Tag Art.

Back in 2014 I began the Tag Art category here on the blog and although I did post Tag Art from time to time,  I didn’t post in that category all that often except to add a bit of something or other, every now and again.

A couple of weeks ago I had a bit of a change around in my craft room and came across the box labelled ‘Tag Art’, and I realised that I hadn’t done any Tag Art in …  well I couldn’t even remember when!

I thought I could perhaps wake it up and see if I can interest anyone in trying a little tag art too.

If you haven’t met Tag Art before then can I suggest that you read the opening post in the Tag Art category on this blog, which tells you everything you might need to know about Tag Art.  (There aren’t any rules).  You’ll hopefully find suggestions to get your mind working and your arty fingers itching.

You can find that opening post here:  We’ll start with a Basic (little) Tag … With a (little) basic art.  

The photo at the head of this post is of a Tag that I made ages ago for one of the first posts on Tag Art here on the blog, but felt that it would be nice to begin with an oldy but goody.

I’ve also taken some photo’s of Tags I still have in the box to share with you.  Some are there because I kind of liked them.  Some were ideas for a tag which I never got around to doing anything about.  And some are there because I didn’t throw them away. . .  … and there are a few photos.  So in an effort to take away the mystery and show you that anything YOU make on a tag is great!

1 Christmas Tag
Ho Ho Ho.
3 Material Tag
A card tag, grunged up a little, with a panel of fabric sewn to it.  Halloween!
2. Bamboo Tag
Made using a blue card tag and two colours of a Kuretaki calligraphy pen to make the bamboo tree trunks
4 Kuretaki Coloured Pens Tag
Practise tags.  I was trying to work out the best way to draw a sunflower using my Kuretake Calligraphy pens.  I got there in the end, but sadly forgot to take a photo.  (Margaret is my neighbour)
5 Felt Pen Fairy Tag Art
Of course .. you just KNEW there HAD to be a fairy here  somewhere or other.  lol  She was an idea I had for what a particular type of fairy might look like for another project I had in mind.
6 Painted Ginger Face Tag7
A bit of ginger joy on a tag.  I painted LOTS of these tags a while ago, and put them all on the front of some plain white cards, and sent them out for Christmas.  I loved the fabulous little ginger faces SO much that I decorated some circles and stars shapes made from wood, with these wonderful happy faces and hung them on my christmas tree.  I still have them today, and still hang them on the tree every year.  Love them.
9 Tag Stamped image
If you make Tag Art, you must make sure that you sign the back (and date it) so that your tag can be seen to be made/painted by you.
8 Tag Stamp
I bought the ‘Tag Art’ stamp as an unmounted red rubber stamp, and the moment it arrived I went routing around the scraps of wood in Mr.Cobs shed, found this piece, inked up the stamp and pressed it onto the back and then glued the stamp to the other side.  I’ve had this stamp for about twelve years now.

Tag Art is anything you want it to be.  It can be painted, drawn, stamped, coloured with pencils, felt tip pens, specialist colouring pens, or left with no colour at all.  You can glue things, attach things – lace, ribbon, adornments, bits of wood, leaves, acorns, feathers, anything.  Anything which you want to fix to your tag you can.  (Obviously you can’t attach something which is too heavy – no sticking a car engine to a tag, because it’s just not going to work! lol).  You can add paste – maybe through a stencil to give a texture.  Glitter, small dolls, toy soldiers, plastic animals,  flowers, (pretend and pressed) … anything.  Do anything you like to get the result you have in your head.  Make it complicated or make it simple – like the tag at the head of this post – the one with the blue flower on it.  Just make some art, because it gives you a ‘high’ which you won’t get anywhere else.

Here’s a tag I made especially so that I could include it here.  It’s a simple tag … and to prove that it’s simple I’ve taken photographs of each step along the way which I did to make the tag.  Here’s the finished tag . . . .

6 You are my Special Angel

The finished tag measures 9.5inches or 24.5cm x 5.4″inches or 13.5cm.

I measured out the length of card I would need to put the image of the Angel onto the card, cut the card to size and then gave that card the pointy top you see in the photo.

I stamped the image and began to paint her colours . . .

1 You are my Special Angel

2 You are my Special Angel
I decided to keep her colours to greys and blues in order to give this a cold winter breeze feeling.
3 You are my Special Angel
I coloured up the background with a watery wash of pale grey.  Then turned my attention to the edges and echoed the denim blue of her jacket and wings.  I then added the snow at her feet which she was stood in,  and added dots of snow as it fell from the heavens.
4 You are my Special Angel
image taken from a different angle so that you can see the ‘snow’
5 You are my Special Angel
Mounted the image onto black card to echo the black of the stamped image.
6 You are my Special Angel
Added lengths of lace at the bottom, and towards the top of the tag.  I added charms to hang from that lace – these are made from Tibetan Silver, and the angel coin in the centre at the bottom has a more vintage look about it.  It has an angel cut from the centre, and around that it says ‘You are My Special Angel’.  I embossed all around the edges of the Tag in Silver Embossing Powder.  There are little ‘feathers’ at each end of the lace, along the top of the tag.  These are made of velum.  The card then was mounted onto some royal purple coloured card.  I punched a hole towards the top where the point is, using my Crop-a-dile, and added an eyelet, for the ribbon to hang by.
9 You are my Special Angel
The Tibetan Silver Feathers and the Angel coin hanging at the bottom of the Tag.

