Friday 1 June 2018

‘Mixed Media Tags’ by Amy

Hi there ColourBlast fans! I hope you all have been doing some creating. I wanted to share with you, a project based on using mixed media. 

I love making tags, as gifts, as you never know when they might come in handy as a handmade present for someone!

To begin I heavily sprayed water over an A4 sheet of water colour paper. While still, wet, using Sunset, Sunshine, Violet and Sapphire Colour Sprays, I sprayed various areas of the paper then dried it completely with a craft heat gun.

Then I randomly splattered water around the page: this creates a cool water droplet look that I love.

Once all dried again, I trimmed the paper to tag size – if you have a tag-shaped die – even better!

As an experiment, using the water and stencils of my choice, I sprayed the tags with the water, then heat-dried them. This did not quite work out as I had hoped – but you never know until you try!


To continue with the mixed media theme, to give some texture, using gel medium, I adhered some plain tissue paper that I stamped with a permanent ink in my stash. To allow the tissue paper to blend in, I rubbed some 'White Heavy Gesso' with a baby wipe.


As pictured here, I stamped the tags using a permanent black ink and various stamps from my stash. To give more dimension to each of the tags, I used various stencils to apply Envy, Lovely Lilac, and Tangareen Dream Texture Paste. I then dried this with a craft gun.


To create an outline for each of the tags, I used the stalk of the Roadbase colour spray and ran it around the edges. 

Then, before the Roadbase outlines dried, I sprayed over the outlines with water and held the tag vertically, (not like in the picture, sorry!). This allowed the ink to run down the tag. I repeated this step for all the tags, and heat dried them.

Next, to brighten the tags, I lined them up and splattered some water mixed with 'White Heavy Gesso' over them – and set them aside, flat, to dry.

While they were drying, I started to browse through my stash of embellishments to choose some to compliment my prepared tags.
And here are the close-ups. 


It was great fun making these tags. I’m really looking forward to seeing your projects for this month’s challenge!

Please join in the ColourBlast Creative Corner!

Amy 😊

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