Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Lest We Forget: A Tag for Remembrance

As 100 years since the first Armistice approaches, I wanted to once again count my blessings.  We have much to be thankful for, to all those men and women who have given their lives over the years that we may have the freedoms we enjoy today.  Rather than use a poppy stencil,  I decided to suggest the symbol of remembrance through the colours I chose.
I started by using a brayer to add Blaze, Cranberry Crush and Orange Popsicle Artistry inks onto the 8" x 11" gelli plate.  I lifted a print onto a #8 manilla tag.
I repeated the process, but this time removed some ink with bubble wrap before lifting a second print over the first.
Colour was added to the gelli plate for a third time, but this time the Chinese Lanterns stencil from Claritystamp was laid onto the gelli plate and a third print taken with it in place.
Once the stencil had been cleaned,  I flipped it over and pressed a Versamark ink pad through it onto the tag.  Detail clear EP was then used to heat emboss the image so it would act as a resist. I wanted to give the impression of ghost images in the background. Once cool, Black Soot Distress Oxide was brushed all over the tag, building up layers of ink using a Clarity stencil brush.  The heat embossed areas were buffed up with a dry piece of paper towel.
Three stickers from the Small Talk Occasions booklet were added to the tag and edged with a fine, black Posca pen.
To finish,  I edged the tag with Jet Black Archival ink and added the date of Armistice Day using the Posca pen.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.
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