.

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  15. What an amazing canvas Belinda, I love how you built up all the fantastic layers, the gorgeous rich coffee colours and the coffee logo is a perfect finishing touch. I saw the coffee shop on FB a while back and I would love to visit it some day... sigh. Anne x

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  16. I love the design and the amazing amount of texture that you've used on the piece. It's looks fabulous.

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  17. wow, what an awesome canvas, love the great colour combination and the
    old vintage look, really a piece of art!! Kerstin F.

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  18. Magnificent work with texture and techniques!!
    I am your new follower :)

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  19. Fabulous piece and a great step by step!! I remember Tim's post well, would love to go there one day!!

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  20. Very cool canvas Belinda!

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  21. Amazing canvas! Love all the details, textures and the color palette. Thanks for sharing your process as well!!

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  22. This beautiful ! Love it.
    Corrie x

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  23. What an amazing artist you are! It was so fun to look at all the details and especially the photos of the edges. Fantastic!! Thanks so much for sharing your incredible talent. Great subject matter, Coffee is my blood type. :-)

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  24. I'm visiting your blog via Marjie Kemper's & when I saw this on her blog I thought it was a card. Now that I can see it's a canvas I think I like it even more. It's absolutely incredible, I love the rich colours & the texture looks amazing.

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  25. Wonderful piece of art! Beautiful!

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  26. WoW, WoW!!!! What a piece! Wonderful and loving it!!!!

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  27. This is amazingly cool Bella. So many layers and colors and they all blend just perfectly. So glad to have seen it!

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  28. An amazing piece of art Belinda! Very inspiring!
    Alison xx

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  29. I am delighted that Marjie Kemper sent me over and, after seeing your work, I immediately jumped in as a follower! Love the color palette here, as well as all the texture and detail. Love seeing this project evolve though your wonderful photos (an art in itself!). Thanks for sharing!

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  30. Hopped over from Marjie's to add an extra "wow", only to discover you're the one who sent Tim to that extraordinary coffee shop - one of the best posts ever when he shared that... so double thanks for the inspiration!
    Alison x

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  31. Amazing! So much to look at. The texture and composition are over the top. Congrats on the CC3 win!

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  32. This project is amazing Belinda, one day I aspire to be half as good as you. This is fabulous and I love the walk through.

    Congrats on winning it is a truly wonderful creation xx

    Denise xx

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  33. What an incredible piece of art. I read every word about it! Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Barb Hahn

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  34. Your project is so inspiring! Thanks for giving the steps in detail. It is pure beauty. A piece that we all want to touch! I also love the colors! Thanks for making it!

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  35. CONGRATULATIONS on your win!! Truly a wonderful piece. Well done! Karen.x

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  36. I love your canvas, it is great, with so much texture. By the way, where did you get the vintage bicycle die cut??? I love bicycles.

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  37. Congrats for your win. It is well-deserved as your canvas is absolutely stunning and creative. great layering and depth. Never heard of truth coffee so will have to do some research. Thanks.

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  38. What a spectacular project! Congrats on winning!

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  39. Not at all surprised this won, it's fabulous . I love coffee
    And wish I lived nearer to your 'Truth,

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  40. A masterpiece of steampunk and coffee!! Love it!!

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  41. This is such a spectacular, stunningly beautiful piece of art! Wow!

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  42. Stunningly spectacular and oh so amazing! Wonderous colors and I love the Steampunk design and to add coffee as well? That is just a latte awesome sauceness!!! Hopped over from Marjie's TT to have a closer look at this masterpiece!!!! Gorgeous! ~Niki

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