You know how much I love when an artwork tells a story... Today we have an absolutely magical piece by Rebecca! Get ready to jump straight into Steampunk Wonderland...
What a great start to the week! :)
Today I would like to share with you a project I am pretty excited about. Pretty excited because steampunk style is probably my favourite crafting style. Quite a few hours went into this project, actually it was created over a few weeks, just a little bit at a time here and there. The end result I am pretty proud of, this shadow box now has pride of place on display in my craft room.
As there were many many steps involved in creating this project I have condensed down into a few separate steps.
Inspired by the gorgeous finish of Linda's 'Friend's Who Love Art' clock I really wanted to try something similar on a wooden frame.
- My shadow box frame was purchased from Ikea (I LOVE Ikea, who doesn't?).
- The frame was given a light coat of Heavy Gesso (white).
- Copper Crackle Paste was applied thickly and allowed to dry out in the sun.
- Two contrasting shades of Silks (African Jade / Rich Cobalt) were painted around the copper crackle.
- Heavy Gesso (Black) was applied with a paint brush over the entire frame, making sure I pushed my brush right down into all those amazing cracks. When it became slightly opaque I began rubbing it back with a baby wipe.
- Just LOOK at those amazing cracks!!! ~LOVE~
- Randomly stamp, stamp stamp the edges with Circles and Adverts stamps.
- Using my finger a small amount of Gold Leaf Rub'n Buff was applied to all edges of the frame.
- A piece of Prima Resist Canvas 'Ads' was cut to fit the backing board of the frame.
- Randomly spray the entire background with Color Bloom Sprays in colours Tea Stain, Worn Leather & Antique Gold.
- Texture Paste Copper Crackle was applied with a palette knife through the Prima Elementals Lace stencil.
- Once the texture paste was completely dry I added some more colour with Dylusions Ink Sprays in colours Calypso Teal and London Blue.
- The canvas was then adhered to the back board with Soft Gloss Gel.
- Die cut cogs
- Edges inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink
- Walnut Stain Distress Ink randomly applied with dauber.
- A little Distress Stain in Tarnished Bronze added.
- Texture Paste Clear Crackle was applied quite thickly with a sponge and allowed to dry.
Building the Background
- My mechanicals were coloured using Vintaj Patina in Marine, Verdigris and Moss. A little Gold Leaf Rub'n Buff was added for an extra gold touch.
- All my cogs were foam mounted at different levels.
- Now there is where it gets tricky to explain, I just kept adding and adding and adding. I very rarely know when to stop, and even now I can see little spots where I could have put even more.
- Hanging bottles - contain Art Ingredients Glass Beads - Licorice and Butter
- Jump rings glued randomly in the background, filled with glossy accents to give a wet raindrop look.
- Muslin was glued to the bottom of the frame, scattered watch parts were glued into place.
- Who can spot the champagne cap? just couldn't help myself.
I understand there are many steps involved here and if you have any questions at all, I am happy for you to contact me directly for help if you need it.
I wish you all a very happy and creative day.
~ Rebecca ~