Thursday, 2 January 2014

Paperartsy Christmas Cracker - Video #2

Hi Everyone

Today I would like to share a tag I made to join in with the second Paperartsy Christmas Cracker video which you can find HERE

I found this challenge a little daunting so decided to go with a tag rather than a whole canvas:

I mixed up three different grunge pastes mixes using Haystack, Spanish Mulberry and Eggplant Frescos.  I then applied them using a spatula - some of the layers went on thicker than others and I now think I should have used cut n dry but never mind.  I added texture into the pastes by pouncing the back of the spatula, squiggling it with the end of a paintbrush, pressing in some mesh and stamping with a script stamp. At this stage it was all looking very bright and pastel-ish so I was brave and did a wash like Leandra - I used Irish Cream for this and it did mute it somewhat.  To darken the tag a little more I smudged on a bit of French Roast here and there with my finger.

I then painted half a cotton reel with a mixture of Mocha Mousse and French Roast and painted the little resin bird with Sky and a touch of Eggplant.  I added these to the tag and then added three eyelets to the left hand side before finishing it off with some twine at the top.

Not really how I was hoping it would turn out - the grunge paste patches aren't nearly as neat as I would like them but it was good to try out something totally new and outside my comfort zone!

Claire x


  1. Very nice tag, the textures look great.

  2. Oooh great tag, fab textures

    Sam xx

  3. Textures are fab, it's a fun technic

  4. Fab tag, beautiful colours combo and texture, bird is so cute!

    Etsuko xx

  5. I too struggled keeping the patches square-ish.... Leandra made it look so easy on the video! Still your tag turned out lovely!

  6. Lovely tag. Love the colours and texture you achieved. The little bird is so cute

  7. my patches were not straight either!! I love your colour choices, and that little bird is so cute!!