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Spring Tag Tutorial

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Hello Hello!  Today I have a tag tutorial that features another SPRING theme.  In spite of the snow that is forecast in the next couple of days I am moving headlong into spring.  So–alittle background for this tag–

I have a thing for recycling.  Not unusual–recycling is very popular right? I recycle cans, and paper, and glass, and all the usual stuff but I have a couple of less usual things I like to recycle art-wise–non-styrofoam packing materials and clothing hangtags.  I’m not sure why I’m so enamored of these two items  but I am.  Sometimes when I unpack a new item I’m almost more excited about the packing than the actual item.  When I look at packing materials I see all the texture and layers and it makes my heart go pitty-pat.  Sometimes it’s hard for me to put packing material in the recycling bin and I can totally see myself hoarding it but as you know my art shack is small so I can’t.

Hangtags are my other weakness but on these I’m a bit more discerning.  I don’t go for just any hangtag.  They have to be a certain weight and it helps if they have interesting texture or pics or graphics or shape.  It’s amazing how creative companies are getting with their hangtags these days!  I really enjoy upcycling these tags into little works of art that I then use on greeting cards or presents.

So I made one spring tag and then decided to do a step-out photo tutorial and make another one.  I started with these items

Tag Tutorial 2013-03-18 004 (600x435)I first covered the Calvin Klein tag with gesso and then painted it with craft paint.

Tag Tutorial 2013-03-18 007 (421x600)I used a couple of coats of gesso and then covered the tag thickly with paint.  I applied the paint with a foam brush and let ridged brush marks form for extra texture.

I colored my flowers with Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst dye using the foam stamping applicator tip.  I then spritzed with water to allow the color to blend a bit.

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I like the distressed look so I roughed up the edges of my accent tag using my old school Making Memories distress tool.

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I also did some inking of some of my elements to get that grungy distress look.

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Then it was time to start putting all the pieces together.

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I really like the way my background looks like painted wood with all the texture and the graining highlighted by the ink.

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I use PVA glue to adhere most things.  It dries clear and is virtually indestructible once it dries.

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I added leaves and layered the flowers and a bit of raffia.  Also added a butterfly stamp to the accent tag.

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Put a few touches of gesso on a few areas to add a bit of shabbiness.

Here’s a couple of sprigs of spring!  In my next post I’ll show you what I did with these tags!  TFL!

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Spring Has Sprung

Well at least in MY art shack!  I am loving that there are warmer and sunnier days popping up more often.  It has put me in the mood for vibrant colors and fresh new starts.  I am so energized by sunshine.  After the shorter and darker days of winter I love the renewal spring brings in nature and in my spirit as well.

Recently I created a mixed media canvas.  The first one I’ve ever done completely on my own.  I created one other mixed media canvas a couple of years ago at an art retreat class I attended, but that one was under the guidance and supervision of a wonderful and talented instructor (Kim Geiser of Persimmons Studio).  This time I was under the influence of only myself and my sunshine energized spirit…. and, well,  some chocolate.  Rich, creamy dark chocolate….but I digress–back to the story of my canvas.  A few months ago I was introduced to the Faber-Castell Gelatos by the Swirlydoos Kit Club (swirlydoos.com).  I’d heard of gelatos and actually even had one in my possession from a gift bag I’d received at an art retreat, but I’d never actually tried it out.  I received several gelatos in the kit from Swirlydoos and I’d had a chance to experiment with them and had fallen in love with them.  Gelatos are water-soluble creamy crayon-type yummy goodness that come in many colors–many rich, vibrant, and very tempting colors.  I knew I wanted to use gelatos to make a background for whatever I was going to do on my small (half-off clearance bin) canvas and I knew I wanted to use a particular flower stem that I had in my stash–again from Swirlydoos–so I set about working on my canvas.  I primed my canvas with white gesso and used a combination of coloring and spritzing with water and blended with a brush.

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I had no firm plan so I kept experimenting with the water and combining the different gelato colors and was finally satisfied with my background.

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I wanted to add some texture so I got out my Golden Crackle Paste and a couple of Crafters Workshop stencils and some Luminarte Silks acrylic glazes.  Here is the result:

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I liked that the elements of the stencils I chose were of similar size and had a similar pattern.

Once I finished my background setup I wanted to incorporate my flower stem inspiration piece, some textured packing material, and some delicate butterflies I had previously misted.  Over the next few days I worked on my canvas off and on in between other projects.  I arranged, I rearranged.  I added, I subtracted.  I adhered my flower inspiration but I just couldn’t decide WHAT NEXT???  So I did what I often do when I’m troubled by anything a major dilemma—retail therapy.  Art supply retail therapy.  During the course of my “therapy” I found some really gorgeous and so so so beautiful trims in the color palette I was using on this project.  It was the inspiration I needed and my project FLOWED!

I added my packing material.

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I added butterflies.

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I added the trim.

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I coated the background with a layer of spray matte finish and then topped it off with a coat of Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam (in Chandelier)…

 

and it was finished.  TFL!

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