We had a big family reunion in North Carolina a couple of summers ago. Below is a tag I scrapped for the trip. The tag is made with scrap paper, embellishments, ribbon , glitter (I am especially fond of that Martha Stewart blue glitter–I don’t thin she makes it anymore) and ink. No paint. It’s been a long time since I have created without acrylic paint and molding paste as initial go-tos. Maybe I need to spend some time creating like we did during all those scrapbooking years.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the simplicity of the shapes and the color play from this festive summer tag.
I have worked in an art journal off and on for years. Sometimes I work through a class, workshop or Internet prompt and sometimes I work on my own. This year I am participating in the Documented Life Project. I am loving the workshop. Check it out at http://www.art5academy.com/the-studio/the-documented-life-project-free. It seems to be a perfect mix of styles, artists and prompts for me. Having just told you about DLP I am actually sharing a journal page not from DLP. Aahh, the oddities of blogging. So on goes the post.
I am sharing a page from an archived Art Journal. I used tissue paper, acrylic paint, stains, magazine images and other ephemera.
When I first started Art Journaling I was in high school (which was just last year OR…maybe 30 years ago), back then I didn’t call it Art Journaling. It was my sketchbook and into went everything. Some of it was mixed media, some was technique, some pencil drawings, some reflections. Sounds just like an Art Journal, but it was a sketch book (ha!). I think there are many fine artists that carry a sketchbook and journal, draw, write, save ideas, etc in it. Whatever you want to call it. It’s a great tool to provide you with a creative outlet that needn’t be perfect. . Enjoy my joy and imperfection.
Hi. Hello. I am so excited to share this tag as it not only showcases some great technique, it’s pretty and my baby boy (who is 10) took this amazing picture of it. I think the picture is just stunning! He is one of those uber creative souls that can turn anything into something beautiful. And when I say “anything I mean it. The beautiful picture below is of the tag while it was still a work In progress. A less purdy picture below his masterpiece shows the finished tag–amazing what a little more ink and embellishment does to a piece of art.
Supplies: #5 manila tag; Peacock Feathers Distress glitter; Cricut die cut music note scrap-book paper; fussy cut butterfly from scrap-book paper; white seam binding; Distress sprays in Crushed Olive and Peacock Feathers; Distress stains in same colors; dimensional foam adhesive; various Distress Inks in blues and greens and Vintage Photo; script stamp; polka dot stencil; dimensional flower embellishment.
Creative Details: First I stenciled the tag using a polka dot stencil. I used Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and some Crushed Olive Distress Ink. I also added a squirt of Tattered Angels spray leftover from eons ago. I say, “squirt” because I love the color but the nozzle was partially obstructed which made for a bad spray. In any case the color worked perfectly. I edged the tag in matching Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.
After the first layer dried I stamped the tag with a script stamp in Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I stained the ivory seam binding by crushing it into a heap and spraying it with Crushed Olive Distress Ink and Peacock Feathers Distressed Ink. While I waited for the binding to dry I fussy cut the butterfly and scrounged around in my die cut stash for some interesting shapes. I found a great swirl feathery die cut scrap and a music note die cut. I glittered the swirl feather in Peacock Feathers Distress Glitter. And because I can never leave well enough alone I added some silver-blue glitter from my stash. I like the dimension different glitters give. I almost always mix my colored glitters.
Once everything was dry I continued layering. I tied the seam binding around the bottom of the tag about a 1/4 of the way from the bottom. Then I hot glued the butterfly on top of the bowed binding. I then layered in the glittered piece and the music not die cut. This is when my boy got a hold of the tag and took that stunning photo above.
Finally, I tied some more of the fab died seem binding to the top of the tag, layered a dimensional flower embellishment to the music not die cut; edged the die cut with a Distress Vintage Photo Marker–I couldn’t use an ink pad as the piece was already adhered to the tag. Small-curvy die cut called for a marker edging job. Never as tidy or as dark but worked well with this tag. Now I call the tag done.
Good Morning! It’s starting to feel like a regular occurrence here. It’s my Tuesday Tag. As you may remember I was on a creative blitz last Sunday. It was one of those rare magical days where I accomplished so much I was pleased with. One of my creative successes was the tag below. It was an unseasonably warm weekend in So Cal and I had just purchased a Fiskars flower stamp set that was pretty, flowery and fun but not too cutsey (at least that is my opinion–pretty stamp). so I was inspired to invoke spring–I know that much of the US is currently suffering from unprecedented snow and cold so please use this tag as a bright spot in your cold winter day.
Creative Details: First I stenciled the tag in various citrusy colors with craft acrylic paint. Then I added black ink to the tag. Then it felt a little “hot” so I added so gesso and dabbed it off with a baby wipe. While the tag was drying I stamped my pretty new flower stamps onto a piece of book paper with black archival ink. I fussy cut the flowers out. I messed around with arrangement and added a green geometric shaped scrap on top of the stenciled tag so it wasn’t so busy. I modpodged the flowers to the stamp and doodled with a black ballpoint pen and a black acrylic Sharpie. Then since the tag was so spring like and citrusy I added more green in the form of ribbon. I added a charm from a broken necklace and called my tag, “done.”