Thursday, August 16, 2018

Landmarks - Tag Tuesday

The team at Tag Tuesday choose the most interesting themes for our fortnightly tag challenge- Landmarks was chosen by Wendy from the design team, and when you see her two fantastic tags, you will see how I was inspired by them. 
My tag is made using a technique I  learnt just last weekend, so I wanted to practise. The background is created by dry brushing three colours of acrylic paint on art paper, in this case, I used watercolour paper. Then, when the background is dry, with a fine rigger brush and white pigmented ink, I painted the outline of what I hope are recognisable representations of  landmarks - the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I added an Australian postage stamp, just in case there was any doubt. Although I don't live in Sydney, Newcastle is the nearest biggest regional city in NSW and only 168 km away, so these landmarks are almost local! 
Please pop over to Tag Tuesday to see the other  tags submitted for this challenge - they are great! 

Monday, August 13, 2018


 Who's feeling lucky this week? Perhaps it's time for a game of bingo. Bingo is the current theme for Tag Tuesday, nominated by design team member, Michele. I made a couple of tags. One explores the theme of  taking chances and luck - with a background of an instant lottery ticket, an image of a vintage bingo card and a miniature playing card  with a few scattered stickers and a "sticky" tape transferred quote. The others is simple a pen and watercolour drawing of a bingo player all ready to win! 

I also found out some interesting information about Bingo, as I was curious about  the word itself 

  • Bingo is the American version of a game that originated as an Italian Lottery called “Lo Giuoco del Lotto D’Italia” that was all the rage dating back as far as the mid-1500s. When the game reached North America in 1929 it was known as “beano” but later renamed bingo after a caller yelled out "BINGO" instead of beano
  • 90-ball bingo (also known as “housie”) is most common in the United Kingdom, and Australia, as well as many other countries. In this game, players have tickets that feature three rows of nine spaces each, though not every space will have a number. Players will have to completely fill one or more rows in order to win
  • In the United States, 75-ball bingo is the most popular format used. This game features cards which contain five columns of numbers with five rows each, with a straight line being the most common winning pattern.
  • It is estimated that  online bingo games attract millions of players. 
Remember to visit the Tag Tuesday blog to see the wonderful interpretations of this interesting theme. 

Monday, July 30, 2018

Sailing in Late - Tag Tuesday

Nothing like coming to the party late - the Nautical /Seaside theme for Tag Tuesday has already been up for almost two weeks, and I just got around to making a couple of tags today.  
They both feature postage stamps with images of sailing ships. The first is a stamp from Singapore on a background of crumpled painted tissue paper with some metallic charms. 
The second stamp is an Australian one, on a background of torn paper from an old National Geographic magazine  Some of the pages have been treated with Orange Power Goo Remover, which somehow melts the inks and creates a fusion of colours. 

Please visit the Tag Tuesday blog to see the art work of talented tag artists from around the world. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Aussie Flora Tags

It's Tag Tuesday 's theme of 'Floral' that promoted these drawings . I'm travelling with limited supplies so here are my ink and watercolour sketches . Last year I did a series of these kinds of drawings on some recycled book pages but for these ones, I used some 'reject' Eco- dyed khadi paper for the tag bases. 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Memories of " Stitched Up".

This time last year was a frantic time of preparing for the "Stitched Up" exhibition opening at "The Lock Up" Newcastle, NSW , Australia.  Here is a beautiful visual record of the memorable experience of being involved in this exhibition and honouring 193 previously forgotten girls from The Newcastle Industrial School 1867-1871. 

Thanks to co curator, Anne Kempton from Timeless Textiles Gallery,  Nancy Crawford for the narration of this video ( Nancy is one of the featured artists in this exhibition ) and Konrad Breuers for the video imagery. 

Thank also to all the artists who participated in this project and to Jane Ison, whose research made this project possible and real. 

Wilma Simmons ( Co-curator, Stitched Up