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Friday, 29 June 2018

A Glimmer in the Earth

Hello all!  I'm squeezing this in by the skin of my teeth.  Things are stupidly busy for me at the moment, with requests and deadlines flying in from seventeen different directions, but I simply can't bear to miss a Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey... I never have so far, and so here I am.


In fact, I have a pair of tags for you, with a shimmer of light gleaming amidst the earthy colour tones.  These were actually made a while back, while showing a friend how to apply gilding foil to a project.  So they weren't pre-planned in any way, and where they ended up was pretty much entirely a surprise to me.






It's as they move in the light that you suddenly catch the real gleam of the foil - it's a pretty magical effect.  I really must try to use the stuff more often!













It's just going to a be a quick post (for me), as I really haven't time for an epic... and also there really aren't any process photos, as the process was focussed on sharing ideas and techniques, not on recording what we were doing.













There's some Tim Holtz design paper in the background, stuck down onto a regular manila tag, leaving a slight border.













Which stash it's from is anybody's guess.  Someone out there will know...

















And then there's some roughly brayered gesso over that...















... along with some credit-card-applications of (probably) Hey Pesto Fresco paint from PaperArtsy.













We used a glue stick to apply the foil - delicately in some places, a little more heavy-handedly in others.














The flower silhouettes are stamped and embossed in Wow Primary Bark powder.















They're both from a set by Inkylicious which I picked up for a song the last time I managed to get myself to Ally Pally.















The quotes are done the same way.  They're both from my own EAB Eclectica stamp sets at PaperArtsy, as you probably know if you spend any time here.  This one is from EAB03 Music & Silence...















... and this one is from EAB01 Trees & Flowers.











I added some partial stampings of the same quotes in green, but that seems to have slightly vanished in the finished versions... clearly, it wasn't Archival ink!

In close up, you can see there's plenty of spatter, and some fairly unsuccessful faux stitching.













There's some more embossing powder around the edges to draw the eye inward, and some dark twine tops them both off.








So that's your lot for now.  Hop over and catch some more Tag Friday action from my brilliant fellow Creative Guides at A Vintage Journey.  I love seeing what everyone makes when they're simply let loose to play.


My apologies that I'm such a poor blog visitor at the moment - there will come a time when I do some proper catching up, I promise.  In the meantime, thank you so much for your continued company.  Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.

No wonder of it: shéer plód makes plough down sillion
Shine, and blue-bleak embers, ah my dear,
    Fall, gall themselves, and gash gold-vermilion.
From The Windhover by Gerard Manley Hopkins

35 comments:

My name is Erika. said...

Nice tags! I love a good quote and you lucked out getting those for a good price. Hugs-Erika

Valerie-Jael said...

Gorgeous tags! Have a great weekend, Valerie

Helen said...

A fabulous pair of tags, love the foil shimmers. Hope things get less busy for you soon, and thanks for cramming in a visit and the birthday wishes!

Valerie Thorpe said...

First time I have visited your blog. Not only do I love the tags but I had such a chuckle at your blog. I loved it. So light and fun instead of intense. Beautiful tags too :D

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

A double display of sheer enjoyment, applying, playing and sharing techniques with friends. Isn't this creative thing just wonderful.
Foil is something I use once maybe twice a year but it's always worth the wait. Magical makes that shimmer and shine..
Happy Tag Friday Alison & Thank you for sharing with us all.
Creative hugs Tracey xx

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

These look wonderful - I love that grungy feel!

craftytrog said...

A pair of stunners Alison! Hope life takes a calmer turn for you soon!
Alison xx

Cestina said...

Lovely shiny stuff. Sorry to be one of the seventeen directions....

I love the Rilke quote. Xxx

froebelsternchen said...

Those tags are so amazingly pretty and I LOVE the quotes of your sets so much the way you use them!
Happy weekend!
Wishing you a bit more time for yourself and art!
Big hugs, Susi

Sara Barker said...

Lovely pair of tags in those rich earth tones, Alison. I love the addition of the foiling. BEAUTIFUL! Hugs!

Paper Wishes said...

Beautiful tags Alison. You have created a real feel of bark and foliage through your textures and colours, wonderful and not so quick a post after all! Thanks for sharing x Amanda

A Pink said...

A stunning duo! Alison. Love the earthy tones and the gesso/ paint effects- so arty . Love even more that you didn't cover them up as they need to be seen! The simplicity of the stamped images, along with your lovely sentiments and the glints of gold are the perfect choice.
hugs x

Lisa S. said...

