Thursday, 15 March 2018

Her Steampunk Heart Beats in the Right Place

Servus, hi and welcome to my mid-month reminder project for our steampunk challenge over at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges! Again we have the "Anything Goes - Steampunk/Industrial" theme, so I was totally free to play with whatever I wanted to lay my hands on.

I still had some left over corrugated card blocs (like the ones I used in this project HERE - only larger) - and one of them had already been lying on my studio desk for quite a while now, waiting for the moment when inspiration would strike...and this is the result:

I have also photographed her in natural light in my living room so metal paint effects and metal from the embellishments became more visible (capturing these effects in artificial lighting is almost impossible...*sigh).

I just love the chunky-ness of the corrugated card blocs (they're left overs from packaging)...

...and I also love the gorgeous Octopode Factory "Lady Audrey" stamp!!!

I unearthed this stamp recently while tidying up a bit and especially sorting through different boxes of all kinds in which I use to quickly stuff bits and pieces (often because I am too lazy to put them back in their proper places...or when I have run out of storage space and first would have to re-organize my

The gears on the bamboo stick were finds of the same kind...

Some of them are left over die cut gears from projects from literally years ago (like the alcohol inked ones for example, which were made for probable use on this project HERE...oh, I am obviously feeling kind of nostalgic today...;). 

The corrugated card bloc got two layers of scraped on DecoArt Chalky Finish paints rustic and primitive (on top), then I stamped the image onto some tissue and glued that onto the bloc with diluted matte DecoArt Decou-Page (using a very soft brush).

The gears were put on the bamboo stick first and then sprayed with DecoArt media Carbon Back Mister from underneath.

To make Lady Audrey's silhouette stand out from the background I painted some DecoArt media Titanium White fluid acrylic around it with a fine tip soft brush and let the paint fade out into the background.I also used the white paint to form the skirt's outlines.

Lady Aubrey was painted using DecoArt media fluid acrylics Cobalt Teal Hue, Titanium White, Titan Buff, Diarylide Yellow, Phtalo Turquoise, Quinacridone Magenta and Cobalt Teal Hue (and mixes of some of these tones as with the different skin tones and the hair).

I cut out a mask to cover the finished lady, so I could sprinkle on DecoArt media Shimmer Misters Turquoise, White and Carbon Black Mister. I also scraped on DecoArt Extreme Sheen Vintage Brass (that I had also used on the screws that were to become her arms, on some of the gears and on the sides of the bloc) and a mix of Diarylide Yellow and Quinacridone Magenta. 

The bamboo stick with the gears, the painted screw chipboards, a metal heart gear embellishment and a metal flower embellishment from my stash were glued in place with matte Decou-Page. 

 Of course a beautiful steampunk lady needs a flower in her hair, doesn't she? I hope you like her and the finished project as much as I do! And I hope to see you play along with us over at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges soon!

I really enjoyed playing with all my (re)found bits and pieces and trying to fuse them into a fun, creative project. A huge part of the creative process this time was simply following what I had on my desk from the tidying up (the bloc, the stamp and the old gear die cuts and embellishments) and adding colour tones of my choice and in my favourite way...

Do you have any old stamps that you haven't taken out for way too long? I would love to see you using some of these in your next projects (be it on the challenge blog or on your blogs or facebook...). Oldies often are goodies - we just tend to forget about them because there's always something new that wants to be used and tried out...right?

To hop over to the challenge blog and check out my teamies' fabulous makes, simply click HERE!

Hugs and happy crafting!

Monday, 5 March 2018

A French Quote, Some Songbirds and a Squirrel...

Hi, servus and thanks for stopping by!
As this is an every other Monday, this blog can mean nothing but an invitation to hop over to the Calico Craft Parts Blog to take a look at my latest project (and maybe also find out about how it has been done)...

A French quote, falling snow, some songbirds and a squirrel (or maybe more) are awaiting you!

Hope to see you over at the Calico Craft Parts Blog! Simply click HERE to get taken to the project and tutorial (or on the banner at the bottom of this post if you want to go shopping). 

