First of all, let me wish everyone a happy first day of spring. I can’t think back to when I have been so glad to see the back end of winter arrive. Whew, but I can’t wait for my daffodils to flower. And I already have buds on a few.
Now onto the tag project – or is it ACEO? I can’t decide. I went back after the big sheet of watercolor paper had dried and fortunately it was flat again. I stared at it a long time trying to decide what to do. I decided to be bold for a change. What the heck – it was only a sheet of watercolor paper and I had plenty. I would try to add some more washes and some heavier color.
I lightly put on a clean water wash over the previous day’s work, being careful not to brush down hard where I had color layed. I saw a very little bit of movement from the older wash but not enough to be concerned about. Then I layed in some more washes and drops of color. When I felt that I had covered with enough colors, I let it alone to dry.
I came back the next day and stared at it again for a while. Should I add more or start to cut it up? I opted not overdo it – always a hard decision on where to stop. Overnight, laying in bed, I had the thought that rather than cutting up the paper in business card size for gift tags, perhaps I should make them the little bit larger ACEO size and expand my options. So I plotted out a few areas that I thought would make a pretty background and then started cutting. This was actually easier to do mentally and emotionally than the last time I cut up what I had done. I was glad, as it turned out, that I decided to make them bigger. I think that it took better advantage of the colors. Odd how just a half-inch size change could make such a difference but I think it did. Here above are some of the pieces. I think they are pretty nice on their own and haven’t decided what to do with them.
I like them all well enough that I don’t know whether or not I want to punch a hole in them for use as gift tags. Perhaps I could get some ACEO card holders and punch the hole in them instead. That way they could be used as a gift tag with a little bit of writing on the back and kept as a keepsake. I’ve not bought any holders yet so I don’t know what is possible. I guess that I will be working that out over the next few days. It’s nice to feel satisfied with something I have done for a change and to be looking at options instead of the circular file.