Saturday 6 May 2017

Flower Tags and More

These were created for the Tag It Tuesday monthly challenge, but I am grateful to Louise Withers for sharing the technique.

The basic premise is a simple one; add colour to a tag, stamp over the whole background with open stamps without overlapping the images, then paint out all the areas between the images with black gesso.  I tried two floral versions trying out different media and stamps for the backgrounds and finally tried a different theme altogether.  Before I started, I applied a white gesso layer to each tag and dried them.
For the first tag, I dabbed on layers of Scattered Straw, Peeled Paint and Peacock Feathers distress paints.
Next I used a flower from the Flower Glossary stamp set by Martha Stewart and Black Soot archival ink.  Note where I pressed on a little too hard and the stamp skidded slightly.
Finally, I used a small round brush to add the black gesso.

 For the second tag, Neocolor II water soluble crayons scribbled on (Lilac, Periwinkle Blue, Cobalt Blue).
All the colours blended out with a water brush.  I used a different flower stamp from the same Martha Stewart set.

The finished tag, I find a little too busy.  I'm not sure whether it is the shape of the flower that I'm not happy with or if the areas of colour are just a little too fussy.

For the last tag, I went back to using Distress paint; this time in Weathered Wood, Shabby Shutters and Barn Door.
This time I decided to use a clock face stamp from the Time Machine set by Kaisercraft.  I hadn't learnt my lesson about pressing on too hard and the first image is blurred.  I will probably cover this up by adding a sentiment panel later.

I think that the images are just a little too symmetrical and large for use on a tag, but would work on a larger background area.

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