I actually don't have a step by step for TAG YOU'RE IT. I didn't have a lot of time to play with tags and I forgot my camera to take pictures. One tag had a pale yellow background and the other had a blob of spray ink on it. So I decided to change them with distress inks and stencils. You can see each stencil I used behind each tag.
Here are the two tags side by side.
These tags will be a great addition to an art journal page. Do you use tags in your art journals?
Today I have a shadow box to show you. This creation took a long time to do. Do you ever get a wonderful idea and start it then before you are finished it's not turning out they way you thought it would? Well, that's what happened here BUT now that it's done I do love it.
I found these wonderful shadow box frames at Red Lead Paperworks. They are unfinished so you can do whatever you want with them. Plus they are only 6x6; my perfect size. To add something to the front I used the Ledger stencil (TCW267) and modeling paste and once dried I painted it a dark red. That's where I stopped. Red is just not my color and I don't use it very often unless its mixed with other colors.
So I decided to add another color to the frame, gold, which is not my color either. I also found this piece of card stock and thought it would look okay but then it sat for days on my table.
Sitting at my table I pulled out my box of bits and found all these little pieces that would fit in perfect including the paper roses.
Red and gold may not be my colors but it was a good challenge to work outside my comfort zone. I love it now.
On Wednesdays Donna Downey has "inspiration wednesday + a video" in her art journal. When I saw it the colors just popped so I had to try out that color combo too. I will be trying this color combo on other creations too. Love them.
I used my new small Dylusions journal, paints in oranges, yellows, teal, rubber stamps, letter stickers and a sharpie.
On my last visit to Chicago to see my daughter the down town area had all these very large planters shaped as heads and the top of the head was open for plants. With the different color heads and plants they all looked like they were having a bad hair day.
I used a Dylusions stencil and distress inks and added the leaf vine all around and then I added light modeling paste around the picture. Distress inks react to water so when you add modeling paste it picks up all the colors of the distress inks. It's a great way to add dimension without adding any more color.
I joined in on another project with The Sketchbook Project. It's called Pen Pal Painting Exchange where I received in the mail a 4"x4" stretch canvas and a custom note card. I returned the painting and I will receive a painting from a pen pal from anywhere in the world.
Here is my painting.
I added the cornflower stencil to both sides.
Here is all the texture. I love it. I purposely used the heat gun to add the bubbles in the paint.
My daughter is a Sign Language Interpreter and when I saw this stencil designed by Pam Carriker for Stencil Girl I had to get it. I used modeling paste, Dylusions Spray Inks, rub-ons and a picture of my daughter's hands (shadow). She was trying to do the college's logo for the ASL department but it isn't quite there but I love the picture anyway.
I had my god-daughter, Cassidy, for the weekend and we had an adventure to a new store and had some crafting time. We headed up to Westbrook to Beautiful Impressions A Rubber Stamps Store. It's in a beautiful Victorian house and Terri has every nook and cranny filled with products. It's one of those stores where you have to walk around a few times because each time you turn around you see something you didn't see before. Plus there are plenty inspirational creations all around the store.
It's Cassidy's birthday at the end of the month so I did buy plenty of new supplies for her and a few for me too. Once home we decided to use the large #12 manila tags plus her new Prima Mixed Media Doll stamps (Doll 5 and Doll 4) to start creating.
Each tag is so different from each other in color and style but the quotes are the same although written differently.
Her quote (it's hard to read):
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
We both picked these quotes at different times from each other and didn't even discuss them until we both looked at our finished tags together.
One of the new stamps sets I bought at the Ink Pad is by Lynne Perrella - Collection 08. I love her designs. Her designs are vintage and in collage form. I don't know how else to describe them. I decided to use one of the stamps and make a card.
First I found this background paper full of color made with acrylic paint and many stencils.
Then I added some scraps of paper I found in my stash, stamped the image on another piece of scrap and attached it all to the card.
Today's TAG YOU'RE IT is trying to use the ugly green color on this tag. Here is what it looked like and it already the flowers on it (modeling paste though a stencil (Donna Downey). I don't like that color green and once I put the flowers on it I just didn't like it.
Looking at the tag's background it must have been another color I think blue. I decided to spray the flowers with spray ink. I let it dry on it's own which gave me a little more time to decide what to do next.
Next, I added some rub-ons (Tim Holtz) and white acrlyic paint through a stencil (TCW Tiny Cirlces).
Now I'm starting to like it. It just needs some final touches.....
The butterfly I cut out and creased his wings so they are more dimensional. Butterflies always seem to give projects that extra touch.
I have one journal that I don't share here but I have one collage page to show you. This journal is from Michael's Crafts. They have their own version and this one is black and white. The pages already have backgrounds and you just had what you want. The paper is pretty thick and you do use them with wet or dry mediums.
In this journal I use my daughter's eyes. Its all about me as a mom and I wanted to use my daughter in it in some way. Here eyes are perfect. I found a great picture of her and in Photoshop Essentials changed it to look like a pencil drawing, then cropped it to see her eyes only. I adore this page. I don't know why.
Here is a close up.
All the bits and pieces are from my box of bits and the "20 tab" doesn't represent her age it was just another pop of color.
At work on Friday is was so quiet and by the afternoon there were only two of us. I didn't have very much work and I was on the first floor all by myself. I was so bored. All I can think of was what I can do in my art room. Then a light bulb went off. I don't have any supplies with me but what can I use. The only thing installed on the computers is Paint. It's one of those programs that no one really uses and it's not exactly state of the art. Here are two pieces I completed.
Delight in the Beauty of Every Day Blessings
The one below is called Three Friends. I love this one. I don't know why. I think its because they are so abstract I guess.
I might give this a try again. Like a said its not state of the art but it does make you have to think about what you can use to create a picture. There are not very many tools.