Monday, 20 May 2013

Tag a Day project #12

Hello everyone and welcome. I hope you are all having a good week!
Alright, so here we are, tag number 12....


This whole project has been a great process for me, and has been hugely helped by all your wonderful comments and support! Many of you kept saying that you didn't think I had lost my mojo, the thing is, I really did.... right now it comes and goes, but I think that's normal. You see I think the thing with mojo is, it's all about how you feel, and not about the outcome of your projects...

Anyway, part of this project was experimenting with colour and texture, in some of the tags it was more about texture, in this one it was more about colour.

The main stamp is the Blazing Poppies by Indigoblu. I first saw this stamp used on the blog of the wonderful Paula Whittaker, and was so inspired that it went straight to the top of my wishlist. She has made several other projects with it since, - check them out, they are amazing!!

Anyway, here is my play with it. The background was inked with Wild Honey, Bundled Sage and Crushed Olives Distress Inks. I used the Crafters Workshop Chicken Wire and Chicken Wire reversed stencil, because they remind me of honey combs. The bees stamps are from Tim Holtz and the little butterfly at the top is from a Just Rite set.  The emellishment at the top that was bright silver to start with was treated with numerous EPs and paints until it had a suitable rusty look, and the sentiment was computer generated.

Here are some close ups still:

 I stamped the flowers and leaves twice and fussy cut them to add more dimension. I also used some Adirondak ink in Coffee with a water brush to add a bit of shadow and make the flowers pop a bit more.

Well, there you have it. Again, thank you so much for all your support during this project. I still have a new cover to do, but think I will give this project a bit of a break for just now.


Here finally you can see a picture of all 12 tags together:

Thank you so much for visiting and have a great week!


51 comments:

Laura Turner said...

Your tag is just gorgeous! I love your use of color and the depth you've created. All your tags are truly inspirational!

Laura from sundayview.blogspot.com

Chris Gualazzi said...

This is a beautiful creation. I hope that mojo comes back!

Paula Whittaker said...

Think your use of the stamp is waaaayyyyy better than my efforts....you've used it beautifully and the overall collection looks stunning - you should definitely mount them some how - maybe on a canvas, or such like.

olenka said...

Beautiful! Love all your tags!

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow, what an amazing work of ART, every tag, is a beauty on his own!!Like them all very much, you are a great talented lady!!

Greetings
Maria

Redanne said...

Hi Astrid, I so agree with you about Mr Mojo being affected by the way you feel! I so wish mine would come back to me..... Your final tag is just the icing on the cake - it's stunning. It is such a beautiful stamp to work with but I really love how you have gone away from the 'traditional colour' and made it very special. Hugs, Anne x

Rosie Schirrmeister said...

This tag and all the other are great artwork and sooooo beautiful, Astrid.

Sue Butler said...

Hello Astrid
All 12 Tags are to die for, and the work in them is truly inspiring, I know exactly how you feel as I am experiencing the same symptoms as regards the motivation coming and going.
Thank you for keeping me motivated the last few weeks with these Tags.
Smiles:)
Sue

itsazoo said...

Your work is absolutely WONDERFUL......Did I say wonderful ......I meant AWESOME......
I get so inspired......
Thanks......

Marianne said...

This tag is amazing!! I'm speechless. What a beauty... stamps and colours just the way I LOVE it.
I loved all your tags, but this one is very special!!
xxx Marianne

Heather Rogers said...

Oh! Astrid!

Today's is so pretty; love the colours reminds me of a soft warm summer afternoon with just the sound of the bees buzzing round the flowers and the very distant hum of a mower! Mmmm! lovely. Bit like yesterday really. :)

Thank you for posting a piccie of them all together as well for us. It has been a truly amazing project so very well done! If this is an example of you when you have lost your mojo, not sure I could cope if you ever find it again! ROFL!

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

Ros Crawford said...

Oh this is gorgeous ... I really love how you use your paints ... and I am so glad you showed them all ... I was hoping you would ... they really are stunning!

Cazann49 said...

Hi Astrid, I love all your tags especially the colours of today :) xx

Rita said...

Your tag is just stunning Astrid. The colours are so happy and cheerful. What a challenge and you have done it to such a high standard too. Thank-you for all the inspiration. Well Done. Hugs Rita xx

Debbie Brackett said...