Love this duo Alison! There's always so much depth to your projects. I've been a horrible blogger for quite a while now but maybe I can ease back into visiting on a regular basis. You always inspire me! xx

Patty O'Malley said...

Beautiful tags, Alison! I love how the glimmer sets everything off!

Astrid Maclean said...

A gorgeous couple of tags! The foiling really brings them to life!

Dorthe said...

Dear Alison , they are such wow moments today ,on my tour in blog-land. Gorgeous with the foiling and your fantastic way of using the embossing powder, in corners- so textural - the gesso whitewashing the background leaving green spots to be seen, makes this look as if watching through a very rainy window- I love them both .
Thank you for your visit- and I wish you a lovely weekend. xx

S@ndy Diller said...

Love the foil effects you got here. Great tags!! Hugs, Sandy

Lynn Price said...

Different color/tones for you, and so effective with those great stamps! Thanks for stopping by despite your wickedly full schedule - and thank you for continued inspiration here! Keep breathing, dear.... and hope you've some non-work time over the weekend - xx Lynn

Redanne said...

A stunning pair of tags Alison, the foil gives a wonderful sheen, the backgrounds are superb and oh how I love your stamping!! I really do appreciate your visit, even though you are so busy...! Anne xx

Deb Riddell ~ Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Gorgeous as always Alison and I adore the glint of the foil on that fabulous textured background, the combination of foil and distress has always appealed to me and you have combined it to perfection here! Hope things slow down for you soon so you can play some more, we love seeing what you create! Deb xo

Monika Gulyas said...

Beautiful earth colours which look great with the shiny foil and your quotes!!! Have a nice weekend!!! xx

Julia Aston said...

What a wonderful white washed look to your tags Alison - just giving us a whisper of what you had layered on before the wash - and your wonderful quote sentiments are perfect here! Julia xx

Brenda Brown said...

These tags are both delightful Alison with fabulous layers and that gorgeous glint of foiling peeking through. I love the finished effects and those beautiful embossed flowers and all finished off with your brilliant words. So glad you kept these in reserve and could join in th Tag Friday line up. Xxx

Craftyfield said...

Both lovely tags, Alison! I'm minded to CASE these... I've been a bit busy myself and not posted a lot this month but late July there will be lots to reveal!!

hazel said...

Gorgeous tags Alison, I love everything about them. Have a lovely weekend.
xxx Hazel.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow! These are both stunning -I love that paint effect with the foiling! Hugs, Chrisx

Jackie P Neal said...

So happy you squeezed these in Alison!and sorry for all the chaos in your life right now!
I just love the addition of the gilding! How beautiful! It really is a stunning little detail that is "just enough"!
Thanks so much for sharing!
Jackie xo

Coco said...

Two fabulous tags anyway!!!!
Like you said, I should also use more my gilging foil... maybe in the way you did, just applying some glue here and there from a simple stick!
Good luck for your job and all the coming events dear Alison. xx

Paper Profusion said...

Oh I love your Hopkins finish! Well done to you for meeting the tag Friday deadline. Especially with this beauty! Gold star for 100% attendance. I do hope that you are enjoying all that is happening. Nx

Sue said...

These are really lovely as always, I really like the embossing and splatters - little things etc lol xx

Diana Taylor said...

Gorgeous tags, both are absolute stunners. I love adding foil to pretty much everything but so often it doesn't show up in the photographs - it's very elusive! I have those same Inkylicious stamps and found that at least one of them matches the TH wildflowers dies, although a slightly different size - I thought this might be quite useful but not sure how at the moment!
Diana x

Jennie Atkinson said...

Stunning tags Alison - such a gorgeous mix of colours and I love the ethereal feel to them. Hope you find some more relaxing time soon! Jennie x

Mrs.B said...

Love the shabby colours of these tags Alison, thanks for the prompt for using foil - it just sits in the drawer until/maybe Christmas!
Avril xx

Mary Elizabeth said...

The juxtaposition of the rawness of the background with the gold gilding is absolutely magical on these tags Alison. I think of all the techniques we don't think of using together that bring such incredible beauty in harmony. Wow! It's the balance of the dark brown embossing and twine with the white gesso and the gilding. The touch of green ... the wonderful images and quotes ... balanced. (Ok ... you can definitely tell when I'm seriously involved in the art when I stop talking in sentences. Forgive me, dear Alison!) . Hugs -- Mary Elizabeth

Autumn Clark - SewPaperPaint said...

Well, it's almost NEXT tag Friday and I'm just getting around... Where does the time go? I can truly envision the luster of the foiling on these perfectly textured tags. I love the bits of green and those killer wildflowers - what a score! Gorgeous my friend! Hugs, Autumn