Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Steampunk canvasses

I had the idea to make some mixed media canvasses in Steampunk style, I thought to make gears on the canvas as a background using modeling paste and stencils. The only problem was I needed a steampunk couple to ads to the canvasses, so I asked Rick if he could draw me a steampunk pair, and he came up with this wonderful couple (thanks Boss, you're the best). These 2 are so gorgeous and they are so much fun to colour. BTW there are a lot more steampunk images in Rick's zibbet shop.

 I will try to explain what I did.

supply list2 canvasses 20 x 20 cm

Digital stamps by Rick St.dennis MFAJocasta and Jarrod

DecoArt products used: 
Elegant finish Metallic Glaze (Renaissance Brown and Olde World Patina)
Americana Acrylics : Lamp Black and Antique Teal
Dazzling Metallics: copper
Metallic Lustres: Black Shimmer, Iced Expresso, Copper Kettle
Modeling Paste
Acrylic Gesso

Imagine Crafts stencils: Elemental, Cameo Cog, Mr. Sprocket
Tim Holtz Alterations die : Gadget Gears
Aluminum tape from hardware store, piece of cardboard, black cardstock, Feathers and embellishments, ruler and embossing pen, foam tape and glue. Tim Holtz embossing folder : riveted metal.

How to:

First gesso the canvasses, it makes it so much easier to work on.  Use the stencils and modelling paste to make the bolts and gears on the canvas (use a pallete knife for that) , when dry, paint canvas Renaissance Brown and use the Olde world patina and the copper paint to create an aged look.

  Cover the piece of card board with the metal tape and use ruler and embossing pen to make the metal pattern. Age the metal tape using lamp black, Antique teal and copper paint (start with the balck let dry a bit not completely and whipe it of using a babywhipe till you have the effect you like. Let it dry and then add the other colours with a sponge or paint brush, very little paint , sponge or brush should be almost dry, this way you can create the oxide look by dabbing the paint on).

Add this faux metal piece to the canvas using foam tape for dimension.

 Colour the digital images and cut them out. Use foam tape to attache them to the faux metal piece. Die cut the gears out of black cardstock (emboss the cardstock first using riveted metal folder and embossing machine). Use the metallic lustres on the cardstock gears and all embellishments to make them fit to the canvas look. Add all gears and embellishments to the canvasses.
That's about it.

The fun thing is that this will be published in Just Steampunk Magazine Vol. 5

I wil enter this in the following challenges:


  1. Both are beautiful! You are amazing! I love how they are together, but still apart. Keep the inspiration coming.

  2. These two are amazing. Thanks for the tutorial. It's very clear. I'm excited to try the oxidized look. The embossing is fabulous and looks like metal. The embellishments used on each half are much detail and texture. The chain joining the two parts is such a creative this project. Every last detail.

  3. These are simply stunning! Beautiful colouring and a fabulous piece of home decor!

  4. These are just fabulous- a real work of art! Thanks for sharing this beautiful project with us at Delicious Doodles.

  5. Stunning canvasses and awesome backgrounds, thanks for joining us at Simply Steampunk Challenges (c:

  6. These are fantastic works of art - awesome backgrounds! Thanks for joining us at Simply Steampunk Challenges.

  7. So eye-catching. Love them.

  8. Wow! gorgeous, Mo! Steampunk at it's best. Fabulous! xxD

  9. Congrats on this beautiful going to be published piece. WOWZA to all the elements/layers/embellies. Thanks for the low down and love reading how this was created. Just beautiful!

  10. How wonderful that you get to order your perfect images! Love the way this has come together and the way the textured background sets off the beautiful images so well. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  11. Fabulous steampunk canvases! Love these! And thank you for explaining how! Thank you so much for joining our Die Cuts challenge at Left of Center this fortnight. Be sure to join us for an additional 'Anything Goes' challenge open till 31st March to celebrate our first anniversary! Lots of prizes to be won! Link up here -
    Thanks! mo dt coordinator xxx

  12. Hi Mo, Just adore this pair of canvases! What a wonderful addition to the art that must already be adorning your wall. This lovely couple really are the ideal pair :D. Thank you for sharing at Delicious Doodles this week xxxxx

  13. Wow, what a gorgeous creation. I love all the texture and the colors are beautiful. Thanks for joining us at LOC.

  14. Wow I just love this creation Monique you are a very talented artist and I love your work thanks for joining us at Simply Steampunk Challenges.Kay (DT)

  15. Stunning work.. you are extremely talented...Thank you for joining us at Simply Steampunk Challenges