Ms. Ruin's Playthings

"The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates." -Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Artistic Journey

This Fall I will be participating in an event called The Artistic Journey. As part of that, participants were asked to design a tag that describes their artistic journey. I wanted to incorporate all of my favorite altered art elements: wings, crowns, chipboard, and something vintage. The photos included an artsy picture of me, because let’s face it, I’m far from ordinary, a picture of one of my canvases, a picture of one of my photography subjects, and a picture of a tag that I made recently. All of these things describe where I am creatively on my artistic journey, because when it comes to my creativity, there is truly no pattern necessary.

I pulled out all of these materials and then some to make my project come to life. And seeing this, makes me want to rush home and play in my studio.




1. I first misted a large tag with a shimmery brown mist – just in case my next step rendered any tears. I dried the mist with a heat tool.

2. I took a vintage piece of dress pattern, crumbled it up and then unfurled it. I adhered the pattern to the tag using a glue stick and then cut away the excess around the tag.

3. I distressed the edges of the tag with a distress tool and then distressed the body of the tag with black soot distress ink and vintage photo distress ink. This really made the creases in the crumbled pattern pop.

4. I traced the crown and the wing on metallic eggplant colored paper and cut it out.

5. I painted and misted all of the chipboard pieces.

6. I glued the cut out wing and crown shapes to the back of the coordinating chipboard.

7. Arranged all of the images under the film strip, taped them down and then placed film transparency over – stapling it into place.

8. Matted my picture on a piece of purple cardstock, distressed the edges of the cardstock with a distress tool.

9. Glued the wing over my picture.

10. Cut out second picture of myself – cut around hair outline to allow wing to show behind my shoulder.

11. Glued chipboard pieces to tag.

12. Added sticker letters to tag.

13. Colored stones for crown using eggplant and raisin alcohol ink. When dry, glued to crown.

14. Stitched on tag and upper left edge of tag.

Thanks for looking - hope you liked my tag.  :)


  1. The tag is very cool. I like how you used lots of different medias.

  2. Thanks, Jana - it was so much fun to make!