Friday, 29 January 2016

It's Tag Friday at AVJ

It's Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey with an opportunity to create just for fun, that means no theme, no challenge requirements, just pure unadulterated play time. As I have been very focussed on workshop projects as well as DT samples this gave me time to go back to my roots with a vintage collage feel but also to add in some mixed media.


I started by gluing some of Tim's papers to a tag with matte medium and when it was dry I attacked it with the sewing machine.

To add to the layers I scraped over some gesso, dried it and then sprayed with antique linen, iced spruce and pumice stone distress sprays, but as we know gesso and distress inks don't like each other and although I sat drying the inks for a long while they remained wet in places so I decided to leave it overnight to see what happened. It still didn't fully dry so I dabbed it with kitchen roll to take any excess ink off and then sprayed it with DecoArt Americana matte spray and hey presto it worked and I just loved the effects.


 I next set about gathering papers and a photo booth pic to put together to get a vintage collage focus .....


.... and some other small elements to add to the collection.....


.... and with one of the small talk stickers it all went together beautifully.


Do pop over to the AVJ post today to see the variety of tags on show, it's a fabulous collection of styles and talent.

Have a wonderful weekend.

hugs Brenda xxx

26 comments:

Lynn Price said...

LOVE your background and layering, Brenda!!! Absolutely fabulous, as is your sentiment - thank you for such wonderful inspiration!! xxx Lynn

Paula Cheney said...

all I can say is YUMMMM...just delicious Brenda!

Vintagehandmade said...

Absolutely stunning layered tag, Brenda! Love every single detail and your fantastic background! Hugs! Branka xxx

Jan Hill said...

Wow, beautiful tag Brenda. I wondered how you got that amazing background, I need to try gesso and ink combo. I am into sewing at the moment and love the detail along the side. Hugs Jan x

Astrid Maclean said...

A stunning mixed media creation Brenda!! The background is spectacular, and I love all the grungy layers and neutral colour palette, brilliant!

A Pink said...

An absolutely fabulous tag! Brenda . The background is amazing - LOVE it - so grungy and definitely not to be covered up. Fab choice of elements collaged perfectly.
Its one of those creations that i could look at for hours and always see something new .
x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous Brenda. Adore the stitching, the layers of papers, the vintage tones and imagery. Gorgeous. Tracy x

Nikki Acton said...

Wonderful effects - I need some of that spray! Such depth as usual and fabulous vintage tones xxx

S@ndy Diller said...

Love the texture and colors on this one Brenda. So fun to see. S@ndy xx

Terry said...

Wonderful tag for Tag Friday, Brenda! The added stitching is a nice touch with all the fabulous layers! Hugs and Happy Weekend!

Marjie Kemper said...

How beautiful! Love the stitching and layering.

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Beautiful Brenda, love the stitching of your layered background and the distress inks on the gesso came out beautifully, love all the interest and texture you created! And of course I adore the layered vintage ephemera, perfection! Deb xo

Meggymay said...

Just sat and had a good browse through all your posts I have missed, so many fantastic inspirational pieces and this tag is another one.
Yvonne xx

Redanne said...

Beautifully grungy, love the texture you created and the sewing looks beautiful. xx

Patty O'Malley said...

Wonderful tag, Brenda. Love how the background turned out.

kit cochran said...

I love the colors you chose and the vintage distressed look. I really like the stitching you used. Great tag.

kit cochran said...

I love the colors you chose and the vintage distressed look. I really like the stitching you used. Great tag.

Monic Deconi said...



Tag fabuleux bravo

Anita Houston said...

Look at you and all these fabulous layers!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!

Buttons said...

Oh Brenda, when you play the results are pure magic! LOVE this. Jenny x

that crazy chick said...

This is so beautiful (pinned before I finished reading your post).
Vicki

Gaby Bee said...

What a fantastic tag, Brenda! Stunning layers, texture and colors. Just brilliant!

Gaby xo

Barbara Schiassi said...

What a wonderful tag, so full of detail! And the background... fab! barbara

Jennie Atkinson said...

This is just SO stunning Brenda! The background is amazing - I just love the way the colours have worked with the gesso and papers. And then the little collage ………… Stunning !! Jennie x

Mary Elizabeth said...

Oh my goodness. That background is absolutely amazing. Love it!!!! Such a spectacular vintage tag. -- Mary Elizabeth

butterfly said...

Brilliant combination of mixed media layers and vintage collage - love the grungy, textured effect of the sprays over the gesso'd papers - and the finished look is just gorgeous.
Alison xx