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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.


jackiescrafts said...

Wow Paula this is amazing the detail in the colouring is fantastic and I do love autumn colours

Jackie x

Aquarius said...

This is gorgeous and yet again you've come up with words I didn't think of. The colours are perfect together and the stylised leaves lovely. I'm sure a little artistic licence is allowed and often necessary anyway.

Lorraine said...

oh wow Paula I am loving those stamps and your colouring is fantastic it really is i love the layout and everything to do with this one its stunning and you have used such fun techniques too its beautiful huni xx

Elaine said...

Great intricate ideas as always. You put me to shame with the thought you put into your tag themes. I have never thought of using pencils with a burnished layer for resist! Gorgeous colours and great composition of lovely natural images. The person who gets this tag will be a very happy bunny I am sure. Elaine x

Sarah said...

Paula, I just love this one! You have made me NEED those stamps too you naughty thing. Hope you have a wonderful day in search of your book tomorrow. Sarah x

judith@poppy cottage said...

A gorgeous tag Paula, the colours are stunning against the blue. A very clever resist idea, and I love the layout. Thanks so much for joining in my Forgotten Friday post this week, Judith xx

brenda said...

Good morning Paul,

There's nothing wrong with artistic license at all, in fact what makes crafting such fun.

The colours of your tag are stunning and I like the idea (in my mind anyway) how you work around your tag from berry, to leaf to tree, symbolising the years growth.

B x

GinaA said...

This is totally fabulous Paula, superb colours and a delicious reverse side as well. awesome

Miranda said...

Hi Paula, you've made a lovely 'Fall' like tag here, those stamps are so lovely aren't they? and your colouring is beautiful on it, warm greet Miranda

Elizabeth Allan said...

Paula your vision of taking a theme and seeing all the possibilities is what makes you such a great artist. This little tag contains so much color. My eye didn't know which panel to look at first. I was so excited to take in all the details.

Pink Dandelion said...

Ooh Paula this tag is gorgeous. I'm looking at the Rowan in my garden right now. The berries look just like that and I have green and yellow leaves. I love it. Debs xx

Elaine said...

Hi Paula,
My sincerest apologies for not visiting sooner..I am still trying to catch up with everyone and reply to all the emails!

You never cease to amaze me with the inventiveness of your beautiful tags...R is for Rowan, I would never have thought of that in a 100 years!
beautifully laid out with the ribbon separating the different images, and a fab technique to showcase too!

Big hugs Elaine xx

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love your color scheme and the way they were enhanced by the resist technique. Thank you for your kind words you left on my blog, Paula. Blessings!

Jean Straw said...

I love this tag, the colours are so vibrant. Rowan is one of my favourite trees.I have growing in a very large pot in the garden in the hope it will not get too big.It has grown from a berry dropped by a bird. Jean x

Sally H said...

What a stunningly beautiful tag, Paula. I love everything about it. I love Autumn and this captures it's beauty perfectly

veronica said...

love your ideas Paula, I never thought of rectangles - so obvious when someone else has though! Don't know if the leaves are right botanically, but they work beautifully for me

Rica said...

Hi Paula, I see you'be just jumped in to autumn - I'll hang on to summer if you don't mind!!!
You have captured the autumn colours brilliantly and I love your design and blue really looks like a misty morning colour!!
Still no sorted computer - it's going to the UK when I take it in Oct.
Heather xx

xxxtglxxx said...

This is really clever Paula - love how you have divided the tag into sections with ribbon and your colours are just gorgeous! :)

Very pretty leaves and images :)