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.