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Friday, July 28th, 2017
Steampunk Canvas Set with Rust Pastes

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I want to share my Steampunk Canvas Set with Rust Pastes. I entered this piece to the Lindy’s Stamp gang challenge because the colors really fit. Btw, if you haven’t participated in a challenge before try it it’s really fun and you might win something too…     Steampunk Canvas Set with Rust Pastes For this set I used three 4×4 canvases and lots of metal embellishments. I used the larger embellishments to connect the canvas together into one unit. If you want to do something like this make sure you use heavy gel medium to glue everything to the canvas and wait until it’s dry… it can be awhile.          Then I painted everything with black gesso. When it was dry I sprayed everything with sprays to add the initial color. After it was dry I added rust pastes which gave all the metal a rusty look complete with the grainy …

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
Artists Trading Cards Steampunk Style

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I want to share with you my first ever ATC’s. Yes, I know it’s surprising but I never made any before. So of course the first ones I’ll create will be Artists Trading Cards Steampunk Style! I made six cards and as you’ll see they are for trade…   Artists Trading Cards Steampunk Style If you’re not familiar with ATC’s here are the basics that you need to know: Size: 2.5″ x 3.5″ You can use all mediums Create more than one and show your style Sign your name and add the card’s title on the back ATC’s are for trade never for sale To create the cards I used black cardstock which I covered with white gesso. Then I sprayed the cards with some ink sprays to give them a little color and shimmer.      The next step was to start adding the steampunk theme embellishments. I decided to create some weird looking …

Friday, July 21st, 2017
Steampunk Girl Reverse Canvas

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I want to share with you a different creation that I call: Steampunk Girl Reverse Canvas. The reason it’s different is that it’s weird, unusual and some would say spooky or even ugly.It is definitely not everybody’s cup of tea but I sometimes like creating these strange pieces of art. I would love to know waht you think…      Steampunk Girl Reverse Canvas This piece started with a canvas I reversed and covered with tissue paper and then sprayed with very light colors. That was the frame for the girl, angel or ghost, you decide. BTW this is the fun part of art when every one sees something different! I created the steampunk girl from an old doll I had. I took out her legs, cut off all her hair and painted her with white gesso. Then I made her a wire skirt with a metal top. and added steampunk pieces to her head, …

Sunday, June 18th, 2017
LOVE Mixed Media Canvas

Hi dear crafty friends! I have a new project to share with you. It’s a LOVE Mixed Media Canvas I created with the photos of my husband and boys. I was inspired by More than Words June challenge that seems to be created just for me: Father and Steampunk.   LOVE Mixed Media Canvas It’s clear that this theme is totally me so I just had to create something. I usually create mixed media canvases in a steampunk style without photos, so my problem was how to incorporate photos in this canvas. I decided that close up photos would be the best but I had to cut them from different photos so the colors didn’t match. So I first turned them into black and white photos and after I printed them on regular, not photo paper I want over them with a few colors of distress ink to give them the same color as the metal.      The creation process …

Friday, June 16th, 2017
Steampunk Angel Notebook Cover Tutorial

Hi Crafty Friends! I have definitely found a new favorite thing to create: notebook covers. Today I want to share with you my new Steampunk Angel Notebook Cover tutorial. Notebook covers are usually so boring so why not add a little embellishment and color to them. This way you are not only creating something beautiful, you’re creating something useful!     Steampunk Angel Notebook Cover Tutorial Some of you might think that it doesn’t really look like an angel or even as a human, but I love her/him. This is what art is all about… no regular rules apply here. You can create a body that doesn’t look like a body, an image that is male or female or both with no hands but with wings and it’s ok. It’s beautiful, it’s interesting, it’s ART!     When I work with metal parts or other embellishments I ususally cover them with gesso, like I did in previous projects. But this …

Sunday, June 4th, 2017
Steampunk Altered Box Tutorial

Hi dear crafty friends! How long can I go without creating a steampunk project? Apparently not long! Today I’m sharing my Steampunk Altered Box Tutorial. I’m surprised how versatile steampunk can be because it seems like all steampunk projects are the same but I always find new ways and embellishments to add so each project will look different.     Steampunk Altered Box Tutorial One important principle of creating a steampunk project in the way I do it is to cover the surface you’re working on with black gesso. Since you’re going to have a dark color scheme the best background will be black and not white.     After the box is dry I like to add texture with modeling paste and stencils. Then I arrange all the embellishments on the box. Try to give the elements height by adding pieces of chipboard. If all the elements are at the same height your project will look a little flat …

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
Butterfly Mixed Media Canvas

Today I want to share with you how to create a Butterfly Mixed Media Canvas. I get asked a lot about how I create these canvases and how I get that crisp rusty look. Well, today I want to share with you some of the products I use to achieve this look and how exactly to create it.     Butterfly Mixed Media Canvas One of the most important steps in creating a canvas like this is to layer the embellishments and create a 3D look. So I started with a layer of chipboard empty squares and added the butterfly on top. The butterfly is the focal point of the canvas so I made sure to create a raised surface from little chipboard squares so The butterfly would be raised above all the other embellishments.     The next step was to add all the embellishments around the canvas. When I create a canvas like this I use all kinds …

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