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Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Steampunk Canvas for the Cubby Hole

As part of the "Celebrating the Diversity Again" exhibition at the Cubby Hole all participants were asked to create a 12x12 piece with a steampunk theme.  Here's mine:-

I turned my deep edged canvas upside down before applying gesso and copious layers of blue and bronze acrylic paint.  I wasn't happy so I kept trying until I decided to add sequin waste and then applying Dreamweaver embossing paste and other embossing powders over to provide texture.
I added die cut cogs (grungepaper) which were coloured with various distress inks and and gel pens.  My wire mesh was aged/coloured with alcohol inks and applied to the canvas using staples.
I saw a rusting technique online and thought i'd give it a go....scary!  The mixture of hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar and salt was suppose to be left for 24-hours but mine only took 30-mins before it started bubbling and expanding and as my pussy cat was looking too curious I decided enough was enough lol....it did rust the metal elements though ......
Whoops ...should have said my mannequin was a wooden one from a doll's house shop.  I sanded her down before applying silver acrylic paint and then applying the stamped cogs onto tissue paper.  Her wings were heavily embossed with silver embossing powder.  The little jars also from the doll's house shop were coloured using alcohol inks as these were a little bright.
My copper winged lady was made using metal sheet and an embossing folder.  I applied midnight blue stazon and silver acrylic paint to colour,
My Graphic 45 lady's head was added to another doll's house find ...the frame!  This was garish gold so I sanded before adding alcohol inks and Stazon ink.  Glossy accents and a metal rose was added.

Another example of metal rusting, watch parts.  My metal roses were made using the Marianne Design Chinese-Roses-LR0163, I used copper metal and then coloured again with alcohol ink and stazon ink pads. The die cut clocks received the same treatment.

I would love to enter my 12x12 canvas into the following challenges:-




Thank you for stopping by.  Suzanne ~x~

26 comments:

Suzi B said...

Believe you me this is just fabulous! I've seen it in the flesh.... so to speak
suzi b x

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous project Suzanne, love all the little details.
Avril xx

Val said...

Wow, wow and more wow!!! Just stunning.
Hugs
Valxx

Buttons said...

Wow! So much time and effort has clearly gone into creating this and it is beautiful! Hugs, Buttons x

Haven_mom4 said...

amazing details and so many wonderful layers. Thanks for digging into your stash to share with us at UIT

Caroline said...

WOW this is stunning love all the details. Caroline xxx

Anita Houston said...

Holy cow wow!!! This is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! I love the metal background and all the metal pieces here! Pure metal marvelousness! This is a fantastic project! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Frilly & Funkie this fortnight!

Vic Lau said...

Wow! This is an incredible project! I've never seen anything like it. Thanks for sharing your artistic creativity and joining us at Use It Tuesday!

Jacqueline said...

Wow Suzanne this is fabulous - Jacqueline xx

Hanna said...

WOW Suzanne, love your steam punk project, it's absolutely AMAZING! The details are simply breathtaking!

Have a nice day,
hugs
Hanna

Marjie Kemper said...

Wow! So much eye candy here... I love all your metals and what you've done with the mannequin. The clocks are fantastic, too. Thanks so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie with your creative project!

Zoe Sanderson said...

Ooh Suzanne this is so interesting, good interesting. Lots of things to look at all perfectly placed love it. Great share for the Tando Creative Challenge thanks XOXO Zoe

Dana Tatar {datatar} said...

Wow! Amazing piece. Thanks for sharing your work for the Tando Challenge!

Terry said...

There are only so many ways to say, "WOW." Love all your fabulously awesome atered metals! So much interest and details! Love this! Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie!

Marjolaine said...

Amazing job on the canvas. Love all those details! Thanks for joining us at UIT.

Beverly G said...

A beautiful piece of Steampunk Art, so many details,thanks for sharing those. Guess I'll need to start shopping the doll house section at the craft store ;-)

Vicky Hayes said...

What a stunning piece of work Suzanne! I'm amazed by all the elements but my favourite part is the lady popping out of the frame. I can just imagine taking her and using her on a card on her own! Vicky x

Caroli said...

WOW! This is such a creative project! Love the level of details and all the work you put on it, gorgeous!
So glad you are playing along with us at Use It Tuesday!

Teresa Kline said...

what a fabulous project, luv all of the details...have a great weekend!

enjoy *~*

Mynnette said...

Oh, this is amazing, Suzanne!!!! GORGEOUS artwork--you better win some things with that! ;)

Maria said...

Wow, what a fabulous canvas Suzanne! I love all the elements in this, and your rusting technique looks very interesting (and very effective).

Maria x

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Holy moly, is this ever incredible? Amazing, every single detail is wonderful. I really love all the metal alterations you did. I must try the recipe for rusting metals, sounds really cool. So great to have you joining the fun with us this time around at Frilly and Funkie.

Hugs,
Linda

Gez said...

Amazing detail. This is so cool to look at.. looks like you had great fun! Thank you for joining the Tando Creative texture challenge this month. Gez.

CraftyTeacher said...

An absolutely stunning piece! Looks amazing. I love the texture and the layers and the rusted pieces ... so much to look at!

butterfly said...

What a fantastic piece - amazing detail in every inch of it... many congratulations on a well-deserved win at Frilly and Funkie!
Alison x

Tanya said...

Such an amazing piece! I love everything about it! Congrats on your win!!

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