Friday 29 April 2016

Tag Friday April 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 style. 
So here I am today sharing my 'Tag Friday' tag with you all.

I decided to take this opportunity to have a real good play with my Tim Holtz Distress crayons!

Apart from some Gesso and a little Texture paste the crayons did the rest.
Taking a #8 tag I applied a coat of black Gesso and let dry. I used Gesso, rather than acrylic paint as I wanted that 'dry matt' look and feel that it gives. 
 I then picked up small amounts of white gesso and applied it using a dry flat head paintbrush by just catching the top of the  black gessoed surface to give like a 'scratchy' appearance. 

Out came the crayons to add colour. Again I used them by just catching the surface of the tag, aswell as drawing some 'full' lines of colour randomly and smudging them out with my fingers. I continued like this until I was happy and I had great fun just going with the flow!
I kept the detail simple - texture paste stencilling and stamping -though the stamping isn't that clear to see but I kind of like that.

My focal image is the beautiful cone head flower from Tim Holtz 'Garden Flower' stamp set stamped using black Archival ink  onto watercolour card stock and painted using the distress crayons as a watercolour paint.
That's the versitility of this product -the crayons can give really bold , vibrant intense colour when used 'neat', water them down and they give a much more subtle hue. Using them with a paint brush enables you to 'work inside the lines' too with more precision
I distressed the watercolour card stock panel with Distress Crayons smudging it into the panel . I love how the crayons pick up the texture of the cardstock . 

I used a width of lace, a few gem dots, a silver eyelet and an Ideology NO.3 File tab to finish off my tag .

I enjoyed creating with my Distress Crayons and I can see this being the start of a wonderful friendship between us! 

Be sure to stop by A Vintage Journey blog if you haven't done already and see all the other fabulous tags some of my fellow Creative Guides have created . 

I woiuld like to enter my tag into the following challenges: 
Thats Crafty- Go Figure Challenge April 29th 2016.
Thank you for taking the time to pop by today and for all the lovely comments you leave - both are appreciated greatly . 
Enjoy your weekend 
take care 


  1. Fabulous tag Amanda. Great color - simple design that is so lovely and elegant. S@ndy xx

  2. I just LOVE the blue/black/white colors on your beautiful tag Amanda! that background is so wonderfully textured and sets off your white panel and flower beautifully! Julia xx

  3. Absolutely brilliant Amanda!! Love the effect of the two gessos together, actually, the whole background is stunning, but my favourite bit is that cone flower. The soft effect of the watered down crayons is just so beautiful and I am so impressed how well the stamped image worked on the watercolour paper! A fantastic tag!!!

  4. I am a bit stuck for words on this Amanda, it is as beautiful as any work of art, it is quite stunning. I love using the technique you used in the background and it looks amazing with the crayons and the cone flower looks incredible. Completely stunning! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. Hi Amanda, this is a gorgeous tag, such a classy design and beautifully executed. I adore the shading and the flower is perfect. Love it. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs. Tracy x

  6. STUNNING !!!!! this is an amazing piece of art and design Amanda. I saw it come through the other day on the DT blog and was just mesmerised by it as I could not work out how you had managed all those wonderful textures. And your watercoloring of the flower is just beyond exquisite. Fabulous work !!!! Love love love it!
    Have a great weekend xxxx

  7. Amanda, I absolutely ADORE this gorgeous tag. Love the deep blue and delicate flower. Love the unseen texture which I know is there! A true beauty! Hugs, Autumn

  8. This is just stunning! I love the subtle color!

  9. Gorgeous Amanda, the background with the combo of gesso and Distress crayons is fab but the watercolour cone flower is stunning, love it all! Deb xo

  10. Stunning Tag think I "need" these crayons lol


  11. Oh this is just so beautiful Amanda.
    It has a timeless elegance which is stunning.
    Wishing you a lovely weekend, hugs from Poppy and me xxx

  12. Pink, You rocked this tag, that is for sure!!! Love this background and stamp, thanks always for you awesome inspiration

  13. So subtle and beautiful, Amanda - I love that background with such fabulous texture created just with paint and crayons, and the flower is shaded and tinted to perfection.
    Alison x

  14. Oh what an utterly delightful tag Amanda, it looks to me as though it should be hanging from a denim bag, it really is gorgeous.
    Enjoy the weekend.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  15. Love all the layers - awesome as always Have a lovely weekend xx

  16. Beautiful tag Amanda. Mo x

  17. Beautiful monochrome tag and LOVING the image


  18. Can I just say I LOOOOOVe this tag! It has my name written all over it! the colors, the design, the TEXTURE! I'm in love! Oh, and your coloring of that coneflower is just Heavenly! Hugs!

  19. What a gorgeous tag! Best of luck with the challenge. Lx

  20. Great tag and love the techniques you've used.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

  21. Your tag is a masterpiece! Love love love love this! the flower is totally stunning and the background incredible! Fantastic work! barbara


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