Tuesday 10 September 2013

Mother And Child At Tag Tuesday. . . . .

It's good to be back playing along with Tag Tuesday. Sorry to have been absent fellow taggers - lots going on here at the moment.

The theme this week is 'Mother And Child' and my first thought was do a vintage piece with a wonderful image, sepia tones and relevant embellishments. That didn't enthuse me so I carried on with some more packing for the big move (grrrr!). I then came across this photo and others of my daughter when she was about 16 months old.

We used to live in a small seaside village which meant lots of lovely walks come rain or shine! It's funny when you see these photos, it seems just like yesterday and the memories are so clear. Amazing considering my daughter is now well into her 21st year!

Never been to Tag Tuesday before? You really should click here and see the wonderful work over there.

I have never tried to scrap before but I suppose you could say this is my first ever attempt. . . . . . .there's still paint and crackle of course!

Oops! looks like one word has slipped - not so because I put it at that angle but when you see it in a photo it looks very odd. Oh well. I've tried to include things and colours that remind me of the sea: the blues, fish & shell stamped images, a real shell, the rope and one more piece of driftwood from Aldeburgh in Suffolk (thought I'd used the last one so got quite excited when I found this rolling around in a box!
Looks better when you see the angle close up I think! Some card was coloured with distress ink, spritzed, dried and then stamped with the words using archival ink.
The tag was cut, coated with DecoArt gesso (2 coats), followed by 2 coats of Warm White. The tag was then painted with Aquamarine and before it dried a scrunched up plastic bag was used to dab some of the paint off, revealing the warm white underneath. DecoArt crackle paste was used to create texture in the background. Various seaside images were stamped with the same colour paint used in the background. I put a thin layer on my craft sheet and dab the stamp into it a few times before placing it on the work.
These three DecoArt colours were used to dry brush the painted crackle.
A little warm white was used here and there to highlight small areas.
The photo was cut and then edged with some thick jute rope, I feel this keeps to the seaside theme.
Look at that little face!! 
 A little shell collected on one of our many beach walks (we still both love to do this so I have no idea when or where this one came from!).
That's the right angle to view the words!!

I really enjoyed making this tag and although I should be packing boxes, I can't not sit at my desk for an hour or so can I? (or three, or four!).

Thanks to my new followers for joining me - hope you enjoy looking. Anyone else cold? Brrrrrrr. . . . .


  1. Ahhh this is such a gorgeous image of you both! A wonderful tag Julia that brilliantly evokes the seaside.

    I have candy today if you would like to pop by. Nicola x

  2. Great make Julia. the blue hues are beautiful and I really love the way you have used the rope as the frame and the cord, it really helps everything flow xx

  3. Such a sweet image Julia and a wonderful way to frame it. I lie the use of crackle and the piece of driftwood.

  4. this is stunning and I love that crackled texture paste - not seen that before - it looks fab xx

  5. Gorgeous tag Julia! Love the blues and the photo is lovely. Hugs, Anne x

  6. I love your alternate take on scrapping, Julia - it's a brilliant tag, capturing the textures and colours of the seashore, and such a great photo too... Lovely way to capture the past.
    Alison xx

  7. this is a great tag , love that layered crackle , looks fab...would love to have a catch up soon when things settle down xx hugsx thinking of you x

  8. Its amazing !! I loved the textures ,the colors and the jute twine frame around photo is wonderful !

  9. This is a wonderful tag with the bright colours and beautiful photograph

    Love Chrissie x

  10. What a fabulous tag Julia, love the effects you have achieved and such a great photo and memories. Hope all is well, I didn't realise you were moving, good luck with it.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  11. Great details and a warm and wonderful tag Julia :-)

  12. Wow, that is some serious crackle!! Beautiful photo of you and your little lady, you have done an amazing job, I LOVE the theme too being a 'seaside' girl myself growing up in Looe (Cornwall). Hope the move goes as well as it can darling, will be thinking of you sweetie.
    Huge huggles x x x x

  13. What a lovely way to display a precious photo Julia :)
    Von ♥

  14. A super tag Julia, such a lovely pic and I love the seaside textures. Xx

  15. This is lovely Julia and made me smile when I looked at her cute face and those wonderful colourful pants she is wearing! Bet she wouldn't be seen dead in anything like those now!! Great crackling and super colours for your seaside theme. Best of luck with the move. Love, Margie xx

  16. Your tag (and first scrap trial ?) is really fantastic. Coco x

  17. A fabulous showcase for your lovely photo Julia. Those textures are amazing.
    Good luck with the move x

  18. Nothing wrong with scrapping on a tag or anything else but an album!!! I love it! The picture is fabulous!!!! Love the amazing texture!

  19. This is scrapping taken to a different level, Julia!

    LOVE it! And the thick crackle, the driftwood and the wonderful rainboot yellow word stickers too! There's so much joy in that creation - it just seems to pop out of it!
    I hope it all will settle down soon for you - good luck with the moving!

    Claudia x

  20. Love this! The rope as frame is perfect and I love the rich colors with the crackling.

  21. Hi Julia, just had a very quick catch up, such a beautiful photo and a perfect way to show it.
    Avril xx


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