Wings & Heart Mixed Media Altered Clock!
I had so much fun making my previous altered clocks that I had to make some more. I was asked to make a custom design for a customer with a steampunk/gothic look. Her favourite colour was purple and so she had to have some in the clock. No problem, as my fav colour is purple too – yummm! I plan to enter this one into Sandee & amelie’s Steampunk Challenge, as I think it fits with their design challenge. The vintage market we were so busy getting prepared for is over, so I have a bit more time to play around with some new ideas (coming soon!).
For this clock I used an old clock from the vintage thrift store as my base and my inspiration again comes from Finnabair. I just finished taking some classes with her when she was here in Canada in April, and I loved all of her new waxes (so I had to buy all of them). I used Antique Brilliance Ruby and Amethyst on this clock.
I distressed and painted the metal clocks with paints from Finnabair’s Prima line and added texture on the surface. Then I glued on an assortment of embellishments (wings, gears, flowers, flaming heart, etc.). With the clock being so deep, I knew I had to make layers to bring the centre piece forward. I adhered layers of the gears using jumbo foam dots that I painted black to hide. Be sure to click on the images below to enlarge them.
I was pleased with how they turned out – Hope you enjoyed! Val
P.S. As for organizing my craft room – I did manage to get rid of lots of supplies I wasn’t using at a garage sale – best they go to a better home than I could provide LOL. Now I just have to make sure I don’t just fill the space with more “stuff” (don’t hold your breath).
Mixed Media Altered Clock!
Hi there, I just finished another project that I plan to enter into Sandee & amelie’s Steampunk Challenge. I continue to gather great inspiration from their blog! We have been so busy these last few months working to make things for our Vintage Market (see events page), these pieces included. I used old clocks from the vintage thrift store as my base. My inspiration comes from Finnabair as I am really drawn to her style. It just so happens that I took some classes with her recently. It was a great class – but more on that later.
I distressed and painted the metal clocks with paints from Finnabair’s Prima line and added texture on the surface. Then I glued on an assortment of embellishments (gears, button, butterflies etc.). With the clock being so deep, I knew I had to make layers to bring the centre piece forward. I adhered layers of the gears and trinkets using jumbo foam dots that I painted black to hide. Be sure to click on the images below to enlarge them.
I was pleased with how they turned out and have already sold one – Hope you enjoyed! Val
P.S. I know I was going to take on the task of organizing my craft room – but that will now officially be “spring cleaning”. Stay tuned.
Prima Steampunk Phone Frame made into altered art!
Hi there, I just finished another project that I plan to enter into Sandee & amelie’s Steampunk Challenge. Love their blog – all things steampunk, industrial, and vintage – and great inspiration from all the other entrants! We have been so busy these last few months working to make things for our Vintage Market, so it has been nice to be able to get back making art to share. This distressed metal phone from Finnibair/Prima Marketing was delicious all on its own. So I didn’t want to alter it too much and hide the phone. I wanted to have one of Prima’s Flower Cherubs to be the focal point. With the phone being so deep, I knew I had to make layers to bring the centre piece forward. So I started with a piece of wood (5×5 and 3/8″ thick). First I coated it with gesso, then I spread modeling paste around the edges and sprinkled glass beads into the modeling paste before it dried. I was happy with the texture it provided. Once dried, it was painted with various Golden Acrylic Paint (Burnt Umber, Paynes Gray, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Red Oxide). I set that aside to dry while I worked on the Cherub piece. Be sure to click on the images to enlarge them..
For the Cherub centre piece, I covered a 4×4 art board with gesso, before decoupaging tissue paper with text onto it (Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap – Terminology). I added texture to the edges of the art board using Golden Fine Pumice Gel, and Fiber Paste. After it dried, I high lighted the textured areas and some of the edges with Lumiere Metallic Paint (Bronze, Rust, True Gold). The white Cherub Flower needed a touch of colour, so I painted the edges with Finnibair’s Steampunk Copper acrylic paint. The cherub was first attached to a piece of foam board to raise it up off the art board to give it even more depth. I also glued a piece of foam board to the back of the art board so that when it was glued to the 5×5 wood background piece, it would be raised up even more. This also allowed for the metal embellishments to poke out from the different layers.
I used Finnibair’s new Prima Mechanicals as embellishments around and tucked under the Cherub piece. I had this old, rusty 10 gauge wire that I wrapped around the Cherub piece before attaching it to the 5×5 board.
Before attaching the entire piece to the back of the phone (I had to take the back off the phone to do this), I realized that the piece still wasn’t brought forward as much as I wanted. So I glued another piece of foam board onto the back the the 5×5 piece before gluing it onto the phone back and inserting it back into the phone.
I was pleased with how it turned out – Hope you enjoyed! Val
A 1898 Antique Sewing Machine Frame made into altered art!
Today I am entering this project into Sandee & amelie’s Steampunk Challenge . I like how the Steampunk assemblage really works well with the antique wood frame. The frame is from a 1898 New Williams sewing machine. I love antique sewing machines – they look like Steampunk artwork in and of themselves. Tissue with vintage styled text on it was decoupaged to an art board to create the background. As for the dress form image, it is card stock from the Timekeeper set from Marion Smith Designs; which is distressed and attached to black card stock to bring out the image. The gears, wheels, and butterfly are from Finnibair’s new mechanical release (love these so much!!!). A few more metal pieces to decorate the corners (they actually hide the holes where the sewing machine was fastened), and a vintage style key finishs off the piece.
Hope you enjoyed! Val
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….
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…
This was a great kick start to the year – can’t wait to share some more soon!
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”.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Sprockets and Gears painted with black acrylic paint
Inka Gold rubbed onto lamp base
Close up of front of lamp
Close up of top of lamp
Have a great day! Hope you enjoyed my piece.
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.
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.
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.
4. The rope was aged by soaking it in freshly brewed coffee and the grounds (oh, the sacrifices we make for art).
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.
Pulleys before and after adding Alcohol Ink
Pulley screwed into top of window
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!
Wings & Heart Altered Clock
This mixed media altered clock started with a thrift store vintage clock. Inside the clock are layers of gears, with a flaming heart as the focal point. I textured and painted the metal clock’s outer frame with paints from Finnabair’s Prima line. Then I glued on an assortment of embellishments (gears, wings, flowers, etc.). With the clock being so deep, I made layers to bring the centre piece forward. I created depth with layers of the gears using jumbo foam dots. The focal point is a flaming heart painted red and purple with Finnabair waxes, and highlighted with metallic paint.
- Thrift Store Vintage Clock
- Prima Artifacts Wings and Heart
- Tim Holts Gears – Chipboard
- Foam Dots – EK tools 1/2 inch
- Finnabair’s Antique Brilliance Waxes
- Assorted Embellishments
- Prima Paints – Art Alchemy
Patina Paint Brush
This mixed media altered art piece started with a thrift store paint brush. I was very inspired by a tutorial I saw on Finnabair’s blog (www.finnabair.com). Three dimensional gears, bolts, and metal art pieces were attached to the brush after it was primed with clear gesso. Then I followed the tutorial using Finnabair’s Art Extravagance Patina Paste Set to paint it with the blues and bronze colours. The two blue pastes provide a gritty aged texture while the bronze paint offers up a glorious metallic shimmer.
- Thrift Store Paint Brush
- Prima Patina Paste Set
- Prima Metal Gears and Bolts
- Prima Resin Heart
- Assorted Metal Gears
- Assorted Embellishments & Buttons
- Chipboard Die Cut Gears Tim Holtz