Layering techniques is what makes mixed media a really fun art form. Here I have a layered tag tutorial for you to enjoy.
When creating layered designs, work out a rough layout first to really cement your ideas. Playing with the design at this stage is far easier than when you begin gluing and painting!
Look to old books, ledgers, music sheets for great background elements.
For my central character I have used a printable from Mixed Up Magazine's Little People #1 - Emily and Friends collection. Mixed Up Magazine's Etsy store can be found here.
Begin your first layer, by painting the base of the tag in DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish - Relic, coat this in Crackle Mediumand once dry add a layer of Chalky Finish - Timeless.
When applying the layers be careful not to over work the products, paint the layers on with a soft brush and allow the crackling to happen.
Using a baby wipe, rub away patches across the tag, paying particular attention to the edges. This helps create a distressed effect, revealing the layer underneath.
Apply a wash layer of DecoArt Media Fluid Acyrlics Quinacridone Gold, start with a really light wash and build the intensity until you are working with neat paint.
Dry areas of the wash with a heat gun to create an interesting effects.
Take the paper elements and arange them for your background. Fix them in place using Matte Medium, also coat the tag in a layer of Matte Medium to seal.
Once dry add layer of texture by drawing Modeling Paste through a stencil using a palette knife. For my design I have chosen a basket weave design.
When creating your layers give thought to where your focus is in your design, weight your layers to this area to give the tag balance.
Once the Modeling Paste is dry; lay the stencil back over the same area, making sure to align the pattern, and paint using a stenciling brush and Paynes Grey.
Add futher stencil details in Paynes Grey to the tag.
To connect the layers, add another wash of Quinacridone Gold building up the wash as in Step Three.
Take a soft brush and dry brush the tag in Titan Buff to bring out the textures of the Modeling Paste, add a little Metallic Gold and dry brush futher to give the highlights a little sheen.
Edge the tag in Metallic Gold to give the piece a frame.
For the final layer, add more stencilled patterns in Paynes Grey. Placing these on top of the dry brushed layer really makes these elements pop.
Take your characeter and paste it to a thin greyboard backing using Matte Medium. Cut out the image with sharp scissors and set to one side.
Create the wing details using greyboard wings from Tando Creative Butterfly Grab Bag. Paint them in a base layer of Titan Buff before adding a wash of Metallic Silver to give the wings a sparkle. Make the wings even more fairy like by painting them in a layer of Interference Magenta and Turquoise and finish the wings in Crackle Glaze.
To finish your tag, mount your character on foam pads to raise it from the background. Introduce a strip of washi tape so your character is grounded in the design.
Add further embellishments to give you character an edge, I have used lace and pearls.
Finally string the tag using lace to draw the design elements together.