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Friday, 30 October 2015

Autumn Moment

Hello all and welcome to Words and Pictures!  Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my frosted bottles at PaperArtsy and the winter branches at Calico - very much appreciated, especially since I haven't been able to hop around as much as I'd hoped this week... roll on the weekend for some blog-visiting!!




We have at least made it to Friday... and it's another Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey - that lovely extra Friday in a challenge month which means we all just get to play with tags, Tim-style!

If you head over to A Vintage Journey you'll find a wealth of beautiful tag-making from my fabulous team mates, and here's my offering.

You'll see I've been reworking ideas from recent projects... it's a combination of my Art Journalling With Tim pages (there's still nearly a week to play along with my Art Journalling with Tim challenge) and my Wilted Violet Moments tag.

I guess I'm still working through my unexpected love of Wilted Violet as an autumn colour!






The colours are a direct lift from my journalling pages... so there's Chipped Sapphire, Wilted Violet, Rusty Hinge and Ground Espresso all smooshed onto the jumbo tag and re-smooshed for a wrinkle-free distress look.











As far as the images go, I've pretty much CASEd my own tag but in a larger version.

So there are wild meadow grasses layered on to the lower part of the tag, stamped in Sepia and Coffee Archival as well as Ground Espresso and Vintage Photo Distress inks.










Generally the paler the colour the further away the image looks, so you can create quite a lot of dimension without trying to use masking, which would be nigh-on impossible with images this intricate.

It's helpful that foreground colours tend to be more intense, because obviously the darker inks take precedence over the lighter ones visually, so they do appear to be "in front".









Up above, the birds are gathering ready to set off on their migratory journey.  Unusually for me, every single stamp used on this tag is a wood-mounted one.  I don't have many (too space-consuming), but the ones I have are some of my all-time favourite images.











This word stamp, for instance, is a constant go-to sentiment.  I've embossed it in Vanilla White to make sure it holds its own against the colourful and detailed background.













There's a rustic topping, and plenty of chalky white splatter too, just to give a lift to the look of the whole thing.





By mounting the tag on some ivory watercolour card, you get a pale frame which draws together the lighter highlights on the tag.  But watch out... by the time it was mounted, the jumbo tag only just fitted in to the intended standard envelope!


I added some complementary stamping and white splatter on the front and popped it all in to the post.  I know it has safely reached its destination so I'm happy to share it with all of you as my Tag Friday contribution.


Do hop over to A Vintage Journey to see what my fantastic team-mates have been creating, and I hope you'll get a bit of creative playtime soon too.  There are even a few days left to try out some Art Journalling With Tim if you fancy a challenge.

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend worth remembering!

Forever is composed of nows.
Emily Dickinson

Happiness, not in another place but this place... not for another hour, but this hour.
Walt Whitman

"What day is it?"
"It's today," squeaked Piglet.
"My favourite day," said Pooh.
From Winnie the Pooh by A.A.Milne


51 comments:

Brenda Brown said...

Wonderful autumnal hues and visual images Alison, a really beautiful tag and I love that sentiment too xxx

S@ndy Diller said...

Beautiful tag Alison - I really like this color combination and the way you have mixed the tag with mixed media techniques. Lovely!
S@ndyxx

Helen said...

I love the tag, the wilted violet is a gorgeous addition to autumn!! Great splatters.

Anke said...

Wonderful tag, Alison.

Hugs
Anke

chrissie said...

Stunning Alison and you have made violet an Autumn colour with your wonderful use of it on a few projects.

Love Chrissie xx

brenda said...

A beautiful tag Alison, but it's the colours that really jump out at me, never tries purples with browns but my how well they work.

B x

Astrid Maclean said...

Well, as the lucky owner of this tag, I just know how beautiful it is.... Love it to pieces!

Annie said...

A gorgeous tag Alison...love the beautiful colours and stamped layers you have created.
Must have a play with the Wilted Violet as so far I have not had a chance.

Hope you have a relaxing weekend

Annie xx

craftytrog said...

Lovely schmooshed colours Alison! ;-)
Have a great weekend!
Alison xx

Nikki Acton said...

I don't know how you get such amazing depth in your work - this is a stunning piece of art. Nikki x

A Pink said...

Fabulous Tag! Alison with a real autumnal feel . Love how you have reworked your journal page into a tag and so effortlessly too . Beautiful sentiment! x

Lauren Hatwell said...

I think you've hit on such a beautiful combination there Alison. It's lovely to see the scheme continued in your beautiful tag. It's like a little post script. I love it. Lx

Georgie C said...

Love this vintage scene, and I know I've said it before but I love that you use the values of colours to create depth xx

Julia Aston said...

You blend your inks so beautifully Alison - and I love the silhouette stampings - such a lovely calming scene! It relaxes me just looking at it! Julia xx

Terry said...

Beautiful mix of colors and stamped images, Alison! That sentiment is wonderful and I love how it stand out! Hugs!

suzyb said...

I would frame that page in your journal. Love this piece, great colour and great choice of the birds and those grasses. Love silhouettes on colours like that. Love it.

Jennie Atkinson said...

