Wednesday, April 27, 2016

12 Tags of 2016-April-Technique Remix-Faux Mosaic-Paint Resist

Hello crafty friends! Here it is almost the end of the month, and until yesterday, I still had no idea on how I was going to create Tim's April Remix tag, other than I knew I wanted the mosaic portion to look like the blue Transferware I collect. I had none of the products listed on hand or in the local craft stores, as usual, but out of necessity comes creativity!




I used Tim's old Motif paper stash for the background, and followed his instructions here to the letter.  Love those flicks and splatters! Here's Tim's inspirational tag. I've got to get my hands on that Distress Woodgrain Cardstock, because it sure looks like REAL wood on Tim's tag!

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While I have plenty of BIGZ dies I could choose from to make the mosaic portion, I wanted to use the new-to-my-local craft store Detailed Butterflies Thinlits die. I found this while I was out looking for the woodgrain cardstock the other day.  Still a productive craft store shopping trip! To do the mosaic technique you need a sturdy surface to apply the grout to. Thinlits do not cut heavy chipboard, so I found a tissue box in my trash, and used that.  I cut two of each of the "background" butterflies that come in the 4 die set, and glued the die cut pieces together for a sturdy surface.


I had to make my own grout, but I won't spoil the fun for Tim, and tell you what I used.  Let's just say if you are into baking, you probably have this ingredient. That and two craft room staples, and you have grout! Judging from Tim's wonderful video, I think I will invest in some of his grout--it would be much neater and easier to use!

To make my Transferware pattern, I used a stamp from Tim's Flights of Fancy set and inked in Cobalt Archival ink. I stamped on gesso coated card-- first and second generations so I could get 2 shades of the blue you see on the Transferware. I used Archival ink, because I wanted to use Distress Crazing to give it that aged look.  Unfortunately, even though I dried my ink, the Crazing brought out a little pink tones from the Archival. I tested using Distress Blueprint ink first and even more pink tones came out. After drying the Crazing medium, I swiped on Antique Linen Distress Crayon with my finger. Note to self:  "take your time-spread like peanut butter, and you will get nice fine cracks". I spread mine too thin, but didn't have time to re-do. Still, I think having the extra body made it easier to cut the little shapes.  You can see my experiment with Blueprint Sketch Distress ink and Vintage Photo crayon n the left corner of the paper in photo below. I have enough stamped paper left to try another project!



I followed the rest of Tim's instructions to make my mosaic butterflies. I'm still happy with the end result, but this stuff about it being "therapeutic" gluing on those tiny scraps is certainly not my point of view! I'm a glue phobe to start with, and half blind, so this was not FUN for me, but the end product is certainly worth every second spent! Maybe it's time for readers!




I stamped another image from the same set in Jet Black Archival on the background, added a few Remnant Rubs and a Vial Label blended with Antique Linen ink. A word token was colored with Picket Fence Distress Crayons. I love these crayons, and now have all the colors! More colors please, Tim! I attached the token to my old stash of Tim trimmings using a Loopy pin.  The trimming was colored using the same colors as the background.


Great techniques, and a real treasure of a tag! Can't wait to see what Tim has in store for us next month!

I would like to enter my tag into the following inspiring challenges:
Stamps and Stencils April Challenge-Trash to Treasure I used a tissue box to make my butterflies.
-Southern Ridge Trading Company Anything Spring My colors and butterflies are inspired by spring!
A Vintage Journey #40 Spring Is In the Air Blue and Butterflies say spring to me!
Frilly and Funkie It's Not Easy Being Green I used a tissue box to make my butterflies.
-Mixed Media Place April Challnege Creative Gym # 18 Be Patient. The Best Things Come Unexpectedly I was impatient with the mosaic technique, but Wow! I was rewarded in the end!

Thank you for stopping by today, and for all your lovely comments! I read and appreciate each and every one of them!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

38 comments:

  1. a gorgeous take on the tag , love the gorgeous finish on your butterflies x

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  2. I love your version, Sara, a way more than the original, again! (Sorry, Tim :) Your mosaic butterflies are drop dead gorgeous! You are so super creative and innovative, my friend and your take on Tim's tag for this month is simply fantastic! Well done! Big hugs and lots of love to you! Branka xx

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  3. Oh my, this is absolutely amazing, Sara Emily!! I love, love your take on the tag!! You improvised perfectly!! Those butterflies look so gorgeous!! You recreated the look of the Transferware perfectly!! What a stunning tag this is!! It's a definite winner this month!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  4. WOW! WOW! WOW! This is truly fabulous - I thought at first that you had broken up a precious plate!!! Far better then Tim's version - love the blue and white! Hugs, Chrisx
    ps sorry I have been such a rubbish visitor lately - hopefully I'll get a chance to catch up soon!!x

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  5. Lovely take on this month's tag and clever to use a tissue box to create your butterflies. Such a great way to recycle. Thanks for joining us at Frilly & Funkie for the "It's Not Easy Being Green" challenge!

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  6. Considering your lack of supplies you did a truly fantastic job on your Tim tag Sara! I love your mosaic butterflies, the mosaic really does look like Transferware (Willow Pattern over here, I love it too!). Very imaginative and a really beautiful result!

    Whilst I am here, thanks so much for joining in our Spring is in the Air challenge at A Vintage Journey. Hugs, Anne xx

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  7. this is a beauty - I love the butterflies and so glad you made them using a tissue box - clever lady - thanks for joining us at stamps and stencils this month and good luck x

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  8. Great Tag - the colors are so pretty and fresh! Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey

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  9. Wonderful tag, Sara! Love the butterflies!

