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Friday, 31 August 2012

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Ribboned Rectangles of Rowan Resist Alphatag

I have applied a little artistic licence for the Rowan leaves in my "R" Baroque Guild Alphatag as I'm not certain that my leaves have quite the correct shape to them - I'm calling these stylized leaves whereas my berries & the tree shapes seem to be authentic. Nonetheless, I used the Rowan's natural autumnal colours for the leaves.

I created rectangular segments within the tag utilizing ribbon. For the application of colour to the whole tag I wanted to used a resist technique where areas are coloured with wax or oil based pencils (in my case the oil based Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils)  & then burnished with a Derwent Burnisher in order to seal them with a layer of colourless wax. These areas will then resist any water based medium applied - I used Tumbled Glass Distress Stain for watercolouring the background.

front of tag
close-up of leaves
close-up of berries rectangle
close-up of trees rectangle
back of tag
close-up showing paper pierced scallops of
theme panel plus tone on tone background stamping

Stamps Chocolate Baroque UA4SP0364 Woodland Dreams.
Inks Chestnut Memories Dye (images), Vintage Photo Distress Ink (inking various cardstock edges & tone on tone stamping), Tumbled Glass Distress Stain (watercolouring background).
Pencils, Markers etc... Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils, Derwent Burnisher, White Pentel K118 Hybrid Gel Grip Pen, Staedtler Triplus Fineliner.
Cardstock Winsor & Newton Cotman 190gsm Cold Pressed/NOT Grain Fin Watercolour Paper; brown & pale blue cardstock from stash.
Die Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die - Tag & Bookplates.
Punch Woodware (scalloped squares).
The ribbon, brads & gems are from stash.

The stamp set has never been used (it dates from some time in 2011) so I shall join in Judith's Forgotten Friday 63 with this tag.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Quirky Quartet of Quicksilver Qs Alphatag

Collages of Alphatags to date can be viewed HERE.

We are reaching some interesting letters in the Baroque Guild Alphatag Swap. My "Q" tag somehow grew from a quartet into double that &, after my husband suggested quirky, I found I had nine Qs:

  1. Quartet - four squares
  2. Question
  3. Quatrefoil (four-leaf image)
  4. Quill - the shaft of the feather
  5. Quercus - oak
  6. Quicksilver - mercury is called quicksilver as it resembles liquid silver. My liquid silver is represented by the silver embossing & colouring of the four images, using a silver gel pan to tangle the background pattern & the silver ink used to stamp feathers (quills) on the back.
  7. Quiltz - the name of the tangle I used for the background
  8. Quadrilateral - square shapes
  9. Quirky

front of tag 
close-up to show dimension & shine plus
colouring of focal images
close- up of lower section showing letter embellishing
plus detail of Quiltz tangle background pattern 
back of tag
close-up showing paper pierced scallops & inked
edges of theme panel plus silver background stamping

The four-leaved clover, acorns & smaller feather were all watercoloured using a damp paint brush & colour from a silver Sakura Stardust pen. The metallic backing of the 'Crystal Effects' sticker is a piece of aluminium foil.

Stamps Chocolate Baroque  UDLSP0200 Lily (four-leaved clover), UDLSP0220 Dawn Chorus (larger feather) & UDLSP0221 Wise Owl (smaller feather); Elusive Images UDL HC0181 Sketchy Alphabet (Question Mark).
Inks Emboss Tinted Stamp Pad with Stampendous Detail Silver Embossing Powder (question mark, four-leaved clover, acorns & smaller feather), Black Soot Distress Ink (inking various cardstock edges), Encore Silver (larger feathers on back).
Markers etc... Signo uni-ball gel rollerball pen, Sakura Stardust gel pen, Staedtler Triplus Fineliner.
Cardstock White & an assortment of blacks in various finishes from stash.
Dies Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die - Tag & Bookplates; Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Squares Small; Spellbinders Shapeabilities Sprightly Sprockets & Ironwork Motifs.
Punch Woodware (scalloped squares).
The 'Crystal Effects' sticker is Dovecraft; the  gem & ribbon are from stash.

It's a very long time since I used either of the feather stamps & the four-leaved clover hasn't been used at all since it was purchased in May 2011 so I shall join in Judith's Forgotten Friday 62 with this tag.