Fabulous autumn hues Alison - so very you to be able to combine wilted violet with those gorgeous browns to create such an autumn feel. Your whole tag is just wonderfully calming and beautiful. Sorry still to catch up with you PA and Calico posts, but yes, roll on the weekend for a bit of catch up !!!! Jennie x

Team Clark said...

Alison, this is stunning! The layers of color and the white embossing are fabulous!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

This is awesome dear Alison! Gorgeous tag!
♥♥♥
Susi

Meggymay said...

A gorgeous tag, the background makes me think of the early morning mists in autumn.
Yvonne xx

Dorthe said...

It is stunning, dear Alison. The golden tones of autumn, and the fantastic stamping of plants and birds, highlighted with white splatter, and the wonderful text is gorgeous, no wonder Astrid, loves it.
Hug ,Dorthe

Kay Wallace said...

I love the idea of mounting your tags on watercolor card, Alison! And, a great tag it is today, too! I am enjoying your love affair with Wilted Violet. You are proving it to be very versatile! Mwah!

Lys Scrap said...

What a beautiful tag, Alison! Purple and Autumn copper join so perfectly, this nature scene is stunning . Lucky Astrid!

Corrie Herriman said...

Love your colours ! Fantastic tag, Alison !
Corrie x

Paper Profusion said...

Absolutely beautiful Alison. Love the complementary envelope. Have a lovely weekend. Nicola x

Redanne said...

A truly stunning colour combination Alison, I love it! Your tag is just so beautiful and I love the pale edges and sentiment, they really do draw the eye in. Beautiful. Anne xx

rachel said...

stunning tag Alison - love it to bits - the colours are beautiful and it has such a beautiful style. gorgeous and dreamy and slightly spooky! Hugs rachel x

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Wow...the touch of purple gives a stunning effect to this tag Alison!!!
Great weekend, Alie

Lynn Price said...

Exquisite, Alison...... I loved the journal page, and this is such a perfect match! Lucky Astrid!! I always marvel at your details and composition....very lovely! xxx Lynn

Sandy said...

Up to your standard of perfection pretty lady. I do try to live in the moment but have reached an age where it is pretty darn hard to remember the moments!!
Sandy xx

Janice Rosenthal Rock said...

sooooo beautiful!! I love it! Thank you!

Gio said...

Ah, that purple gives such a twist to this already fantastic card!Well done, Alison :-)

Gitte said...

Beautiful Tag.

Margik said...

Fabulous tag, Alison! The stamping is really amazing... so beutiful. Love the fantastic combination of colours too. Great quotes today!
Have a lovely weekend!
Mar xx

Inky and Quirky said...

Another stunner Alison, everytime I see wild flowers I think of you ;)
Hugs
Donna xxx

Chris said...

Gorgeous tag Alison and I'm loving the Wilted Violet with the Browns, it's perfectly autumnal in its feel. Chris x

pearshapedcrafting said...

What a stunning tag this is!! I really love the depth you have achieved - I seem to remember you thought you had trouble with achieving this but WOW! this is taking me right through the long grass to your beautiful sky! I loVe your sentiment! Chrisx

Chrissy said...

BEAutiful colours Alison..love the stamps and perfectly placed using wooden stamps..I find that so difficult..love the gorgeous sentiment too..fabulous tag.

Luv CHRISSYxx

Anneke said...

Beautiful tag. Very inspiring.

Anita Houston said...

Gorgeous colors and a beautiful scene! LOVE those images too!

Coco said...

I adore the luxuriance of this particular tag... So beautiful!!!
And I LOVE also its colours!! Hugs and happy Sunday to you Alison!
Coco xxx

Marci said...

Beautiful fall scene and beautiful tag. You work wonders with that Wilted Violet color, it seems anything but "wilted" to me, always seems too bright. You use it better than anyone. Of course I love the stamping, too.

Marci said...

P.S. I meant by itself Wilted Violet seems so bright. You use it beautifully. Just wanted to clarify. :-))

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

The colours are so gorgeous and there is a beautiful serenity exuding from this tag - adore it.
Wishes
Lynne

Buttons said...

A beautiful and moody tag Alison. It's great to see the older designs come out to play too. Jenny x

Mrs.B said...

A beautiful tag Alison, the white embossed sentiment really stand out against those autumnal shades.
Avril xx

Sue said...

This is really lovely Alison, I've just received my wilted violet, so I'm still waiting to give it a try xx

craftimamma said...

Such a beautiful tag Alison. I have been avoiding the new DI colours, insisting to myself that I don't need them (mainly because I'm running out of space, lol) but I have to say the Wilted Violet is a stunning colour and I might have to make at least one exception, lol! You've used my all time favourite Tim quote too!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Lisa S. said...

Beautiful! Love the palette of colors you used.

Shirley Chillman said...

An amazing tag Alison with clever tonal colouring and blended together so well.

Off to have a mooch at the bottles.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
ShirlsCards.

Julie Ann Lee said...

Sorry it's taken me so long to comment on this wonderful autumn tag. I love it and I was convinced I'd commented already! Anyway, I love the colours and all the rustic touches, which give so much gorgeous texture. The colour palette is superb, so seasonal and I really admire the way those edges are so beautifully distressed. xx