I have really enjoyed your tags. I agree that your mojo has not been on the fritz. You are truly an amazing artist!

Margaret Mifsud said...

This has been an amazing journey Astrid and thank you for taking us along. I hope you feel that your mojo is coming back and that you are becoming comfortable again with your art. For me, I think your creations are incredible, I love visiting your blog because there is so much inspiration to be found here. Your colour choices and the way you create your backgrounds is fantastic and the embellishments you use always suit your project so well. I love this tag. I think this is my favourite of the 12 and I can't wait to see the cover you are creating for them. ox Marg

Martina2801 said...

All your tags are so beautiful, Astrid! I could not decide which I like best. Quite fantastic! Great compliment!

Candy C said...

Astrid...I am such a huge fan of your work. You always make the most gorgeous pieces, so beautifully crafted and thought out. I always love your color palettes and the quiet beauty of each of your designs. These tags are absolutely amazing. I also wanted to thank you for totally making my day with the comment you left on my blog this morning. Seriously...I truly appreciate your comments because I respect your talent so much. Have a wonderful week. <3 Candy

Tracie Dean said...

Another beauty!! Love the bright cheery color!!!

Happy Crafting
Tracie

Kelly Neis said...

This one is so gorgeous in your coloring and the floral with the butterfly and bee, just so beautiful to look at. Very artistic and well done. Love this one also. Your tags are so beautiful how fun for you to have them all together.
Hugs Kelly

Fandhmum said...

Another absolutely beautiful tag, Astrid. I have so enjoyed this project,
Rosie x

Ria Gall said...

Hi Astrid
WOW WOW WOW I think this is my most fav of the 12 what a tag. The colours, layers, texture and depth make this tag shout "Look at Me".
Everywhere the eye looks it sees something else, fantastic
Ria

Maryanne said...

I love this tag! It's beautiful and the color is fantastic. All of them have been beautiful. I think you hit upon a great way to overcome a temporary loss of mojo. I'm planning to keep it in mind for when my mojo takes a vacation!

Brenda Brown said...

STUNNING Astrid, sooooo beautiful. This has been a truly inspirational journey watching your new tags emerge one by one and I have loved being a part of it, albeit as an onlooker. This last one is gorgeously vibrant with the colour palette you have chosen and with the fabulous imagery is a wonderful sight to behold. Congratulations on your achievements you have done a magnificent job. I think if they were mine I would mount them on a framed burlap panel. I am sure you will look back on them often and feel more motivated to create something new.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Diane D. said...

Well, your Mojo is definitely back!
These are just wonderful. I love each and everyone. You said your done with the tags, I can't wait to see what you come up with next!!
DianeD

May said...

Fabulous Tag, Love the way those flowers jump of the page...Gorgeous colours...Your work Astrid is Fabulous.. I agree with Brenda... you should display these beauties on to a canvas...Gorgeous work well done... Love them all could not pick a fav as all works of art in their own right....Thank you for the tutorials & wonderful inspiration... Hugs May x x x

pam said...

amazing tag, which is totally stunning, love how you have created all your embellishments
pam

Margie said...

A beautiful warm creation Astrid - this one makes me feel summer is just around the corner!

So pleased you showed all 12 tags together so we could appreciate them again and thanks for sharing your wonderful tag journey. Margie x

birdie2107 said...

All just beautiful! Thank you for sharing your talent with us.
Linda

Maryann said...

Wonderful bright color here today too. I love it as much as I just love all of these gorgeous tags here. You´ve done an awesome job on all these Astrid.

Christine D said...

oh that tag is wonderful, not just the beautiful colours, but the little touches of this and that, its got a delicacy and simplicity too. really lovely.

Sandy said...

They are all beautiful Astrid - it is a pleasure to view your artwork.
Sandy

Debi said...

what an amazing mojo collection! of tags, love the yello and that stamp of tag 12, but think that 3 and 4 the Blues are my overall favs , it's been a great inspiration to watch you create these tags, Debi x

Dorthe said...

Such a most happy coloured and very beautiful "last" tag dear Astrid!
The flower stamp, and the bees are wonderful, and I love you white painted the tiny ones, which gives light to the yellow shine. The silver piece you treated with EP? looks so amazing - and there are so many layers of stamps and paint, ,which gives a beautiful depth in your gorgeous tag.
Thankyou for taking me on this wonderful tag tour, the last almost 2 weeks my friend...you alwayes inspire ,-and teach me new things!!
Hugs and love, Dorthe

Lori Aragon said...

