Friday, 29 January 2016

Tag Friday January 2016 at A Vintage Journey

 Hello Everyone and Welcome

 Today over at A Vintage Journey its 'Tag Friday'! I'm sure many of you are already familiar with this tradition but for those of you who aren't let me explain . When there are 5 Fridays in a month ,the 5th Friday sees some of the  AVJ Creative Guides create and post a tag created in their own style.
So here I am today sharing my  'Tag Friday ' tag with you all . 

My tag was born out of my love for facial imagery and expression, especially the eyes, as they truly are the 'windows to the soul.'  So  with a certain stamp in mind I headed to my craft HQ and let the creativity commence . 


Taking a manila tag size #8 I applied colour using Tim Holtz Wrinkle Free Distress Technique and a few Distress Inks mainly in tones of blue.  Once completely dry I added more depth of colour using the blending tool with the Distress inks.


I then stamped the focal image (the main stamp from Tim Holtz Classics #5 stamp set) directly on to the inked background in Black Archival Ink.  As you've perhaps gathered this is the stamp I had in mind! I think it has to be one of my all time faves. 
Picking up water with a paintbrush I painted out some of the ink in areas around the face that I felt  needed highlights or emphasis, especially the eyes . This really made the face come to life. I also used a highlighter pen to enhance the eyes a little more.




I then added more detail to the background using stamps and Tim Holtz layering Stencils,Distress ink, Archival ink and Black Gesso along with a few circles and some splatters using Picket Fence Distress Paint.
I then masked off the face and spritz the tag with Perfect Pearls to give a slight shimmer to the background. 

I kept the embellishments simple as I didn't want to take anything away from the focal image- an ideology wordband and a few remnant rubs.  


I adhered the tag onto a black mount cut to size and attached an eyelet around the tag hole. To finish off I inked a length of crinkle ribbon (and my fingers oops!) using Black Soot Distress Stain Spray and fed it through the eyelet. 


 Here is my contribution to A Vintage Journeys Tag Friday .



I am really pleased with how it turned out - it speaks volumes to me personally and I would have to say its the kind of art I love to create. Hope you like it too. 
Be sure to stop by A Vintage Journey's blog if you haven't done already and see all the other fabulous tags some of my fellow Creative Guides have created . 

So that just leaves me today to thank you so much for stopping by and for the lovely comments you leave- I  do appreciate them greatly . 

See you again very soon, hopefully tomorrow, when I will be sharing my take on Tims tag for January 2016 .Yeh, its sure been a Creative week here at The Pink Craft HQ' !!
Have a great weekend 
Take care 
Amanda x

21 comments:

Brenda Brown said...

A wonderful tag Amanda. I love the way you bleached and lightened to get the highlights which has created fabulous depth and perspective to the face and such unusual colours for the imagery. Great job.
hugs Brenda xxx

Astrid Maclean said...

Fantastic tag Amanda! Wonderful background and love what you did to finish it!! The white highlights really make the face pop, beautifully done and so expressive!

Anita Houston said...

gorgeous tag!!! I love the background and the face!!!

Nikki Acton said...

Bold and brilliant! The bleaching is so effective, great job xxx

Kay Wallace said...

This is artwork at its very finest, Amanda! The word exquisite comes to mind!! Mwah!

S@ndy Diller said...

So moody and lovely. Great colors! S@ndy xx

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

A stunning tag Amanda, her eyes are memorizing! Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

Stephanie Rodgers said...

Very, VERY cool tag!

Redanne said...

The depth you created with the water and the highlighter is just fabulous! I love the wonderful background you created too, it is quite gorgeous... Hugs, Anne xx

kit cochran said...

Stunning. Beautiful and striking eyes. One of my favorite tags i'very ever seen.I really like the colors you chose. Really great blending and depth of color.

Buttons said...

Jaw-droppingly incredible Amanda! You've gone to a whole other level on this! Jenny x

mamablitger said...

Amanda your tag is STUNNING !! Awesome work. I love the effect you achieved by removing paint with water. Fabulous result ! And lovely colors. Just LOVE your tag. Clever choice to keep it simple and not putting too much embellishment to it.
Thanks for sharing an easyto follow step-by-step .....
Hugs to you from Monica... Spain

Joi at RR said...

BEAUTIFUL texture... she looks truly stunning Amanda. Adore this. j.

Samantha Read said...

Gorgeous as always :) xxx

Jennie Atkinson said...

Everyone has said it all Amanda! Stunning tag, stunning background, stunning stamped layers, just STUNNING!!! Jennie x

Sandy said...

You are absolutely amazing Amanda --- all ancient artists believed that the eyes are the window to the soul. I agree 100%. What we see in the world I believe we project with our lives. I acknowledge such cruelty and grief in this world but I also see great people who have gone before me and those who will go on and light the torch for us to follow.
I love this tag Amanda and you are one of the lights that light my soul.
sandy xx

butterfly said...

Spectactular, Amanda... the inky background is gorgeous by itself, but the magical highlights you've given to that beautiful Tim Holtz face bring the whole tag singing to life. It's wonderful! Sorry I'm so late getting round...
Alison xx

crazy4atc said...

Beautiful!

Sara Barker said...

Beautiful tag, Amanda! I love that watery, glimmery background and your face really looks amazing there. You have truly given this face beautiful windows to her soul--love the use of the white high lights--just perfect! Hugs!

Team Clark said...

Oh I love this tag, love that you stamped the face on the great colorful background, so very beautiful! These were all a major source of inspiration to me. Thanks so much for your comment about my Tim tag, I am thrilled that he pinned it. :) Hugs, Autumn

Barbara Schiassi said...

Amanda I'm in late to comment this masterpiece! I love your tag, it's wonderful, it tells a story, i Love it! BArbara