I had a little time to craft tonight and decided to try out the new Art Anthology Sprays that we recently brought into the store and this is what I came up with! Below is a step-by-step guide to how I created my tag. Be sure to read until the end of today's post for some exciting news!!
I started by grabbing a #8 manila tag and misted the tag with Timeless Art Anthology Spray and then I added just a hint of Guacamole. Haven't never used these sprays before, I wasn't sure about the coverage or how they would react with water. I found that they have a light, translucent, soft color and you can get full coverage by misting the colorant with water, which makes the spray very fluid. I added a hint of water to my tag before drying with a heat tool. I'm a fan of splatters so I wanted to leave some of those visible.Next, I decided to see how the inks would react with water...you know all about how the Distress products react, right? Well these behaved the same way! Check out the great splats and drips I was able to achieve by adding misted water after the colorant was dry. LOVE it!
After the colorant was completely dry, I grabbed the Burlap Layering Stencil, my all time fav Wendy Vecchi stencil, Classic Words, Scattered Straw and Wild Honey Distress Inks and decorated the background of the tag.Here's the tag with the Burlap stencil (I used Scattered Straw for the color)...
And here's the Classic Words stencil (using Wild Honey and a rather dirty blending tool, which explains the somewhat muddy color...but that's ok, I'm kind of a fan of the color of mud!)
Once that was done I started searching for the right image and I ended up grabbing one of the new Donna Downey faces from Unity (this is the She is an Artist). I wanted to see how much of that giant image I could fit onto a tag...these are some seriously big stamps....they ROCK!And here's the result after I stamped the image...SWOON! I inked the stamp with Jet Black Archival Ink and then pressed the tag onto the stamp vs. flipping the stamp over and applying it to the tag. This gave me more control over what part of the image ended up on the tag.
After I heat set the ink, I added some color to my artist's face by scribbling with Gelatos (I used Gelatos from the Neutrals, 50's Diner, and Green sets) and using my finger to blend the colors. This allowed me to make her face stand out from the yellow background (and not be so yellow!), add some color to her cheeks, eyes, hair, and lips, and to add shading under her chin. I also used a white pencil to trace the word 'artist' in her hair, so it would stand out, along with coloring in the whites of her eyes. My last step was to add the words 'create art' from the Journal Words stamp set from Catherine Scanlon.
Interested in learning more about Art Anthology Colorant Sprays? Join the owner and producer of Art Anthology products THIS Friday at eclectic Paperie's new studio in Exeter, NH. Stayce DeWid will be visiting the studio on Friday, November 22 to host two technique-laden classes! Class size is limited so register today! Click here for full details!