Embellishing Tags with Quick Focal Imagery

It’s been five weeks of leading the Let Loose with Mixed Media workshop in collaboration with Alexandra Stapleton-Smith of Maker Forte and I am so enthused and inspired by the variety of tags people are producing as they discover (or re-discover) their inner artist.

These mixed media tags have several layers of paint, inks, texture pastels, gels, kaleidoscope powder, printed paper, lace, buttons, washi tape, colored pencil marks, brads, glossy accents and watercolor markers. Phew!

We have two more weeks to go before our tag books are complete and I can share the final flip through of my project, but in the meantime I wanted to share this quick video demonstrating some of the techniques I’ve been sharing with workshop attendees.

The tag backgrounds you see here were made using a gel plate and are heavily textured with pastes and gels. There’s a lot of depth owing to the subtle variations in color and the play between different textural layers.

Each tag gives. And then gives some more.
Lots of mixed media layers to invite the eye to explore more.

This is, of course, just a small peek into how various different elements can be corralled together to create a cohesive piece. How you arrive at those decisions, what prompts specific choices at specific steps in the journey and how you synthesize all of it into a bigger narrative — those are all addressed in this seven-week workshop.

Even though this isn’t a detailed process video, I hope it still gives you some inspiration and ideas to create a multi-dimensional mixed media piece.

If you’re interested in detailed instructional videos with voiceovers or live sessions on creating powerful, layered mixed media tags, please let me know in the comments.

Supplies used:
Tags from Maker Forte
Gel Plate
Color Hive Inks from Maker Forte
Texture paste from Ranger Ink
Grit paste from Ranger Ink
Ground Espresso Distress Oxide
Blending tool
Acrylic Inks
Dictionary paper
Karin BrushMarker Pro
Black Derwent Water-Soluble Pencil
White Acrylic Ink
Fabritak Permanent Adhesive
Wood Buttons
Washi Tape
White gel pen

Published by mansimakes

Hi there, I am Mansi, a self-taught artist based in Silicon Valley. I was a full-time communications professional for two decades, with a desk job and a six-figure salary until I decided to become a mom. Motherhood, as many will attest, can be extremely exhausting, especially in those first years. Art became my quiet place. It restored my sense of self. It gave me renewed energy. It helped me become a better mom. I was led down the path of creation by instinct and “discovered“ in early 2019 by a fellow kindred spirit at one of my art pop-ups who asked me to join her entrepreneurial venture. While I immersed myself full time in the role of CFO and co-founder of this women-led venture supporting local women makers, I missed experimenting with mixed-media. So, in 2021, I've decided to focus my energies full time in finessing my craft, producing more online tutorials and offering in-person art workshops for both adults and children. Thank you for joining me on this adventure as I experiment, learn and continue creating custom pieces of joy.

One thought on “Embellishing Tags with Quick Focal Imagery

  1. Gorgeous tags Mansi, they sure have a lot of depth and layers.
    Great inspirational video.
    Thank you so much for sharing, stay safe and have a wonderful day.

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