I started this tag a few days ago because I wanted to play with some ancient watercolour pencils I've had since before my daughter was born and she's twenty!
I made a background in various layers and I loved how I could build on the colours and almost create a freehand stencil effect (mask for you trendy people!). This is how the first layer looked before adding water:
Doesn't look much does it?! I then used a large brush and washed over it with water, dried it and continued adding layers and a vague pattern with the watercolour pencils. Each layer was then moistened and dried before adding the next. Finally, I used some distress ink through a stencil in a toning green shade and some walnut ink around the edges. Scroll down for the finished tag.
You may also notice that I've added some layers of netting behind each flower. It seems to soften their appearance and I really like the effect. It's more obvious in real life.
I was going to stamp some flower stalks but decided to use my sewing machine and stitch them instead. I chose a toning shade of green and a stitch which I felt worked well as a stalk with some 'leaves'. I'm pleased to be gradually using my textiles skills here and there in my craft work.
I'm very happy with this tag and at the suggestion of Alison, Buttons, Anne and others, I have now looked for some challenges to enter it in and here they are:
Sunday Stampers - A Riot Of Colour
Frilly and Funky - The Great Outdoors
The Stamp Man - Summer Sizzlers
I think this is the way for me to go. I always like to share at Sunday Stampers and have often entered at The Stamp Man. Frilly and Funky is a new one for me but I do keep tabs on a number of their designers and thought I should have a go!