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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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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Weekend Inspiration- A trip to Savannah, GA

Weekend Inspiration- A trip to Savannah, GA

My husband and I decided we needed an artsy getaway before the crazy of the holiday season, so we took a weekend road trip to Savannah, GA. We love Savannah and have visited in fall and summer but never at Christmas time. The air was cool and the holiday decorations made the city infused with holiday spirit.
What I love about Savannah is I always come back with great art ideas, inspired and refreshed. From the museums, architecture, and boutique shops I get a wealth of new ideas.

To start the trip we went on a third Saturday of the month where there is an art market on the river street. Artists were selling their wares, and I picked up some new crystals for my mala necklaces as well as a lovely imported Ganesh pendant necklace. I took in the architecture of the old buildings noticing how the balcony ironwork would make elegant stencil motifs.

After our morning on the river, we headed into the city. We stopped off at the Telfair museum to see a Rodin exhibit. Now I am not much for sculpture in the past but to see the cast pieces in person was amazing. The human figures most impacted me. I loved the heads, and hands and the skill with which they were done. Definitely a once in a lifetime chance to see this work up close.

 

After we left the Rodin exhibit we wandered the other exhibits, they had a wing of children’s art, and just the raw simplicity of the children’s art was inspiring, back to basics and doodles. What a great idea when one’s mind is blocked. Go back to what we knew as children

The last exhibit we saw was a mixed media artist that incorporated woodland elements into her pieces. They spoke to the loss of nature as we grow in society. Very strong pieces and beautiful to see up close.


After leaving the museum we went thru some of the local boutiques and I fell in love with the colors and glimmer of this one Parisian shop. Everywhere you looked was color and glitter overload.

 

 

Overall the trip was a great chance to get away, recharge and grab some inspiration on the way. So remember that as you travel, keep your eyes and heart open and you will be amazed where inspiration finds you.

 

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Inspiration at the Antique and Vintage Market

Inspiration at the Antique and Vintage Market

Fall is a busy time of year here in Florida. Most of the year it is hot & humid, so we stick to our air-conditioned interiors and then a magical time of year happens. Florida Fall! Those few days in November/December we get cooler weather, and we all emerge from our homes to weekends full of art shows, craft fairs and vintage markets surrounded by holiday cheer. I love this time of year because it’s where I get a lot of inspiration.

This weekend my husband, mother-in-law and I went to the quaint town of New Smyrna Beach to the Antique and Vintage Market. It was a smaller show, but that made it nice an relaxing to walk thru. There were lots of small shops along the way too to duck into, and my brain was just on overload with patterns, colors and gift ideas for the coming holidays. Below are a few photos of the market area, and a cute picture of a mini Volkswagon van turned into a cooler, which is one of my favorite vehicles. I dream of a Volkswagon van a traveling art caravan!

After walking around for a bit, we did what any good shoppers do. We ate and refueled at a local treasure the Cork Screw restaurant and again inside my brain went into overdrive with the creative wine bottle chandeliers, murals, exposed brick walls and funky Florida atmosphere.

After we had full bellies, we hit the streets again where I found my ephemera treasures for this trip.

My first find where these two vintage photos. Typically I shy away from things like this but these two girls just something about their images called to me, and I thought they would make perfect scans for art journaling. Then I became fascinated by what could the history of the images be. I did some research and thanks to Wikipedia learned that these images were what was called “cabinet card portraits” and after some sleuthing, I figured they date to the 1860s-1880s. So now I sit and wonder, who were these woman, how old were they, what must their lives have been like? What story do they have to tell and that, right there is where inspiration comes from for me.

Cabinet Card Portraits

Now after those treasures I thought okay I’m doing pretty good today and then I stumbled on some tables with books. In one pile I saw this pitiful small brown book the cover was beaten, missing the back cover, pages browned, and I thought aww it needs a good home. It is an old Nursery Rhyme book. Again what is the history, where did it come from. There is no publish date, faded names on the inside cover are all but vanished, but I did find a publisher name. New York, Leavitt & Allen. So to the Wiki I went again and found there was a company in NY Called Leavitt & Allen and it existed about 1856, so again here is this treasure from the 1800s, what story does it have to tell and so my inspiration grows there.

The real story behind this weeks post is when you feel uninspired, and you don’t know what you want to do, get out of the house or studio, go for a walk, see some nature, walk a museum or market and let the world speak to you.

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