I love shipping tags; love to use them, paint on them, stamp on them. and tie on the ribbons. They are a non-stressful way to warm up to do some art or just enjoy the fun. This week’s DLP unPlanner 2016 prompt was to use a circle on an art card, so I made these tags.
And here’s how:
- Lay out an undersurface of plastic, plexiglass or one of those craft sheets (I can’t remember what they are called??)
- Spritz various areas with two or three colors of spray inks that will go together well (not complimentary colors or they will make brown). E.g., pink, yellow, orange; or purple, blue, pink; or green, yellow, blue).
- Lay a few tags side by side into the ink and push down and move a little to get the ink to print on to the tags, allowing some of the colors to blend.. Lift up and set aside to dry. If there is a lot of ink, you can use a rag and dab some of the ink off – just don’t rub too much or you will lose the flowing look of the original print.
- Once the tags are dry, spritz or dab with a little more ink if desired; just a little here and there. Let dry.
- Stamp with a rubber stamp – I like to use black. I used script stamps turned various ways and going off the tag.
- Glue on a shape and repeat it on the tag (I used circles, but you can do leaves, squares, triangles, ovals, etc.) The circles I used are from Roben-Marie Smith’s In the Garden collection – just gorgeous!
- Embellish: doodle around the circles, in them, next to them, etc. Smudge areas with acrylic paint or oil pastels to get depth of color.
- Pour some black gesso on a palette and use a round stencil brush (or your finger) to make some random black dots or circles to balance out the tag. When dry embellish them with white or colored dots, lines, etc.
- Last, if you want more depth, use the stencil brush and a little acrylic paint to add in some more circles, or to paint lightly through a stencil – use a color that won’t dominate. On these tags, I used yellow, lightly applied.
- Pick a ribbon, or twine, or fabric to make the tie.
- Don’t forget to take a photo and share it on your blog or Instagram, or whatever.
- Hang them up to enjoy or put them in your art journal.
Let me know if you like the process!