March 24, 2021

Brainstorm

 

 
A stripped layer of cardboard, a fussy-cut page from the Ephipany paper collection (Prima 2014), a vintage portrait (also fussy-cut) and my favorite book paper all tinted with inks and colored pencils are the ingredients used for this tag.
 
 
If you're inclined to use book paper in your art, may I recommend you search for a high-quality, very old book and you'll find that the paper will be strong, thick and tough enough to handle mixed-media techniques. Mine was an investment ($10 at a book fair), it has a leather binding and the pages have mellowed to a lovely color but are not friable.

The typewriter text was inspired by Simon's Monday challenge, this week it's using weather for inspiration. I looked inside instead of out and came up with "brainstorming."

As always, I hope this post finds you well and happy and I appreciate your visit.

Until next time, take care.

March 20, 2021

Lambeth

 

Manila Tag

Another "recycle" tag to link up with Simon's Monday challenge--this one was made using the cardboard back of a notepad, an image transfer and inks for tinting.

I've discovered a new way to add text to my collages and am slowly perfecting it. I print (must be laser not inkjet) my words on plain white paper, cover them with clear medium, let it dry then rub the paper off the back using my fingers and a bit of water. I'm left with text on a clear thin surface that can be pasted wherever I want.

As always, I hope this post finds you well and happy and I appreciate your visit.

Until next time, take care.



March 16, 2021

Heart Bird

 

 
 This photo was my inspiration to sketch and stamp a tag.
 
 

First I drew the bird then covered it with white gesso and created a mask before stamping the background (Tim Holtz Dots & Floral) with a medium blue archival ink.

The rest of the color and shading was done with colored pencils and the text is a Remnant Rub. The trick with colored pencils is to use a light touch and layer the colors as most are transparent.

I'm linking up with Simon, the Monday challenge this week is to recycle--where my plain manila tag becomes a tiny work of art.

As always, I hope this post finds you well and happy and I appreciate your visit.

Until next time, take care.

March 11, 2021

Mr. Hegemony

 Manila Tag

Here's a tag with a background made from paper that came free inside a Somerset Studio magazine. I printed then hand-cut this vintage image, pasted it to the background and applied subtle shading with a water-soluble pencil. The newspaper text, Green Eggs Be Damned!, was added via an image transfer technique.

As a child, Dr. Seuss was the first author I became of aware of and I dearly loved his books and read them over and over again. I don't know what country I live in anymore where certain books are now banned. Isn't this what Hitler did? God help us.

I am grateful I can use my art to express my feelings and I'm linking this post to Simon's Monday challenge, this week's challenge is to use something green.

As always, I hope this post finds you well and happy and I appreciate your visit.

Until next time, take care.

March 04, 2021

Hallmark

 

Journal Page

It's been ages since I made a journal page and thanks to a prompt from Simon's Monday challenge this week, another page in my large Dylusions Journal is complete.

I used a ruler like this one to place my lettering with a black permanent marker.



Then I applied an image transfer which was a challenge due to its large size. It's hard to get them perfect but the imperfections are embraced for the vintage-quality they impart.

I used colored pencils to tint the background, craft paint and Design Tape (Tim Holtz) for the border.

As always, I hope this post finds you well and happy and I appreciate your visit.

Until next time, take care.