Saturday, March 1, 2014

Mixed Media Art Tag Book part 1

Today I am sharing a special project I created for the Pastel March challenge at The Craft Garden. Kerry the owner of the challenge sent everyone on the Design Team some fab little packages full of the most wonderful embellishments for us to use on this months project. I am not much of a pastel person and often struggle with such soft colors but all in all I think I did ok with this one. This month instead of making a single project, I created something more in-depth project to show off all the pretties things I received and the result was an Art Tag Book, bound together by a single metal book ring.

I love Books and Art Tags and especially like this combination because it can be appreciated as single complete piece as well as the tags removed and used individual to keep your place in your favorite books. 

Above is a photo of the contents of the lovely package I received and although I used quite a few of the things in this project, I saved some for later projects which I have some ideas for.
Jeweled & Copper Wire Art Tag ... Included in my package were two round purple plastic elements ( a small one and a large one). As soon as I saw them, I knew I had to make something special with them and decided on a Copper Wire Bookmark with the Round Purple Elements as the main focal points. The beaded part of the book mark hangs on the outside while the curled piece on the right holds your place inside the book. I love making wire bookmarks because they can be so simple yet so elegant and different and this one is just perfect for my new John Lennon Book which was a Christmas present from my beautiful daughter.

Combo Pocket and Art Tag ... The images above a combo project, with a pocket tag on the right and the tag that fits in the pocket on the right. The Tender Thoughts sentiment is from the back of a recycled greeting card (never throw anything away) and the pocket was made from a keepsakes bag from Kerry's package. Also from the package is the paper text button flower which Kerry sells on her Ebay Shop. I added a little glitter glue to the paper flower and although it does not really show in the photo, it stiffened the flower enough that I was able to curle the petals a bit and have them retain their shape. The Edge of a Petal sentiment is from my CS Designs and the tiny pink flowers were  cut from text weight paper patterned paper and glued onto heavy watercolor paper and cut out for a 3d effect.
The tag on the left uses another flower from my package, and the text background as well as the square below the flower are from a recycled book page which has been colored with pigment ink. The sentiments for both tags are computer generated. The image on the left tag is the lovely Cosmo who is one of my own CS Designs digi stamp. I created the copper butterfly with a punch and gluing several layers to give a 3 dimensional look and then painted it with copper acrylic paint. I created the little pink pearl leaf embellishments with some scrap wire and some stray pink beads. The pink lace under the butterfly and by the beaded leafs were also from the package I received. 
Purple (Clean And Simple ) CAS Art Tag ... The purple Art Tag on the left is a little different for me, I love to embellish and multi-layer in my art and this one is pretty much CAS, but I think the simplicity and soft minimal colors is what adds to the delicate beauty of this tag. The main focal point is named Ange Face and she is one of my original designs from my CS Designs / Victorian digital stamp designs. Angel Face has been colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with odorless turpentine to give her a soft effect. Since this tag fits into the Art Tag Book, I left off putting a tassel on the top. When I added it it seem to detract from the ribbon tied around the sentiment and thought it really didn't need one to be usable as a bookmark.

My Art Tag Book is playing in the following challenges.
The Crafting Cafe ... CAS ...(My Purple Tag)
Crazy Catz ... #220 Anything Goes
Digi Haven ... Bookmark
Digitally Sweet ... Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday ... Anything Goes Purple Tag
Addicted to Stamps and More  CAS #84 Purple Tag
Thursday Throwdown .. Anything Goes
Hiding in my Craft Room ... Spring Colors  ... Combo pocket and Art Tag

Thank you for visiting me today, if you enjoyed my Art Tag book please let me know by leaving me a comment, so I can find you and visit you as well. I plan to add a few more tags to my Art Tag book soon and hope you will come back for part 2

Also be sure to stop by The Craft Garden this month. Our theme is Pastels and there are some really lovely prizes.

Thank you !!! Kerry for the awesome package, hope you like what I did with it. :)


Desire Fourie said...

Chris its always such a delight to see you have posted. Wow this is another amazing creative and arty creation. There is just so many beautiful little details on each of these stunning tags. You have definitely rocked the pastel theme. Your self designed image of the lady on the lilac tag is still one of my favourite image. Looking forward to your next creation.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful work! Valerie

Kerry said...

You're very welcome. I'm so glad they went to such creative use. I've always toyed with the idea of stiffening the flowers so it's nice to see how it works

Ellis said...

Stunning tagbook you have made and you did a great job on the pastels! =)
Love all the small details you added on each tag.
Hugs, Elenor

Crea-Sandra said...

Gorgeous tags!
Thanks for joining us at Digi Haven!
♥ Sandra ♥

Mad Moose said...

A really lovely selection of tags. Thanks for sharing it with us this week at Crafty Catz. Naomi x

sandie said...

Fabulous tags and I love the colouring of your purple tag-great hair! Thanks for joining us at ATSM

Karen said...

Beautiful work, what fun it must have been to have a package of fabulous goodies to work with! Thanks for entering on the Bookmark Challenge at Digi Haven - Karen, DT

Janette said...

Such stunning creations, so beautiful...
Thanks for sharing with us at CraftyCatz this week.xx

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Just stunning hun, I love them all!

Hugs Shell xx

Sandy Trefger said...

Beautiful tags! Thanks for sharing with us at Digi Haven!

Kristin said...

WOwowow! This is just gorgeous! I totally want to copy you ;) I love the idea of a tag book - and your pieces are beautiful on their own as well as in a group. Digging the pocket tag the most! xoxo

Wendy Fraser said...

Oh wow, what a stunning project, so much pretty detail. Thanks for joining us at Digi Haven xx

Astrid said...

Such a great project !

Deborah Frings said...

These tags are all amazing. I do like the colouring on the purple one! Very pretty. Thanks so much for playing along with ASM this week!

Marjie Kemper said...

Looks like you had a great time making this. Love the design and your hidden pocket too!

Claire said...

hi Chris, thanks so much for your kind comments, its lovely to 'meet' you and a real pleasure to join your band of followers. Your blog is fab, I love your artwork and these tags are stunning.
Claire xx

McCrafty's Cards said...

These are fabulous, Thank you for playing along with us at Digi Haven, Good Luck and hope to see you again
Kevin xx

Christine said...

Love the tags - what a great package to work with.
Thanks for visiting me and leaving such lovely encouraging comments.
Love the article on photo mounts in your ezine ....
Take care.

Jenscrapstoo said...

Beautiful Tags, such lovely artwork!! Love the Spring Colours you have used!!
Thanks for joining us at Hiding in my Craft Room
Cheers Jennie DTM

Dawn Lancaster said...

Thanks for joining in the fun at The Crafting Cafe for our CAS challenge!
Good Luck
Dawn xx

Hussena said...

Hi Chris!
I love your mixed media tag book. Beautiful work. Thank you so much for dropping by my blog and leaving me such wonderful comments. Really appreciate it :)

Silvia(Barnie) said...

That's a wonderful tag book, fabulous details.

Michele said...

absolutely beautiful. i am so inspired by each one! xo