DIY Art Tag Napkin Backgrounds and Inspiration

DIY Art Tag Napkin Backgrounds and Inspiration

A question that often comes up to artists/creative types is where do we get our inspiration from, how do projects come together. Today I will give you insight into the working of the creative mind and show you how these tags came together. I hope this little journey will help inspire you to see your outings in a new way.

These tags started with a trip to visit my folks for the weekend. My mom and I always like to go out shopping, and I am always looking for inexpensive craft supplies. On this outing, I went to Tuesday Morning and the Hobby Lobby near her. Recently in one of my ATC (Artist Trading Card) groups, a napkin swap was done. I had not thought to collect napkins before. While in Tuesday morning I found these great black and white napkins that were 2.99 and 20% off. I snagged them, as they reminded me of the Tim Holtz Ideaology collage paper, and I thought what a great background they would make. While in Tuesday morning I also picked up some sale Graphics 45 washi tape, because you can never have enough washi tape.
So, after Tuesday Morning we wandered to Hobby Lobby where they had quite a bit of clearance. Here I picked up some tags on clearance, a few stamps that were about 70% off and some clearance archival ink. Now all these components didn’t’ come together for me just yet, I was just adding to my stash. Below is a shot of the haul I got all for under $25.00.

Now I just got a sewing machine for Christmas so I took my mom to look at the fabric and there were some great patterns that caught my eye. Black and white with bits of color. I took photos of them to use in my color collage book for inspiration. They would later inspire me for the tags. Here are some photos below:

Once home from my trip I dumped all my wares on the table and decided to combine the tags with one of the napkins to see how it would work out. Then I colored them, inspired by the fabric I saw.

Step 1 & 2: was to cover the tags in a mat gel medium. I peeled the napkin apart using just the colored layer. I carefully placed it on the tag and then CAREFULLY smoothed it. The napkin when wet is like tissue paper so handle with very gentle hands. I then just tore the edges and wrapped them.
I then carefully added a layer of matte medium to the top and dried with my heat gun.

Step 3. I wanted to add some color. So for one tag I used just my basic watercolors and colored in the flowers. For the other tag I wanted the flowers black and white, so instead, I used my new archival inks with a new stamp to add background colors.

 

Step 4. When all was dry, I took my black archival ink and with a dabber went around the edges of the tag.
Voila! In less than 10 minutes I have two (2) ready to use tag backgrounds. I have enough of the napkin left to probably get three more tags out of it too!

I hope this quick little tutorial gave you some inspiration and will help you see the materials you have around you in a new light. Happy craft hunting.

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2018 Studio Makeover – Organized vs Unorganized Art Studio

2018 Studio Makeover – Organized vs Unorganized Art Studio

For a long time, I thought my studio being messy was part of my creative process. In the beginning, organization wasn’t an issue for me; I was just a painter. At that time all I had were canvases and paints in a toolbox. Then my creativity branched out, and I began making jewelry and that needed storage. From jewelry, I then got into mixed media so now there was scrapbook paper, ephemera, embellishments and oh yeah tons and tons of stamps and stencils. Fast forward about five years, and I was sitting in a mess.

I would go into my studio after work to create and spend half my time trying to find what I needed for the project. Some disorganization is okay it helps you get inspiration but being able to find what you need quickly is critical when you’re creating on limited time.  That lightbulb moment is what led me to my 2018 studio makeover. I was off work for a week in December and barely touched my studio the clutter just drove me out so for 2018  I resolved to get cleaned up and organized. Two factors helped me. Factor one was knowing my development is having a community yard sale. I know I want a new camera for filming my videos, so that gave me the push to start purge and sell items at the yard sale. Factor two was organization, and IKEA was having a sale on their bookcases. Fast forward a month of spending weekends purging, and I was finally able to get my studio organized, and it is wonderful. It was hard, I love to hoard my craft supplies, but I realized I don’t need 30 packets of scrapbook paper, I’ll never get thru it all. I also had bead supplies I hadn’t touched in years, and they just weren’t me anymore. So if you are living in the chaos I was, look for something to help push you. The yardsale to earn money from my supplies was a big help.

I still have more to do next year in getting my desk area setup better, but the new bookcases made a world of difference. I can now go in and pull out what I need, and I make sure I put it back. A smaller work table helps keep me in line as I can’t have too much clutter or I have no place to work!.

Here are some tips from my experience:
1. Save and invest in some good shelving systems that will work for you. (It will help keep you organized) These are what I got:  Ikea Billy Bookcase
2. Don’t buy storage containers for items until you are done purging. You may get more than you need. I found shoe boxes were great temporary storage while I wait and old cardboard boxes.
3. Live with temporary storage containers. Get things grouped and in their places, then live with it for a few months. You can save up for better containers and won’t waste on things that don’t work.
4. Invest in a label maker. Visual cues help so much in staying organized.
5. Set limit’s. Pick a shelf for a supply and when it’s filled the rest goes to yardsale or donation (It’s hard, but it helps)
6.  Do a little at a time. Pick a section at a time an hour or so a night. It will help keep you from getting overwhelmed, and you won’t be tired and keep more than you meant to.

I hope these little tips from my experience help! Below are some of the before and after shots.

BEFORE:

            

IN PROGRESS:

   

AFTER:

                     

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January 2018 Mission Inspiration Journal Page

It’s the start of the new year and one of my goals is to journal more. Sometimes I sit down with all my supplies around me and the blank page and the white of the page just scares me. I get frustrated and walk away and then no art is done. One way to help with that frustration you can get when staring at a white page is to look for art journal prompts or challenges. If you are on facebook look up art journaling groups, or art journal challenges, art journal prompts. Here you will find other artists like you and monthly challenges to help get those creative juices flowing.

I follow on Youtube Mike Deakin of www.mikedeakinart.com he does fabulous work. He has a group on facebook called Mission Inspiration and each month there is a prompt card, so that is where this youtube video came from. This month’s mission inspiration challenge. So check out the group and check out the video and come join in the fun!

 

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DIY Quick Art Journal Page

This week it has been raining most of the week so it has been a bit dreary. To turn that dreary around I decided to make a “New Year” rainy day art journal page, turning the drops of rain into new years resolutions, or it can be words that comfort you, define you, anything that when you look at the page makes you smile and feel strong! The video is now posted on my Youtube channel. Enjoy and see who the special visitor is.

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