Monday 14 August 2017

Ink Spray Tag Trees

This is the first of two milestone blog posts; today's post means that the total for 2017 equals the total number of posts in 2016 and 2015 added together.  As tomorrow is the second anniversary of my first blog post, I have certainly shared and created more this year!  Having worked on art journal pages for four days in a row, I went back to working on a smaller surface; a #8 manilla tag.  This was for the August challenge on Tag It Tuesday: use your spray inks.
I didn't really know where I was going when I started other than wanting to play with my Distress Oxides as well as spray inks.  I started by adding Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron Distress Oxides to a #8 manilla tag, spritzing lightly with water and drying with a heat gun.
Even though I had dried the ink, I added the Pebeo matte gel medium to the back of the piece of Tim Holtz Tissue Tape (Melange) rather than to the tag.  Once dry I trimmed off the excess and did not seal the front with the gel as I wanted to add sprays later.
Next I took the Leafy layering stencil by Tim Holtz (THS078) and scraped some Pebeo High Density Modelling Paste across the middle of the tag.
I set it aside to dry, then added more of the Distress Oxides on top of the embossing.
I used some of the That Special Touch Mica Mist in Rose Pink, spraying above the leaves and allowing the colour to drip down the tag.
It was at this point that I thought about turning them into the trunks of trees.  I added further bling and tree trunks using the Distress Mica Spray in Brushed Pewter.
At that point I added further colour to the foliage using Lucky Clover and Peeled Paint Distress Oxides.
Salty Ocean Distress Oxide provided the colour for the sky, with a light spritz of water for added texture before drying with a heat gun.
The black Stadtler Triplus fine liner pen provided the outline for all the leaves and the tree trunks, emphasising the trees.
It only remained to add two of the Tim Holtz idea-ology Small Talk stickers to the top of the tag.

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