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Steampunk Altered Window


Jan 21, 2016 Altered Art, Home Decor, Steampunk Comments are off

Happy New Year (although somewhat belated),

I hope that everyone is having a great start to the New Year. It’s that busy time when there is lots of planning for the year to come; and a bit challenging to get the creative juices going after all that turkey.

After seeing my Steampunk Altered Window Blog, a lovely admirer asked me to make an altered window for them as a Christmas gift (what a nice compliment). I was thrilled to find that Steampunk was also their style. So, I was up for the challenge and found the time between all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to create one.  I hope they are enjoying this piece….

Rustic Window Picture        hinge

white window  wheel

So…. to start my year off and to get the creative juices started for the year, I did yet another Steampunk Altered Window similar to the one I made a few months back.  The vintage window pane has a lovely patina with a hint of green paint showing through . This is really highlighted with the green steampunk paper (Graphic 45). I love transforming a salvaged window and taking it to the next level, making it a new piece of art. And of course it has to have gears and hinges!  Hope this one finds a home soon…

green window green window side

green window full length  green window gears

green window gears  green window bracket

This was a great kick start to the year – can’t wait to share some more soon!


Heart with Wings


Nov 2, 2015 3D Art, Altered Art, Industrial, Mixed Media, Steampunk, Tutorials 4 Comments

Hello again!

It’s been a while since I have posted. I have been busy creating for an upcoming Vintage Market. It will be our first adventure – should be fun. Reinventing lots of vintage and rusty treasures. Here is an art piece I made from an old picture frame. I call it Heart with Wings.  I have entered this piece into SanDee & amelie’s latest Steampunk Challenge.

I started with a salvaged frame that had seen better days.  I liked it because it was one solid wood piece, with a raised centre where an old print had been glued on.  After striping the print off the centre, I painted the outer frame with chalk paint, sanding the surface back to show some of the wood before I waxed it to seal it, (being careful not to get wax where I was going to glued down the music sheet in the centre raised part).

Years back, during one of our “junking” trips, I found some awesome sheet music that ranged from 1902 – 1938.  I used gel medium to decoupage the sheet music from 1935 onto the centre raised area.  I used Distress Ink to age the edges of the music before gluing it down. Even the song title resonated with me; “I’m in the mood for love”.

Heart - chalk paint Heart - frame detail

Now it was time to add a focal point to bring the piece together.  I combined Sizzix’s Tim Holtz – Feathered Wings die with Prima’s Sandra Evertson’s – Relics & Artifacts Heart and Flame. (did I mention that I love her stuff – and his too!)

Heart - supplies

After gluing the wing layers together, I painted a few coats of gesso on them.  Then I painted them using tips I had learned from Andy Skinner (Easy Rust Painting tutorials). First I painted the wings with Paynes Gray, then a coat of Quinacridone Gold.  I found it too light and a bit too yellow, so I sponged on some Transparent Red Iron Oxide.  To bring back some of the Paynes Gray; I gave the wings a wash of the gray watered down.  I hi-lighted the tips of the wings with Red Oxide because it is very opaque (I used Golden paints – my favourite).  I did the same for the flame, and I rubbed on some Inka Gold (yellow gold) on the tips of the flames and feathers for more layers and hi-lights.

Heart - closeup 1

For the heart, again using some of Andy Skinner’s tips, I painted on sand texture (pumice gel).  A layer of Payne’s Gray was painted before sponging on Quinacridone Gold. I love Ranger’s embossing powder “Brick” for rust effects, so I sponged on some embossing gel ink, sprinkled on the powder, and embossed it.  I was worried about using a heat gun on the paint – but it actually worked!  I found the powder too dull without enough texture, so I experimented again.  I put on a layer of Deco Media Ultra-Matte Varnish, sprinkled some Brick embossing powder over it.  After it dried, I painted on another layer of the matte varnish to seal the powder.

Heart - closeup 3                 Heart - full view

The pieces were arranged and glued down with Golden Extra Heavy Gel Medium – and it was done.  I loved how it turned out!  Thanks again for tuning in.


Steampunk Lamp


Aug 24, 2015 3D Art, Altered Art, Industrial, Steampunk Comments are off

Hello again. Lately I  have found myself altering 3-d  pieces, much like this old simple white lamp that my hubby  asked me to “Steampunk” for him.  So, inspired to make something industrial, I transformed the lamp with gears, metal, and rust looking finish to make it my own Steampunk Lamp. Here are the before and after photos; and below you will find a few photos of the steps I took along the way.

