Tim Holtz Linen: Painted Resist with Shari Carroll

Shari Carroll TH Journey 1

I’ve been at it again… playing with more of Tim’s amazing product. I’ve had the Textile Surfaces for a bit now and have had this technique in my head, it was time to do it! I love experimenting and wanted to do a resist on fabric!! I used the Tim Holtz Gothic Layering Stencil and Transparent Matte Texture Paste directly on to the linen. Once it was dry, I painted it with watered down Distress Paints.

Shari Carroll TH Journey 2

I was all about embracing the white space on this project and chose to leave the die cut Wildflowers clean and simple. I used Evergreen Bough Distress Paint to cover the Alpha Parts message and added just a hint of Brushed Pewter Distress Paint for a little shine.

Shari Carroll TH Journey 3

For additional texture and to frame my panel, I used added the leaf Industrious Border and corrugated from the Textured Surfaces with gesso.

Shari Carroll TH Journey 4

This is a nice project to display in my studio as a reminder to Enjoy the Journey!

I’ve put together a full process video which you can view below or on our YouTube channel.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today, Enjoy!!


  1. I really love this — agree that the white of the flowers against the soft background is still plenty of contrast and keeps the tone. I never would have seen as you began how lovely the background would turn out. But that is often the case. You have a vision that many of us lack. I would have given up early on this but you knew where you were going and it’s really gorgeous. And — I love the message! Thank you Shari for a wonderful job, as always. This really IS inspirational!

  2. INCREDIBLE!! That is the most beautiful picture! Such an amazing combination of texture, color and creativity :)

  3. I have to try the paste on linen, it adds such great texture. Thanks for sharing the details.

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