And of course .…  don’t forget to sign your Tag Art on the back …  and perhaps date it, even give it a name and any other details you feel you want to add to your art.

8 You are my Special Angel
The end of a really simple bit of Tag Art.

What do people do with their tags once made?  Well you can do pretty much anything you have a mind to do.  I have a tendency to mount them on or in cards, or use them in scrapbooks.  However, I also keep some of them because I fall so deeply in love with them that I simply can’t part with them.  So I store them.  I have a box, and some big clippy pegs which I use to hold bits of art.  People also keep tags in Library Drawers. They make a particular sized tag so that they can be stored in that special draw which they have.  I’ve also seen tags hung on a wire coat hanger, and they look spectacular like that.  I can imagine them hung on a wall in the house, and one tag could be chosen to ‘speak’ for a few days, and then move it along the hanger and choose another tag to display.

Addit tag Alice in Wonderland

I'd Swim Oceans for You Addit

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addition tag

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Make a Wish or Two!
A dandelion wish, and a wish-bone wish!
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A Tag, which has some surprise Tags!

Make your tag(s) about anything you want.  Anything you have an interest in.  Anything which would make you smile.

Just a crocheted flower on a plain tag … draw a plant pot and a stalk and you’re done!  Maybe a picture of a bike in the newspaper?  Or an advertisement for perfume, hair spray, cosmetics, fishing equipment?  Anything.  Anything at all.  Then build your tag up a little – eg. if you chose the fishing equipment, you could perhaps add a bit of netting somewhere on the tag, or a plastic fish you’ve ‘tidied up’ from your children’s games, maybe a photo of a fish which you fix to card (for stability) and then fix in place using foam tape to give the tag a little depth.  Add ribbon and anything else you’d like and VOILA!  One Art Tag!

You can buy your tags … or you can simply use card and cut tags to the size you want them.  Round Tags, square, triangular, kite shaped, banner shaped.  Anything you like.  Oh … and I almost forgot to say … once you’ve made it, you can also use it on a gift just like a normal gift tag, so when you hand your gift over, what you’ll be giving is actually two gifts.

Go on.  Make some Art.  You KNOW you want to.  Do it.  Go do it now!  Have some fun!

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If you’d like to have a go at Tag Art, do it today.  Don’t put it off till a week next Tuesday, do it now while you have the inspiration bubbling inside you.

You can buy tags almost anywhere and for a small amount too.  Add some PVA glue, an empty cereal box so that you can back some images and give them support (for things like pictures cut from magazines and newspapers), and you’re good to go.

We’re only given so many tomorrows and at some point those tomorrows run out.  So do it now.  Enjoy yourself now.  Have a little fun.  You never know, you might like it so much that you decide to buy some proper card to back your pictures/cut-outs and from there … the sky’s the limit!

Have a truly blessed rest of your day.  May you end the day by looking in the mirror and smiling at yourself.  And . . . . Let’s make a brand new rule for life;   as from tonight, always be a little kinder than is necessary.  That’s all the world needs to begin repairing itself.  Us to be a little kinder than is necessary.

Sending my love ~

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30 thoughts on “Tag Art.

  1. Cobs you are soo creative. I like Lots of these tags – the little fairy, the ginger and the girl in the snow. Then I saw swimming the ocean for you and that was it. My favourite! I do hope you are having a lovely week filled with kindness to you. X🌼

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    1. Hello Daisies
      What a lovely comment! I’m thrilled to the tips of my toes that you like the tags, and that you found a favourite which spoke to you.

      I hope you too are having a beautiful and blessed week. May the ‘Happy’ find you and settle into your heart.
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs x 🌷🌷🌷

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  2. Dearest Cobs,
    How delightful!!! I simply cannot pick out which tag art I like the best!! They are all so lovely. You are such a creative wizard seeing such whimsical potential in every ordinary thing!! I am so happy that when I read your posts I get to see the world through your artful eye!
    Tagging you with the very brightest blessings!!
    ~ Tami

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    1. Hello my wonderful friend! 😀
      Aww I’m so happy that you like the tags.
      A ‘creative wizard’! OOOOOooo I don’t think I’ve been called that before. I think I should have a name for being a Creative Wizard … but what could it be?
      How about Wanda the Wizard?
      no … somehow that doesn’t seem to fit me. It feels like a jumper that my grandma would have knitted … too long in the sleeves and in the body.

      Willow the Witch? nah, it presumes I could dance like a ballerina.

