Monday, 21 July 2014
Underwater world - mixed media tag
I hope you all enjoyed the weekend? We certainly did! It was my partner's birthday so we had a birthday bash for two, well, four, if I count the little ones :) We wanted to spend some time together and as it was going to be rainy we decided to make some pizzas and bits and bobs on Saturday and Tapas and Paella on Sunday. Well, Greg wanted to cook it all so I let him have fun! It was so delicious! There was no crafting over the weekend though as my kitchen was as if bombs hit it (one of the reasons I don't let Greg in the kitchen too often...) so first thing I did this morning was to pull out a few supplies and got cracking... aah, I have satisfied my urge now, but might play a bit more later on ;)
I have been seeing creations with a sea, holidays and summery themes around the craft blog world and have been craving to create something like that myself. I have a small bag of gorgeous little shells that I found on the beach on our holiday in Long Island, Bahamas, and now they came handy indeed! I wanted to make a tag that would resemble the magic of the underwater world in earth colours and tones. I love nature and this tag was something I really enjoyed making.
I started by cutting my tag out of a piece of a sturdy thin cardboard and peeling some layers off to reveal the corrugated part. I added a bit of Gesso, scrunched up some white tissue paper on top of this in the middle section and added some Liquitex light modeling paste over it to create organic hills and valleys in a floaty kind of way. I added a piece of a white tulle over this area to add interest and let it dry a bit. A moment later a little bit of the crackle paint in Picket Fence was added. Whilst this was drying I die cut a few branches (Tim Holtz, Shapers & Movers) for my corals, covered them in Gesso, dried, added colour with Peeled Paint, Victorian Velvet, Pumice Stone and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks to both sides and applied my Clear Rock Candy Crackle paint (Tim Holtz). I added these colours to my tag too.
I wanted to add an element of sparkle to create the illusion of sparkly water so added some clear iridescent sequins. I added some stamping with my Prima script stamp in Victorian Velvet and Gathered Twigs for extra texture. In the end I hot glued my shells around my corals and added the Tim Holtz word tag and an anchor embellishment. I managed to burn my little finger with a blob of the hot glue and pull it off my finger with whatever skin there was! Ouch! looook...
Oh, if you wonder why the word tag is a different colour... I used my GB1 Spectrum Noir marker to give it more of a golden look to match the tag and the anchor. The words were lighten up by Gesso after.
I hope you like my sea tag! Feel free to share you thoughts in the comments below. I always like to hear from you.
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