Sunday, March 16, 2014

Uncle Frank Was a Mariner

I had a variety of bits and bobs and time pieces on my desk since January and the pocket watch Tim Holtz used in his January tag. And now with the new Vintage Journey Anything Tim challenge I thought I might see if I could get them to play nicely...the final addition was Uncle Frank...a newly Found Relative. 

It started with a burlap panel, a piece of cardboard and a collage of Industrial papers from Tim Holtz and some white acrylic paint I applied with a brayer. Next I used a foam stamp made from die cut gears applied in grey and desert sand pinks. Then I started playing!!

The lace was cut from a thrift store find, stiffened and colored with paint and matte medium. I imagined it belonged to Uncle Frank's long lost love...a remanent he some how managed to keep through the years. The rusty mesh and a key were found in his rooms. I think Uncle Frank lived at No. 109 and was actually part of a secret society...I imagine the flying heart was their symbol. 

I knew he was a Mariner when I found his watch...encrusted from years under the sea....but brass at it's core. Unfortunately, the case fare as well.  

Uncle Frank, and the few remaining pieces of his life are now hanging in the Fun Room, as a reminder of journeys from all ago. 


  1. Oh I totally love your Uncle Frank panel, fabulous way of using all those wonderful Tim goodies to great effect! The lace on the side is such a wonderful addition!! Great piece and thank you so much for adding it to A Vintage Journey!!

  2. Sara J....I love your vintage piece! It's really such a gorgeous collage of old laces, chains, keys, clocks and Tim's Found Relatives. Don't you just love those cards?!?! I adore them! I also recognize his French Industrial stripe and script on your background! You've done such a beautiful job on this canvas. I love it! Thanks so much for sharing your art with us at A Vintage Journey. <3 Candy

  3. This is fabulous Sara....very vintage and very Tim. Loving all the elements you have used. Looks like you really enjoyed it too

    Thanks for sharing with us at AVintage Journey this fortnight

    Hugs Annie x

  4. this si such a fab make , love the muted tones and all thoose great embellishments x thanks so much for playing along at A Vintage Journey and hope to see you again soon x hugs xtrace x

  5. This is a wonderful design sara, beautifully vintage and so full of Tim goodness. Thanks for travelling on A Vintage Journey and sharing your gorgeous panel with us.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  6. Hi Sara, love your panel and your newly found relative sounds like quite a character! Ha ha I was brought up in a house that was 109, I now have the front door as my back door on the house I have lived in for the last 34 years! I wonder how many times I've walked through that door ! Xx

  7. He's quite the dapper dan! Really like how you did the pocket watch and all the metal bits and bobs.

  8. Uncle Frank has never looked so good! Love this so much. Jenny x

  9. Wowzer... missed this at the time (also busy with life at the moment, so visiting has slowed!!) - what a glorious Tim creation - Uncle Frank sounds a real card (pun intended!). I love that encrusted watch - brilliant both creatively and imaginatively!!
    Alison xx


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