Sunday, April 24, 2016

The mother's heart...

Yeahhhhhhhh!!!!! :-)

Tim's 12 Tags of 2016 were off my radar until this past week... here is my tag for April's remix:

See the faint crazing?  Mmmm...

This is his remix graphic:

I enjoy participating in these challenges because it really requires participants to either try new techniques or to revisit techniques for desired outcomes. I personally play with resist properties often, but have never done a mosaic in this way, building up with Glossy Accents.  Very fun, especially for people like me who like puzzles and pieces...

I'm also going to share this at Happy Little Stampers April Mixed Media: Wings... cuz... look ittt...

Supplies and notes:
  • For the mosaic portion:
    • The hearts were cut out of straight-up cardboard from the recycling bin (Happy Earth Day! For a forester, every day is Earth Day!)
    • I painted the hearts with Liquitex gesso and affixed my little cut pieces from my scrap-paper bag while I watched Mountain Monsters with the fam
    • I let them dry overnight and added Glossy Accents to the "tiles"
    • For the record, I tried grouting with some modeling paste, but, nuh-uh.  I didn't like what it did to the tiles.  I considered piping modeling paste into the spaces between like a mini-caulking gun, but... nope.  Next time. (I've thought of piping with modeling paste, and I finally did it! I'll add a link when I upload images)
    • I inked it with DI in Frayed Burlap 
  • For the background/ paint-resist portion:
    • I used a library catalog card and applied Antique Linen Distress Paint through a Brett Weldele Scribbles stencil
    • When dry, I washed it with Broken China Distress Stain 
    • After that, I inked the edges with Old Paper Distress Ink and lightly spritzed with high-quality H20
    • The wings are from an old Grungeboard pack by Tim. I painted them with Liquitex gesso and sprinkled some pearl white EP by Stampendous, and added some Antique Gold Stampendous frantage EP and affixed them.  After attached, I inked the edges of the wings with Scattered Straw 
  • Other...
    • I typed the quote with my old typewriter  and dragged it through Evergreen Bough DI, then added a light coat of Ranger Crackle Accents
    • The hemp is True Hemp with metallic thread woven through
My youngest selected the quote for this, and said we should give it to a neighbor who is pregnant.  I will take her recommendation!


  1. What a fun tag Mimi, I love all the mixed media elements used here, and great sentiment too, thanks for leaving kind comments at my blog, I am happy to follow you back!

  2. Your tag is gorgeous, I love the mosaic hearts and your fab design! I saw your tag over at Happy Little stampers and came over for a closer look! :)
    Tammy x

  3. This is brilliant, Mimi! WOW! So cool and bright and happy! You nailed this challenge and I hope you win!!! Love the wings, they are awesome with the heart. Hugs, Autumn

  4. Seeing the photo I was thinking, is it fabric? Plaster? What? It's gesso! Wow! What a great effect you've achieved here...

  5. Wow! That is one awesome tag. Much prettier than Tim's;) fabulous mosaic.

  6. Hi Mimi, how are you, thanks a million for your sweet comment on my blog!!!! I myself haven't tried any mosaic yet, looks interesting. Your tag looks gorgeous by the way!

  7. your heart here looks like real mosaic...looks really lovely I never made like this luv luv luv...
    adorable art my friend and luv that wings....
    the part I love much is the mosaic heart..

  8. So light and airy! Love it! Congrats on your win!

  9. CONGRATULATIONS on your win! What a different take on TIM'S TAG! I LOVE it....the colors are sooo pretty...really SWEET to look at...LOVE!!!

  10. Congrats Mimi with this tag and it is so lovely- just love those hearts. i have become your newest follower
    x catherine

  11. Congrats on the win, I really love how playful this is! Awesome sentiment, too.

  12. Yes, congratulations on the win. The tag is beautiful with the wings and mosaic hearts. I love reviewing the winners tags because they are so much fun.

  13. What a beautiful interpretation of Tim's April tag, congratulations on your win! Deb xo

  14. Congrats on your win - this is so lovely and Spring-y! I love how your take has taken flight.

  15. Congrats on your winning tag! I love hearts with wings! Just beautiful!

  16. Congrats on your win!! I love your tag!!

  17. CONGRATULATIONS on your win! What a beautiful take on Tim's April tag! Hugs!

  18. Oh my gosh! Just saw your win at Tim's site! Biggest congratulations - I am thrilled for you and really felt like your beautiful tag deserved the recognition! WOO HOO- doing the happy dance for you!!!

  19. Beautiful tag, those mosaic hearts are to die for! Congratulations on your win :)
    Thank you so for joining us at HLS Mixed Media Challenge. Hope to see you again soon!

  20. I love everything about this project - I'm also a puzzler and LOVE that mosaic...just gorgeous - congratulations on your win!!! I'm also thrilled that you joined us over at Happy Little Stampers as well! :) :)