August 03, 2015


Mexico Moods is the summer challenge at Our Creative Corner and their prompt inspired me to create this tag.

Like my last several blog posts, this one features Souffle Gelly Roll pens. It seems I can't get enough of them and really went overboard this time! They are a bit like paint pens with a fine point and they're very opaque and waterproof.

I began with a black gesso background and stamped/embossed the butterflies and the lettering onto the tag. Next, I traced on a few designs with a pencil and some hand-made stencils.

Then the gelly rolls came out and were used to cover the entire surface with colorful mark making. To modify the values, I did use a glaze of thalo-blue in a few areas (particularly behind the butterflies).

The tag almost has an enameled appearance and makes me think I'd like to try this technique on a copper or gold background to see the result. Since they can be applied on any surface the sky's the limit!


  1. Gorgeous tag! Reminds me of stained glass.

  2. Wow, this looks amazing! I love the Art Deco feel you created. Thank you for joining the summer challenge at Our Creative Corner. Jan x

  3. Such a lovely tag!! Love the colors and your mariposas bonitas!! Your tag looks like the blue wrought iron gates in our inspiration board!! Very cool!! Thank you for coming over to our Mexico Moods Summer Challenge at Our Creative Corner!! XOXO-Shari

  4. Amazing what you did with the pens, reminds me of Art Nouveau. Very good design, I like it much.

  5. What should I Slovenia we will say Hats off! This tag is gorgeous, so delicate and it!