Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Bird and the Butterflies Tag- Doodling and Layering


Wow, I've finally gotten some time to watch the last 2 episodes of Creative Chemistry 101 with Tim!! And of course, he never fails to inform and teach. You cannot go wrong with these lessons, they are a mini Ranger U for sure. Click on the link above for supplies from Inspiration Emporium and start taking the classes.

Now for a bit of Tag Fun from me!

The Bird and the Butterflies

I think I've found my niche.

This tag and my journal pages make me happy.

And it's just a piece of paper....if you don't like it....wait a day and add something else.

That's what happened here. I made the background. Didn't care for it. A week later it called my name!

I had added color to the tag with watercolor crayons and reinker sprays.

 Then after using the unknown number stencil with the white paint dabber on another tag, I used Dyan Reaveley's technique of pressing the excess paint onto this tag...hence the backwards numbers here and blobby paint spots.

There's wonderful tutorials on her blog!

You can also see Stencil work here. I LOVE The Crafters Workshop Stencils!!!! Julie Balzer is amazing. I actually used one of her earlier stencils, Punchinella, but it has a mini section of the Chickenwire stencil that is linked above.

Tim used her Numbers Stencil in Lesson 4. Love it!

If you want to see a great ARTIST at work, check out her blog.

This  Bird is by Collections. I sprayed it with a long ago concoction I found in a Mini Mister.

Added a stamp from Artistic Outpost-Whimsical Melange and some white pen to make it stand out.

The  Tim Holtz Papillon stamps  were stamped over the sprayed background with Jet Black Archival Ink.

You can see the Butterflies and Numerals that have been highlighted with white ink.

I drew a few leaves in the top left corner and painted color with the  Distress Markers  on them.

I like my tags to lay flat. Therefore I mount them on heavy chipboard. Here I used plain old gray chipboard that I dabbed around some color with Distress Stains. Make it blotchy.

Then when it's dry you can glue your tag to it, trim leaving a small edge,
 and it will have a cool border.

This is one of the new Prima Wooden Buttons. I started to add color on the right, and decided to take a before and after picture.

This is the button after I added layers of color with the Distress Markers.

Cool, eh??? (For my Canadian Ranger U friends, yes, I am still prone to saying it years later.)

Here you can see lots and lots of doodling and pen marks. I freehand drew stars and outlined the butterflies with white pen.

The white paint blob has the new Tim stamp Mixed Media over it that added a really fun layer.

So if you want to practice journal backgrounds....try it on a tag to get your feet wet!



There were so many products used here, I decided to try a different layout of them. I've yet to work on setting up my inLinks, so click for Inspiration Emporium links below.

Still $5 shipping within the US!!

Products used:
Distress Markers Ranger- Barn Door, Dried Marigold, Pine Needles, Forest Moss and Weathered Wood
Distress Stains Ranger - Broken China and Chipped Sapphire
Distress Re-Inkers Ranger - Fired Brick, Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint
Perfect Pearls Powder Ranger - Sunflower Sparkle
Snow Cap Paint Dabber Ranger
Wood Buttons Prima - Natures Garden
Balzer Designs Stencils/The Crafter's Workshop - Punchinella
Jet Black Archival Ink Ranger
White Gelly Roll Pen - Sakura
Balck Glaze Pen - Sakura
Tim Holtz Stamps Stamper Anonymous - Mixed Media, Little Labels, and Papillon
Whimsical Melange Stamp Artistic Outpost
Mini Mister - Ranger
Manila Tag #8 - Ranger
Chipboard Bird Collections

And lastly, here is where my Vagabond is located. Right where I need it!


Unknown said...

Great tag, great tip for getting feet wet by doing tag those prima wooden buttons, love the tag.

rainbo5086 said...

Very cool. I love the tag.

Pam said...

Just got my chin off the ground!! WOWZERS!!!
Another fab creation from the fab Ms Linda!
Sure can see the Dyan influence here, and it works so well!

Marianne/skorpionen said...

Ahhh...gorgeous tag!! Love the background and the wooden butterfly button! Correction: I love the whole tag!
I always has tags laying around on my desk most of them with just "leftovers" from stencils, pencils or stamps. Love it!

ann said...

WOWSER!!!! Jaw to the floor!!!
This tag has so much wonderful detail and colour and yes I love those stencils. xx

cheryl said...

oh Hun,this is just brilliant,your detail Hun just blows,me away Hun just stunning,hugs Cherylxxxxxxxx

ellen vargo designs said...

Holy guacamole... you are ROCKIN' it lately Miss Linda!!! Stunning! Such deep, rich colors offset with all the white accents and doodling - absolutely LOVE it! xxx

tesascrap said...

I love it!. The background is awesome and the butterfly button so cute.
Thanks for sharing.

2amscrapper said...

wowzers! I have to come back here to study this! I just--and I mean "just" watched Dyan's video and saw the paper towel technique. And I picked up a Balzer stencil when I stopped in PAS. Now for time to play....

Susan said...

Gorgeous tag!

Michelle Webb said...

I love your tag doodling Linda, and I love reading your blog, the way you write, it's just so interesting. I'm glad I found you last week. Michelle x

Belinda Basson said...

I love what you have done with this tag. I am also busy with this course and just loving having Tim in my studio.

Dottie said...

Beautiful!! Love the color and the white accents add the perfect punch.

Candy C said...

Wow oh wow Linda. Your tag is beautiful! I love your background! You add those white opaque doodles and POP!!! It all looks fantastic! <3 Candy

Sugar Lump Studios said...

this is gorgeous Linda! I love it! Happy Sunday to you!

Elaine A said...

Linda -

LOVE this tag! Such awesome colors. Really love the wooden button too.

Elaine Allen

Debby said...

Very cool tag. Yep nothing like pressing a stencil to another page or tag to use up the extra ink. Love what you have been doing with all of your colors! Amazing. Hope to catch up a bit more today. I shall have to remember your words of wisdom "It's only a piece of paper"!

Kathie said...

Great job!!! The ink colors are great and I love the stencils!!

Maria said...

This is one of the most amazing tags I have ever seen - I literally mouthed the word "wow" when I saw it ... wonderful work, Linda! This is just amazing!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous and I love that tied butterfly idea ... superb tag
hugs June x

marymac said...

Very Beautiful. I do love all your tags but then I find anything you do I would be happy to have.

Art By Wanda said...

Wonderful tag, Linda!!! You are having fun with all these layers and doodling!!!

Lynn Stevens said...

I think you found your nitch too Linda, except you never lost it in the first place.
Love your tag it looks a little like batik.
hugs Lynn

Annette Green said...

You are truly inspiring Linda. This is a masterpiece. I love everything that's going on in this tag. And I love that you didn't throw away that initial background idea. It worked out for you tenfold! Lovely!!