Monday 14 January 2019

Vintage Mixed Media - Tando Creative and DecoArt

Last November I offered to make some bits for Di at Tando Creative to help her have some samples for a Hochanda show she was planning for. This was the first of three of this new sized tag. It is 26 cms long and 6 1/2 cms wide. I wasn't sure when I first saw them if I'd like the size but I found them so easy to create designs on I soon fell in love with them. She has also designed some new stencils which fit exactly over these tags and are perfect for creating the backgrounds.

1. Seal substrate with white gesso.
2. Dip, drip and dry washes of media fluid acrylics.
3, Stamp some text using treebranch archival ink.

4. Tear some used and dried teabags and add to the background.
5. Seal with matte medium or decoupage sealer.
6. Stencil numbers with white modeling paste coloured up separately with raw umber and quinacridone gold paint paint. Leave to dry.

7. Sand the edges to remove excess tea bags and distress the edges with ground espresso distress ink.
8. When dry add focal, rusted chipboard images, some embellishments and some words

Rusty Patina

a. Pounce over some raw umber, payes grey and cobalt teal hue over the stars, blending the together as you go.
b. With a piece of wet and dry foam blend some carbon black media acrylic round the edges of the star letting some blend over the top. Dry.
c. Spritz the stars with water and paint over a coat of neat quinacridone gold media acrylic and leave to stand so that the pigment pools in various random areas and heat dry. 
d. Repeat again if you want a more rusty look than you have already achieved. Also use some neat paint over the pooled areas to rust it even further.
e. Blend a tiny amount of brilliant turquoise metallic lustre round the edges and randomly over the surface keeping it very light. (You can always dabble a bit more quinacridone gold back onto the surface if you need to - I did!)

"The beauty is in the detail"
This is a saying I often use when teaching my workshops and to me it is so true, I always think about the details whether they be large and important ones or small finishing touches.

Just like these stars that had a lovely mat patina on them but I thought a little bit of metallic lustre would lift and brighten them some more.

 Words are always so important and I have loads of stamps with phrases and sayings on them but I also have a huge A4 file with my own computer generated ones. Then I get something unique to my project and the right size for placing them on.

 By stamping in a lighter ink you can get some lovely subtle details in the background.

So there we have the first of my trio and I was able to use the stars I designed for Di to use on a Ministry of Mixology make and take earlier in the year. Bonus!

Keep your eyes open for the next two long tags to appear .......


Jennie Atkinson said...

Oooh ..... love the background AND that gorgeous pantina effect Brenda. Gorgeous work x

Annie said...

Beautiful aged background and I too love the patina effect on the star x TFS Brenda

Hugs Annie xx

Words and Pictures said...

Lovely long lean tag - I like the format a lot, and of course you've filled it beautifully. The rusty decay of the background and the patina on those stars are all perfect. Looking forward to the rest of the trio!
Alison x

Patty O'Malley said...

Awesome tag, Brenda! I like the longer look. Cannot wait to see what the others will look like.

Meggymay said...

Its a fantastic background you covered the longer tag with super detail and stamping.
Yvonne xx

froebelsternchen said...

This is AMAZING!!! WOW! Brenda you never cease to amaze with your unique style!
Happy new week!

Jane said...

Wow Brenda this is one gorgeous tag. The colours work so well together and I love the stencilled numbers and the fab tarnished stars. As we said's all about the detail and yours are fab! It was so great to catch up today....we need a new date despite the lack of butterflies! Hugs xxx

Lisa said...

Oh wow, this is so amazing!! I am in love with the stars!! They're so gorgeous!! Absolutely stunning tag!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

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Redanne said...

I do love the shape of the tag Brenda, and your background, as always is gorgeous! Those patina stars are an incredibly beautiful addition - love this! Hugs, Anne xx

A Pink said...

Love the long and lean tag Brenda and you have definitely done it justice with your fabulous grungy creating . The patina star is lush especially when you added the metallic lustre . tfs
Hugs x

Claudia N. said...

An awesome tag, Brenda! The long format can be tricky to use, but you have rocked it (of course).
Claudia x