Friday, 10 October 2014

Imagine Freedom - Mixed Media Tag Tutorial

Hey-lo everyone! Hope you're all doing well. I have a tag and tutorial I created for the new mixed media challenge over at Artist Trading Post for you today!


I was inspired by Autumnal colours, pulling warm reds and oranges together. 

A few details to spy ;)

I just love this butterfly, which I had sat on my desk for an age. It was cut from a sheet of 12x12 (Prima Lyric collection) and I'm very pleased I finally put it to good use! 

Step 1: Applying white gesso to kraft tags, texturising with a palette knife.

Step 2: Next step, splodging some Dr. Martins india inks on top of the gesso.

 Step 3: I dropped a selection of the india inks (Orange, Van Dyke Brown, Cherry Red and Yellow Ochre) onto acetate...

Step 4: ...and then pressed a large white tag into the inks, creating this gorgeous effect.

Step 5: Adding some details with a pencil and mask


Step 6: Spreading clear 3D Gel over the pencilled details.

Step 7: Next I applied a layer of crackle paint (Marigold) onto a strip of paper and sprinkled with Prima Art Ingredients Pearl glass glitter on top.

Step 8: Stamping onto a piece of ripped vellum with a Prima Vintage Vanity Advert #2 clear stamp.

Step 9: Time for layering up all the prepared tags and embellishing with Art Ingredients mica flakes in Granite and a glittered circle which I made by spreading 3D Gel into a bottle top, sprinkling with glitter and then leaving to dry. Once completely dry it peels away to form a perfect circle!

Step 10: I've finished up the tag with a few more embellies, including copper tape, butterfly which was painted and highlighted with Glossy Accents and "Imagine Freedom" title. 

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and have a fab weekend!


  1. This is a fabulous Mixed Media project Fran and your layers of inks, papers and gel are stunning.
    It's lovely to have you join in with us at ATP Exchange challenge. Best wishes and I hope to see you again
    Hugs Annie x

  2. Gorgeous tag Fran ! Love the layers you've used especially the pencil and the gel. Thanks for joining us at ATP Exchange. Sue C x