Friday, April 30, 2010

Chaos Project

A while back Tim Holtz wrote in his blog about a class he did called Creative Chaos. (If you click on that link you'll be taken to Tim's blog post on the class, and see the completed projects).   He was team teaching with Jennifer McGuire,  there was a tag-making, technique-learning frenzy going on, and the resulting tags were put together on a canvas.  Very cool, yes, and it inspired my friend Pam (who I know from ATT and the Mexico cruise) to put together the very ambitious Chaos Project.

So many ATTers signed up, there are three groups doing this.  Pam created a template of the finished canvas. All the tags are of different sizes, and some are arranged vertically, some horizontally.  We each signed up for a specific tag, and will create enough for everyone in our group.  Pam is going to put together the tag collages for us and send them to us.  Awesome!

My completed tags, shown above, were sent to Pam in California on Tuesday, and they're already in her hands!   Can't wait until everyone else finishes and mails so Pam can get started.  I know this will be an art piece I'll love having.

Here's a closer look:
The background was done on glossy magazine paper.  I stamped a bird with clear ink, covered with clear embossing powder, heat set.  Then applied several colors of distress inks over top with a blending tool.  Of course, the embossed areas resist the ink.  You can see the birds kind of walking across the tags.

The little border on the top is just inked grungepaper with holes punched for the type charms that spell out "fly."

As for the butterfly....a sizzix die...embellished with KAT's "drunken scotch" technique in various blue alcohol inks.  The antennae are done with resistors I curled with pliers.  I attached the butterfly with an "x" of mini staples using Tim's Tiny Attacher, and ended it all with a trail of bling.

16 comments:

Dorothy said...

Nice tag Eileen! Love the colors!

Tammy D said...

Nice job. Love the background.

Sherry Goodloe said...

I always love the tags you create Eileen. I clicked on one here and can see those birds walking across the tag *smiles*

Angie Hall Haviland said...

FABULOUS Tags, Eileen!! Love these :)

Nanc said...

Very nice tag. I remember the project that Tim did. I know this will be a wonderful project too.

Lori said...

Very cool, love how you used blue colors on the drunken scotch technique, the texture is awesome. Just love the embossed resist technique, very cool and great affect. These are awesome, can't wait to see everyone's finished project!

Penny Duncan Creations said...

Eileen these are ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!! I LOVE all the techniques you used and they're so warm looking...I can't wait to see the completed project you get back!!!!GORGEOUS!!!

Diann said...

Oh, I'm like you, what a fabulous group of tags you'll have on display! Your tags are wonderfully done and I like the various techniques you used...love the birds walking across too! Diann

c.louise said...

I often find myself wishing I lived closer to you so I could learn hands on all these wonderful creations you make.

inge said...

Hello Eileen,

I think I'm in your group :) ( group 1, isn't it ?)

I like the background : love the technique with the embossing ink as a resist, but never tried distress inks on glossy magazine paper !

The butterfly is intriguing : did you use paper or cardboard or grungepaper as the background for this butterfly. The drunken scotch technique is great and I love the colorcombinations you used.

greetings from Belgium
Inge

Sandi M said...

So Pretty! I think the chaos swap is going to be a wonderful piece to hang in our homes.

2amscrapper said...

great project and your contribution is wonderful because I love your style.

buglady said...

Nice tags! Too bad I am not in your group. But I think all groups are going to have fantastic tags to work with!
Aloha, Kate

Patzee said...

Eileen, you've put the zing in spring and managed chaos in this project. What a cool tag! Love the bird and mix of crazy techniques to achieve a tiny piece of art that will be part of a larger art piece. Can't wait to see the finished panel.

KAT said...

Eileen - beautiful tag! Love the background effect! Wonder if we are in the same group? Thanks for the link back to my drunken scotch technique!

Pam Austin (pamicat) said...

I have those wonderful tags in my hot little hands! Lucky me! They are beautiful in person. Thanks Eileen for your very generous mention of the Creative Chaos swap I am hosting. So glad you are a player.