Friday, 30 September 2016
Believe that you can...
Hello all! It's Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey - that lovely extra Friday in the month when the Creative Guides get to come out and play. Anything goes, as long as it's on a tag.
As you've probably worked out by now, my travelling stash has plenty of blues and browns and book pages, but I also decided to bring some as yet un-inked stamps (as well as a few favourites) so that I would be forced to finally bring them into play.
So this tag has my first inking of one of Dina Wakley's faces. I have them in a mini version which I got on sale when I was in New York earlier this year, so I suppose it's only right that I should play with them back here in the US again.
Apart from the new stamp, it's pretty much business as usual!
There's an inky background, made by smooshing the tag onto some inks on the craft mat. Then I added one of my new favourite stamps (having inked it up for the first time for my Come What May pages), these lovely branches by Memory Box.
I couldn't resist adding some swirling threads courtesy of my (also previously un-inked before this trip) 49 and Market stamps. They give extra detail and movement to the background.
The Wakley woman is stamped onto a piece of torn book page which had already been gesso'd and inked.
I used a water brush to remove some of the inky blotches from her face so that she didn't look too diseased!
The words are a Unity stamp, embossed in Bark, a lovely rich dark brown. As regulars here know, I like giving my words that extra touch of dimension and gloss to catch the eye.
The woman is layered up over some more book page scraps (some tea-stained) and ephemera.
I used an Idea-ology Nailhead for some metal detailing to "fasten" the twine. I've got limited metal embellishments with me, but I couldn't bear to travel without any at all.
Some inky, distressed Linen Ribbon finishes the whole thing off.
Oh, and there's some painty splatter of course.
While I'm here, I thought I'd share a few more shots of what I'm travelling with stash-wise... just for the curious types, you know.
Stamps, stencils and ephemera (you can probably see the Photobooth packet) line up against the wall. An art journal lies in front, along with the watercolour paints you saw in action in my Rainbow Wheels.
The Golden tubs I bought when I got here, and I've found an adoptive parent who will take them when I leave (my costume designer on Romeo and Juliet).
The media accessory bag has Archival inks, embossing powders, some tissue tapes and various embellishing odds and sods in it.
I also picked up some paints, crackle and glue at Michaels with a coupon - I've yet to decide whether I try to bring them home in a month or so (the airline website seems to be pretty sniffy about travelling with paint, even in hold luggage) or leave them to a happy home here.
No prizes for guessing which mini Distress Inks made the cut...
There's also a small brown paper bag with some ribbons and metal embellishments in it, but I don't seem to have a photo of that.
It's perfectly possible to make a nice crafty mess with what I have, though I have to make sure I clean up after myself properly (I don't think the hotel staff would be very impressed otherwise).
I know it's not the smallest of travelling stashes, but who needs clothes in the suitcase?!
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Do hop over to A Vintage Journey to see what my fabulous team-mates have been getting up to with their tag playtime... it's definitely worth the trip!
To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
Believe you can and you're halfway there.