Monday 21 June 2021

Jackanory What's the Story: A Favourite Tag

I love making tags.  They are a great way to try out techniques or create a quick piece of artwork.  I also like using inky paper towels or brayer mop up sheets for a quick background.  This tag combines both in response to a set of prompts plus one of my favourite Clarity stamp sets. Here's the story of how it was made: #ClarityOpenDayFestival.

The first prompt was to make a tag; I didn't have to as I had a large stash of #8 manilla tags and at the time Clarity didn't make any tag dies.  Now I could have used any of the largest nesting tag dies in the Clarity range.  The second was to use scrap paper; I covered the tag with a piece of copy paper that I had used to clean my brayer off when creating a gelli print using Golden Hi Flow acrylic paints  The paper was sealed with matte gel medium, dried thoroughly and trimmed.
A third prompt was to use a stamp, a fourth to use blue and a fifth to add a favourite saying.  I combined all three in one step by stamping the Carpe Diem stamp from Claritystamp directly onto the tag using Majestic Blue Versafine ink and heat embossing in detail clear EP.  I then used a blue Sakura PN micron pen to colour in the lettering.
I also stamped and heat embossed - this time in Onyx Black Versafine - one of the large stamps from the Hats 2 set by Claritystamp onto a separate piece of card.  This was coloured using my small selection of Kuretake Clean Colour pens, fussy cut and added to the tag.
The final prompt was to add a border, so I blended the Van Gogh Phthalo Blue Oil Pastel (Royal Talens) along the edges.  I had to seal the tag otherwise the oil pastel would have eventually rubbed off.

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