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Hello blog visitors! Tomorrow will be the final day of 2012, so it is fitting that I show you my final tag for the Chocolate Baroque Alpha Tag swap. I am quite proud that I stuck with this swap & completed my twenty-six tags, some better than others, but none a complete disaster & I have a lovely collection of tags from my swap partners to treasure.
Most of the year, I wondered what on earth I would do for the final tag, ‘Z’. Finally, I took a deep breath & chose ‘zentangle’.
I stamped the balloon ship from the Steampunkery set onto white card, cut off all the sails, coloured it with Promarkers & drew a border, freehand, around it on the tag to separate it from the patterns. When the tag was finished I decided to add Glossy Accents to the balloon, it just gave a little bit of dimension to the tag. I used the Spellbinders’ edgeabilities die to make the zigzags, trying to keep them as evenly spaced as possible.
Then I started doodling. Well, there wasn’t a lot of doodling, as I thought about each segment for ages first, starting at the bottom & matching each pattern with another at the top.
I found the quote on a Zen Buddhism website. It seemed appropriate for the end of the swap.
And here is the finished tag. It turned out rather better than I thought it would. Zentangles look wonderful, but creating them does not come naturally to me, I’m too impatient & my crafting style is definitely in the make-a-major-mess zone. I also don’t have the kind of brain that can think up incredible patterns. However, I enjoyed making this tag, so maybe I’ll do a little more tangling.
So, that’s it for the 2012 Chocolate Baroque swap. Our intrepid leader, Margaret, has already organised a new swap for 2013. It’s to be two QUINTILES a month & she has given us a topic for each month – hurrah!
Thanks for looking, I shall be back tomorrow, or the next day. Until then,
Love & light