Completed Area 718 TagPads
Last month, my Australian artist and designer pal Holly Eva posted a tutorial on her blog about using simple materials to transform notepads into works of art. This week, I decided to do a graffiti fusion spin on the same idea, after my kids came home from Lowe's with another paint inspiration card to add to their collection:
I loved the details, the graphic lines, and the contrast of light and dark, particularly in the middle image.
So, I set to work combing through the previous Sunday's newspaper, looking for interesting images that reminded me of the inspiration card, and adhering them with Aleene's Collage Pauge Instant Decoupage.
I covered a few sections with painter's tape...
...and painted them with acrylic glazes.
Next, I stenciled, blotted the glaze, and removed the painter's tape.
For the next layer, I adhered some old collage scraps left over from other projects and doodled some more.
To cover the backs, and the inside cardboard covers of the TagPads, I used sheets of duct tape in various colors and patterns.
I'd been wanting to mix metal and fiber in a project for some time now, and this seemed like the perfect time. Metal chain + carabiners + fringy fibers and ribbons + charms + shoelaces = textural bling with a cool, urban feel.
Practice your tag. Write random, rambling thoughts. Sketch something, tear it out, and hide it in a library book as guerrilla art. Jot down a shopping list. Use it as a cat toy, even. Pick up an Area 718 TagPad at Art Carnage Saturday night at The Soundry, from 6 p.m. to 12:00 midnight.