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  10. Utterly in love with this take on Tim's tag - I'm another blue+white china fan, so your butterflies are right up my alley, and they look just gorgeous against the subtle neutrals of the background. Yes, yes, yes!
    Alison x

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  11. I'm a sucker for woodgrain and butterflies. Once I get the wall of artists assembled in the workshop I made need this one. Wink wink. Just beautiful.

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  12. Fabulous butterflies Sara Emily, you really captured the look of the blue transfer ware, wonderful interpretation of Tim's tag! Deb xo

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  13. Fab creation, loving your colours !

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  14. OMG, Sara Emily! This is amazing and a winner, for sure! Your butterflies are gorgeous - great job on the technique and great tip on the grout! I think butterflies are so appropriate for mosaics and combined with your Transferware pattern, make it stunning! Love this!

    On another note...I just left a comment on the Anything but Cute site. Seems I missed that you picked my Scribbly Birds tray as one of your favorites in the Crazy for Colour challenge :-( I'm so sorry and embarrassed but thought I had checked all results of challenges entered...thank you for picking my project as one of your favorites - I am so honored, believe me!!! Apologies and thank you again, Sara Emily :-)

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    1. You are a doll! Congratulations on your Top pick! I love that tray! So thank you for your kind words--your project is so deserving of a special honor! Hugs!

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  15. WOWZERS! Gorgeous butterflies! Great tag!

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  16. Wow, it's amazing that it was you who created the pattern paper. It really looks like an original Chinese porcelain! Fabulous tag!!!

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  17. Haha! I am with you on not being a fan of gluing all those little pieces. Hilarious about your glue phobe! Lol! Your design here is truly splendid and totally looks like the real deal. Awesome sauce and genius way to create your own grout. This tag is totally better than the original for many reasons and the biggest reason is because you used what you had on hand (and from the kitchen) to create a tag that is gorgeous and goes to show you don't need all of the supplies. Absolutely fantabulous and stunning dearie! Hugz to you muffin! ~Punkin

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  18. I love how you used the traditional blue and white pottery scheme. Great tag!

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  19. Oooo, love the blue and white together. Gorgeous tag, Sara Emily. :) Thanks for playing along at HLS Mixed Media.

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    1. Hi Sara Emily! I got your email and replied. Wanted to make sure that it didn't go in your junk. :)

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  20. Oh my, aren't you clever?!!! I also love transfer ware, and I LOVE how you've re-created that!! Fabulous tag, Sara Emily! xxx Lynn

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  21. Gorgeous tag. Thanks for joining us at HLS Mixed Media challenge this month Carol DT x

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  22. For someone who didn't care for the process, you did an amazing job! Way to go! My Chipped Sapphire is always an unpredictable reactor, unless it's paint. I do love your idea to use the old China pattern!

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  23. Oh my! Sara, this is unbelievably gorgeous! The technique is amazing and the result is extraordinary. It was well worth the effort! The mosaic work is so beautiful... and the authenticity is striking. I wish I could gush for much longer, but unfortunately I am in quite a bit of pain. I am trying to catch up a bit with my crafty friends, but I cannot do much at a time. Please know that I continue to treasure your masterpieces. <3 Have a beautiful night, sweet friend.

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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  24. A fantastic take on Tim's April tag techniques and style, Sara! Love the colours and patterns and how you made it all blend together in one beautiful piece of mixed media art!
    Thank you for playing along with us at Emerald Creek Dares!

    Claudia x

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  25. wow I'm in love with your butterfly thanks for playing at Creative gym for Mixed Media PLace

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  26. What a great take on this week's challange over Simon Says Stamp Monday Challange!
    Love the butterflies!

    x zOEY

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  27. Beautiful tag Sara, your butterflies look like broken China. Thanks for joining in the challenge at AVJ and good luck.
    Julie x

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  28. gorgeous tag, Sara, love your take!!

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    1. Thanks for joining us at Emerald Creek this fortnight.

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  29. Absolutely exquisite Sara Emily!! You truly rocked the mosaic look!! Gorgeous and more gorgeous- I would swear this was broken porcelain pieces on here! You truly must be the queen of trying new things- you always make me laugh when I read your posts, because I envision you like a mad craft scientist!!heehee Brava my dear!!xx

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  30. HOLY FRICKADOODLES!!! Oh you win, hands down my friend, this is freaking stunning!! Oh how I love that colour palette and the patterns you used, it just takes me right back to childhood with the good dish set in the cabinet that we never used! Those dainty blue florals and intricate designs, wow, what a trip back in time I just took! I love everything about this tag Sara, you really took Tim's idea and made it your own! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! hugs :)

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  31. Gorgeous tag...love the mosaic butterfly. Thanks for joining us on the Emerald Creek Supplies Challenge.

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  32. You've done it again, Sara Emily!!! Where to even start?!?! I guess I'll start with transfer ware butterflies! I give tours in a historic home in Charleston, SC. Your gorgeous faux re-creation puts me in mind of the 18th century Chinese Export pattern on display in the back parlor. I feel you should pursue a degree in historic preservation of faux surfaces. The detail in your piece is breathtaking. I love the way you upcycled the tissue box--not that you could ever discern it's humble origins, as it is fabulous in every way! Thank you again for sharing your art and inspiration with us at Thr Frilly and Funkie Challenge!
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  33. Beautiful! Thank you from MMP!

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