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.
Wow! It is unbelievable how quickly a month can fly by. Taking a vacation was awesome but boy do I notice that I missed a week of work, fun and creating. It is April 28 and I am finally posting my addition to the 12 Tags of 2015 Tim Holtz monthly challenge.
As you know I am not a big sewer. I love all the crafts and art with machine stitching it always seems like a big hassle to get the machine out. Once it’s out. Then it is fun. Maybe someday the sewing machine will have a designated place so that it is always available.
So, here is my tag inspired by Tim Holt’s challenge. It was a stretch not because of the composition but because of the sewing machine. I managed to break a needle and jam the machine. I think it was a tension thing. Then it became my tension thing. In any case, it is a lucky day that the tag is done. I like how fresh it feels. The tag I created ended up a little more themey (I know fur sur “themey” is a word) than I planned. After the sewing machine hassle it seemed the sewing theme was appropriate. What do you think?
Next month is literally only a few days away. It is the first time in a long time that I don’t have to wait what feels like a looooooooooooooonnnggg time before the next challenge. Can’t wait. It’s onto the next.
It’s a Spring Banner! It’s “springy” without being cutsey which I love. I find it hard in my creating to stay away from cutsey. My kiddos are older and we no longer need cutsey for them so now I am stretching into being less cutsey. This banner is a great example of how project vision is often different from completion. And most times, for me anyway, the final product is better than the initial vision.
So here is the initial starting tools. Including string.
Hi. So, I still know you don’t know what the BIG announcement this week is but you can see a tag inspired by it. Once you read tomorrows post come back and check out today’s tag post. It will all make sense. In the meantime enjoy the spring tag created using fabric, embossing, string, collage, and an oversize tag.
Building the layers of the tag
embossing the tag
Detail of layers including rosette and fabric. you can see the string winding throughout the 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.
Hiya. So I know there is going to be a big announcement tomorrow but I am super excited about today’s tag. Maybe almost as excited as I am for tomorrows post.
So today is all about an egg shaped tag–It is a total “green” craft. What I mean is that the tag came as a tag attached to a recent spring home décor purchase. I know if I were the one reading this blog post and not writing it I would want to see what the purchase was–well be patient you will get to see the item that was attached to the tag. I promise I did NOT purchase the bunny (ha! now you know) just for the tag. Those of you who are collagers or mixed media mavens will appreciate that I didn’t pick the item just for the tag. Okay onward…
So, I discovered the fab egg tag while removing the tags from my bunny and thought, “hmmm. I should make an Easter egg shaped tag since it is indeed an egg shaped tag. Then I promptly forgot all about it. Fast forward a few weeks. I was working on a new technique and thought wow this resin resist technique would make a really cool speckled egg. So, then I had to dig around and find the tag because of course I didn’t put it in my tag bin as I knew I was going to do something cool with it.
So, because this is my blog and I get to do what I want I am not going to share the technique with you here and now. I am making a video with my boy sharing the technique. He created a youTube channel for me. You can find my new channel at youTube/Trishcreates. There is even one video already posted. This video will appear in due course. You will be the first to know when this technique is posted. In any case, enjoy the images. Love the tag!
I think the tag looks a little like a misshapen planet Earth but just you wait…It looks like an Easter Egg in no time! A little ribbon, a little embellishment and it’s a beauty. Also, you can partially see the bunny it was originally attached to “holding” the egg tag!
Hope you are getting into the spring holiday spirit.
Love today’s tags! There is a great tag with a glittered blue bird and a great tag with a little gift pouch. I created them at the same time and love how each of them stands on their own but are even more fun when photographed together.
The gift pouch tag is sophisticated mix of art and function. As so often in art or in creating anything, I didn’t set out to create a functional piece, I set out to create a piece using my leftover Cricut die cuts and a tag from my stash. The tag was created from the cardstock that is behind the ephemera in those fun little creative embellishment packets). I had a few itty-bitty craft paper shopping bags and some glitter. What I got was a beautiful gift tag with the perfect mix of rustic and glittery.
The glittered bluebird was more intentional. I was experimenting with Tim Holt’s Distress Glitter and wanted to create something that was seasonal and earthy but also with a little celebratory bling to it. I cannot decide which tag I like better. Can you?
Enjoy your spring-like (I hope) days!
So after I made the Skull Shamrock piece and hung it on the wall I thought it would be great to create a companion piece. I thought a St. Patrick’s Day piece would be great. I could put the art up seasonally together and take them down together. I just wasn’t sure what the piece was going to be…another graphic piece…a shamrock? a favorite Irish proverb or saying? something witty? what?
Then as happens so often, the companion fell in my lap. My older boy was required to clean out his drawers as they were stuffed. He dumped a pile of t-shirts on my bed that were too small. Guess what was in that pile? A skull t-shirt. wow! yippee! so fun! Clearly we went through a phase (maybe we still are?) of skull t-shirts–must have been or is a trend. I am now addicted! I secretly am keeping my open for skull t-shirts that I can cut up and hang on my wall.
Here is the Shamrock Skull’s companion. Cool! If I can find another it will be a triptych. I will hang it for not only St. Patty’s Day but also Dia De Los Muertos. So fun!
Yipppeee! Love it when everything falls into place!
I am trying out this Throwback Thursday idea…not sure I can make it fly. I am struggling with my various tech archives to share some blog postings from 2008-2011. We shall see.
In any case, when I was running Royal Tart, the boys were really interested in all the designs I created as well as all the neat arts and crafts I was making so I made them their own “tool” box kits .
Inside each toolbox: A glue stick, tacky glue, tape, markers, pencils, water colors, stamps, dimensional glue dots, scissors, stickers, embellishments, letters and other typography, rub-ons, etc. I also included an art journal that would’t fit in the very full, should I admit to overfull, tool boxes.
I managed to come across a bunch of “old” scrapbook stuff at a garage sale that had never been used. It was new but wasn’t what was currently on trend. The boys didn’t know and wouldn’t have cared had they known. I managed to fill each of their tool boxes to the very tippy top for only $10 each including the art journal. That was 5 years ago. They still have their toolboxes and still use them. I should probably get to refilling them with some new-old crafting stuff–they would love it!
Creative Art Tool Kit