Angel Wings Take Flight

So, last week I told you you I was foregoing a tag because I was working on Christmas Ornaments. Well they are finished!

Here is a picture of the supplies I used. The base of my Angel wings were made from cereal box cardboard.


Here is what they look like when I finished. I will be giving these out as gifts to family and friends. Let me know what you think.




Tag It Thursday

I just wanted to drop in to let you know that I am forgoing Tag It Thursday this week because I spent the day making Christmas Tree Ornaments. The front side will be drying over night and tomorrow I will complete the back side and then that will have to dry. I hope to get them finished this weekend and I’ll post pics and instructions to my blog then.

Tag It Thursday #12

Well I’m a day late and a dollar short. Please accept my apologies. I took some medication Wednesday night and it basically put me out of commission all day yesterday.

Most of the time I plan out what I’m going to do on my tag ahead of time so I basically know what steps I’m going to take. Today’s tag is completely unplanned; it just sort of developed as I went along.

As usual, I started with a blank #8 Manilla tag. I then painted the tag using Manganese Blue watercolor paint by Daniel Smith.


Next I used Dylusion Ink Sprays in London Blue and Pure Sunshine.


After that I used Dylusions Ink Spray in Postbox Red along with a diamond stencil (I have no idea who made this stencil as there are no markings on it and the original packaging is long gone).


Next I outlined some of the diamonds using a Sharpie White Paint Pen (fine point-water based) and I didn’t like the way this looked at all! So then I outlined those same diamonds using a Sharpie Black Paint Pen (fine point-water based) and I didn’t like that either. Ugh! Here is the tag looked like.


So then I took a page from an old Sears Catalog that was gifted to me by one of my art friends and used pieces of it to cover up some of the ugly mess I made. I then used a black Staedtler Pigment Liner (.5mm) to outline the pieces from the catalog, which I glued on using an Elmer’s glue stick.


Now that is better! At this point I decided to draw a cute little whimsical girl in black and white. I drew her on white card stock using black Staedtler Pigment Liners (.1mm, .5mm, .7mm). I then cut her out and glued her onto the tag using an Elmer’s glue stick. I also decided to give her some rosy cheeks, which I did with a red colored pencil.


Then I added a sentiment (Secrets), which came from some homemade Washi tape I made over a year ago. I decided to add some doodles and more outlines to the tag. I drew in some scattered hearts and then colored them in with red colored pencil.


Next, I used some cheap white acrylic paint (Artist’s Loft-Titanium White) and the same diamond stencil to add a few white diamonds to the tag so my little girl would not be the only white element on the tag. After that, I used some Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger (Black Soot) to go around the outside edges of the tag; I also smeared some around the edges of the tag. In doing this, my messy fingers got some black ink on my little girls face. I just wanted to cry!


So, in an attempt to fix my mistake, I carefully painted over the ink using the white acrylic paint and once it was dry I re-drew portions of her face. I also had to recolor one of her cheeks with the colored pencil. Unfortunately, the card stock was not very durable so the paper was damaged in the same spot as her cheek so that cheek now appears a little darker than the other cheek. Oh well, what’s an artist to do? Anyhow, I’m calling the tag complete. Let me know what you think of it.


Santa Clause Came to Town

I belong to an art trading site called ATCs For All and I recently joined a postcard (4″x6″) swap for hand drawn/hand painted Santas. I did my three postcard entries in watercolor. The first one is a close-up of a traditional American Santa, the second one is of an Old World Victorian Santa, and the third one is of a German Santa. I’d love to hear what you think of my Santas.



Tag It Thursday #11

Welcome Back! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and were able to spend quality time with family and/or friends. This weeks tag is a total experiment (and luckily it worked). I am using the usual #8 manilla tag as my base. I am then going to be using a stencil (TCW88S-by The Crafters Workershop) and Golden’s Fluid Acrylic paint in Micaceous Iron Oxide. I used some Washi tape to hold the stencil in place and applied the paint with a palette knife.

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As you can see I had some bleed through on the stencil. That is okay because it won’t really matter for this technique. Next, I painted the entire tag using Golden’s Fluid Acrylic paint in Carbon Black (I don’t have a picture to show you because it was out of focus). After the black paint was dry, I used a make-up sponge and and sporadically brushed on some of Golden’s Acrylic paint in Cobalt Teal. You want to make sure some of the black shows through in this stage. I’m trying to go for a patina look. You’ll notice that some of the Micaceous Iron Oxide relief (from the stencil) came off when I applied the Cobalt Teal. Ideally, I should have let the Micaceous Iron Oxide dry longer since it was thicker. It was dry to the touch, but apparently wasn’t dry all the way through. That is okay because I am going for an aged look and it will get covered up in my next step.


For the next step I again used the make up sponge and applied Golden’s Fluid Acrylic paint in Iridescent Gold Deep (Fine). I focused most of my paint on the raised portion (the Micaceous Iron Oxide from the stencil). However, I did sporadically apply gold on the remainder of the tag. Make sure a lot of the Cobalt Teal shows through though as it is that color that is symbolic of the patina. I also applied the gold paint around the edges of the tag.


I found black and turquoise paper flowers in my stash and gave them a more cohesive look by adding some gold paint to their edges and covering the rhinestone. I also added additional gold paint on the top of the turquoise flower (not shown in this picture). I glued the flowers onto the tag using Ranger’s Glossy Accents.


Now for the sentiment. I used Tech Tools 9/16″ Lettering Stencil (954180) that I purchased in the drafting section of Hobby Lobby. I filled in the letters using a Sharpie water-based Metallic Gold paint pen (extra fine point). Once the paint pen had dried I took my fountain pen filled with Noodler’s Heart of Darkness Ink and shaded the letters. While the ink was still wet I used a damp paintbrush to smudge it some.


I decided to use that same technique with the Noodler’s ink around the relief area from the stencil. Here is the final tag. Let me know what you think.