Lamp - before Lamp - after

First I wrapped the lamp with metal foil tape that had been embossed with rivets (Sizzix Texture Fades), then painted it with black paint (Ranger – Distress Paint). To give the lamp some  dimension, I cut out gears and sprockets. Since the Spellbinders Sprockets are thinner, I glued 4 together that had been cut from 130 lb. card stock. The Sizzix Bigz Gears Die were cut from Grunge board, so one layer was thick enough. After gluing those onto the lamp, I rubbed a variety of Inka Gold to give it a metal/rusty look. I finished it off with a few coats of Workable Fixative to seal the Inka Gold and painted surface.  My hubby added his Edison Vintage light bulb, and now we have a working Steampunk Lamp!

Foil tape embossed with rivets

Foil tape embossed with rivets

Sprockets and Gears painted with black acrylic paint

Sprockets and Gears painted with black acrylic paint

Inka Gold rubbed onto lamp base

Inka Gold rubbed onto lamp base

Close up of front of lamp

Close up of front of lamp

Close up of lamp

Close up of top of lamp

Finished lamp

Finished lamp

Have a great day! Hope you enjoyed my piece.

Altered Window Pane


Jul 20, 2015 Altered Art, Home Decor, Steampunk, Tutorials, Vintage 4 Comments

Today I wanted to share with you a home décor project I designed from an old salvaged window pane.  At first I was content to simply hang it on my wall, enjoy the patina, and wonder about who had looked through that window for all these years, and what view did they gaze at. But alas, I had to do something to make it my own…

So, again inspired by Sandee & Amelie’s Steampunk Challenge Blog, I altered the window panes with some distressed Vintage/Steampunk/Industrial paper, made some rusty gears, hardware, pulleys, and generally distressed the look a bit more. I used quite a few of Tim Holtz products to distress and alter my piece.

This challenge was unique because you had to choose 3 ingredients from a tic-tac-toe grid. For this project I used; Rust, Top Hat, & Metal as my 3 ingredients. Here are the steps I used to alter the window pane…

1. I started with a vintage window frame that I had salvaged, cleaning it up just a bit.

window pane

2. I used vintage, steampunk papers, tore the edges, and inked the paper with a variety of Ranger Distress Inks. I love this paper from Tim Holtz and was happy that I found a way to display the Industrial images. The paper was adhered to the back side of the window panes (facing forward), I brushed on a very liquid decoupage glue that was safe for glass surfaces. Because it was very fluid, there was only a thin layer on the front of the paper – which made sure that the image wasn’t clouded with the glue between the glass and the image.

distressed papers

3. For the gears & hardware, I used Sizzix Gadget Gears and Hardware Findings die cut from grunge board. Then painted, embossed, and inked the grunge pieces (using Distress Embossing Ink & Powder, Acrylic Paint, Distress Inks) to look like rusty pieces of metal. I glued the gears and hardware to the wood using Glossy Accents.

Die-cut Gears

Gears rust effect

Gears on window

4. The rope was aged by soaking it in freshly brewed coffee and the grounds (oh, the sacrifices we make for art).

rope coffee stained

5. I used Tim Holtz pulley wheels (Idea-ology pieces) and distressed the color them with Alcohol Inks. I fastened them to the top of the window frame (I am a bit handy with a drill) with screws. The rope was used to loop around the pulleys and attach them to a salvaged small barn pulley that was cleaned and polished up.

pulley & ink

Pulleys before and after adding Alcohol Ink

pulley & hardwar

Pulley screwed into top of window

Altered window pane

Finished altered window pane

And Voila! the newly transformed window has found a new home on my wall. It enjoys a view out of my windows, and hopefully many will enjoy viewing it!

First things first…!


Jul 20, 2015 3D Art Comments are off

I have been doing lots of planning and organizing – and most importantly creating – to start up my blog. Recently I have been inspired by Finnibair’s style  after having taken her class last year. Wow – do I love this dimensional technique. I so wanted to do something more industrial/steampunk (with bolts and rust of course). While looking about for inspiration, I came across a fabulous blog dedicated to all things Vintage and Steampunk, Sandee and Amelie’s Steampunk Challenge. Loved the creativity I came across from their artists and followers, so I decided to enter their June contest as it fit in with the project I was planning. Well low and behold; I was honoured to receive “Top 5” for this piece…

The Wheel    the wheel detail

I called this “the wheel”. It’s done on a 8×8 wood panel. Gears and textured circles with gel medium on the base, covered with black gesso. The center piece is Tim Holtz Gadget Gears cut out of grunge board, building up layers to give it depth so that the screws and bolts could jut out from underneath. Then more small bolts and widgets are glued down with gel medium, graduating out the depth. All of it is covered with more black gesso before colouring with Prima Color Bloom, Silks Acrylic glaze, and Golden Acrylic paints; all to create a rust look. It was fun to create and I hope you like it.

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