Tag It Thursday #2

So today’s tag will also be a mixed media tag. I began by using an Inksentials #8 manilla tag. I decided to cover the entire background with a piece of deli wrap (sandwich wrap) paper that I previously used to clean off stencils and test spray inks on. I attached the paper to the tag using Golden Gel Medium-Regular Gel (Gloss), coating both under the paper and on top of the paper. I then cut around the tag to remove the excess paper.

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Then I took a piece of scrap watercolor paper (Canson 140 lb cold pressed) that I had lying around and I traced the shape of the tag on it. Then with pencil (I use Staedtler mechanical pencils with 0.5 HB lead) I drew a girl on the paper in the same location as where I want her to be on the actual tag.

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Now to color her in. I always color in my faces BEFORE I ink my outline. However, I lighten my pencil lines on skin locations first so that it doesn’t smear when I add marker. I just use a kneaded eraser to do this by rubbing it over the area I am about to color. I used Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens (brush) in skin tones to color her face.

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Now that her face is colored I use a Rotring Radiograph pen with a .10 nib to outline my drawing. After I finish my outline, I use a white rubber eraser to erase all of my pencil lines. I then color in the rest of the girl using Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens (brush) in various colors. You might notice that I also decided to add polka dots to her skirt. I also used a gold Sakura Gelly Roll pen to color her belt. Once she was all colored in I cut her out with scissors and an exacto knife.

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When I placed the girl on top of the tag I realized there was not enough contrast so she kind of just blended in. So I grabbed a Portfolio water soluble oil pastel in slate grey and outlined where I planned to place the girl. I then put the girl aside and colored that area (plus a little more) with the pastel. I then smeared the pastel with my finger and added a little water with a paint brush. I then sealed the tag with Krylon Satin Finish. I also decided to seal the girl as well. I then glued the girl down on the tag using the same Golden Gel Medium I used above.

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Next I wanted to bring out some of the other colors in the tag so I did this by using Washi Tape. I put a coat of gel medium over the tape just to insure it wouldn’t come off when handling the tag. I also wanted to add a little more interest to the background and incorporate some more black. I did this with rubber cling stamps by Pam Carriker and Recollections using Staz On ink.

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Finally, in my stash I found an adorable lime green felt button and saw some navy blue sewing thread sitting on my desk so I sewed the button onto the tag. I then added the sentiment which came from a collage sheet a friend gifted me. I cut the words apart and drew a double lined border around each word using my Rapidograph pen. I glued them on using the same gel medium and to finish off the tag I inked the edges using the black Staz On ink. Here she is in all her glory. Let me know what you think.

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Tag It Thursday #1

So, I’m thinking about starting a weekly thing where I make an altered tag every Thursday and I would call it “Tag It Thursday”. You’ll have to let me know your thoughts on it as well.

So today’s tag is a mixed media tag. I began by using an Inkssentials #8 size Manila tag. I covered the surface with Sargent acrylic paint in pale blue and grey purple.

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Then, after the paint dried I used a Pam Carriker handwritten text stamp with Ranger Archival ink to cover the tag.

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After that I grabbed some papers from collage stash and glued them down with an Elmer’s glue stick. I wanted to accent the red in my main paper so I used some punchinella and Golden fluid acrylic in pyrrole red. I also used Rangers Glossy Accents to glue a red paper flower in the bottom corner.

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Next I stamped a sentiment using black Staz On ink on a piece of paper I had previously cleaned a stencil off on and ripped the edges around the sentiment for added texture. I glued the sentiment down with my Elmer’s glue stick. I then inked the edges of the tag with Ranger’s Tim Holtz distress Ink in black soot

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Next I sprayed a little Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in almost black. This ended up covering up part of my sentiment so I used a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen to trace over the words.

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It seemed like the tag was still lacking something to me so I grabbed some of Ranger’s Tim Holtz Distress Ink in fired brick and a couple of Asian stamps made by Inkadinkado and stamped the tag in three places. Still feeling like the tag was lacking I grabbed an Adirondack acrylic paint dabbler in silver and added that to three places.

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Now for the final touches. My edges didn’t seem very black anymore so I took a black Portfolio water soluble oil pastel and rubbed that along the edges adding some water with a brush in some places. Also, the sailboats on the fake money were supposed to be the focal point, but they had almost disappeared. SOS I outlined them with a black Pitt artist’s Pen XS , followed by a black Portfolio water soluble oil pastel. I then used a pink and a purple Portfolio water soluble oil pastel on the sails and brushed a little water over them. I also added some of the black pastel and white gel pen to the paper flower. Finally, I added some baker’s twine in black, red, light pink, dark pink, and purple.

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Let me know what you think about the tag and about the idea of doing a weekly tag. I’m still not sure if I like how the tag turned out.

I Wish it Were Winter!

So, I’m a member of an art trading community called ATCs for All. On this site there is an ongoing trading forum of 5″x7″ original paintings where an artist will post three subject matters for a painting they would like to receive. The next artist chooses one of the three subjects and does a painting to send to that person. He/she then posts three subjects they like and so on. So the artist before me requested these three subjects: 1) Still Life, 2) Winter Scene, 3) Something Steampunk. Well I decided to go with the winter scene since it’s been over 100 degrees Fahrenheit here in Southern California for way too long.

Here is the painting I made for JSILVER. It is a mixed media piece — primarily watercolor with some white gouache and white gel pen. I hope she likes it.

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