Okay, it's time for a change of pace. Still in the tag mode, but I'm off in a different direction. (For a while. I still have plenty of watercolor paper prepped with coffee by Bobby. I wonder what his preschool teacher thinks when she gives him paint, and he asks for coffee!)
Here's the story behind these tags. Yesterday I went for an inspiration visit to "my" rubber stamp store, Rubber Stamp Fantasy here in Marietta, and I dsaw some really cute Halloween cards. They were stamped on paper printed with trees and other designs. Well, I love to paint trees, so I came home and did my own version. First, I used Tim Holtz's Adirondack Alcohol Inks in Butterscotch and Terra Cotta with just a touch of Espresso on coated, glossy cardstock. Then I stamped the script with VersaFine Vintage Sepia Ink. Since this was a coated cardstock, I dried it really well with my heatgun. Next step was the fun part — painting the trees with Golden Fluid Acrylic in Carbon Black. I didn't sketch them out or anything — just jumped in and started painting. [Author's note: having a glass of wine really helps this process along.]
On my first tag (not shown — I did a total of three) I stamped some birds on the bottom right, but it was too heavy and TOO black. I decided just stamping one word was enough because it let the background shine through and didn't compete with my trees. All right, I'll show you the bad one. Here it is.