Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Playing Tag

I don't remember where I first heard about Nathalie Kalbach's Creative Jump Start Summit, or when I signed up for it, but I'm sure glad that I did!

Nathalie has lined up a month's worth of artists and creative types to offer a daily video or blog post to offer creative encouragement to participants.  The inspiration is free, and sent directly to my email account each day.
On the first day, Dina Wakley encouraged us to pull out paints to just play around.  She suggested spritzing paint from bottles onto palette paper, and then using shipping tags to smudge the paint around and enjoy the results.
I've never used paint in a spray bottle before, so I just mixed acrylic paint with water in some spritzers I bought from the travel section of Target awhile back.  I think I got it a little thin, as it was hard to get bright colors on my tags, but overall I was happy with the result.  It set me off to spritzing through punchinella and onto bubble wrap.  It was definitely a Jump Start for me, and turned into a project in its own right.
I added stamped images to my tags, and then used white rub-ons to add subtly to the design.  Finally, I sorted through my envelope of clipped words from magazines and glued down some interesting phrases to finish up the tags.
I don't know what I will use them for--maybe for packages, swaps, or my art journal.  I just know that Dina's video made me pull my paints out again after a bit of a hiatus, and I had lots of fun!

I was excited to find out from "Ceparie" at the Art of Collage that Jenny Doh shared my Paper Tape Silhouette Tutorial on her web site CrescenDoh yesterday, January 3.  Check out all the fun links and projects she provides each day! 


Parabolic Muse said...

Congrats on your paper tape silhouette success! It's a truly cool project!

I love using paint in spritzers! It takes some work to get things in the right mix for the vibrancy you want. If you have any luminart pigments or mica powder or even micro glitter you can add those to your paints.

I love your tags!

Nathalie Kalbach said...

Love them!!! Awesome results and glad you joined the Creative Jump Start. have a gorgeous day!

Dolly B said...

awsome , it got me playing around with paint, and mist and tags also, so much fun


Sue Pariseau Pottery said...

Very cool looking tags. I'll have to try out that process on something. Thanks for sharing.

misty said...

These are awesome! Great work!

laurie said...

fun tags! i love the way you always choose the perfect words to go with your art. said...

Super cool, Andria! You are very creative.
These tags look wonderful. Thank you for sharing :]
And a "BIG-HIGH FIVE" to your posting over at
Have a wonderful day! *hugs*

mandysea said...

wonderful result of the warm up... just love the colours you've chosen, and that stamp image is lovely!

Kym said...

I love those tags Andria. Awesome to use those spritz bottles. The ideas for things you can do with those are endless. Have fun.

Dolores~CraftyD's Creations said...

Love your tags, great idea to save words from magazines to use on your art.

Rosemary said...

I absolutely love your tags! What a wonderful idea. They're beautiful!!

Siobhan Brignull said...

you've reminded me of that technique now, I went for the just start painting technique, and was really plased with the reslts, I'm loving this Jump Start.