August 03, 2014

Jewelweed


A late entry to Simon's Monday blog challenge, this "J" inspired tag pays tribute to another medicinal plant called Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) whose clear liquid, found in the stems, is a useful tonic for mosquito bites, bee stings and exposure to poison ivy.

There are lots of layers in this tag and it has everything to do with changing my mind (a lot) trying many different effects and essentially just making it up as I went along.

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The leaves and bee with shield were gel medium transfers. There's washi tape in both corners on the left side and I also used a Heidi Swapp script stamp.

Distress inks, gesso, gel pens and acrylic paint also played a substantial role in the process along with plenty of sand paper and gel hand-sanitizer which make great erasers! And it all started on a base of text from a book.

I really enjoy working in mixed-media and collage because mistakes are easily remedied and experimentation is such a big part of the fun. Sometimes, I'll create an effect and have no idea how it happened and could never repeat it again, now matter how hard I tried.

I can't help but thank Tim Holtz (and others) for the distress revolution because intentional imperfection is a great fall-back when things don't go just right.

3 comments:

  1. Another fabulous creation! Honestly-- do you make any art that I don't LOVE? This is fantastic visually with all those layers. There is so much depth to see and more clever details emerge the longer I look at it. Most of all, I loved your write-up and how you just sort of winged it on this one and appreciate imperfections. I agree completely! Way to not give up because you achieved a stunner here!

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  2. Lovely layers and such beautiful texture! Glad you joined us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

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  3. This is such a gorgeous tag! Love the way you built up the dimension. Really pretty! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

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