Tuesday, 23 July 2013

A Fish Tale

Grandpa loved to fish.  He tied his own flies and escaped the tedium of women's work after the farm chores were done by heading down to the stream, his creel in tow. We children loved to listen to his story of the BIG one that got away.  Each time he told the story, the BIG one seemed to get BIGger. By the time I was a teen, and the story had been told for many summers, that fish seemed to have grown as BIG as our house!
For my tag, I used a base of cardboard from a recycled box. I (finally) used a .50 cent frame I purchased from a craft store clearance bin. It required many coats of acrylic paint to get it looking like weathered wood. Grandpa is a Magenta lithograph stamp, with a coat of glaze on top. The BIG one is a rainbow trout from Google Images with a coat of glaze, and the smaller trout are stamped, colored, and hooked with a Tim Holtz pin.  I smashed a bottle cap, a common sight on the road when night fishing with my father, and added an image of a trout stamp (license) coated with glaze.

19 comments:

  1. Amazing tag with so many rich images to admire

    chrissie x

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  2. Wow! Lots of work! Very nice!

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  3. Super tag - I love the big fish and the way you have coordinated colours. Carolyn xx

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  4. So beautiful--this should be a wall hanging! Hugs! --Sandy Leigh

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  5. What a beautiful tribute to your grandfather. This is a stunning tag with so many special touches.

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  6. A wonderful compilation of fishy things.
    Sue x

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  7. Gorgeous!! Love how the frame turned out!
    Very unique and special tag!

    Happy Crafting
    Tracie

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  8. What a grand creation and I think you did a wonderful job with the frame. Such wonderful memories brought to light with you tag creation!
    sandy

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  9. Stunning tag. A work of art. A wonderful collection beautifully put together.

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  10. You always have the coolest tags. Blessings!

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  11. OH! I love this like crazy!!

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  12. this is brilliant! xo

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  13. Fabulously rich and ornate tag, love it!

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  14. Laura, this tag is so well done and contains so much eye candy that I could look at it for hours and enjoy something new with every peek. Kudos on a superior tag.

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  15. You guys just make my day! I really never know if something is going to work or not and most of the time it's quite a surprise that it comes together well. I think creativity does preclude the law of thermodynamics that indicates order can't come from chaos! Sure does in my case--LOL! Thank you all so much for the encouragement!

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  16. Gorgeous tag, Love all the fabulous elements & stamps... Brilliant work... Hugs May x x x

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  17. Fabulous tag! so much to take in, very clever and creative, I love it :o)

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  18. Wonderful tag. Great work indeed :0)

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  19. Fantastic - love the tag and the story - beautiful way to celebrate and remember a special and important event.

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