Serendipity by Donna Gray


Hello everyone, 

Donna here today, getting arty with a large That’s Crafty! MDF tag.

What To Do:

Firstly, gesso the whole tag, dry thoroughly. 
For this I used Fresco paints for a change, apply a thin wash to the background to start with. I mainly used the translucent colours for this. 
Next, take a Crafters Workshop stencil (mini aboriginal) and dab more Fresco paint through it, remember to not put too much on or it will seep under the stencil…and yes I still do that even though I should know better! 
Use one of the silhouette figure’s from a Donna Downey stencil to once again dab more paint through. I absolutely adore this stencil, it’s so versatile. 
Line up the word serendipity from the Andy Skinner stencil and trace through with a black pen. Sand it back a little bit so it doesn’t become the focus of the piece. In fact I used a sanding block on the whole tag a few times apart from the figure, which I wanted as the main focal point to remain standing out. 
For the rest of it I’ve used some Dinky stencils, a Tim Holtz stencil, a piece of sequin waste and a couple of my hand carved stamps, all randomly applied. The trick to this is to provide interest to the eye to move all around the tag without overcrowding it too much.
A bit of outlining around the figure with your choice of pencil, a little flick of white paint and a Tim Holtz sentiment provide the finishing touches.


Supplies Used: 


Speedycarve Block to make your own stamps
Hope you like it
Donna x

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  1. Great combination of elements Donna and love the subtle touches of sanding and spattering xx

  2. Fabulous tag Donna and a great quote for the new year.
    Thanks for the wonderful and clear information too.
    Gill xx

  3. Thisis wonderful so much going on it it to look at

  4. That is just so beautiful Donna, I love the background and the subject.
    Big Hugs
    Lynne xx

  5. Really gorgeous tag Donna and such an amazing amount of layered detail.
    Fliss xx

  6. Great tag with fabulous stencilling, love it
    Amanda x

  7. What a lovely gift tag! Love the layers and your detail on top of the perfect yellow gold to make it pop! :)

  8. What a stunning tag, Donna - amazing life and energy to it with the bold earthy colours and fantastic layers. Wow!
    Alison x


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