Monday, June 15, 2015

Ravaged Patina

So happy to share this piece with you all because it is one of my new favorites and also because I tried so many new ideas and techniques! The challenge at SanDee&Amelies Steampunk Challenge this month is-Ravages of Time. Think of crackle, patina, rust, worn out, peeled paint, peeling wallpaper, kapeesh?


This piece started out quite dull and un-interesting but the awesome part is a crafty friend of mine gave it to me to see what I could turn it into. Phone not included. Lol

I painted the box with black gesso and while it was wet added some white tissue paper to create some texture. Then sealed it with matte mod podge. 
While that was drying I started on the clock face, a Creative Embellishment chippie (love their Steampunk collection!). I added special effect paste and texture sand randomly to give it, well, Texture! :)
Once it was dry I used my finger to "paint" gold modeling creme over the entire piece. The bad news is I forgot to take pictures of the painting process because I was in the Zone! I spritzed and sprayed it with everything but the kitchen sink. 

Add some Cheery Lynn gears and cogs (I believe that a Tim Holtz cog is in there as well) with some foam dots to create depth of the gears and painted those the same way as the clock, kinda. 

To achieve a patina look I decided to do my own version, as I couldn't find any tutorial that suited what I saw in my mind.  I just kept adding and dabbing sprays, mists, Inka gold, Silks, and distress paint until I was happy. 

Here are some of the supplies I used, but not even 1/10 of everything I used. :)

I then swiped black StazOn to the raised tissue paper for definition. 

The last item added was the "time" sticker and "love the journey" rub in the bottom right corner. 

Here are some close ups and more pics:
Love that texture!
Depth and layers. 
Sun
It is amazing how different this patina looks in the sun vs indoors. Amazeballs!


I have never said this before about a piece I have made BUT-the pictures do not do it justice! Hopefully you are inspired to join in the fun at our Steampunk corner! 



Thank you to all that have read through this entire post, I know it is a long one! Hugz and Carpe Diem! 
~Niki

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42 comments:

  1. Sooooo stinkin' cool, Niki!

    Love that crumpled paper background and all the layers of paint on it! Thank you for sharing the stepxstep - I really enjoyed watching the process! And the finished and truly amazing result too of course ;)

    Take care!
    Hugs,
    Claudia xx

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    1. Claudia, thank you for all your help and thoughtfulness this past week. It means a lot so glad to finally share this altered box. It was a very intriguing process and one I enjoyed. Hugz!

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  2. Wow Niki, your textures in this are fantabuuuuulous!!! Love patinas and you've captured this beautifully, you are so the queen of rusting techniques too. Amazing project hun xx

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    1. Haha! Thanks Gee! I seem to be able to understand rust, patina and dark color combos better than bold vibrant colors. I think that is what makes us all unique artists. :) Hugz to you muffin!

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  3. Awesome piece! Cool texture and colors.

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    1. Thank you Nan! Can't wait to see your latest creation.

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  4. oHHHH! The textures and the colors are just too yummy, Nikki. LOVE it . The patina look is just so cool. What a makeover to the box. Hugs.

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    1. So glad you like it Rupa! It was an inky, mess of fun to make. Hugz.

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    2. Hey Nikki,just was this beauty at Rhedd's Creative Spirit! Thanks for sharing this and good luck.

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    3. Thanks Rupa! and thanks for stoppin by again. :)

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  5. I am just so in love with this project Doc, wowsers!! I am so glad you included a step by step so I can join along in your process and see how this bad boy came to life!! Your mix of Patina and rust are freaking amazing!! This looks like it came from some buried treasure somewhere, wow! You sure are the queen of rustics! Love it!! hugs :)

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    1. Rust and grunge seem to be my go to for my art pieces. I need to try some frilly feminine stuff this weekend. And colors like yellow, and orange! Ahhhh. We shall see what happens. Hehe! Thanks Bubbles! Hugz to you muffin!

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  6. OMG, Niki, you know how much I love rust/patina effect and your is fantastic! This is sooooo beautiful! The textures and colours are perfect! Thank you for step by step! Fabulous project, hun!
    Hugs :)
    Branka xxx

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    1. Oh you so sweet Branka hun! I know how much you love rusty goodness so it means the world tp me that you like this altered box. Hugz to you muffin!

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  7. Fabuleux! I lové the textures and the patinas. Such a fantastic effect!

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    1. Thank you very much Lys! Fun stuff to try new techniques and get messy.

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  8. Niki...this is such a wonderful piece! I love all of the dimension and texture you've gotten on this. Love the colors, too! Beautiful.

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    1. Texture sand, effect paste, and modeling creme make for an interesting piece with dimension! haha! Thank you Candy!

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  9. Fabulous box, Niki! Love the texture you created, thanks for sharing how you did this. love your contrast of colors. It will. Be great to store treasures in!

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    1. Aww shucks! Thank you Maura! I am so glad you like. :)

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  10. The background on your box Nicki is wonderful - gorgeous - fabulous!!!! The whole box is really stunning!
    Sandy xx

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    1. Thank you Sandy! It was a fun transformation to try. Hugz!

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  11. An absolutely fabulous project. I love the colours in the background and the clock looks wonderful.
    Thank you for joining in with the Crafts Galore Encore June Challenge "Anything Goes" and good luck x

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    1. That chipboard clock is one of my favorites! It has such an interesting mix of shapes. Thank you Andree!

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  12. Niki, my rusted Queen! This is my new favorite of yours, and it's pinned! Your patina is fabulousness, and texture is just jaw dropping on both background and embellishments! You've done it again, Punkin' and I want to see this IRL, and sit down and learn from YOU! A M A Z I N G !!!! Hugs and applause to you!

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    1. We will learn from each other and have a crafting good day one day! Big hugz to you muffin!

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  13. Oh Wow....stunning.
    I just love everything about it, gorgeous textures,colours and amazing crackle,very clever and well thought out...
    A fab project for our challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit...x

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    1. Thank you Sandra! I have joined in many challenges at RCS, but this is my favorite entry thus far. :)

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  14. What an INCREDIBLE combo of FABULOUS texture and LUSCIOUS rustyness Niki. Thanks bunches for joining the June Challenge at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. j

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  15. WOW all that texture - just want to reach out and touchy touchy.. love the way you have captured the steampunk essence. Thank you for sharing with us over at Rhedd's Creative Spriit this month and hope to see you again in future challenges.

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    1. Of course I will join in again and again! Hehe! Thank you Elaine!

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  16. Such an awesome make, I loved visiting.
    Thank you for joining us and we hope to see you next time at http://thatcraftplaceblog.blogspot.co.uk/
    Sandie (That Craft Place Designer, proud DT)
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    1. Thank you bunches Sandie for your kind words. :)

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  17. Wow wow wow!!! How GORGEOUS!!! LOVING how you transformed that box!!!!!

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  18. just awesome...such wonderful colour and details!

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    1. :) It was fun to play with some black Gesso. Going to try that again. Thank you Karen!

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  19. An amazing piece, thank you for sharing it with us at Altered Eclectics.
    xxx Hazel.

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    1. Always a pleasure to join in at Altered Eclectics. Thanks Hazel!

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  20. How on earth did I miss this post!!!!!?????!!!!! This is outrageously gorgeous!!! And I just saw it won Rhedd's challenge, so well deserved my dear!!! What a wonderful painting work and such simple yet stunning design!!! Love it!!!

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    1. Thank you Samra-cakes! It was a blast to make this one. Headed over to Rhedds in a bit. Hugz to you muffin!

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