June 09, 2015

Happy Day

I never realized how much I love
(and miss) plants until I moved
to the desert.

I know I've said it before
but I'll say it again.

I miss green.
I miss my garden, I miss grass.
I miss Spring and Fall.

Living where it never gets cold
was not a good trade and,
if I could, I would move
in a heartbeat.

But for now, I will embrace my cactus (avoiding the thorns) and make art to channel my passion for all things green. Since Simon's Monday blog challenge this week is for the love of plants, I've created this tag to celebrate.

It was an opportunity to use a stamp set I just found at a local rummage sale (without its packaging so I can't credit the maker) and an unusual technique which you may want to try.

I began by stamping and clear embossing the images on a plain manila tag then staining it (liberally) with Distress.

After removing the embossing with an iron and some newsprint (see resist technique step-out and links to tutorials here), I colored the designs with gel pens and a water brush.

I've posted about this painterly process before, here's the link.

I think the stamp design worked well with this technique and it has a kind of batik-like appearance. It was fun to try and I did end up having a happy day making it. My inner-crank about all things desert has disappeared (for now). Thanks Simon!


  1. Very pretty! Looks a kittle like embroidery. After the last couple of winters around here, I might like to trade you locales!

  2. Beautiful tag! At first, I thought it was hand-stitched! I'm with you--I love the change of seasons but I do prefer the colder weather.

  3. This is a gorgeous technique and I love the result. Beautiful flowers. Thank you so much for joining us in the For the Love of Plants challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog this week :)

  4. WOW, das ist ja ein wunderschöns TAG. Super gelungen.
    LG Carola

  5. Oh Deine Blümchen machen mich glücklich hier mit Ihrer Vitalität und Sprungkraft! Auch die Farben sind einfach wunderschön zusammengestellt, man sieht, wie sehr Du Blumen liebst! Ich kann mir gut vorstellen, dass Dir das Grün fehlt..wir haben hier auch zur Zeit echt dürre Zeiten und da verschwinden die kleinen Grünlinge auch so einer nach dem anderen,..ich sammele jeden Tag Wildkräuter und merke das extrem ;) ♥ Conny
    Piaroms Art Journaling

  6. It seems a pattern from a Seventies dress, love it! Thank you for sharing!