Hello my creative friends! How have you been? We have quite a bit of heat over here at the moment and this weather slows me way down. But I have made a few projects recently and today I would like to share one with you. It’s going to be an easy mixed media tag. And I made a step by step tutorial for beginners. I hope you enjoy teading and watching this.
Easy mixed media tag
Have you been wondering how you can make an easy mixed media tag? Well, it may not look so easy, but trust me, it is! It takes time to make it because there are layers. And layers take time – to dry, mostly. But the final result is worth it. And the process is easier than you may think. Let’s get down to business then…
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A few steps to make a tag
When you think of art and craft for men, do you think to yourself “what am I going to do here?” I find masculine projects harder than any other, really. And it makes me feel so great when I come up with an idea like this one – so manly, grungy and vintage! And this makes me want to share my pride and joy with you – so that you don’t have to struggle figuring out what to do for a man.
First thing to do before you let your imagination carry you is putting the gesso over the tag. It will serve as a primer (or a base) and will make the acrylic paint stick better. I used acrylic paint in black, black metallic, green metallic and viridian (green) but you can use any colours you want. And remember to be careful when using a heat gun to speed the drying up. I was not careful enough… But you will see what went wrong there in the video.
For this kind of project you can use a whole bunch of stuff you probably already have in your stash. Images (like photos or prints), die-cut elements, pieces of fabrick, cardboard and many more you can use on your mixed media tag. That’s not all, you can also use any embossed bits too. You can colour your embossed bits too, it will make a difference to the whole project and you are going to love that!
If you are wondering right now how you can colour embossed images or patterns, just head over to this article where I show a few tricks.
Let’s get busy making an easy mixed media tag
Yes, time to get the job done – here is the video showing how you can make a grungy vintage masculine tag with no super powers nor special skills. I hope you enjoy watching. And if you do – please visit my YouTube channel and subscribe to get updates on my new videos. And give me a thumbs up while you’re there – so that I know you want me to make more of projects like this.
Wasn’t it easy? OK, it takes a little time with all the layers but it really is easy. And you don’t need any special supplies for that, just some basic ones that you probably have.
Supplies used for this project
Here is the list of supplies I used for my mixed media tag – you can click on the picture or the link provided to go to the store. What I can tell you for sure the supplies I used are not very expensive ones.
Distress oxide inks from CraftStash:
Metallic acrylic paint from Amazon:
Black and gold damask organza was a gift from a dear friend and I couldn’t find where to buy it, but you can use other fabric or stamp the damask pattern.
Other bits and pieces are from my stash and I can’t remember where they are from, I am sorry for that. But I am sure you can find a lot of useful scraps in your collection 😉
Want more of mixed media projects?
If you liked this easy mixed media tag and feel inspired to do more of mixed media tags or cards, you should see my other posts on mixed media projects:
Easy Mixed Media background is a great tutorial to make backgrounds for cards, tags and art journal pages using very simple tools you have at home.
Art Journalling for beginners is a lovely and easy to make art journal page tutorial for you to step out of your comfort zone and enjoy creating.
Thank you all for popping in and see you next time!