Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Italy

This was probably the most difficult tag of all for me so far. At first all I could think of was olives and wine, and then I remembered - opera!  I LOVE Italian opera. I also love the bold advertisements of tomatoes and other foods that have been reprinted as posters. So, I put on "Nessun Dorma" and set to work.

I wanted to experiment with printing on fabric, so I resized a poster and a playbill from a Donizetti opera (found on Google Images and Pinterest) and printed them on printer fabric in my inkjet printer. I used gel medium to adhere the images to a scrap of cardboard and then varnished them--thought it might resemble a painting. It was quite an uncertain mess from time to time!  I added map strips of Italy, a brass button, and a stamped curtain from Oxford Impressions that I cut out, spritzed with glimmer mist and edged with gold. I made a ruffle of striped ribbon and attached to the bottom. The hanger is repurposed brass ends and a dowel tied with a gold piece of cord. Whew! I was glad to see this one done!



20 comments:

  1. Lovely tag, great idea to use fabric - Italian opera is really something to sing about! Valerie

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  2. A very beautiful tag full of the beauty of the opera.

    Chrissie x

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  3. Liking the opera theme ;) Dxx

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  4. So beautiful and dramatic - your tag's opulent red and gold curtains create opera going images.

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  5. Very imaginative tag, I love the thought process!
    Sally

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  6. Very fabulous and theatrical. The curtain is a great idea.
    I wish I was brave enough to put anything other than very thin paper in my printer. I love this method you have used.
    Sue xx

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  7. Fabulous! Great idea too!

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  8. This is awesome! A fabulous tag. I would like to have a go with printer fabric - I have never heard of it! Carolyn xx

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  9. This tag just sings out! Beautiful.

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  10. Very artistic and dramatic. A work of art by itself.

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  11. Wow! Stunning tag, Laura!

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  12. Great tag, very theatrical! X

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  13. Very beautiful Laura! What a huge amount of work you put into it :0)

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  14. WOW....Love your tag, The images are perfect & the amazing curtain is a brilliant idea... Hugs May x x x

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  15. I love it! You truly captured the feeling of drama in your tag, and that curtain rod was the perfect finishing touch. Blessings!

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  16. Laura, this may have been a stretch for you but it was certainly was worth the effort. The entire tag is stunning, down to the tiniest detail.

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  17. This is terrific, the curtain is a wonderful idea.

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  18. Not sure your tag could ever have looked a mess! Great idea to use the fabric and I love that theatrical curtain!
    Juliax

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