Friday, 22 May 2015

2015 #9 Layers of Meaning {by Alison Bomber}

2015 Theme 9: Words

Hello everyone, Alison here from Words and Pictures.  Obviously I didn't want to miss out on the Words challenge here at PaperArtsy!  One of the joys of words for me is in the layers of meaning and resonance any given word or phrase can trigger in the mind, so I've created a pair of tags with lots of layers, including stamps from the Ink & the Dog Words series for good measure.


I started by giving the tags a coat of Snowflake Fresco paint and then stencilling over it with a sponge.  I used a range of the newer blue shades - from China, Blue Glass and Southern Skies through to Blueberry as the darkest tone.


The next layer was some Distress Inking in greens and turquoises with a spritz and flick of water...


And then a wash of Beach Hut mixed with Snowflake and plenty of water to soften it a bit...


... before adding some alphabet stamping in Snowflake with a hint of Mermaid using Words Plate #2.  I also did another layer with the same stamp, and this time I embossed it with some Seafoam White.


Words Plate #2.

Next up was the ruled alphabet from Words Plate #5, stamped in Aquamarine Archival and clear embossed for gloss and dimension.


Words Plate #5

I mixed some Blueberry paint into Grunge Paste on my craft mat and applied that through my word stencil (by Red Lead) to each tag.


Once it was dry, I added layers of Treasure Gold, rubbing it on with the pad of my finger - Aquamarine, Florentine and White Fire are all layered in there.  I applied strong heat to get the letters to bubble just a little, adding some cool extra texture.




I added Treasure Gold around the edges of the tags too - I love how it caught the tiny alphabet in places, raised by the clear-embossing and ready to shine even more in the sunlight now.



I dyed my ribbons with some of the same paints and inks as I'd used for the layered backgrounds, and secured them with some notepad wires which happily were already in the perfect shade of gold to complement the gilded lettering.


So there they are - two mixed media tags layered with stamped words and textured words and reflecting the layers of meaning created when language and words are used with love, care and attention.  Used well, words should provide inspiration and illumination - I hope my gleaming gilded lettering and layers can live up to that.


Thanks so much for stopping by.  Given my whole blog is dedicated to both Words and Pictures and how each can inspire the other, I'm looking forward to seeing what visuals the Words theme inspires in all of you!
Alison xx 

Great tags Alison, beautiful combination of colour, texture, words and a bit of bling, giving them fabulous impact.  I agree that words can be hugely inspiring and should always be chosen with care. 

We would love you to join in with challenge #9: Words If you are inspired by any of our guests who blog with us over the fortnight, then please join in and link up your creativity HERE

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29 comments:

Helen said...

fabulous tags, love all the layers of lettering and colours.

PaperArtsy Rubber Stamps said...

Wow Alison. So many clever wordy layers in your tags!! They are so cool. Love that TG at then highlighting the dimples too!!

Ruth said...

Lots of lovely, luscious layers. Fabulous wordy tags! Ruth x

Lauren Hatwell said...

Like a lovely blue pool of words waiting for someone to dip their toe in. Great layering. Lx

Hazel Agnew said...

Love all the symbolism of the shiny letters! Inspiring? You bet!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Your tags are splendid Alison! I love the way you added letters as well as words and the way you combined those gorgeous colours! Chris x

Georgie C said...

So beautiful, I love how those letters came out xx

Joi at RR said...

What a FANTASTIC idea Alison. These are soooooo SPECTACULAR. Everything is soooo fun but that Treasure Gold made it all just PERFECT. j.

Fliss said...

These are absolutely stunning Alison. So many beautiful layers peeking through and love the distressed gold text - fabulous!
Fliss xx

Redanne said...

Beautiful Alison! I just love the addition of the Treasure Gold... Anne xx

Etsuko Noguchi said...

Beautiful tags Alison. I love you use the stencil both side and the lettering layers. Words are very gorgeous. xxx

Lucy Edmondson said...

Gorgeous, love the bubbly letters!

Lucy x

Julie Ann Lee said...

Such beautiful, wordy tags! I love the textures, colours and - of course - the words! Not only are they vividly lovely, they celebrate a joy in language! Fantastic! xxx

Marci said...

Beautiful colors and stamping!

Marci said...

Beautiful colors and stamping!

Dagmar said...

Oh wow - Alison - you've made a great job! Your tags are fantastic!!!! I love every step you have done ! Hugs, Dagmar

sally said...

Such beauties Alison!

Sally

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

Wow! They are GORGEOUS Alison, I love how you built up the layers.

Sue C said...

Beautiful tags Alison! Love all the layered detail. Sue C x

Pamellia Johnson said...

Gorgeous Alison! Beautiful backgrounds and I love the metallic highlights on your text! hugs :)

Julia Aston said...

wonderful layers of paints, stampings and words on these beautiful tags Alison! Julia xx

Deborah Wainwright said...

Fabulous tags Alison, I love the background with all the different layers.and the feature words look amazing xx

Dee Adams said...

The minute I saw these I knew they were yours fabulous what a perfect topic for you to showcase. X

JackieP Neal said...

Beautiful Alison!! Love the signature colors!! (Dee took the thought right out of my mind!)

craftytrog said...

Wonderful layers on this beautiful pair of tags Alison! x

Candy C said...

Beautiful. What a transformation!

Coco said...

Two fabulous tags!!! I love all the steps and layers of words you put on these tags Alison, the shine on your stenciled painted main words mixed with grunge paste is amazing, fantastic work as usual! Hugs, Coco xxx

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Beautiful Alison, love how you have used multiple layers of letters and words to underlie your gilded messages. So much to see and admire, thanks for sharing your lovely word tags.

Mary Elizabeth said...

Definitely loved looking for the deep meaning of the words in this piece and the hints of blueberry hue that you use. Yum! I also found a new stamp set to fall in love with Word Plate 5!! Thanks for the amazing inspiration Alison. -- Mary Elizabeth

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