Monday, June 7, 2010

Tags, A Button Fairy, A Cool Technique, And More

I just got back from the optham opthomol opthamol oh, crap, the eye doctor, and had my pupils dilated, so I'm writing this with sunglasses on, squinting madly and looking generally deranged.  Well, I don't care how I look; you can't see me, but I am a little concerned about what I'm writing, basically through one half shut eye.  I'm just warning you that I'm not responsible for typos today.
First, some tags I did.  On Saturday I went to a rubber stamp expo and scored some very cool Frida Kahlo stamps and used one on the tags.
A couple of close ups:
I did two variations on the chalkboard technique.  On the tag itself, I inked it thoroughly with chipped sapphire distress ink and let it dry. Then I stamped it with white ink and a flourish stamp.  I dabbed some pastels over the white ink.  That's variation #1, and though much of it is hidden, you can see some of it on the left side of the tags.
For the second variation, I stamped the Frida Kahlo stamp with versamark on dark blue cardstock, then dabbed all the stamped areas with perfect pearls.
Frida has a necklace made from a resistor.  She's attached to the tag with Tim's tiny attacher staples.  Peeking out on the right side are a couple of strips of tim's tissue tape (which I LOVE).  Other details include some rub ons, a little sparkle in the form of flat crystals on the top left corner, and the word "artist" spelled out in tiny letters that are under little domes.
Over at PID, our weekly challenge theme is "In the Garden," and my contribution is a garden button fairy.  How I got it to fit the theme, was by attaching some little flowers to the buttons.  Pretty clever, aren't I?  (Yes, right now I really am LOL).
Those wings that really do resemble stained glass, will be fully explained tomorrow on the PID blog (Technique Tuesday, my weekly contribution).
And that isn't even the cool technique in the title of this post.  A few days ago I posted a picture of a beach themed canvas I did, and asked that the creator of the grungepaper fish I used identify herself.

Well, she did, and I am happy to give you a link to her tutorial on how to use GP and glue to make this amazing little critter.  Look to your left and check out that fish!
 Thank you Linda!  Even if you aren't interested in GP and glue (and why wouldn't you be?), go to Linda's blog anyway.  She is talented and a hoot besides.

As a designer for PID, I create projects for specified themes a few times a year.  For our June newsletter, my topic was shrines, boxes, tins...things that can be opened and closed.  A couple of these projects have just gone up on the PID blog.  Check the out if you care to.
And last of all, for those of you following along with my altered book journey, there's a short update on that blog re: making your own glazes.
Now, stop reading and go make something.


Kerry said...

Absolutely fantastic! I've been over to PID, checked out those out and left you some blog love there! Love these tags - the deep dark blue. I also have TH Tissue Tape, haven't used it yet but I love it! Thanks for all your explanations -- hope your eyes are okay! Go get your biscotti and a cuppa and relax! Thanks for sharing. Kerry P.

Nancy Lynn said...

Love all your creations. And you are quite the trooper to post while your eyes are dialated. And I love Linda's fish, etc too. She did this technique in a swap one time and I am the proud owner of a set of them. I saw your projects on PID facebook and they are great too.

Linda said...

Awesome tags! Love the wings on the fairy! I made a butterfly with similar wings, except I forgot to reverse the wings when I cut them so I ended with a side view of the butterfly! lol

Elaine A said...

Hi Eileen -

Ugh don't you hate when they dilate your eyes? I always end up with a smashing headache! Love your tags - I had hoped to go the show this year, but unfortunately could not make it. Two years ago my sister and I went up for the whole weekend. What a blast. So did you break the bank? LOL!
I will be sure to check out Linda's blog and tutorial for the fish.

Elaine Allen

AngieHallHaviland said...

GREAT NEW ART, Eileen!!! Congrats on the new stamp :)

teri said...

I love that sweet garden button fairy. how do the buttons stay together, if you don't mind me asking? (and when did that ever stop me before?)