Lately I've really been enjoying the online communities revolving around scrapbooking and mixed media art. I saw that fellow Artsy Addict (Marion Smith's online group), Jess (AKA Kinderstampo), was hosting a monthly tag swap. I had wrapped up a few projects and thought I'd go ahead and enter for September. Now, "why tags" you ask? Paper crafters often use tags, usually sized in the 3" x 5" ish size range, to create mini art projects because they are small and you can use them on just about anything. You can put them in a mini book, on a scrapbook page, hang them on a bulletin board, etc. They're almost like the next evolution of Artist Trading Cards (ATCs).
Every swap usually has a theme and this swap's theme was Destinations using travel inspired elements. Hmmm travel huh? I started thinking about it and almost immediately the idea came to mind about an inner journey as opposed to an external destination. The great thing about art is being able to interpret ideas in different ways. Forgive me Jess if I took too much liberty with the theme! Hopefully I won't get banned from participating in future swaps. :}
I had a choice of making 5 or 10 tags. I opted for 5 since I know me and I know I would find it tedious to make too many copies. The swap allowed for repeated copies of the same design or I could have made 5 different tags if I wanted to. I decided to make 5 tags of the same design. Because I chose this option, I wanted to use materials that I could easily recreate as opposed to store bought embellishments that might be costly to use over and over again. So out came the stamps!
I spent several years in the stamping industry and haven't stamped much since I started scrapbooking. It felt like revisiting an old friend and I just loved the experience!! It never ceases to amaze me how cyclical life is. I started out sewing, then making jewelry, stamping, painting, then scrapbooking and now with the mixed media influence, it all seems to tie back together and come full circle. Now I create scrapbook pages and projects with painted backgrounds, beads, stamped elements and even sew on my pages! Who knew they would all blend together so perfectly?!?! But I digress...
My first step was to come up with a prototype that I could then modify and copy for my 5 tags. I've been into bright colors this summer and just picked up some Interference Blue heavy body acrylic paint by Golden so I knew I wanted to try it out. I also knew I wanted to contrast some clear elements with opaque ones so I included an acetate flower and used Clear Glass Bead Gel from Golden on the edges. I also thought I'd try using the glass flower technique with UTEE so I threw one of those flowers on there as well. Here was the initial result.
|Final tag design. Destination: Inner Journey|
|Final tags ready for their new home|