Monday, July 7, 2014

Steampunk-Dress Form

I started this canvas for a SOE/SOD dress form swap but also wanted to enter it into other challenges.
This is an 8x10 canvas. I always apply gesso first. I then used some Cherry Lynn dies that I got from Etsy (CheerfulScrapper link here) and applied more gesso since the dies were black. Then I figured out where the gears should go and added foam dots to some to give it a 3D effect and added some buttons. I used E6000 to glue the gears/cogs/buttons. 3 stencils/masks frame the edges of this canvas. 

Next I used sprays and mists to get the steampunk metal vibe. I usually grab some browns, greens, blues, and of course copper. I spray the lighter colors first and work from there. I waited for everything to dry and then applied Egyptian Gold Twinling H2O's to highlight the dies/buttons/stencils (I learned most of this from watching Gabrielle Pollaco's YouTube video)

*side note-the brown "dots" on the paper towel are made from my Starbucks cup and brown Archival ink. I used this on the birdcage (household item challenge)



Dress form-I hand cut (is this called fussy cutting?) the dress form and layered it using another household item and cardboard. This is a pic of all the household items I used! A plastic piece that held some cookies, some foam padding from a package I received, my Starbucks coffee cup, and leather.
Now, I had to walk away from this project for a bit because I had no idea what to do to finish the dress form. I grabbed my phone and felt leather! That made me remember I had leather pieces left over from another Steampunk project phone cover I did. happy dance! 

I cut the leather into strips to look like a skirt, added some washi tape that I pleated over the top and viola! I had a skirt! The top is made from scrapbook paper, some bling, and a small butterfly I hand cut as well. (I didn't use the bicycle on this canvas). Whew! Done!

This canvas will be entered into the following challenges:

SOE/SOD dress for swap on their facebook page

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #2-around the house (HERE)

Altered Eclectics-July (always an Anything Goes challenge) (HERE)

SandeeandAmelie-Inventions and Inventors July challenge for the 3D section. I am the inventor of this dress form canvas invention. (HERE)

Through the Craftroom Door-Anything Goes July (HERE)

Rhedds Creative Spirit-July Challenge-Altered Art Only (HERE)

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving your lovely comments! It brightens my day. Carpe Diem!




20 comments:

  1. Ah, yes - the dress form canvas invention. I see. ;)
    I really love the patina look and the metal tones you created! They look absolutely stunning. Especially that watercolouring or pooling effect you have achieved with some areas! LOVE that! The leather strips were a cool and clever invention too!
    I answered your question on entering the collection on the challenge blog. But as you did it right anyway, everything's fine. Thanks for playing along with us this month!

    Claudia xx

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    1. Thanks for the reply Claudia. The BG was all mists and sprays, which are so much fun to work with! I am happy to have found your blog. Awesome sauce!

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  2. WOW the layers...so pretty!!!

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    1. Thanks Lalo. Still learning how to layer everything and not making it too muddy.

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  3. Love all colors and elements in this canvas. The dimension and textures are awesome. Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

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  4. Donna, I had to do another MMMC because the first one was the very first challenge I entered. It was a new and exciting experience! Total MMMC fan.

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  5. Great canvas! Love all the texture and details! Thanks for sharing your art and for playing along with us in our Mixed Media Monthly challenge!

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  6. Thanks Lynn! As the sayin goes: "the devil is in the details". Hehe!

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  7. Oh wow, this is brilliant! Love the steampunk theme, and adore the colours too! Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

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  8. Thanks Sammy! I just found Rhedds Creative Spirit blog the other day and thought, "I have to try this blog!"

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  9. Your background is amazing ! colors are perfect. Beautiful canvas !!!!!
    thank you for your participation at Sandee & Amelie steampunk challenges
    Coutureuse

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    1. The background was inspired by another artists steampunk journal at Such a Pretty Mess with Gabrielle. She is amazing!

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  10. I second Brigette's comment that your background is amazing. I am inspired. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Well thank you Cheryl! Art is meant to inspire and to be shared. :)

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  12. this is so pretty, thank you for sharing your thought process and work process! i love love the iphone case, what an amazing idea! Thank you so much for playing Around the House with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!
    -Rachel
    rwkrafts.com

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    1. Thank you Rachel. The phone case was made because I didn't want to pay an outrageous sum for the ones that are already made. Lol! We art people think outside the box right?

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  13. This is fab - gorgeous thankyou for sharing with us over at Altered Eclectics this month.
    Eclectic Ellapu - Owner
    Altered Eclectics - Owner
    Handcrafted by Ellapu
    DT Crafty Ribbons

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  14. Thank you Elaine! I love anything altered and your blog is perfect.

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  15. I love steampunk! Great job! Thanks for playing with Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

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    1. Thank you Melanie! I love Steampunk as well.

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