Tag Art

Tag art is fun to create and collect. Such a small canvas but each person interperets a theme in a different way. It is truly an amazing art form as well as addicting. You may or may not choose to finish the backside, it is your option. I usually add a quote to go with the theme at hand, whether stamped or printed on my puter. Always sign your work on the backside, don’t forget.

Joining a swap helps you learn to create as a theme is established. Then you must pick your stamps according to that theme. Next choose your colors you will work with, 2 colors are a good try for a beginner, 4 colors can be incorporated easily. Stay within the same color palette.

Collect everything you need and begin your project, by collaging or stamping out your background first then adding all your other elements to your tag. You can seal with a coat of PPA/ Mod Podge. Your work will curl a bit but once dry, should lay flat. You can always put a bit of pressure on your work to flatten it completely.

After the tag is completed with the art and flattened, it is time for the final embellishments.

Choose various textures and complimentary colors of fibers for your “tail”. Cut 10 inches of each fiber you will use. Add your beads to the fibers, this can be tricky. Group together and fold fibers in half. Draw the center of the fold through the hole, going from back to front. Draw the ends of the fibers through the loop in the fibers and pull shut.
Some problems are that the fibers are too tight. You may have to reduce the thickness if necessary by using fewer fibers.
You can always use pearls, strings, raffia, ribbon, embroidery floss, or just leave blank.

Another idea is to use those little adhesive reinforcers, ink them to your color and apply to the tag to cover up the brown tag hole. This works out well when you create your own tags and have to do the hole yourself.

Don’t forget to sign you work on the backside!

Tutorial
Tags:
You can purchase these at office supply shops. Size 5 (the standard) come with or without (less expensive) strings. You don’t really need the strings because you use fibers threaded through the hole.
You can use string and drag it through an ink pad to give it some color.
Ribbon and raffia are other choices.
Download a tag program at Redcastle.

Backgrounds:
You can use fancy papers (including scrapbook papers), gift wrap, music, or paper napkins.
You can collage with magazine cutouts.
Sponge on some acrylic paint or spray paint.
Add spray webbing over the paint.
DTP/dtp (direct to paper) then overstamping is another idea. Embossing is also allowed.
Use a fixitive when using the following to seal them:
Water Colors
Pastels (regular or oil)
Chalks

Applying collage style backgrounds:
You can use PPA (Perfect Paper Adhesive) or a product like Mod Podge which comes in gloss or matte finishes. Mod Podge if it gets wet after you are done, gets sticky.

Add small tags to larger tags hanging off the front. You add the smaller tags on through the yarns.

Embellishments
Fancy fibers can add interest and dimension to your work. Shop around at thrift shops for interesting textures. Take apart older sweaters and unravel the yarn.
Beads and charms can be added to your fibers to create a unique piece of art.