Monday 22 April 2019

2019 #6 Fish: Stay Curious with ESC {by Corrie Herriman}

2019 Topic 6: Fish

As we head into spring fast here in the UK, we have been enjoying a fabulous Easter weekend of sunshine. This is perfect timing for the new topic of Fish! We have plenty of fish stamps across our vintage and hand-drawn collections, so there is something for everyone! Lets see how fishy we can be! ~Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Corrie here with you today, and I'd like to share with you a small tag book I made!
I thought to do something different for today's project. So, I decided on a tag book. It is just a small book made out of 3 tags, or 6 tags really because I hinged it by gluing some fabric in between two tags twice so the three tags you see are actually connected. It will get a lit clearer.... 

I really enjoyed making this project because I did lots of my favourite techniques. I will try and take you through the process. 

First I die cut three tag shapes out of {Smoothy Heavy Card Stock}. I used my gel press plate to make the backgrounds, using three shades of turquoise blue Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics ie. {Antartic}, {Mermaid} and {Caribbean Sea}. Gel printing is one of my favourite things to do and I sometimes sit down and make loads so I can use them for my future projects. 

The next step was a little stenciling. I thought these dots from stencil {PS023} could represent air bubbles in the water. I used Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic in the colour {South Pacific} for this and then doodled around the dots with a white pen. 

I also added some stamping with a number stamp from set {HP1302} just to add some interest. 

I used Distress Oxide Ink for that in the colour {Peacock Feathers}.

The next step was to stamp the sea weed from the stamp set {ESC10} along the bottom of the tags with Archival ink {Leaf Green}. 

I added the bottom of the sea with PaperArtsy {Grunge Paste}, applying it with a palette knife and patting it so it got little peaks. When it was dry I painted it with Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic {Buff}.

I added some DIstress Oxide Ink in {Ground Espresso} over the seabed, using my finger and coloured the sea weed with Big Brush Markers in 2 shades of green and one brown. 

The fish were stamped with Memento ink and coloured with Copic Markers. I love my Copics! 

Here they are in all their glory. I only coloured 5 of them because I plan to cut one in half....

After colouring I put them all on my tags. I think it looks great ! I cut one in half as I planned and used a half on either side of the three tags. I also added some more stamping with some black ink to add even more interest. 

I also brayered paint the other three tags I cut. I used the same shades of blue and added greens {Granny Smith} and {Hey Pesto}. When dry I stamped the same fish but let them just be black, without colour. I did add a sticker by Tim Holtz. 

I added the ribbon between the tags so I could close the book. For the hinges I used pieces of fabric between the two layered tags. 

These tag books are fun to make and you can make them in any size, you could also add more tags to make a bigger book. I combined all my favourite things in this book; gel printing, Copic Colouring, using modelling paste, adding colour with Big Brush Markers and finally turning it into a little book. I would love to see you come up with a fish themed project that consists of all your favourite techniques! How fun would that be!

Thank you for stopping by today! 

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Christine Alexander said...

amazing tag book Corrie, love those little fish :)

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous Corrie, love the backdrop. Tracy ❤️❤️

Miriam said...

Amazing tag book Corrie - I love these

Etsuko said...

Stunning fish triptych Corrie, lovely Raquel's fish and fab background. xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

What a fabulous little tag book!

geezercrafter said...

Love your tag book Corrie. Fab colouring of the little fishes!

Jennie Atkinson said...

A fabulously colourful .... and fishy ..... tag book Corrie. Just love the painting of the fishes!

Chris said...

Love your tag book Corrie, colours layout and everything is gorgeous! x

Lucy Edmondson said...

Wow that's fantastic, full of impact! X