It’s that time of year again. 🙂 Many years ago now I started a Christmas project for myself. While I enjoy making bits of art for people as gifts, I found that my ambitions and the reality of what time I had were not very well matched. So this was a way to let me make something for every person without going overboard. I’ve come to love this yearly project and it has proven a great place to try out new things as well.
This years tag is a lino cut of intertwining vines and a fading flower with a fall or winter like branch. The space at the bottom is for the name of the recipient. I usually end up making 20 or so tags. These were all stamped onto different colours because I couldn’t decide what colour to use. Later, I came back in and started putting in gold paint details trying out different spots to put the hits.
After sitting with all the samples for awhile I settled on blue. I had some already cut card that would allow for two images per sheet so this became the winning blue. As for the gold details I decided to keep it minimal and added some spots of white for more interest.
Finally, there was trimming out the tags, rounding corners and adding a hole for the ribbon.
A bit wonky you say. Why yes! I often strive to achieve what I view in my minds eye as “perfection”. I find while it’s always good to strive and better a skill it also makes me tight and afraid to just do something. I tried to stay away from achieiving that idea this year. When I look at the tags this year all the things I see wrong with them are also points of interest for me. Most important it reminds me I am not a machine. While I admire people who make cards and other crafty gifts that are so perfect they seem to have been made by a machine, I dislike that there are no flaws. Probably jealousy on my part. I love that mine turned out a little askew. Literally. Each is imperfect. Also important is that I am willing to show people and give them away. It’s good to see growth while hoarding your own work, but putting it out there is good too I’m discovering.
Want to see some tags of Christmas’ past? Click the link and check them out on my site under Mixed Media.