Thursday, 12 October 2017

I Heart Steampunk

It is Cec here and I am bringing you the inspirational post today.  I have made a steampunk inspired canvas I am calling I Heart Steampunk.

I started with a flat canvas from Michaels and used Mod Podge to cover it with torn strips of old book paper.

Next I added Molding Paste (Golden) through a Mini Time Travel stencil (TCW) to create a bit of texture and when it was dry I coated the whole canvas with White Gesso (Liquitex).

The next step was to add some ink sprays to the canvas - Gathered Twigs and Tumbled Glass Distress Spray Stain (Tim Holtz) and Burnished Brass Moon Shadow Mist (Lindys).

Some stamping was added next using Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger) and a stamps from different sets - Grand Tour I and Steampunkesque (IndigoBlu) and Time Flies (Hampton Arts).

Now it was time to put the heart together.  I started with a wooden heart my husband cut for me on the laser cutter.  Then I used Super Heavy Gel Medium (Liquitex) to add a variety of bits and pieces.  There are wooden bits, charms, hardware and buttons.  This is the fun part because you can use whatever you feel like and this is what I felt like this time.

Once the gel medium was dry I coated everything with White Gesso, which was fine because I needed to unify the colour but I was too impatient and it wasn't totally dry before I started the next step and that meant more work for me.  Lesson learned!!

I used Espresso Acrylic Paint (Craftsmart) to cover the heart using a large brush to begin with and then followed up with a little brush to get in the missed nooks and crannies.

Next I sprayed the heart with Gathered Twigs Distress Spray Stain and Moonshadow Mist Burnished Brass spray.  When the inks were dry I rubbed on some Classic and Rose Quartz Treasure Gold wax.

To give the heart a little "patina" I sponged on some watered down Bluegrass Acrylic Paint (Folk Art).  I also sponged a bit of the paint on the canvas.  The heart was then adhered to the canvas using Super Heavy Gel Medium.

I know I probably should have made a project for your inspiration that followed the current challenge theme but I have made so many fall-themed projects lately that I just decided to go rogue.  If you are still relishing in all the lovely fall colours then I encourage you to create something and share it with us.  The current challenge can be found HERE and you have until November 1st to join in.


  1. A fabulous steampunk piece Cec, the colour tones on the heart are really beautiful! x

  2. This is so amazing Cec! Love how you constructed the heart, but that background has me swooning! It almost resembles weathered wood. The stamped imagery, stains and stencil work are a perfect combination. Great inspiration, thanks! Hugs, Autumn

  3. Wow! Gorgeous project Cec! Wonderful rusting. I❤️Your steampunk canvas ! Xx

  4. Beautiful Cec ! Love your layered background and the heart is a complete knockout ! Sue C x

  5. I adore the background Cec, lovely tones, images and combination of patina colours and just perfect for a rustylicious steampunk heart! Fab! Ruth xx