Saturday, 31 March 2012

Joining in with these Artful Times

There's a new challenge blog which my very good friend, Neet has launched along with a few of her arty buddies. I know they are excited to see it up and running and after much discussion and debate, have given it the rather gorgeous title of the Artful Times.

And their first challenge...

to make a tag!

Well, as you are probably musing to yourself, that is right up my creative street. So I'm only too pleased to conjure something up and join in.

I began by running my tag through an embossing plate, before applying grey acrylic paint. I dry brushed a lighter grey over the top to highlight the embossed pattern as well as to the edges. I die cut the silhouette images, painted them with acrylic paints and coated with a thin layer of clear embossing powder. The flower is handmade using a Tim Holtz flower strip die. The leaves were cut out by hand, inked around the edges and run through a crinkle tool.

I then pieced it all together, adding wooden flower shapes, buttons, brads and lace. I added the found text which is a mix from a scrap of MME paper and a pottery book. I outlined with white paint and finished off by tying the tag up with a length of lace.

I trust the arty folk over at the times will like it. And if you are keen on knocking out a tag or two, why not join in. The ladies (as if! lol) are all wonderful people and I know they'll be giddy with delight at each and every entry.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend and sneaking in some time to be creative too.



Frank Garcia said...

What a lovely tag, love the flowers, and the silhouettes, awesome wood pieces, the flower rocks as always! Gorgeous work Paul, love this tag, will check out your friend's site too!

Hugs! Frank

sam21ski said...

Wow Paul gorgeous tag, lovely balance.

Thank you so much for supporting our first challenge and coming over to play with us at Artful Times.

Sam xxx

Von said...

Fabulous use of Die cuts Paul:)makes for an elegant tag .
Thank you for joining us on our first challenge at Artful Times
Von x♥x

Neet said...

Paul, thanks for your lovely tag - am so glad you included one of your beautfiul flowers. Like the well thought out content and placement of all the elements.
Thank you for the lovely write up you have given us too - you are a true friend.
Hugs, Neet xx

chrissie said...

Terrific tag-everything is so English


Chris said...

Fabulous tag, Paul. Love those die cut silhouettes and, of course, your gorgeous flowers.

Kory K said...

Great great tag! I love how the gray color turned out- the lighter gray dry-brushed over looks so soft- the tag almost looks fabric! I don't think I could manage such a light hand with the dry brushing. I need a lesson! Lol

You and Frank are making me want tontry some flowers!


Suze Bain said...

Love the embellishments on your tag, a fab tag.

alexa said...

This is very stylish - and very English, those silhouettes!

Sandra said...

just been told about your blog by Lyndsay Mason. Will be checking it regularly now as love your style.

Julia S-W said...

I particularly like the background you have created for your tag. It's so effective yet remains delicate and not too much 'in your face' (one of my problems I fear!!). Lovely tag.

strangelycreative said...

Great tag and I love the way you have explained it, made it really interesting.

Andrea Ewen said...

What a beautiful entry for Neet's challenge...certainly apropos for your current trend! You make it look so many glorious elements that, in their own right, could be showcased on their own. However you have a wonderful gift for putting elements together in a deft, elegant way.

Michele said...

Perfect theme for you! Fab tag - love the silhouettes. I hadn't realised you'd moved back to blogger - I thought you'd been quiet. x