Sunday, August 7, 2011

Trying my hand at Tags

I have the hardest time making "artsy" pieces. I always end up quitting because I can't get the look I see on other peoples blogs. Well, no more!

I have decided that instead of trying to be someone else or having my "art" like someone's. I am just going to be me. Boring creations and all :o)

I will never learn to create if I'm constantly quitting. As they say, practice makes perfect! And Art should be enjoyable.

There are 2 craft websites I look at almost everyday but...I have never participated. They are..

1) Studio L3 - Grungy Monday Challenges and Balzar Designs

My new goal....Instead of looking and ohhhing and awwwing..I'm going to DO IT!

Grungy Monday - This weekly challenge blog focuses on the products and techniques of Tim Holz. There are so many creative people entering these challenges that I can look and ohhh and awww for hours!

The Grungy Monday Challenge this week is Grungy Monday 18

The challenge is to use the Tim Holtz Technique in his 12 Tags of Christmas 2009, Day 8

Here is my tag using the technique of turning vellum into parchment paper.

The tag background was cut from Pink Paislee's Nature Sanctuary paper called Butterfly Garden.

I used a vintage pocket book stamp from Anna Griffin and a text stamp from Tattered Angels for the parchment and inked it with Tim Holtz's Distress Ink.

The bird is a Tattered Angel Glimmer Chip I sprayed with Tattered Angels Coffee Shop Glimmer Mist.

I made the hat pin using a clear hat pin and inking it with a Copic Marker. The pearl came from my stash of old jewlery.

The chain is from Prima.

The 37 cents I cut from my Silhouette, inked it with Distress Ink, and used Rangers Utee several times to give it a glossy finish. I love playing with Utee!

The hole reinforcer is of course Tim Holtz! :o)

Balzer Designs - Julie Fei-Fan Balzer writes a journaling blog called Art Journal Everyday. She asks that you spend 10 minutes everyday journaling. This is a year long project but anyone can start it at anytime.
It can be painting, drawing, writing, lists, etc...She gives such wonderful examples and her blog is loaded with ideas and YouTube tutorials!

I do not have anything to show for this yet because I'm waiting for my gesso to arrive so I can prep my very first journal! I plan to spend 10 minutes everyday and I'll post this even if it's dog gone ugly! :o)

Stayed tuned for my "Artsy Experiments"!


Marjie Kemper said...

Welcome to the fun! I also follow the two you mentioned - Linda & Julie are both full of inspiration and encouragement. Your GM tag is WONDERFUL. So glad you are giving it all a go.

Judy Wood said...

Very cool tag! I love your bird and subtle colors. Great job!

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

Now it's my turn to ou & ah at your art! I'm so glad you decided to go for it, so I could see this & learn about the vellum as parchment. I always stay away from free form artsy things. It's so easy to get stuck in a 'comfortable rut' Thanks for the inspiration to try new things!

Sam said...

Lovely tag you have made there. Well done!

Barbara said...

Barb this is great i love your tag and im glad your just gonna do it! Thats how im feelin im me and i create what i like.If you do that you will find you step out of your comfort zone.And Girlfriend gesso will be your new BFF.LOL!!

PaulaJ said...

Fabulous job with your tag! I don't think you give yourself enough credit! It's awesome!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Just a beautiful tag, wonderful elements on it.