Friday 1 June 2018

Teabag, Wired - Mixed Media Canvas for SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges

Hi, servus and welcome to a very special post for SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges this time! Special to me as this is the first time lovely Maura is hosting our challenge over at the steampunk challenge blog and I cannot tell you how happy I am to have her by my side as a co-host from now on! Please, give her an especially warm welcome when you hop over to the challenge blog to find out about the teamies' makes and the current steampunk challenge!

I have been on a wonderful cultural trip to Bregenz and its impressive "Kunsthaus" with a dear friend this weekend and have enjoyed some amazing art by Mika Rottenberg there and we also visited another gallery with stunning video art from German artist Susann Maria Hempel.
Both exhibitions have made me want to get more playful and intuitive with my creative process and I guess this already shows a bit with today's make for our June challenge.... (I have embedded a video with an interview and parts of Mika Rottenberg's art for those interested at the bottom of this post).

My little 4''x4'' canvas started out with a teabag that I stuck to it by simply placing it into wet DecoArt media white Modeling Paste. From there I just ran wild and combined assemblage, rubber stamping and collage techniques and hat a lot of fun.

The rubber stamped teabag, pressed into the wet Modeling Paste. 

DecoArt media Mister paints Orange and Turquoise (Shimmer) spritzed onto the still wet paste and watered down with water from a spray bottle. 

Electronic parts and watch parts were glued to the canvas with Heavy Gel Medium. 

Black archival ink was used to partially stamp the images onto different spots on the canvas. 
(the originally stamped on image on the teabag had been painted over while being carried away with creating texture on top of texture..)

DecoArt media white Crackle Paint was scraped on here and there with the tip of my palette knife. 

Fixing the watch parts to my canvas with the Heavy Gel Medium.

White mark making and doodling with a gel pen around the glued on die cut (a Seth Apter design) metal parts. 


I love how "big" my mini canvas looks. It's always amazing to find how much you can do on small formats like mini canvases or ATCs...

Maura is awaiting you over at our steampunk challenge blog, where you will find more inspiration from my amazing teamies! The challenge is - as always - open until the end of the month. From this month on we will present all the teamies' makes on the 1st of the month and only announce the Top5 and prize winners from the previous challenge on the 15th. So stay tuned and I hope to see you play along this month! 

Hugs and happy crafting!

Here's the promised video about Mika Rottenberg and her art. I have also included a picture I took in Kunsthaus Bregenz, so you can see how the videos and installations were presented. 

I have also found this video showing the trailer to Susann Maria Hempel's "Seven Times a Day We Bemoan Our Lot and at Night We Get Up to Avoid Dreaming" (which won several renowned art prizes and got me deeply impressed as well).


  1. Stunner!! As always!! Thank you for sharing the process Claudia.

  2. Cool videos...thanks. LOVE that you started this piece with a tea inspiring!

  3. Liebe Claudia,

    ich liebe diesen skizzenartigen Stil der sich mit Aquerelloptik zu einem Ganzen vereint und doch getrennte Geschichten erzählen. Ein spannendes Werk :)! Liebe Grüße von Senna

  4. Amazing videos! Thank you Claudia. I didn't know your canvas was so small (didn't pay enough attention to the title first!): so many textures, and how you blend everything: awesome!

  5. Perfect canvas. Thank for the tuto.

  6. Layer love. All those details!!!

  7. Are you kidding? What an awesome piece! Who knew there was a teabag under there! This is totally FAB Claudia!The textures and colors...YUMM!
    You are my fav texture gal! heehee
    Jackie xo


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