Wednesday, 7 June 2017

One for the Boys

One for the Boys

Hi!  How's it going?
Ready for Father's Day;
Summer Solstice; 
Barbecue's on the Beach?

Can't help with the last
two but here's Jane Castle
with an idea that can be
adapted for the the first....

"Having looked at a couple of Seth Apter 
videos of late I really like his handmade 
embellishments where he winds
different wires, yarns and threads around 
an object. so I decided to make one for the 
centre piece on my tag for this project.

After cutting my tag and reinforcement rings 
I gathered various bits and pieces together 
that I thought might be handy.

The tag was cut from some Mixed Media card 
and the rings were cut from some leftover 
thin leather. 

I attached some scrim tape to the tag and then 
started to add paint with a brayer and a brush.

The scrim tape is easy to shape 
once it's off the reel and 
it has a sticky backing. 

To begin with I used Mud Splat, 
Chutney and Seaweed as my base colours. 

Next I used some Tikka and Vanilla 
before colouring some Grunge Paste with 
a little Seaweed and Mud Splat. 
This was then added through a TCW stencil.

I then random stamped the large grid stamp 
from I.O. Seth Apter Pattern Play in Archival Sepia.

Now for a small injection of colour---- 
2 small frayed pieces of hessian were then 
coloured with a mix of Stone and Space Cadet paint.

2 Inches were painted with Vanilla and 
then stamped with a stamp from the same set 
in Archival Watering Can.

A small heart and cog were given 
3 coats of copper embossing powder 
before stamping with the lined stamp 
whilst still hot. 

The stamp was well inked with black Archival 
before inserting into the hot embossing enamel.

A thin piece of the wood venier was then 
bound with various layers of cotton thread, wire, 
fancy knitting yarn and bakers twine.

 Part of a broken earring was then attached to the top.

The leather rings were then glued in place and
some old hairy string tied to the top.

This is a very 'touchy, feely' tag and I'm pleased 
I've given this type of embellishment a go-----

I am now thinking that a dried poppy seed pod
 would also look good bound on the stem in this way!!"

Item List
Mixed Media Card
Fresco Chalk Acrylic Paints
Grunge Paste
I.O. Seth Apter - Pattern Play
TCW Mini Raven Mosaic Stencil
Tando Mini Heart
Cosmic Shimmers Ancient Copper Metallic Embossing Powder
Scraps of Leather and Hessian
Scrim Tape
Crafting Wire
Archival Inks

Thank you Jane - the possibilities
go on an on....

This design could be used on
a greeting card - think Father's Day
or even on a canvas or some
other wall hanging

Hmmm.........will go away and
think about that one.....

'Til tomorrow

Mickie xx


  1. I definitely want to touch it! Lots of fabulous textures going on xxx

    1. Thanks Claire, I had great fun putting it all together X

  2. Gorgeous textures, love it. Angela xXx

    1. I've got my eye on some grass seed heads that are blowing around in the wind up the garden for my next one X

  3. Yes, lovely textures! A great masculine tag, Jane.

  4. Fantastic. With all that texture...this is really calling my name!


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