Friday, 25 January 2013
Circles of Time
Hello again....I wasn't actually going to do another post. The two projects I was supposed to be doing have stalled a bit - as I mentioned in the previous post - but I suddenly had an urge to do another tag...stick with what I know!
I wanted to do cogs...they are all over the place in crafty blogland and I adore them. I must admit to not liking them too much at first mainly because they are usually quite a masculine feature and I am afraid my work tends to be more on the flowers/lace/vintage side. I felt there was a lack of masculine art from me and I wanted to see if I could put the pretty flowers aside and do something completely new.....
BUT...I don't have any cogs. Like I always say though "That isn't going to stop me!"
I do have some cogs embossed card courtesy of my wonderful sister-in-law. So out that came and I got to work cutting out a set of cogs with the craft knife. It was slow, careful, arm hurting work...At one point I nearly gave up because I felt they looked too ragged unlike the pristine gorgeous metal cogs that people use.....but needs must.
I needed a background for the tag and the embossed clocks began to fit in with the theme which was developing in my head...of time, needing to slow down, wait and watch instead of rushing....
I got the clock embossed card and cut it down to tag size. Dabbed brown and black acrylic paint in several places and then smooshed (technical term!) it around with a baby wipe...A technique I found out about recently and now I adore applying paint like that. I got a kind of weathered bronze effect, which I enhanced with some dabs of copper and gold metallic rub-on.
The cut out cogs were wiped over with black acrylic paint and then given the same metallic sheen. I added some dabs of black soot DI to bring back some black in places where I had overdone the metal effect.
I stamped a Tim Holtz quote in archival black ink on grey card and then distressed it with some Antique linen and Gathered Twigs DI.
I cut out a Digi stamp of a clock and covered it with Antique Linen and edged with Walnut Stain DI. A calendar page was used after being stuck onto card and dabbed in the same ink. The year was added too.
Bronze brads were used to attach the Die cut hinges which had been inked in walnut stain before covering with copper metallic rub-on.
Bronze letters spelling the word 'TIME' were added...the fallen 'E' was an accident! I actually dropped it as I was placing it and it landed at an angle. I picked it up, placed it straight and realised it looked better at an angle...As one of my favourite artists Bob Ross always said "There are no mistakes...only happy accidents" - Well, that was a very happy accident!
I needed a tie to attach to the top of the tag....and I went with ribbon - despite my determination to do masculine. I had some twine but it didn't look right. So I got some paper ribbon and wiped along it with the Gathered Twigs DI pad. I then unravelled it, and went over it using a blending tool with Gathered inks DI - This meant there were the darker streaks from where it had been wiped with the pad and paler colour all over from the blending tool. I made the ribbon tattier by tearing a hole in one of the bows after it had been attached.
So there is my first masculine tag - I think I like it! Hope you like it! Please leave me a comment if you do. I would love to know what you think....
Thanks so much for being here and taking the time to read!
I am entering this tag in the following challenges -
Simon says stamp and show - What are you known for? Although the style of this tag is new to me I think I am known for my tags - They are the usual thing I post about in this blog.
Fussy and Fancy - Circles