Pastel Springtime Mixed Media Tag

Hello fellow crafters!!!  I hope you are all well today.


My calendar tells me that we are in the midst of springtime, the weather forecast, however, seems to be plunging us back into winter again!!


For today’s project, I have been working on a Prima chipboard tag and I wanted to create a 3D pastel coloured springtime piece.  I am not really a pink and purple fan; so, today was a bit of a challenge for me!


Step 1 – Making the flowers

In order to make the flowers and the leaves, I used some air-dry clay and a variety of silicone moulds that I have collected over the years.  I manipulated the petals and leaves to give them a bit more shape and then I left the clay to dry overnight.


Step 2 – Texture

Using a stencil by TCW called Mini Chickenwire Reversed, I applied some texture paste in random areas over the tag.  I used the same texture paste to stick my flowers and petals to the tag, as well as a metal clock hand, a butterfly and a dragonfly charm.  I left all the paste to dry thoroughly for about 2 hours and meandered off to have some lunch.


When the paste was all dry.  I applied a coat of white gesso over everything, to prime it for the paint.


Step 3 – Colour

I was aiming for a washed-out look in the background and created acrylic paint spritzers, using Docrafts Artiste Acrylic Paint in Linen, Sage, Lavender and Rose Pink.  I also added an occasional spritz of water, just to blend everything together more easily.  I used a heat tool to speed up the drying process; but, of course, this is not essential.


To make the spritzers, I used Ranger Mini Misters, and filled these with 1-part paint to 2-parts water.  Gave them a good shake and then they are good to go.


I added some water to a little white gesso and, using a small paintbrush, added some white splashes over the tag.


Step 4 – More texture

This time the texture was not 3D but stamped script detail running along the centre of the tag and using Watering Can (grey) Archival Ink.


Step 5 – Embellishments

As everything was now the same shades of colours, there was no distinction between the embellishments and the background.  I, therefore, gave all of the embellishments a coat of gesso, before applying more colour.


For the leaves, I used Mermaid Sparkle Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint by Prima.  For the flowers, I used a mixture of Pearl Blush and Pearl Wisteria (both by Docrafts).


To better define the leaves and the flowers, I used a small brush and added some “veins” in Lavender (flowers) and Metallic Emerald (leaves).


I liked the green of the leaves so much that I added a bit of water to the paint and created some splashes over the centre of the panel as well.


Step 6 – Finishing Touches


Reverse of the tag – I cut a piece of decorative paper from a paper pad by Ultimate Crafts called L’Aquarelle Designs and stuck this to the tag using Matt Medium (you can use PVA glue, I just had the matt medium on the desk at the time) and I edged the paper with some of the Watering Can Archival Ink.


Edges – I like having a darker border to my pieces and so I used some of the Watering Can Archival Ink again and a mini blending tool, to frame the piece; before adding some Silver Treasure Gilding Wax to the very edge.


Gilding wax – I used some of the Treasure Silver gilding wax over the dragonfly and butterfly metal embellishments and some Pearl Moon gilding wax from Cosmic Shimmer over the clock hand.  As I said at the beginning I am not a huge fan of pink and purple together; and, for me they were just a little too sugar almond sweet; so, I used some Pearl Moon gilding wax and went over the flowers and leaves as well, to tone down the colour slightly.


Flowers – To add an extra flourish to the flowers, I added a drop of Periwinkle Liquid Pearls into each centre and then added some smaller drops randomly over the tag, to tie it all in.


Ribbons – All that was left was to add an eyelet to the hole in the tag (which I did with my Crop-A-Dile) and added an assortment of colour coordinated ribbons.


I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and that I may have inspired you in some small way; if you did, then please do like this post and follow my blog for more ideas in the coming months.


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Happy crafting, Gem x

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