Tuesday 1 January 2019

New Year - New Challenge at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

Hi, servus and belated Happy New Year, my dear creative friends! May all your wishes come true this year. I wish you loads of luck, success and happy moments and - most important - good health for 2019!

Welcome to my project post for the first challenge over at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges for this year! Maura is hosting this months challenge and awaits you over at our challenge blog with the inspirational makes of the design team (alongside with the new fantastic prize bundle from our wonderful prize sponsor DecoArt...and of course lovely Glenda from boozybear will be with us as our other prize sponsor again. Yay!).

The theme is - as always - an "Anything Goes - Steampunk/Industrial", but I remember Maura saying she wanted to add a little twist to our kick off challenge for 2019...

My first steampunk project for this year came together quite spontaneous. I had a colour copy of a cabinet card portrait in my paper stash that showed a rather staid guy...but I wanted to turn him into an adventurous steampunk inventor by painting over it (with DecoArt media fluid acrylic paints).

He needed goggles of course! And not to forget - a most amazing moustache!

I had first drawn the goggles and the moustache's outlines with a soft pencil and then filled in the shapes with the acrylic paints, using a very fine detail brush. Painting over a portrait can be great fun - you can go ahead without having to struggle and fiddle with correct facial shapes and proportions. Even the shading is already there! All you have to do is let your imagination run wild. ;)

I combined some of Glenda's fab boozybear steampunk chippies with left over die cut gears that I had once treated with alcohol inks (I think these are left over pieces from this project over HERE). I cannot throw away anything...so I have several boxes with paper scraps and bits and bobs that sit and wait to be given new homes on future projects.

I have used Seth Apter's Emerald Creek Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture artists embossing enamel on the "Documented" panel. I just love the texture it adds!

The challenge is - as always - open until the end of the month. On 15th January we will reveal the Top5 and prize winners of our winter special challenge. So don't forget to come back to check if you are one of them. For now I would like to invite you over to our challenge blog to get yourselves a good dose of steampunk mixed media inspiration! I hope to see you play along with us and share loads of steampunk galore again this year! Can't wait what to see the oodles of steampunk inspiration that the new year will bring. Simply click HERE to get taken to our challenge blog.

Hugs and happy crafting!


  1. Antes que nada Feliz 2019.
    Darte las gracias por dejarme comentario en mi blog, así he podido conocerte.
    Tu labor es realmente fantástica con ese personaje que has reinventado.
    Los engranajes sin lindos.
    Besos y feliz fin de semana!!!

  2. What a great transformation with the inventor! Love it, Claudia!

  3. Happy New Year Claudia, sorry I am so late in the month but at last I get chance to pop on over and check out your super creation. You have turned that man into a very dapper gent with his goggles and tashe, he looks very distinguished. I do love that lightbulb its a fabulous shape.
    Thank you for sharing creative wishes Tracey x


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