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!
Ho Ho Ho.
A card tag, grunged up a little, with a panel of fabric sewn to it. Halloween!
Made using a blue card tag and two colours of a Kuretaki calligraphy pen to make the bamboo tree trunks
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)
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.
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.
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.
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 . . . .
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 . . .
I decided to keep her colours to greys and blues in order to give this a cold winter breeze feeling.
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.
image taken from a different angle so that you can see the ‘snow’
Mounted the image onto black card to echo the black of the stamped image.
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.
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.
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.
A dandelion wish, and a wish-bone wish!
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!
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 ~