Monday, September 2, 2013

Tim Holtz–12 Tags of 2013 {September}

Happy Labor Day and happy September friends!

Today I’m sharing my September 2013 Tim Tag – can you believe it, it was just posted yesterday and I’ve already made it!?  I just felt so inspired from this one that I got right to work.  Here’s Tim’s:


Here’s mine:

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If you’ve been around for my other 12 tags, you may notice this is a bit of departure for me.  In the past I have tried to mimic Tim’s as close as possible, but I feel I have grown enough to where I can take the techniques for what they are and make my own art.  I was thrilled when I came home to see this tag, because it was almost fate that I had purchased modeling paste just hours before!  Let me walk you through my process (go to the link at the top to see how Tim did his):

I started with my blank tag and modeling paste, where I used a mask to get the bubbles at the top and bottom, then heat setting.  I don’t yet have any Distress Paint, so I mixed some regular white acrylic with a new iridescent medium by Liquitex for some larger circles at the bottom right (which are now much more difficult to see due to all the layering, you can best see these circles to the upper left of the ‘do not travel’ word block).

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Then I took several distress stains: Brushed Pewter, Peacock Feathers, Broken China, Tumbled Glass, and Faded Jeans to get the color desired, spritzing with water for easy blending.  A quick heat set, then using the same stencil as I did with the paste and inking Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers.  After some digging in the stash found this cool quote – “The world is a book, those who do not travel read only one page.”  –St. Augustine.  I cut it up and inked the sides also in Peacock Feathers.  Isn’t it cool how you can make one Distress Ink be lighter or darker based on pressure applied??  Then some outlines using Faded Jeans Distress Marker, and distressed edges all the way around inked in Salty Ocean.

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I played around with placement of the Studio Calico transportation wood veneer pieces, but the upper left corner was looking lonely.  I decided to keep my travel theme going, and wrote “Let’s Go” in French, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, and English in a PL pen highlighted by a white Gelly pen.  I love how you can see the Brushed Pewter’s shimmer behind the letters.  Some iridescent aqua sequins and enamel dots finish the tag.  Oh, and the twine at the top?  Feeling nautical – I learned how to tie a square knot, then a hangman’s knot – cool, huh?

I hope you enjoyed, this is my favorite Tim Tag to date.  It’s Tim’s technique with my personal expression!!