Have a good start into the week 
hugs and happy crafting!


Monday, 19 February 2018

Going Underwater with Calico Craft Parts

Hi, servus and welcome to my usual fortnightly invite over to the Calico Craft Parts Blog, where I am sharing my latest project (with a detailed how-to as always of course). 

I have this little detail shot for you... you have at least a bit of a clue of  what it is that awaits you. ;)

The project was inspired by some photographs I took ages ago (when my son was little and when we loved visiting the Castle Orth Danube Wetlands National Park with its amazing built-into-the-pond - fish observatory):

Curious now? Good! Simply click HERE to get taken to the project and tutorial! Hope to see you over there soon! Have a good start into the week!

Hugs and happy crafting!

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Steampunk Time!

Hi, servus and thanks so much for stopping by today! As always on the fifteenth I am sharing my make for our "Anything Goes - Steampunk/Industrial" mixed media challenge over at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges alongside with the other lovely ladies from Team B!

I love ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) and APCs (Altered Playing Cards) and found that I haven't been doing any of these lately. Sometimes I just seem to forget about favourite techniques or projects as there are so many new techniques out there that I want to try and learn...but I am not sure anymore that this is what will make me happy in the long run. For quite some time now  I have been feeling I would love to find my "home" and also be able to "come home" as an artist - to my favourite techniques, my favourite colours, themes, formats,...

So I decided to pick up doing the really small formats again and created an APC duo for this month's challenge:

I still had some prepped playing cards in my studio (covered with old book pages on both sides) and what sparked mojo this time was a "stained" card on which I had "cleaned" my palette knife during a different project...

...when I simply had added drops of DecoArt media fluid acrylic paints (English Red Oxide, Cobalt Turquoise Hue and Diarylide Yellow) and dragged them across the surface using a palette knife.

As I try to never waste any paint or other media I had scraped the excess across a third and fourth card (sometimes I do this on simple white scraps of card stock too that I always have ready at my desk...these can be used in so many ways on future projects!)

To soften the edges of the scraped on paint and also tone down some areas, I added a scraped on layer of white DecoArt Americana premium Gesso here and there. As the premium Gesso is very liquid it creates a transparent effect if being applied very thinly (which was exactly what I needed).

Once that had dried, I applied DecoArt media white Crackle Paste in some spots (using a very small palette knife this time). I put the two cards on the heating to speed up the crackling process. 

Using black Staz-On stamping ink I added some images from the Tim Holtz "Dapper" stamp set. 

I had painted two Calico Craft Parts gears and two pieces I had die cut (using the Tim Holtz "Industrial" Sizzix die) with DecoArt Dazzling Metallics "Moss Pearl" and "Teal"...

...and dabbed on a bit of DecoArt media Carbon Black Antiquing Cream with my fingertip to add a bit of a worn look to them. 

The words I wanted to use were stamped onto some yellowed paper from an old magazine and fussy cut. 

When all had dried and was ready, I glued everything in place using matte DecoArt Decou-Page. 

Then I finished up the APCs with some doodling with a white gel pen and washi tape. 

To make the crackles from the paste more visible (and also because I found the cards were still looking too clean) I applied a mix of DecoArt media Raw Umber and Carbon Black Antiquing Creams here and there and wiped back until I was content. 

The finished pair of APCs:

I hope you like them! If you want to get the chance to win a fab bundle of DecoArt media goodness or boozybear steampunk chipboard pieces, simply hop over to the challenge blog, check out the makes of my two wonderful teams to get that mojo flowin' and play along! 

Hope to see you over there!
Hugs and happy crafting!

Monday, 5 February 2018

Always remember that...

Well, that's definitely something I lately found I seem to have somehow forgotten, so  I decided to create a project to remind me of this and some other - seemingly - simple truths, so I don't loose myself in frustration along my creative journey.

The whole project (as this isn't a journal page, but actually a detail shot from a larger project) can be seen at the Calico Craft Parts Blog - together with loads of colourful mixed media goodness and a how-to with steps images as well of course.

I hope to see you over there soon!

Have a good start into the week! 
Claudia xxx

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