Sunday, October 1, 2017

A three-fer tag


Today would have been my Grandmother's birthday.  For those who don't know, I was raised by my grandparents from birth.  Even though I lost her two weeks after I turned 21, I miss her to this day (and every day).

So much for sentimentality.  It has nothing to do with this tag I created.  Just a bit of nostalgia creeping in.  BTW, it's also World Vegetarian Day, a cause that is a lifestyle I have adopted.

For days I've been trying to find a way to wrap my head around the Steampunk theme of Joan's at Tag Tuesday.  When I finally found a suitable image (or at least one I thought might be suitable) I realized it also met the requirements at Moo-Mania & More's theme In the Air.  And since I didn't have very many cogs, which seem to go with Steampunk, I thought clocks would make a good substitute.  That's where Try it on Tuesday came in with their Clocks theme this fortnight.

Here is the man in his flying contraption right out of the Victorian era.





Cogs and clocks seem to go hand in hand.  The black clock is a transparency, but I smeared it as I was attaching it.










I started by making two tags, then added some acrylic paint to the top one.  Next I spritzed both with some of my shimmering mists.  While the mists were drying, I cut out the focal image, the flying man.  Then I cut three strips of card stock and stamped two with my handmade chevron stamp using dye ink.  Next I stamped various clocks and cogs using various pigment inks.  I stamped one clock on a transparency.  I arranged the pieces I stamped on card stock and assembled them on the two tags.  I sewed them to the two tags using variegated thread, then added the focal image.

Thanks for visiting today.  I appreciate it.  Also, please join me at Tag TuesdayMoo-Mania & More, and Try it on Tuesday.

25 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

It's good that you haven'T forgotten your grandmother, and that you treasure her memory. Your tag is lovely, so much to see, and lots of cool images and stitching. Thanks for joining us Tag Tuesday and TIOT, much appreciated. Hugs, Valerie (slowly starting to feel a bit better)

Helen said...

you've combined these challenges well and I like the image you found for your steampunk theme.
thanks as always for your comments on the latest Kew pics!

chrissie said...

Wonderful to remember today as a special day Elizabeth

A lovely art piece and great it is for both challenges

I was a vegetarian for a few years until I met Vic and he does all the cooking so I now eat whatever he makes.

Thank you for joining us at Tag Tuesday

Love Chrissie xx

Meggymay said...

This is a special piece for today Elizabeth and to remember a special lady in your life.
I love the contraption all the clocks/watches you added and how you sewed the layers together.
Thank you for sharing your fantastic 'three-fer', with us all over at Try it on Tuesdays as well.
Yvonne xx

geistige_Schritte said...

a fabulous idea with these different parts, sewn the edges and the old flying object in the middle!
A brilliant, beautiful page!!!
nice sunday, Elke

Let's Art Journal said...

How lovely to remember your grandmother on this special day! I adore your tag with the pretty spritzing of shimmer mists, stitching and images 😁. Wishing you a great day! J 😊

CJ Kennedy said...

The memories of your grandmother are a special gift to you. I think your page is very steampunk. I just love the man in his flying machine. Since clocks are made with cogs, they make a perfect addition. Have a good day

Jeanie said...

I love what you said about your grandmother -- of course you miss her every day. Just like those of us raised by our moms miss them. She must have been an amazing woman and I know she would find this piece a wonderful tribute to memory.

This is a gorgeous piece, Elizabeth. So many textural elements and wonderful colors, and they all work so well together. I think with steampunk it can sometimes be tempting to keep going and do too much but you nailed this perfectly.

Thanks for coming by today. Your words meant a lot.

Joan said...

Love your steampunk tag!! The man in the flying machine is really cool and clocks are perfect for steampunk!! Great job!

My name is Erika. said...

I think you went steampunk! The clocks are great, as it is the flying man. Perfect! Nice way to combine the 2 challenges if I say so myself. (For whatever that is worth-ha-ha!) And how old would your grandmother have been today? I think of mine every Nov. 23 and this year she would have been 109. I still miss mine also. She was always a good buffer between my mother and myself. Having a mother isn't always a smooth relationship and sometimes a Nana is a better fit. At least for me, but enough about that. Have a fabulous Sunday. Hugs-Erika

Cindy McMath said...

That’s quite and interesting flying machine! Very cool and I think you captured the Steampunk vibe perfectly. The pocket watches and gears add to the theme. 21 is a young age to lose the person who raised you - she obviously did a fantastic job. I lost my grandparents in my 20s also but still had my parents until my 40s and 50s (dad and mum respectively) - I feel fortunate for that althought I miss all of them of course. Hugs.

Dortesjs said...

great idea, wonderful tag. love it ;O)

froebelsternchen Susi said...

This tag is so beautiful and a great piece to memorate your grandmother!♥♥♥
I am still thinking of my grandmother every single day ... she died in 1982.She did so much for me - I will never forget her.
Thank you very much for joining us at Try It On Tuesday my friend!
Happy start of October!
oxo Susi

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froebelsternchen Susi said...

And I forgot to mention
♥♥♥ Thank you for joining Moo Mania & More again!♥♥♥
So happy to have you with us!
Susi

Wilma Simmons said...

Very clever way you have incorporated the challenge themes - I really love the touch of stitching to your great tag.

nanskidrewski said...

Love your page...beautiful color combination and sewing. Awesome completion of challenges. hugs Xo

Birgit said...

This is excellent and makes me think of the Rolling Stone song, Time is on my Side. The smudge works as it goes so well with the steampunk look and I could never sew on my card....or any fabric:)

Kate said...

What a lovely tag, Elizabeth!The colors are some of my favorite but I love the splatters and mixed media aspect of it!
Kate

Margik said...

A fantstic tag! Love all the fabulous elements you've added on it. Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday.
Mar x

Rosie said...

A gorgeous tag, Elisabeth.

Thank you for joining us at MOO MANIA & MORE and also at
TRY IT ON TUESDAY

Divers and Sundry said...

I love how you keep the memory of your grandmother alive.

You've captured steam punk! :)

Sandra Wright said...

Such a fab Tag..love the layers and colour choice...
Sandie

pearshapedcrafting said...

Sorry I missed this! A lovely tag E! Chrisx