I started by using Art Anthology ink sprays. If you haven't used these yet or think that they're just like any other spray...think again! I LOVE this new product. The colors are soft and all coordinate so well together...and the best part? They react like Distress Inks! Think of these babies like Distress Ink in a liquid...amazing! You can move the color around with water and it reacts with water...that's right, water drops, picking up colors from a craft sheet, all possible with these sprays. Awesome! (See those fun drops at the top of my tag? Achieved by drying the ink and then pick up more from the craft sheet!)
Next, I used a few coordinating colors to add stenciled designs to the tag. I keep the background stencils fairly light so it wouldn't interfere too much with the face. (Product links at the end of the post)
Here's the tag after adding the two stencil designs (and check out those water drips...fabulous! That was achieved by adding water after the sprays were dry...Distress Ink in a can!)
Next I grabbed one of my face stamps...Look at the size of that baby! It's perfect for art journaling but I wanted to try my hand at using just a portion of the face on my tag. Be sure to use Archival Ink when stamping images on backgrounds.
And here's the result! Whoa, mama, isn't that amazing! Looks like I drew it, which is even more exciting because I didn't need to draw (and never could have done this well!), Donna did it all for me! (Don't you love how she has the word artist in her hair - over on the left.)
I add some color to the face, I used Gelatos. I put a bit of color down and then used my finger to blend. I love the addition of the color...even though there's still a strong yellow color to the tag, the eyes, lips, and checks really pop out. So much fun! I used a Catherine Scanlon stamp for the sentiment and a white gel pen to outline the word artist.
Enjoy today's post and find some time today to make art!!
#8 Manila Tags
Gelatos (Neutral& 50's Diner)
Unity Stamps (She Is)
Journal Words (Catherine Scanlon)
Classic Words Stencil (Wendy Vecchi)
Burlap Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz)
Art Anthology Sprays (Timeless and Guacamole)
Archival Ink (Jet Black)