Happy Thanksgiving!

I won’t be creating a tag today. Instead I will be spending the day with family and reflecting on some of the things I am thankful for. I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday.

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Tag It Thursday #10

Wow! I can’t believe I’ve been posting a Tag every Thursday for ten weeks now. That must be some kind of record for me…to do anything for that long. LOL.

Today’s tag is not mixed media…SURPRISE. LOL. Instead I will be using the standard #8 tag and acrylic paint. That’s it. Nice and simple. To begin with I used some inexpensive gray acrylic paint (Sargeant’s) and painted to coats on the entire front of the tag.

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Next, I wanted to add a black border so I took a scrap of card stock from some junk mail and used it like a stencil. I just exposed the border of the tag and then applied black paint with a make-up sponge.

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Oops, this border did not come out the way I wanted it. I was looking for some nice clean lines, but it looks like I had a lot of stencil bleed-through. So to fix this I’m just going to change my plan slightly and make this tag a little more grungy. I watered down some black acrylic paint and applied it to the tag and then rubbed it off with a napkin (from Starbucks…I always seem to have plenty of them lying around since I go there all the time). I did this a couple of times until I got the look I wanted.

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Then I began painting Pine Tree Silhouettes across the card with black acrylic paint. I painted the trees by first painting a vertical line the length I wanted the tree top. Then I just stroked from that line outward and down on each side using a #4 round brush. Then I put the trunks in using a #2 script liner brush. I also painted some ground at the bottom of the tag.

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Next, I watered down some of the black paint and splattered it on the tag. Once the black paint was dry, I watered down some white acrylic paint and splatter that all over the tag. For my black and white acrylic paint I used Golden Fluid Acrylics.

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Once the black paint was dry, I watered down some white acrylic paint and splatter that all over the tag and then I painted “peace on earth” at the bottom of the tag. Here is the finished tag. Let me know what you think. 🙂

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Tag It Thursday #9

For today’s tag I began by using a text stamp by Fiskars and StazOn black ink to cover a piece of white cardstock.

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Then I used Dylusions Ink in Postbox Red and Pure Sunshine to add color to the card stock.

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Then a drew an old tree trunk with branches using a pencil. I then took a Distress Ink pad in Tumbled Glass and stamped it onto my craft mat. I then spritzed it with water. Next I took a blank #8 Manilla tag and rubbed it into the ink puddle to create the sky.

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The next thing I did was cut out some simple leaf shapes from my stamped, colored card stock. I glued these leaves onto my tree using Elmer’s Glue All. Then I colored in the trunk using colored pencils (Prismacolor Pencils in dark brown, chocolate, and green ochre).

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For my last step I used my Noodler’s fountain pen filled with Noodler’s ink and drew a leaf shape inside each leaf and put a lined border on the tag. Here is the final tag. Let me know what you think.

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Tag It Thursday #8

Today’s tag is going to be quite different than my usual tags. It is not mixed media and will be done solely with Dr. Ph. Martin’s Liquid Watercolors. I am also not using my standard #8 manilla tag. Instead I traced my usual tag onto 140 lb Canson watercolor paper, cut the tag out and then punched a hole in the top.

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Here is the selection of colors I will be using from Dr. Ph. Martin’s Liquid Watercolor set: Gamboge, Brilliant Cad Red, Deep Red Rose, and Pthalo Green.

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To begin with I put down some clear water using a #8 round watercolor brush. Then I put some drops of the yellow, orange and red colors into the water splotches.

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Then I used my #8 brush to blend and shape the colors into poppies. Next I took the green paint and applied the stems and leaves by directly drawing them onto dry paper with the dropper applicator.

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Because the poppies are still wet the green paint bled into them a little, but I love the effect! I initially planned to do more to this tag, but I really love the simplicity of it as it is. So here is a picture of the final tag. Let me know what you think.

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