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Watercolored Mix Media Tags

Hello everyone,

Today I have two mix media tags to share, I have been crafting for a couple of years now but my crafting supplies were always limited to my requirements until I started blogging and since then started hoarding craft supplies, but even now I try to create using minimal products and get the best out of what I have. Today I have these two simple tags that I created using stuff from my stash and painted it with watercolors and coffee!

Supplies used:

  • Papericious white gesso
  • Fabric lace
  • Prima Art basics 3D gloss gel by Finnabair
  • Micro mini beads
  • Papericious Moroccan lattice chipboard
  • Flat back pearls
  • Watercolors
  • Papericious Crystal clear powder by Rajni Chawla
  • Papericious Frosting powder by Rajni Chawla

The tags measure 6″ by 3″. I started off by priming my tag with gesso and adhered the fabric lace on one side of the tag while it was still wet. I also stenciled some brick wall texture on the other side using my homemade texture paste (because I ran out of modeling paste, the texture is barely visible because it flattened after drying with the heat tool since the consistency of the texture paste I made was a bit too gloopy). Then I adhered my chipboard pieces using the 3D gloss gel.

The flowers are made using Iris paper. After arranging the flowers, I took some 3D gloss gel and applied it along with the micro mini beads and also stuck some flat back pearls in different sizes and covered everything with gesso and dried it completely. For coloring, I chose different shades of blue color. I started by spraying the tag with water and dropped the colors wherever I needed using my watercolor brush, I started coloring with the lighter shades slowly intensifying the color with the darker shades and kept spraying water in between to spread the colors,  I colored the edges with black to darken the corners. Once I was happy with the coloring I dried it and dry brushed with white gesso to highlight the textures and elements and lastly, I brushed some clear drying glue on my chipboard pieces and the flower centers and dusted the chipboard pieces with crystal clear glitter and the flower centers with frosting powder and heat set it. The sentiments are handwritten.


Here is my second tag,

Supplies used:

  • Papericious white gesso
  • Prima Art extravagance Texture paste white sand by Finnabair
  • Prima clear stamps- crackle by Finnabair
  • Prima Art basics 3D gloss gel by Finnabair
  • Papericious Moroccan lattice chipboard
  • Prima art alchemy metallic paint – steampunk copper by Finnabair
  • Flat back pearls
  • Mulberry flowers
  • Coffee( for painting)
  • Papericious crystal clear powder by Rajni Chawla
  • Distress ink -vintage photo
  • Black archival inkpad

For this tag, I created a rustic distressed wood pattern. For that, i took a piece of paper and trimmed it to the size of my tag and ripped the paper in half and cut half inch wide strips of it. Then using a blending tool I blended some distress ink in shade vintage photo on the paper strips and also distressed the edges and adhered it to my tag base. Now I took the sand texture paste and applied on the bottom half of my tag and also created some texture with gesso. After drying it, I lightly brushed gesso on the upper part and covered the bottom part fully with gesso.

To create the wood grains, I started blending the same shade of distress ink on the paper strips, now the color appears darker and opaque on the places I brushed gesso creating the pattern like wood grains. For painting, I used a mixture of coffee and water I have not used any other paints to paint it. I made the coffee mixture very dark by using very less water, I sprayed the tag with water and started painting. Since the coffee mixture was very dark I adjusted the color intensity by spraying more water wherever I wanted the color to be light. After drying I highlighted the textures by dry brushing with gesso and I used the crackle stamp and stamped with black archival at random places, I also added some spritz of gesso. The flatback pearls are painted with art alchemy metallic paint in shade steampunk copper and highlighted with gesso. The chipboard element is dusted with crystal clear powder and the sentiment here again is handwritten.

Linking this to:

Mix media place: August Challenge

I hope you liked my creation and found it inspirational! Thank you for stopping by,

Heena xo

5 thoughts on “Watercolored Mix Media Tags

  1. Heena I saw your coffee colored tag on fb when you posted in Finnabair’s open group and had to come and see it close up. WOW! Both tags are absolutely gorgeous! I loved reading how you were able to create them. I am a fan and look forward to seeing more of your art.

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