Thursday, January 31, 2008

Tag Book pages 9-12

Page 9--Pocket stamped with Chinese characters with coin inside, Chinese character for Fortunate, Chinese coin, with origami paper on background.

Page 10--Koi fish stamped and embossed on origami paper.

Page 11--Stenciled bird on bamboo, jeweled embellishments.

Page 12--Dragonfly with vellum wings, outline sticker butterfly dry embossed on vellum, and dragonfly charm on origami paper.

Tag Book Pages 5-8

Page 5--Mahjong playing pieces, mica covered playing card.

Page 6--Stamped Cat with Chinese word and cat charms.

Page 7--Origami crane and crane stamped and embossed on vellum over stamped Chinese characters.

Page 8--Stamped Chinese dragon on marbled paper, tiled background.

Tag Book pages 1-4

Page 1--stamped face, Japanese ribbon, heart-shaped coin.

Page 2--Transparency of tea set, Chinese tea bag tag, over origami paper.

Page 3--Stamped and embossed gingko leaves, gingko leaf eyelets, and real bamboo strip.

Page 4--Outline sticker fan pocket, flowers, and Oriental flower tag.

Tag Book Pages--cover

The cover of the tag book includes the title, "Asian Assemblage".The flowers are popped and layered. The tag opens. Outside is a tape transfer and inside is a haiku poem which I created for the book.

"Art, the soul of each

Being whose mind opens to

The Spirit within."

This tag has the coffee dyed base with coffee crystals sprinkled over. There is no other coloring.

Tagbook finished

I promised myself that I would complete my tag book before the start of the new workshop in February. I even decided that the theme of my book would be an Asian theme. I had many Asian rubberstamps and Asian related embellishments. I am drawn to the Asian theme, but haven't used my materials in many projects. This was a perfect reason to bring out the Asian supplies. The background tags were completed a few weeks ago; however, it took me until last week to actually sit down and begin work. Once I finally got started, it was easy and a lot of fun. Hopefully you'll enjoy the pictures of my book as much as I enjoyed making the tag book.

Tag Workshop--gessoed tags

Once the color was added to the tags, I drybrushed gesso on all of the tags. This gave all of the tags a unifying look without taking away from the colors.

Tag Workshop Part 2d--Shaving Cream Marbling

The last 3 tags were done using the shaving cream marbling technique. The adirondack colorwash sprays were used for this technique.

Tag Workshop Part 2c--dye inks

I guess it's about time I added the rest of the steps for the tag workshop. In part 2c we were to use dye inks on our background. In all cases I used the distress inks from Ranger.