Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Japan

Konnichiwa!  You may be aware that I love Japanese art, as well as tin soldiers.  Therefore, I decided to combine these two loves of mine, and design a tag inspired by the Samurai, the warrior aristocracy of Japan.


I used a Tim Holtz Toy Soldier die and cardstock to cut the base form for the Samurai. Then, I altered several of the pieces by cutting, drawing, and coloring them to fit my design.  I dressed him using various origami papers, which I cut and folded as needed to form his costume.  A tied strip of cord completed the look of his kaku obi (belt).  I also decorated a wooden stick to simulate a Samurai's weapon.  For the tag's background, I painted some freehand paintbrush strokes with acrylic paint to simulate the body of a dragon.  When it was dry, I used a micron pen to draw some defining detail lines to the dragon.  Next, I lettered the title, as well as my last name in Japanese characters, using Prismacolor paintbrush markers.  I also stamped an oriental good luck message.  Last, but not least, I attached my samurai to the background with foam squares.

I hope you enjoy my design as much as I enjoyed working on it.  May you have a blessed week.  Sayonara!

9 comments:

  1. This is a wonderful tag-well thought out and meaningful

    Love Chrissie x

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  2. Love your Japanese soldier tag, great ideas thee. Valerie

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  3. A fabulous Japanese feel to this tag - I love your soldier and really admire your sketching on the dragon - so talented! Carolyn xx

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  4. Wow Arnoldo! Your skill and knowledge never cease to amaze me :o))

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  5. Lovely artistic flair with a Japanese theme.

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  6. Fabulous tag with a masculine feel. You have included a lot of interesting detail too.
    Jane x

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  7. Wow, the Samurai is magnificent! He looks great in front of the dragon.

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  8. so clever to use the toy soldier for the samurai. and of course the sketching is amazing, as always.

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  9. Fantastic! Such clever use of your die - so many wonderful creative tags already from the some shape, but this one is the best, I think.

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