Monday, September 13, 2021

T Stands for Tag


The lovely Valerie is hosting the current challenge over at Tag Tuesday, and her theme is recycle and re-use. It took me a while to get my creative juices flowing on this one which is not because of the theme but because I was pre-occupied with other things, mainly with the beginning of the school year at the German School. The last time I was standing in a classroom is 18 months ago and I was quite nervous before the first day (which was last Saturday). I really needn't be - it was wonderful to be teaching in the classroom again, to see my students and talk with them in person. There was a completely different energy in the classroom that simply beats online teaching. I have a big class this semester, all returning students, some of whom had been in my class several years ago and decided to come back.

But back to the tag - this is what I created:

I cut a tag shape from a Kleenex tissue box and tried to "distress" it with Tim Holtz Distress Ink, only to discover that the surface is too smooth for the ink to stick on it. So I covered the tag with clear gesso to give it more tooth and then roughly painted it with bright aqua green and light blue permanent acrylic paint (Liquitex). I stamped the cabins and the lovely bathing lady (Crafty Individuals) onto watercolor paper and filled them with color using my Winsor and Newton travel watercolor set. The net you can see in the lower part of the tag is from a bag that once held Dutch baby potatoes. After gluing down the cabins and the lady on top of it I attached the piece of driftwood and the shells I had found on the beach several years ago. Lastly, I took some leftover yarn from a couple knitting projects and tied them to the tag. Done.

Yes, I know, since this is Elizabeth's T for Tuesday you want to see a drink. After last week's pineapple-hibiscus cooler I thought I kind of stay with the theme, but add some alcohol to it - here is a hibiscus bellini, that I had in a seafood restaurant in Eureka on our way back from Oregon two months ago. It was delicious, albeit a little bit too sweet.

I love my Tuesdays with the T-gang! You can find them here.


Kate Yetter said...

Beautiful beach scene on the tag. I really like that vintage bathing beauty.
Happy Tea Day,

My name is Erika. said...

That is a great tag Carola. I love all the materials you recycled to make it. I would never have guessed the net was from a bag of baby potatoes. And glad being back in the classroom went well. It must be exciting to be back in the classroom too. I retired in June of 202, so it was nice to miss the covid situation but I do have moments I miss being the classroom. I hope you have a super T day and nice week ahead. Hugs-Erika

Linda Kunsman said...

Glad you're enjoying back to teaching in person- nothing beats it in my eyes.
Of course, beach lover that I am , I absolutely love your tag!!
I fear your drink would be a bit too sweet for me as well but it does look tempting. Happy T day!

Iris Flavia said...

Yes, my Nieces are happy to go back to real school, too (sadly reckon teachers here do not use Die Maus for this).
Great tag, ohhh, the ocean.
In Eureka?!!!! Thought that town was a fake for the series (which I love).
The drink looks yummy, have a nice T-Day!

Mae Travels said...

Are your German students adults, coming back after several years? I think the German School that my granddaughters attended on Saturdays might be similar to yours. (It's located in Maryland)

best... mae at

Valerie-Jael said...

Hi Carola, your tag is FABULOUS! You have made me very happy with it! Love those stamps, too, you made such a happy scene. Thanks for joining us at Tag Tuesday, much appreciated! Glad you are teaching again, enjoy. I'm sure you will have fun with your students. Your drink looks very refreshing. Have a happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

Elephant's Child said...

HOORAY for being able to teach in person again.
And awe and wonder at your tag, which is simply lovely.

nwilliams6 said...

I know your students benefit from being around you in person! You can connect so much better. I just know you are a wonderful teacher too - creative and intelligent and dedicated.

That tag is wonderful - great colors, texture, images, and details. Fab!

The drink looks refreshing and fun. Too bad it was too sweet. TFS.

Happy T-day!

DVArtist said...

Really beautiful tag. So nice you are teaching in person. Have a great week.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I am excited for you and worried for you as you return to the classroom, Carola. I just hope it's safe and well ventilated. It's great to see kids in person, though, I'm sure.

Your beach tag is wonderful. From what I read, only the gesso, ink, and paint were new and everything else was recycled. That made me smile because I'm BIG on recycling, too. And you stamp so WELL, too. Loved the beach scene and the driftwood and shells.

I'm not one who drinks alcohol, so I am not sure what a bellini is, but your hibiscus bellini looks absolutely beautiful, dear, Thanks for sharing your tag and your bellini with us for T this Tuesday, dear Carola.

Lisca said...

What a lovely tag! For a moment I thought your piece of drift wood was an eel! (I have eels on my mind since writing my page). And the vintage beach babe had me smiling.
Hmmm your drink looks refreshing. Although I must admit I don't like overly sweet drinks. They make me even more thirsty.
Happy T-Day,

Jeanie said...

I love your tag so much. It still feels like summer. I still feel like summer but I'm beginning to see fall everywhere I read! So this is a huge happy plus!

Let's Art Journal said...

Such a beautiful tag! Loving those happy seaside images - perfect 😁. Your hibiscus Bellini looks so delicious too, take care and wishing you a Happy T Day! Hugs Jo x

Sharon Madson said...

That is a gorgeous tag! Happy T Day!

Veronica Lee said...

Your tag is most beautiful, Carola.

So glad you are teaching in person again.

Happy Wednesday!

CJ Kennedy said...

Lovely tag. Makes me think of the last days of Summer. Your drink coordinates nicely with the colors of the tag. Happy T Day

WendyK said...

Fabulous seaside tag, love that piece of driftwood. Thank you for joining us at Tag Tuesday.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

I can imagine how nice it must be to be able to see your students in person again after so long. Hope all goes well this year. You have created a lovely vintage looking beach scene for the tag. That drink looked delicious too😋

Gillena Cox said...

Your drink looks cool and refreshing. Luv the tag and all the work you put in


Empire of the Cat said...

love your tag with the bathing belle and the driftwood on it. Your drink looks cool and delicious too, Happy belated T day Elle/EOTC xx

pinky said...

That tag looks amazing, love how you used the shells. Good luck back in the classroom!! Thanks for joining us at Tag Tuesday.