Need a quick art fix? Tag art: small bits of fun and a great surface to experiment upon. I buy tags by the box at the office supply store.
I used white gouache (gwash) as a resist. It's not really a resist, it changes the surface of the tag so that the paint (or ink) absorbs differently. You could use gouache, gesso, white paint. I applied it through a stencil and then let it dry.
After the gouache was dry, I sprayed a couple of different colors of ink onto the craft sheet and just ran the cards through the puddle. Keep warm and cool colors separate so they don't get muddy. Leave some open space.
After everything was dry (the next day), add some collage. I cut some birds and flowers out of previously beautified paper and added some pen work. How about stamping and coloring in on separate papers and then collaging them onto the tags? The flower on the left was done that way.
I'm thinking that birds and flowers deserve a written language. :) Have a Monday. They are never great but we soldier on.