Monday, January 27, 2020

Steampunk Gear Shrines

Yes, I love me STEAMPUNK!
I made these 2 shrines, using the  Little Niche Gear Shrine from Alpha Stamps
Those wicked images from the Gecko Galz digi sheet 
worked perfectly with the Steampunk shrines
I adhered them to black burlap, then glued them inside the niche.
Using one of my steampunk stencils, I used my handmade modelling paste to add texture to the gears.
When dry, I painted the whole thing with copper metallic paint, then rubbed on turquoise + fire red wax pastes over the textured areas.
Metal charms + stampings, paper gear die cuts, vintage watch parts, spinning propellers, and vintage metal Monopoly game pieces were then randomly glued to the shrine.
The metals were painted in copper + aged with the wax pastes.
I made a 3D pocket watch using a die cut and glass glaze, then glued it to one of the shrines. 
Lastly, I painted and glued the hang up on the back of the box.

Winter Blues Light Up Box

The things you can create with a gift box...
Really, who knew!
I totally transformed this gift box, ( it had bath bombs in it)
into a lighted up beauty.
Cut off 1 end of the box, then taped down the other end.
There was paper window panes on the plastic front, I cut them off, making sure not to cut into the plastic.
Printed off this gorgeous vintage girl surrounded by frost,on vellum, ( shes from gecko galz), and then adhered her to the plastic using glass glaze.

When she was dry, I went thru my paper stash, and found this vintage type blue swirled paper that reminded me of a winter day. After measuring the sides, front + back of the box, I cut + adhered the paper. Had this new glitter paper, from a paper pad, and added a stripe of it on both sides, and the bottom of the box. I also decided to glue a larger piece of it inside the box, behind the picture.
Silver scroll die cuts, white paper flowers, some with glitter, some with rhinestone centers, decorate the front. I also added some pretty blue acrylic snowflakes + silver snowflakes. A 3 layered snowflake flower glued to the inside top.

On the back, a silver scroll die cut and layered flower.
Finally, last, but not least, I put clear fairy lights inside the box.
Set on a shelf, or near a window, your Winter Blues will hopefully go away!

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Poe Nevermore

Quoth the raven, Nevermore!

Here is my 8" x 10" mixed media Poe inspired canvas

I started off by texturing the canvas using my handmade texture paste. When dry, I painted the whole thing using black matte paint.
Next, I took white and grey paints, added water, then splashed them across the canvas. I did the same with the deep red, only instead of splashing, I let it drop on the canvas to resemble blood drops.
Did the same painting and splashing on the sides of the canvas.
Well that was drying, I put together the elements.
Digitals, burlap, paper roses, chipboard that I painted, a pocket watch with chain, and a skeleton hand. 
I arrange these first, before gluing.

When Ive decided on placement, I start layering using glues and heavy body gel medium.
When it looks finished, and my story has been told, all that is left is to sit in a comfy chair, pour a glass of wine, and read The Murders in the Rue Morgue.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Jan Gecko Galz Challenge-CAPTURED HEARTS

This is my entry for the Jan Gecko Galz challenge.
I started off with the doll part of a Retro Cafe Art
Steampunk Santos Cage Doll Shrine kit.
Base painted her in black, as well as her wings.
I drybrushed red paint onto the wings, then edged them in aged brass wax.
For her body, I cut out parts from Gecko Galz digi sheet HEART STRINGS ATC and glued them to make her a dress. I also used the same sheet for her arms. Her arms move, with the use of brads.
A faceted acrylic heart was glued to the body.
Her face is a paper cut of Marie Antoinette. Any of the faces from Gecko Galz Marie Antoinette Digital Collage sheet will work perfect!
Light blue vintage rhinestones, made a beautiful necklace .
I painted a chipboard heart with black, then dry brushed it red, like the wings. Edged it in the aged brass wax. I glued it behind the head and added 3 acrylic hearts, with a tiny blue rhinestone in the center.
At the bottom, I added a metal heart. I painted it black, then went over it with red chunky glitter glue. The rope around the heart was done in aged brass wax to highlight it.
A brass filigree was added so a acrylic red crystal could dangle from the bottom.
I also put black glass bead ribbon on either side of the filigree.
3 red paper roses under the metal heart.
The winged Marie was then glued to an oval resin floral frame. I painted the frame in Art Alchemy Sparks Ginger Magic.When it was dry, I highlighted the flowers with Fiery Red wax.
To finish it off, a red ribbon for hanging.

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