Friday 23 May 2014

Tag Wrap & Face: Month 1 {with Eclectica³ Ellen Vargo and Ink and Dog Stamps by Clare Lloyd}

Hello everyone, it is Clare back again! I am going to push some of you out of your comfort zone yet again and over the coming semester will be doing a monthly face and Fresco paints project. This week Leandra and Darcy have indulged me so I have 2 projects wrapped into 1 to get you started. 

So first I thought I would honor the 4 monthly projects to there own little home and decided on a fabric wrap. I know there will be more aghast expressions when I mention the word sewing, drawing your own faces and sewing...crikey what is Clare going to want next 'blood'...LOL! But this wrap could just as easily be made with Smoothy card and some glue or tape so don't run away from your screen screaming just yet. 

I chose to work on calico which was a silly idea really as it can shrink when you add moisture to it, but never mind I made it work and I like warped...tee hee. I cut my fabric to 22cm x 32cm and painted it with Snowflake. Once dry I dotted Limelight all over and used a roller to spread it onto my fabric.

I then did random stamping with some Ellen Vargo 01 stamps using Orchid and Bora Bora.
Next I layered over Ink and the Dog Frames Plate 4 stamp to create more pattern onto my fabric.
I and D Frames 4

I folded a 5cm flap to create a little pocket and zig zag stitched around.

And finally simply measured, marked and stitched to create the 4 pockets. I folded my fabric wrap and tied with a black organza ribbon.

And so to the tag to go inside. I am working on Size 5 Manilla tags and started by painting it in Snowflake and stamping with Ink and the Dog Petals 6 using Black Archival.

I and D Petals 6

Then came the sketch in pencils and I always draw over in a black Pitt Pen. I went with a folk art style girl for my first tag.

The face got painted in a watery layer of Vintage Lace and then I apply a thicker layer around the edges of the face.

Now came a thin line of Caramel which I washed back a bit with some water. We are creating shading now.

I added a thin layer of Little Black Dress on her hair and Snowflake over the eyes.

Now a really thin line of Chocolate Pudding around the face, down the neck and to add detail onto the face.

You will see in the next photo I have added some colour to the eyes (Beach Hut) and lips(Rose). There is a wash of Little Black Dress around the figure to add depth and shadow.

To complete my tag I did some sketching. For the wings I painted Smoothy card Rose and stamped the butterfly image within the Petals 6 stamp plate. The texture on the body was created using Grunge Paste, which I scrapped through with the flat side of a palette knife. Once dry this was painted with Beach Hut and stamped with the words on Petals 6 stamp. I also used Beach Hut to stamp some colour onto the background using Squiggly Ink Mini 13.

SI Mini 13
I do hope you will join me and make your own little tag wrap and I can't wait to see your faces projects (whether you choose to be brave and draw; or stamp some faces).

See you soon with another face to add to your collection. 


A huge thanks to Clare from PaperArtsy HQ. Welcome back Clare; what a great start to your tag book. Mixing hand drawn images with stamped ones is a great technique and I hope to see lots of people joining in each month and adding to their face collection. 

If you would like to join in our weekly challenge with any of this week's guests who have blogged since Sunday night, then join in to link up your creativity HERE you will go in the draw to win PA stamps of your choice! You need to link your entry by17:00 (London time) Sunday 25th May 2014


froebelsternchen said...


Helen said...

Beautiful Clare

Julie Lee said...

I love her wings and that great background. Julie Ann xx

Debbie said...

Just gorgeous, love the detail and the tutorial is brilliant, thank you. Debbiex

Ruth said...

Wonderful, love the wrap and tag, your faces are great.

Steven said...

Fabby do, can't wait for my stamps to arrive to try this...thanks for sharing

Linda M. Cain said...

LOVE her!

Debs M said...

Love that wrap and she is gorgeous! great tutorial x

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous project, both the tag & the wrap - love the Ellen Vargo stamps.

jojo79 said...

Beautiful Clare. I will try to join in - just need my husband to get on with sorting out my new workshop, so I can unpack my craft stuff.

Rebecca said...

O yes me likey you never know I might get chance to join in with this one I'm off with the kids for half term & determined to have a crafty session PLEASE
Happy craftin

Etsuko said...

Fabulous tag case and beautiful background xx

massofhair said...

Good to see you back Clare! Loving the wrap and and the face challenge sounds a gr8 idea:-) x

ellen vargo designs said...

Clare - I love how you've used the bold shapes for your background - gorgeous pattern and gorgeous colors! Awesome!

Jo said...

Love this, might even have a go at drawing thanks to the fab guidance! Jo

Deborah Wainwright said...

Nice to see you back Clare. I'm loving your tag bag and your First Lady is great. Will have to have a goxx

Karin said...

Fabulous Clare!

Cocofolies said...

Awesome project!! x

Kezzy said...

Wow so loving the amazing tag pouch and really looking forward to your girls each month. This months tag is awesome :-) Kezzy xxx