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Distress Paint Marbling with Stencils

by Amy Bowerman

Hello creative friends! I hope everyone got some creative time this weekend. I was super excited that the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge started up again this past weekend and couldn’t wait to jump in on the fun! If you are looking for creative inspiration CC3C is the place to find it! The kick off challenge features Tim Holtz’s Distress Paint Marbling technique, a technique I truly love. I decided to try Distress Paint Marbling with Stencils on a dresser I am altering for my studio.

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Distress Paint Marbling is one of my favorite Tim Holtz techniques in the history of ever!  You can find out how to do it in Tim’s book Compendium of Curiosities III (Click here to order your autographed copy from Tim).  I was floored that Distress Paint marbling was the first technique in the CC3C challenge.  It’s funny because while on the #PaperTrail with Anita Houston we picked a random technique from the book to create Artist Trading Blocks with and this was it!  (You can see how Anita and I used this technique on ATB’s HERE)

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Since I’ve already tried this technique on paper I decided to give it a go on a different kind of surface…a dresser!  I wanted to add a subtle yet colorful background to a dresser I am altering with StencilGirl Stencils.  The Distress Paint Marbling technique worked perfectly!  I love the runny, marbled look, it was just what I had pictured in my head :)

I have a few more finishing touches to put on this project before I hit you with my final reveal of the top drawer and a full tutorial.  I’m  guest designing for StencilGirl and will be sharing the finished project and tutorial on StencilGirl Talk next week May 7, 2014 so stop by!

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Here’s a peek at some of the fabulous StencilGirl Stencils I ‘m using from Carolyn Dube and Andrea Matus deMeng!  If you remember my Alice in Wonderland dresser from my early blogging days (see it HERE) you may know that I like to take my altered furniture projects “one drawer at a time”.  You never know when creative inspiration will strike and I truly believe that creative magic is more likely to happen when you DON’T have a plan :)  This will be an ongoing project and I am stoked about sharing a new creative adventure with all of you!  ( yes I said stoked…everyone should be more “stoked”)

Have a Distress Paint Marbling project you’d like to share?  Stop by the CC3C challenge and link up!  The challenge winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Inspiration Emporium and they are also offering a 10% discount on all purchases for CC3C participants so head on over grab the code and get creating.  You won’t want to miss the inspiring projects created by the Curiosity Crew…WOW!

Have a Marble-ous day!


{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Candy Colwell May 2, 2014 at 6:53 am

Thank you so much for stopping by mY blog and leaving such a sweet compliment. Coming from the queen of ATBs, that means a lot! <3 Candy
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2 Cheryl Grigsby May 1, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Very creative use of this technique! Thanks for sharing your work.


3 Audrey Pettit April 30, 2014 at 7:57 am

OMWord, how seriously artsy and creative this is, Amy! You just blow me away with your artistic abilities! Cannot wait to see the finished dresser. :)
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4 Anita Houston April 29, 2014 at 8:01 pm

I loved that we had fun using this technique before now…lol!!! Oh how I miss you!!! Girl, you knocked this one out of the park! I love the face, the color, the design! Gorgeous work!!!! Thank you so much for playing along in our first CC3 Challenge!!!
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5 Claudine Criner April 29, 2014 at 10:10 am

Wow, this is amazing Amy! I love it! The fact that you did this on a dresser, ever more amazing!!!
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6 Candy Colwell April 29, 2014 at 9:24 am

Hi Amy. That very contemporary face in black looks amazing against your beautifully colored marbled background. I can’t wait to see the finished dresser! Your Alice in Wonderland dresser is over the top cool! Thanks for joining us at CC3C. <3 Candy


7 Karen Garrard April 29, 2014 at 1:00 am

Beautifully done Amy. Love how you used the stencil. Karen.x


8 Dorothy(Dakota Bear) April 28, 2014 at 11:44 pm

Great job Amy!
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9 isa H April 28, 2014 at 12:19 pm

cool! And now I have ‘Addicted to Love’ stuck in my head lol. That stencil looks like a Robert Palmer girl.


10 Anne Rx April 28, 2014 at 11:45 am

Wow Amy, I went over to look at your ‘Alice’ transformation and it is incredible! I am not surprised it took a while to do, there is so much to see! Love your sneak peek, the colours are beautiful and I am really looking forward to seeing the finished piece now. Anne xx
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11 Peg Robinson April 28, 2014 at 11:21 am

Love love love that you incorporated the Stencils into this technique. Very cool!


12 stamping sue April 28, 2014 at 10:31 am

look forward to seeing more pictures as you proceed.
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13 Dee in NH April 28, 2014 at 10:19 am

Very cool! I can’t wait to see the finished project!


14 Amy Bowerman April 28, 2014 at 10:26 am

Thanks Dee! Just a few more touch ups…and perhaps some embossing paste? :)



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