Thursday, 20 June 2013

Tag Flag Book, Asian Grunge Style

On the first Saturday in June I attended a workshop at the monthly group Victoria Stampers in Padgate , Warrington. 
People come from all over to attend... Bolton, Manchester, Liverpool, Blackpool, Wigan, Derby and it's always a great day of crafting, stamping, eating, drinking tea and coffee and lots of nattering and laughter with a super gathering of lovely people and this one was no different.
 Gill, one of our members was the class tutor for June with an excellent project...
a Tag Flag Book
I chose an Asian Theme in red, black and gold, and it ended up somewhat grungy and rather out of keeping with the neatness of Asian art but I preferred a bit of freedom.
Gill showed us the finer details, hints and tips of stamping on labels (after brayering colour on them) which was so effective.
Here's the inside showing all the tags....21 in all each with two sides to decorate.
so there were so many surfaces to decorate that I decided to explore as many different ways as possible.

 Lucky envelopes to hold tags, emotive haikus, lucky coins.
Chop stick cover! top left 
Washi papers and I even added the card from a restaurant we visited in Holland.

Of course there had to be some stamped images!
I made a washi kimono doll to add to a tag which slipped into an envelope and added some Asian pictured playing cards to another one.
This image was shadow stamped and I made mizuhiki knots.
Finally the back view before it is closed and tied with the ribbon.
I really enjoyed making this and thanks to Gill for such a good class which really kicked my mojo back into gear!!! 
I'm now looking forward to July's class when Neet will be teaching techniques with metal and alcohol inks.


Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fabulous piece, wonderful dimension and use of imagery. Love it. Tracy x

fairy thoughts said...

Wow Jo, what a fab tag book and such a lot of work, but I bet it was fun, we don't seem to have anywhere that does these sort of classes any where down here.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I love your little flag book. I made an Asian AB, and these images brought back fond memories. One thing I never (not even once) considered was tearing/cutting the round joss paper to make a fan. That is brilliant.

Helen said...

Wow Jo this is stunning - you have incorporated so much into it, and I love the multiple pockets - much more intricate than the one I've just attempted! Have a great weekend.

voodoo vixen said...

What a fabulous flag book, love the little geisha girl, she doesn't look at all like an alien!! :) Beautiful work... and now I get it... those are little sticky address labels and you use them as one piece... brilliant idea!!

Annie said...

You are such a talented lady Jo. I really love this with all the very many skills you've used in making it. Thanks for sharing.
A x

Angie said...

Stunning creation everything about it.xx

mamapez5 said...

What a fantastic piece of work. but it must have taken so much time to do. I love all the different techniques and embellishments you have used. The metal and alcohil group should be fun. That sounds more like my style of craft. Kate x
(Ben has promised to contact you this week).

butterfly said...

That is a stunning creation... just amazing!
Alison x

Hetty said...

Jo, that is a super book, with so many wonderful details.

Neet said...

I know this is even more spectacular in real life as I saw it - even if not finished. Lovely job Jo and thanks for the reminder about the washi dolls, haven't made one in ages. Think I can feel making one coming on now.
Hugs, Neet xx

Paul Browning said...

Wow this a a fabulous Tag book. It totally rocks the asian theme and I love all the mixed media you've incorporated into it. It's like a treasure chest to dive into and explore all the goodies within. Pxx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

wow that is truly wonderful work Jo!! one thing I wonder when see such things is what do you do with them after you have made them?? love the little touch the folded geishas are really special.. isn't washi simply amazing paper?? thanks for popping over dear friend, Shaz in oz.x

Hettie said...

This is gorgeous Jo. Love all the little bits and pieces you have put together. Well done!

Anne said...

Wow that's beautiful. Anne x