The Pennywise Yahoo community has a lot of really great swaps throughout the year. The fat book page swaps are one of my favorite. The current fat book theme is “See The World” using a luggage tag template that was provided.
Alert! If you are in this swap and want to be surprised you should stop reading now. This blog post could be interpreted as a swap spoiler and I wouldn’t want to influence you in any way.
It was easy to decide that I wanted to do something with the ocean because of all the stuff I have that I could use (and use up!) in doing it. Plus, I just love the ocean!
As I was working on my tags I became very aware of my own personal art process:
1. I am a social artist. I gain enthusiasm and inspiration when sharing a play day with other artists. The afterglow of spending time with friends making art lasts for days and I love this intensely creative time.
2. I don’t usually have a plan for how the end will look, I just ride the wave of “now” and see where it takes me.
3. I make a big mess when doing art!
For the first part of my tag process I covered chipboard with paper from Design Originals. Then I clear embossed part of the image with a shell stamp to give the illusion of water. Stamp credit: Stampington and Company
Friends can be the best resource of all for ideas and inspiration. My friend Julie came to play and shared some recycled heavy acetate with a wave shape cut from one side. The wheels started turning and I knew I wanted to incorporate that wave into my design.
I thought about the wave on the sand square of my dollar store art (see previous post) and decided to use that technique on my tags. I cut the acetate to match the length of the tags and then squeezed out a line of Sure Tac Glue. I then placed shells along that line and added clear micro beads for grout on the spaces in between. The glue will dry clear.
And that is as far as I have gotten so far. I think I’ll continue to share my process as I experience it with these tags. One thing is for sure, I definitely have a messy process! Here is a picture of my table:
P.S. If you are interested in joining the 10 for 10 luggage tag swap and receiving one of my tags in trade, please contact me! The due date is August 31st – still a whole month away!