For me texture is about more than visual interest but a physical depth and variety.
I started with 2 gesso textured tags. (smooshed)
Used colored pencils in strips to bring out the great veining texture on this one.
|colored pencils atop gesso texture|
And StazOn in black cherry for the other one.
|ink atop gesso texture|
I like black, white and red colors together, so next layer is black gesso dots.
|black gesso through stencil|
Next up on texture train came yellow chevron pattern. You can practically "feel" the texture from this photo.
|Yellow herringbone stencil|
The tag needed a bit of visual dimension or maybe there was just too much open space, so I broke out the hourglass silhouette and more black gesso.
Had to use this phrase because it was the encouraging thought I had as each new layer was added. Sometimes color choices and words lead my process and IF I trust those instinctive messages then good things happen :)
|yellow masking tape message|
The most challenging part of adding the bottle caps to the 2nd tag was waiting for the tacky glue to dry. I love the depth, color and graphics of these caps.
|bottle caps and Dymo words|
After saving these bottle caps for years now, I am so glad I DIDN'T throw them out in the last "clean sweep" of the mustard studio.
Using what you've got can be quite liberating.
Freeing you from the gotta buy, get, or have the latest thing merry-go-round.