Have you ever had the “urgency” or need to just get your fingers grungy with paint and inks? Well, I have and it usually begins with me grabbing a tag and delving into the fun world of mixed-media! It’s a great way to get color down intuitively and let a piece turn into whatever your heart’s desire. That’s just how this tag was born!
Suzanne here- and I have to admit, that I love when playtime ends up to be an actual finished product! I typically don’t reach for any of these colors when I create, so I thought with the upcoming Patriotic holidays, it would be a perfect time to just play! I will show you just how this tag came together using some of my favorite Canvas Corp Brands products!
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist-“Coffee Shop”
Tattered Angels Simply Sheer Watercolor Mist- “Dark Blue”
Tattered Angels Simply Sheer Watercolor Mist-“Taupe”
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist-“Lobster”
Canvas Corp Colored Burlap-“Red”
Canvas Corp Black and White Life Newsprint Paper
7gypsies Architextures 12×12 Ledger Paper
watercolor paper tag
liquid glue, gesso (clear and white)
painter’s tape, 32-gauge wire
sewing machine for stitching
paintbrush, glue gun
stamps, ink, embossing powder, letter stickers
The base of the project began with a tag cut from watercolor paper (using a regular manila tag as a template). I decided to just stamp and heat emboss one of my favorite stamp images. Once, the heat embossing was dry, using a paintbrush, I haphazardly put down color using Tattered Angels Simply Sheer Watercolor Mist in Dark Blue.
While the tag dried, I applied a thin layer of clear gesso over a piece of Architextures Ledger paper; if I choose to do so, using clear gesso allows the design of the paper to still be visible even after other media is applied on top.
Using liquid glue, I applied the piece of ledger paper to the bottom portion of the tag and cut down to size. The ledger paper gave me a sense of direction at this point- I wanted to go for a rustic or distressed flag look for the design. Therefore, I applied randomly ripped pieces of painter’s tape to add “stripes” to the paper and painted over them with white gesso.
I allowed the gesso to dry and removed the painter’s tape. I didn’t want perfection with the shape nor color of the stripes, so I applied Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in “Lobster” with a paintbrush until I was happy with the color saturation (let dry between layers); to help boost the distress look of the stripes, I applied white gesso sparingly between layers as well.
Using an 1-inch strip of Canvas Corp Red Burlap and a paper circle, I scrunched the piece of fabric into a circular shape; I used hot glue to keep the fabric in place on the paper circle.
I misted a piece of raw chipboard with Glimmer Mist in “Coffee Shop;” I knew the chipboard would be pretty absorbent so I gave a very liberal mist to the piece and once dried, the gorgeous shimmer stayed on top lending to the rustic look I wanted to achieve.
Next, I added stitching to the stripes to give some definition, but again, not aiming for perfection. I also applied Tattered Angels Simply Sheer Watercolor Mist in “Taupe” with the spray applicator stem to age the stripes even more.
With the addition of some stamping and adhering the assembled star and burlap pieces, this tag is just about complete. I finish it off by adding some very thin gauge wire, number stickers, and clear adhesive dots!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this fun and loose take on this patriotic mixed-media tag!
Thanks for stopping by!