      I think I’d better stick to Cobweb. I know that one. So if I get lost and a policeman asks me what my name is I’ll remember it. 😀
      lol.

      I match your tag and tag you back with blessings of happy, smiley, shiney, beautiful and blessed.
      May the rest of your day be truly blessed Tami.
      Sending squidges BIG ONES ~ Cobs. 🌷🌷🌷

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  3. Cob these are just grand. I do know there is a whole group of crafters who do tag art as well as ATG’s ( you and Tom and Beverly, the other Beverly lol) wrong name maybe on the tiny painting thing, but….putting one of these beautiful tags on a gift and later finding it in the trash would mean I would go to jail. On a card maybe or even a wall art piece but finding one in the dump…NO!
    I have been really busy Mrs. Cob getting ready to showcase my cards at the open house next weekend over at Treeladys Nursery.( I think she feels sorry of poor ole me.)She was the boss lady for Troy after he got off of disability ( now that is along story)…years ago and is a friend too. Wish me luck

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    1. Ohhhh Beverly!!! You never told me about this open house thing!!! No wonder you’ve been so busy.

      I wish you the greatest luck …. but …. your cards and creations are just delightful Bev, so I don’t think you’ll have any problem what-so-ever.

      I so wish I lived closer and so could come and join in the joy and fun. I’d be one of those friends who would help on your table and present your makes as the best things ever.

      You see …. I have proof that you make the most incredible things, and that your cards are a total delight .. because I have them displayed in my craft room. (They bring me so much joy Bev. seriously.)

      I’m thrilled you like the tags.
      As for the ones which are given away attached to a gift … well you have to kind of let them go as you give the gift over. Once they’ve gone you just have to let go of that thing which ties you to them. They are no longer mine.

      Just like cards really. I cannot think about all the work and love that I’ve put into making a card. The recipient is the owner and if they throw them away after the birthday or Christmas … then that’s entirely up to them.
      (The only thing which does grieve me is any charms or doodads attached to them. I could farm them and re-cycle them! eeek! lol)

      Very good luck with the open house. I feel all tingly about it … so I’m guessing that it’s going to be a great day. Just remember to ask Troy to give you a helping hand with it.
      BIG love and squidges coming your way ~ Cobs. xxxx 🌷🌷🌷

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      1. It really is aspecial nursery. Back in the woods off of the road. You really have to know where it is. Hope I can remember how to get there.Maybe I will take a picture so everyone can see, Very relaxing place…unless you are employed there. LOL

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        1. LOL.
          Ohhh yes! Take a photo! We can share with you then and actually see what it is that you’re talking about. (and hopefully see your hand crafted goodies too!)

          If you’re worried about remembering how to get there, why don’t you take a dry run at it so that you have it fixed inside your head for the actual day itself. No need to add any panic to your already stressed brain power.

          This is going to be a whole new ‘thing’ for you Beverly. I’m just thrilled to pieces for you.
          love and squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  4. sooooooooooo many to choose from…love them! I like the butterflies and the patchwork angel, I adore the mad hatter one (I mean, we’re all mad here…. and Johnny Depp… drool!) But (no surprises here) the one I love the most is your Christmas one ❤ but it's kind of a big deal for me to love a snowman, (and I do love him!) I'm picky about faces…. should've known someone as talented as you could make an adorable one!!! Squidges always my gifted friend xxx

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    1. Hello Anna
      Aw, like you, I too have to have the right face on something in order to love it. I know how much I stressed over buying a teddy bear for my young daughter. I went through all the bears until I found one which had the face which looked like it was a smiling, happy little bear.

      Thanks for coming Anna, and for the lovely comment. It’s wonderful to see you.
      Have a blessed day! ~ Cobs. x 🌼🌼🌼

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    1. You can Quiet Water …. there’s no magic or mystery about it. You’re a crafter … you make the most magical, wonderful things. Tag Art would be a walk in the park to you. You have magical fingers Quiet Water. Have a go.

      LOVE seeing you, thank you so much for coming and for the lovely comment.
      Have a blessed day. Sending squidges ~ Cobs. 🌼🌼🌼

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  5. I like all of these tags, Cobs, but then I seem to like everything that you do, so it goes without saying really! Very impressive! I like the 3D ones just a little more… they seem to speak to me and I love being spoken to. You are a very inspiring person, Cobs.

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    1. Aww shucks, Mr. Tom [looks down at her feet and moves around some imaginary dust with the toe of her shoe], you’ve made me smile with your kindness.
      Bless your beautiful heart.

      I would love you to have a go at Tag Art Tom. Make yourself some Tags – from an empty cereal box if you like – there is no shame in that, infact lots of Kudos!). But make them a little larger in size than an ATC.

      It will get you moving towards a slightly bigger bit of art, but still in small scale. This will allow you slightly more freedom to give your art more details in the background and or foreground.

      It might take a couple of plays to get used to the slight increase – but you’ll relax and like it evenually.
      Sending big hugs – and wishing you a wonderful weekend. ~ Cobs. x

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