Phew! I made it! With everything going on at home (prepping, decluttering, packing to get my house ready to sell, organizing my first moving sale for Memorial Day Weekend and cracking a rib) I didn't think I was going to get my April tag/page done for Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 Challenge. But I decided that I needed a play day today. I hope to not only get my tag done for Tim but also Wendy Vecchi's Make Art Challenge, my page spread for my local mixed media group swap and start my ATCs for my local ATC group swap. Ambitious or what, eh?!
This month it was all about painting with distress markers and the spritzer tool. I've always loved painting with markers so this was a no brainer for me. I LOVED using the spritzer tool to create quick, soft watercolored backgrounds! Definitely be using that technique again - A LOT!
At first I was just going to go with 'Authentic Life' and leave it at that. Then I decided to add the words 'Live An'. As I have gotten older (and hopefully a little wiser) it has become more and more important to live an authentic life so this sentiment is perfect for this tag.
I also didn't want to just pop on the star that he used, but rather something that has more meaning. As many of you know I have collected antique buttons and lace since I was about 9 years old. Some of the earliest buttons I managed to squirrel away were 4 beautiful cloisonne buttons that were my great grandmother's - 2 large, 2 small. I used the two large buttons in jewelry and book projects that I keep close. I used one of the smaller buttons on an Art Journal that was a sample for teaching a year long class. Unfortunately that journal disappeared. It was in a dear friend's store and I believe that one of her 'customers' walked off with it as it was never found after she had closed the shop and was clearing everything out. We kept hoping it would turn up but it never did. As upset as I was at the loss, I think she was even more upset than me (even though I don't blame her in ANY way).
So when I was looking for a button to put on my tag I picked up a jar with metal buttons in it and right there on top was the last remaining small button that was once my Great Grandmother's! It was perfect! Made me smile, and I think is was a sign of approval from above!
One last note. I know traditionally Poppies are orange, red or pink but there is a blue poppy with hints of purple called a Himalayan Blue Poppy. It is my favorite Poppy even though they are rarely seen here in the US. Unfortunately growing conditions are not the best here in CT, otherwise I'd grow them everywhere! So, of course, I had to paint my poppies Blue!