I can only imagine the beauty that will flow through you when your mojo is in full swing! All of your tags are outstanding!!!

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Wow, what a stunning selection of tags - beautiful work Astrid!

You've asked me about the Tea Time napkin. I usually buy my napkins in a local department store as they carry a beautiful selection there. I tried to Google the manufacturer for you but I don’t think they have a retail website. The only place online I was able to find them is this: http://en.dawanda.com/product/36071393-TEA-TIME-TEAPOT-NAPKIN-DECOUPAGE-SERVIETTE

Hope this helps! xx

butterfly said...

Gorgeous, golden, glowing (sorry, bit alliterative today)... and that green verdigris texture on the filigree piece is just glorious (yup...).

I've been so inspired by your process through these tags, and the openness with which you've shared your qualms - thank you for that, and for the beauty and creativity you've shared with us too over the last couple of weeks.

Alison xx

Anita Houston said...

WOW!!! Number 12 finishes the lot amazing! It's gorgeous...flowers and color, and I love the BEE theme! What a fabulous collection! I truly love them all Astrid! Your mojo is back in full force!

Dame Jeanne Marie said...

This is my absolute favorite tag!!! I think that I need to get his stamp too.

marda said...

All of your tags have been so beautiful, but #12 really got me. I've just done some bee themed cards so along with butterflies what could be prettier?? Love the colors you've used. Oh my, never thought I could actually pick a favorite, but this one is IT.

Ellie Knol said...

Astrid, wat mij betreft ga je nog maar even door met al die prachtige tags! Ik heb van elk genoten - keep them coming!

Dianne said...

GORGEOUS,12 glorious tags, everyone one of them.. This last one is so beautiful they backgrounds is blended wonderfully, those flowers almost look real on there. I too love the honeycomb, the only way I can achieve that look is by, spritzing ink on bubble wrap and laying it on cardstock to dry, I will have to invest in that stencil, its beautiful. You're right about how we feel, last week I was in a funk and just couldn't get to my desk. I wish I could send you a lovely roll of wide lace I have the tags would look gorgeous framed in white lace. Thats my idea:O). Thanks for so inspiring me with your work, have a wonderful day.Look at all 41 wonderful comments, well deserved my dear..

Bärbel said...

Wow, Astrid, ich bin angesichts der prachtvoll gestalteten Tags überwältigt, sie sind wirklich atemberaubend schön!
Chapeau!

Marisa Job said...

You are such an inspiration! Your work is outstanding!!

Michelle Webb said...

Wow Astrid you really have made 12 amazing, colourful and inspirational tags. They are ALL brilliant, and full of wonderful colour. I love them all. Michelle x

Anke said...

WOW WOW WOW Deine Tags schauen gigantisch aus, die Übersicht gefällt mir sehr. Ein Wahnsinnsbild !!!

Und Deine Nummer 12 ist der Hammer, ein TRAUM-TAG.

Herzliche Grüße
von Anke

Ann Marie said...

It has been so much fun to see what beautiful tag you've created next and I've thoroughly enjoyed reading your process on each one. It's been especially helpful to read how you've tinkered with something that didn't come out exactly how you planned and how you went about getting a more pleasing result - something I need to do pretty frequently, lol.
Thank you so much for being such a wonderful teacher and inspiration Astrid. I just love visiting your blog every day :)

Sarah said...

Each of your tags is equally lovely and shows how diverse you are. I have enjoyed seeing your work as you progressed through this muse awakening exercise.
My favorite is No. 11. I love the clusters, the layering , and the coloring...beautiful!

Julia S-W said...

A beautiful background Astrid which showcases those stamps perfectly. I love how you've aged your metal embellishment.

The full set of your tags shows a stunning set of artful magic Astrid.
So creative!
Juliaxx

Susie Bentz said...

Lovely tags Astrid! Each and every one...but I think you saved the best for last! Great idea to just play and experiment.

Buttons said...

The colour blending diagonally through this tag holds the rest together so well and makes the tag glow with a real warmth. Your final set of tags should be treasured to inspire whenever you need a push. They are an absolute triumph. Hugs, Jenny x

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