Saturday, June 13, 2015

Summer of Color Week 1: Birthday Tag/Bookmark

It's summer, hooray!  And that means it's time for the Summer of Color.  For week one, the color prompt is 1 blue + 1 blue + green.  To get started, I opened a watercolor set and chose three colors: sky blue, indigo blue, and apple green.  I've approximated these three colors in the borders that I've added to my photos.
 
Supplies: patterned paper from DCWV; watercolor paints from Angora; pen from Zig; washi tape (used for masking) from 3M/Scotch; ribbon from Scrapbook Fantasies; puffy sticker & sequin from my stash.

To create the stripes, I simply masked areas with washi tape.  (The grid lines in the background paper made it easy to keep the tape straight.)  As I painted, I let the colors run together.  This always creates such a pretty effect with watercolors.  I love the contrast between the crisply masked lines and the blurred, flowing paint.


This is quite a large tag.  After I took these photos, I wrote a birthday greeting on the white (masked) lines, and then I taped it to my friend's birthday gift.  This particular friend loves to read, so I figure she can use the tag as a bookmark in the future.


As a finishing touch, I added a bit of shine--a sky blue sequin and an indigo puffy heart.  I also doodled around the borders and tied a ribbon through the hole of the tag.  And now...I'm off to see what everyone else has been creating for the Summer of Color.  I'm sure it will be interesting, as it is every year.

13 comments:

Lynette Jacobs said...

Simple and so pretty. Handmade is always best.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Lovely tag! Great take on the colors!
FROEBELSTERNCHEN
ART-JOURNAL-JOURNEY-CHALLENGE
MOO-MANIA & MORE -CHALLENGE

Linda Kunsman said...

Great tag/bookmark!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I love it when art is gorgeous, fun, and functional. You did a fantastic job meeting this first SOC challenge.

Mary Ann Potter said...

A delightful tag! I too like the way the watercolor contrasts with the crispness. Nifty work

Kristin said...

xo

johanna said...

simple, yet awesome: a wonderful Bookmark-tag!

Sharon Fritchman said...

Hi Denise! I absolutely LOVE what you did with the first week's SOC colors! Your tag is gorgeous! That heart is the perfect touch! And thank you so much for stopping by my blog, too! HUGS!!

Halle said...

Lovely use of the colors. Washi tape as masking tape is brilliant. It doesn't just have to be decorative. :)

Rolina said...

A lovely tag, your friend will be delighted, I am sure!

Karla B said...

A wonderful tag Denise!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

I really like your tag!

Caz said...

I love how simple and sweet this is!