Sunday, 15 February 2015

"Unfinished Steampunk" - SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges

The February challenge over at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges is a "real challenge" this time.... ;)

We want to see "Unfinished Steampunk" from you - which means: try to leave a detail or part of your project the way it looks (!) unfinished. Or make the unfinished area part of a concept...or let something unfinished on your creation tell a's up to you and the team have come up with really cool and very individual approaches to this theme so far! I really recommend you hop over afterwards and have a closer look! (and I hope you will also join in the challenge
too ;).

As I am on team B, today it's my turn for adding to our mid-month-reminder post on the challenge blog, which is meant to provide some more inspiration and/or hints on possible approaches demonstrated by the B team. 

And here's what I created:

It's a paintboard panel which I treated with white DecoArt media Gesso, glued on some designer paper and stamped on and painted cardboard pieces - mainly using the new and fab DecoArt media fluid acrylic paints.

The ruler and the nails heads are made from cardboard too! Cool, huh? Thank you, Mr. Skinner, for this fab technique!  ;)

The rusty look was created by stamping texture in black archival ink and painting over it with DecoArt media "Quinacridone Gold" fluid acrylic paint.

I tore off one corner of the designer paper before I glued it onto the panel and distressed the torn edge roughly. Afterwards I added some DecoArt Gold Rush Metallic Lustre and Red Iron Oxide acrylic paint from the DecoArt media fluid acrylics line.

I used the new "Rusty Paper" paint from Viva Decor along with an Andy Skinner gears stencil. I really like the texture!

Additional stenciling was done with DecoArt media fluid acrylic "Titanium Buff". It's a white that blends in perfectly with more grungy looking projects.

I used one of the fab Tim Holtz stencil for adding the words. The gears stamp is a "mini" from Paper Artsy.

I hope you like it and also feel encouraged to try some "unfinished Steampunk" too. "Empty" areas help create dynamic contrast and tension and add a lot of movement to paintings. You should really give it a try! ;)

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia xxx


  1. Great piece Claudia some lovely touches
    Amanda x

  2. Fantastic take Claudia, fabulous idea and great colours. Ruth x

  3. What a great idea. Your design is gorgeous.
    There is so much to look at. Everything fits perfectly.

  4. Pfiffiges Thema, prima Ausführung, wenn die Ecke später ergänzt wird, hat man wieder ein perfekt recyceltes neues Projekt! Schönen Sonntag, LG Kerstin xx

  5. Fantasrtic piece.The unfinished concept is great and love what you did with cardboard.So inspiring!

  6. Sieht wirklich großartig aus! Tolle Farben!

  7. A clever idea this challenge theme! I love the torn paper a round the empty white space.

  8. Completely Cool, Claudia!! (OK I didn't mean for the alliteration) ;) :) What? That ruler is not a wood ruler?! WOW! That's AWESOME!! I've gotta get me some Andy Skinner classes to learn these awesome techniques!! Fabulous 'unfinished' steampunk creation! XOXO-Shari

  9. Sorry so late in getting here!!
    how can anyone top this canvas you have created Claudia?!! This is spectacular- I do hope you have a showing of your art somewhere- in a gallery or cafe- something!! Your canvas is now on my list of favorites by Claudia! You never cease to amaze me dear friend! xo

  10. Such yummyness in texture and color! What a feast to see all the details! Gorgoeus! ♥ Conny
    Piaroms Art Journaling


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