Thursday, 2 November 2017

I'm a great sneak...

when it comes to studio time.  And in spite of all the purging to downsize, I have very craftily (artfully?) managed to get in some play time with friends.

Five of us gathered one morning, and in no time at all turned the studio into delicious Tag City Mayhem.
Gay, Linda, Carol, Dena with her head cut off

With access to years of supplies gathered for teaching mixed media, there was no shortage of fodder, and with a bucket (lower left) of inspiring tags garnered from online friends, no shortage of inspiration either.

Dena, head reattached, Gay and Carol

Carol was a tag-making machine, and I suspect she took home the most...wowza, can that woman create at lightning speed?!


Aren't these delicious?



Dena is enamoured to the max with text/words/verse/script, and I believe that all of her tags incorporated verbiage in some way.


I was all over that NOW tag!


Gay's words for the day were to the effect of 'Oh, WOW!, as she found an array of gears, organics, and other embellishments to add to her pieces.



Linda, an extraordinary quilter, transferred her design skills into some gorgeous tags for her family members.



I must say that because I was, once again, nattering waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much, I accomplished little in the way of completed tags.  The one on the left is the way I feel in the midst of all of this decontamination, the centre is what I hope to achieve, and the right one is what I'll need in copious quantity to celebrate at the end it all.  (Well, actually, the one on the right is for John, who's a red wine drinker, but the former makes a better story.)


However, I was inspired to do some quick tags through the rest of the week as I plundered my way through the gargantuous stash on the way to downsizing glory!  I think this one is VERY apt.


And I truly think that all this hard work will...

I hope that you've had as much fun with your week as I had during that morning.  Tell me about it in the comments below, please - I'd love to hear!

28 comments:

  1. What a bright and colourful morning you all had - how super!As for me? I just keep playing with quilling paper - lol!

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    1. And I love your quilling, Val - you're making such delightful pieces...those hummers are awesome!

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  2. Joyous creativity happens when artists assemble to work and play.
    I miss that.
    All the tags are sensational!

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    1. I'm excited for the upcoming times when we can play together again, Alice - it's been a rough year for you, and you're past due!! xo

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  3. Oh my gosh - I am jealous - such a wonderful meeting and creating with kindred spirits! I love to see all the different art you all made - every woman in her own style -- fantastic!
    I like your tags - specially the sun (make a difference) is a wowser in my eyes!

    Happy November!
    oxo Susi

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    1. It most certainly was, Susi; it was pure joy to play with these friends! Thanks for the kudos on the tags...I'm having trouble stopping now. :D

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  4. Hi Win, the tags are gorgeous. How lucky you are to have such great crafty friends. Happy creative week, Angela xXx

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    1. Thanks, Angela - our valley is a hotbed of artistic talent, and after having run a gallery here for some years, I count myself lucky to know so many incredible artists!

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  5. WOW!!! Your "purge" would explain how come you have been such a generous partner for our paper trade! BTW, I love the mayhem and the speckled royal blue tag. Wonderful post, Win!
    :)

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    1. Thanks, Rose - this was a fun play date, and a great post. I, too, loved that ocean tag by Linda - she was at her bubblicious best! :D

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  6. Oh what fun you ladies had!!!!! It is awesome that y'all can get together and do this. Thanks for sharing, I love it!! hugs, patty

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    1. I SO agree, Patty - it was unadulterated delight for three whole hours! :D

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  7. I find it quite a fun challenge to use up things that have sat around for a while. And what a great way to use them - by sharing the joy. And two very good bits of advice - "just let go" and "make a difference" - which we would all do well to heed. You managed to do both with your purge :)

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    1. I'm loving the whole purge thing, Tracy...I keep finding extraordinary things, and the relief of reducing my footprint is awesome!

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  8. Tag City Mayhem - loving it! Totally awesome textures with the cheese cloth - so much fun and inspiration!

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    1. There's just something about cheesecloth, isn't there, Zsuzsa? And I keep a drawer full of it, painted, so we all went a bit crazy with it. :D

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  9. Your tags are gorgeous with all the colors and textures what a great way to make use of bits and pieces. Now I am going to ask you a question, and even though I know you are an understanding friend, you will probably think me the veriest dum dum, but what do you do with tags? Do you use them on packages or trade them or display them in some way? I see artists create them but I don't know what they do with them after.

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    1. Many thanks, Deann - I love the size of tags (these are mostly 6.5 x 3.5) for creating and working out design elements. I trade them with artist friends, and have a lovely collection from around the world. I also create them specifically for people to add to gifts, or even as one. They're lovely little hostess gifts, too! Everybody loves to receive hand-crafted items, it seems. Any time you're up for a tag trade, do let me know!!

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  10. Love your description of the day and very envious that I wasn't there. I love playing with friends and creating tags, so it would have been a perfect activity for me! Love the variety and number of tags created by you all.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah - you'd have enjoyed all the fun. We had such a blast!

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  11. Looks like you had a great time and great results too !
    Corrie x

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    1. Agreed on both counts - I just LOVE watching other artists work; I always learn so much.

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  12. Wow that was a serious amount of work done. Lots of fun from the look of the photos.

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    1. We had a great time, Eileen; you KNOW how much I love a play date!

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  13. Gorgeous tags, I would have loved to have that type of fun :) xx

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    1. Well, you'll just have to plan a road trip to beautiful BC, Shirley - wouldn't we have a blast together?!!!

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  14. Beautiful tags, Win! I am glad that you had a great day with your friends! Kisses!

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    1. Many thanks, Mia - it was SO much fun!

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