Sunday, June 6, 2010

Tim Holtz and the fun at GASC

He's the Ranger Ink Rock Star, and there's no question, art school or no, and he says none; he has talent to just see things we don't see as we stare at blank tags, paper and layouts. He was the highlight of the convention for me...I love everything vintage and I learned so much just standing and watching like everyone else gathered around!

He's just what you'd expect; talented (of course!), personable (so patient with all us ogling his every move) and fun to learn from just because he's so darned talented and personable! : )

I stood at his booth, listening and watching as he effortlessly just smudged, inked, distressed, embossed and well, you get the picture! Which is of course exactly what you're waiting for....

Finishing up one project, he says, "Okay, what now?" And I was quick to say "Alcohol inks! I want to learn how to use the ones I have, I don't know if I'm doing them right?"

"Are you playing with them?" Tim responds.


"Then you're doing it right!" He answers.

But he immediately went into a great demo of the new medium I love playing with as you've seen earlier in my blog!

So he created a couple quick card fronts, I was able to nab one for myself and have him sign it! What a score!
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His new book is as awesome as each technique he showed. And what a collection or rather "compendium" of techniques it is! It is a wonderfully graphic step by step of every technique I watched him do and many, many more! I have no idea what the price is at book stores or craft stores but on the showroom floor I paid $24.95 and he graciously signed every book purchased as we all grabbed and shoved them in front of him! (I'm telling ya, he stayed calm, cool and smiling through some real chaos; I was exhausted and he acted like he had just come off a restful nap or something!)

I can't say enough, you all know his product line, his elements, inks, style. I'm going to be throwing out that box he says doesn't even belong in a craft studio and looking around at everything around me just a little bit differently! You just watch, something new is brewing in my crafty spirit!

Yes, definitely the highlight to the weekend!


Rose said...

Oh wow! Sounds like you had a great time. You are so lucky to have met Tim Holtz and watch him create. Have a wonderful weekend!


Emkay said...

Glad to hear you had so much fun! I can't wait to see what you'll come up with using your new inspiration.

Sarah said...

Oh Leslie! How FUN!!! What an awesome experience it must have been to observe him making things. I can hardly wait to see what you come up with now that all your creative juices are flowing :-)

Patty (LaLatty) said...

WOW! Sounds like you had a great time! And super cool that you were able to get one of his card fronts and have him sign it too :)

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Wow! I'm so envious! It sounds like you had an amazing time... and got to learn from Tim Holtz, too! Awesome!

=o) kel said...

w awesome!! i would definitely have paid whatever too if i could have gotten the book signed by him (or anyone i adore!!!)

lovies,=o) kel

Tam said...

OMW!!!! You are so lucky. I'm hoping I get a peak at T!M at CHA this summer in Chicago.

Bootybella Designs Inc. said...

ohhhhhh, tim holtz - lucky ducky!!!!