Mixed media art shipping tag (ST53)

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Addicted to this little shipping tag business!

I never thought I’d get addicted to painting on a shipping tag because they are pretty small but against all odds, I am hooked!
I like to keep them all neat on a book ring which makes for a perfect little flipable portfolio 🙂 I often end up with a little paint on the back and since you can see the back of the art tags while flipping through them, why not even paint on the back too?!

For this project I started with one covered with leftover paint from a previous project… Cool texture, right?

Let’s cover this shipping tag!

Part 1

  1. I started by applying some lovely sky blue acrylic with my fingers, followed by aqua green… Thin layers so I can see see some of my funky texture below 😉 Then a touch of yellow to make things pop!
  2. Next I want to improve my embossing skills because I’m still new at this lol I love how it looks on greeting cards but, I’m not a card making person (yet) so I try to find ways to incorporate the effect into my mixed media instead 🙂
  3. Using an embossing dabber, I’m adding glue through a sunflower stencil. I know I was a little heavy-handed here so I’m not expecting a clear result!
  4. Not to worry, we’ll see what happens anyway… Let’s add some pretty black shimmery embossing powder on top and melt it.
  5. Well, it turned out better than expected, even though it’s not that detailed but… I have an idea: I’m going to reuse my sunflower stencil with a little gesso on top of the black embossed area which is now becoming a background ‘shadow’. Yes! I love when things turn out well in the end, don’t you? 🙂

Part 2

  1. Let’s now have some more fun by dabbing little dots of hot pink paint around the flower…
  2. Then highlighting them with random white scribbles!
  3. Next I’m using oil pastels to add soft colours to the petals…
  4. Then some gold splatters with a Color Bloom spray (this colour has been discontinued by the way!).
  5. And by magic, little black and white splatters appeared on my art tag! Looks like my camera didn’t record that hahaha I did them with India ink 😉

Yay, I love this shipping tag!! What do you think?

Watch the video tutorial below and let me know your thoughts on this with a comment below (scroll down to the bottom of the page) as I always love to hear from you!

With love and sunshine,
Mimi Bondi


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  1. Gorgeous tag! And, using the other side is a great idea!! Again, thanks for sharing your time and talent. Kathy

    • Mimi Moret

      Thank you Kathy! 🙂

  2. Hi Mimi! I love this video because I have never been bothered with tags. I bought your book to free me up and paint with wild abandon on large areas – which I really enjoy and thought working so small would be too tight. But this has inspired me to give it a go. Very pretty! Love xxx

    • Mimi Moret

      I thought the same Helen but after getting out of my comfort zone a little, I now love painting small too 🙂 It’s great to experiment and test new products and use smaller items like small stencils, die cuts, stickers etc 😉

  3. Great tutorial Mimi, I love the way you “rescued” the embossed flower. I would probably given up at that stage and tossed it! Now I know there is a way out of things that don’t turn out quite how I pictured them before I started. As for tags, I love them, but currently I’m on the Artist Trading Card bandwagon. I’ve just done a couple using the principles of chapters two and three of your book. Quite a challenge.I’d love to see more of your tag tutorials.

    • Mimi Moret

      Thank you so much for your lovely feedback Robyn! ATC look even more challenging than art tags lol Most of the time things don’t turn out as planned haha Don’t give up, just paint over if needed 😉

  4. Turned out great. I am hooked on 4 inch square canvases, love the quick results. I have been meaning to try a tag, in fact I have some tags so if I can locate them today I am going to try one. I even have the stencil. You always inspire me. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Mimi Moret

      Thanks so much Debbie! So glad to inspire you! If you end up creating a tag following the tutorial, make sure to post a photo of it in the Facebook group 🙂

  5. Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Mimi Moret

      My pleasure Colleen, thank you 🙂

  6. Mimi,
    As usual, I LOVE what you created in this video and would love for you to do a video showing us all those other lovely tags. They are all so colorful and happy looking……so Mimi Bondi! That embossing powder is lovely and I really like what you did to bring out the details of the flower with the paint. Great job, as usual…:)

    • Mimi Moret

      Thank you so much Sharon! Yes, I will definitely a little art tag flip through video soon as my collection is building up quite quickly haha Thank you again for your lovely feedback 🙂 mimi

  7. Me encantó la forma en como juega con los colores y la realización expontánea en el girasol y el fondo.Gracias por compartir tu experiencia en este arte.

    • Mimi Moret

      Gracias Laura 🙂 xx mimi

  8. Loved the use of embossing on your tag mixed media piece. The added sparkle is wonderful. Large tags are a great way to do some quick art. Must try it out.


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Mimi Bondi, Mixed media artist, author, illustrator and teacher

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