Saturday, March 12, 2022

Week 4: #100daysoftags


Week 4! 

Lots of yumminess this week, incorporating bits of papers that normally would be thrown away and dollar store finds into my collaged tags. I have also ventured further into the realm of clothing tags to create an interesting "Book of Love." A paper napkin, a total bear to adhere to the tag without tearing, made a beautiful flowering oriental tree tag, offset with a smudge of vine leaf charcoal and some tan acrylic paint applied with intentionally visible strokes. 

"Be still" has to be one of my favorite creations of the week. A gesso square on the tag became the background for quiet colors encouraging the motto's directive. I had fun incorporating some woolen threads with a beer bottle cap I found on the sidewalk onto the round tag. Many different collage elements found their way into "Little Things": tissue box cardboard, a colored pony from a children's book, gelli print scraps, text, and a ticket.

My final piece for the week used a folded clothing tag wrapped completely in text and layered with several elements on the front fold. Inside, a Stabilo drawn flower with contrasting stripes of paint to bring it to life. Here I also used some Washi tape for the bird and the base, visible when the cover is closed.

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Week 3: #100daysoftags

Here we are into week 3 of the 100 Days Project and my #100days of tags, and I have been having a blast. So much so, that I wish I had selected a larger substrate for creating, but then that might have jeopardized my completion rate. As it is, yes, I am sometimes cheating by catching up a day or two. Life is just busy! 

So, as you can see, I have been doing a little experimenting. On Day 15, I played with splatters, molding paste and gelattos. On Day 16, I had a visual of God mending my broken heart. I wanted to actually sew it together, hence the black Posca pen mimicking the stitches, but I really like the staples! Day 17, I decorated a simple flower motif with some glittery glue. Day 18 is my multi-colored abstract. On Day 19, I searched for a different kind of tag out of my stash bag, a clothing tag, and thought a lot about Matisse as I lovingly applied saffron acrylic to that long, thin tag. After it dried, I painted dots in Indigo, covered them with black Posca and decorated with yellow Posca. Still thinking about Matisse (and reflecting on a study of Matisse taught by Jeanne Oliver), I created the red and white flowers on a black gesso background on Day 20. And finally, on Day 21, a bit of ombre background behind the stencils, with red acrylic for a pop of color and a message to "imagine what the future holds." 

Are you creating regularly? I encourage you to play as often as you are able. You might just find you enjoy it.


Week 4: #100daysoftags

  Week 4!  Lots of yumminess this week, incorporating bits of papers that normally would be thrown away and dollar store finds into my colla...