For months DT upcycling challenge, Lynne of The Altered Element sent me a wooden games compendium. (piccy in previous post!) Lots of bits and pieces came in the box and they will keep me busy for months, but I decided to start by altering the box itself.
I have combined it with my May's personal challenge book challenge that I set myself which was to work through 'Steampunkery' by Christi Friesen
I really like this book, its written in a very humorous, readable and it's easy to follow. It has some great projects in it. The Heart on the front of the box is the first project in the book and I more or less - but not quite - followed it closely. The only gripe I have with the book is with the box itself, not the content as it has started to fall apart, pages falling out, and it hasn't had a huge amount of handling.
Steampunk seems to be a buzzword in the art/craft world at the moment, but I will freely admit that although I 'know' what it is (I think) I don't totally understand it and fear that being 'fashionable' the true meaning of it may get watered down and misconstrued by us less than pure Steampunk purists. Googling it came up with a couple of points that hit home to me
see..... even these two explanations don't really tally! so what hope have I got? So with that in mind, this is not Steampunk, just steampunk inspired - NicksPunk!
So back to the box, I painted it all over with black gesso, which gives brilliant coverage, and sprayed it with various cosmic shimmers. Then to give a glorious distressed look I applied 'Rusting Powder' if you love rusty things then you must check this out, you can rust almost anything! Its rather like an embossing powder, I used versamark to adhere the powder where I wanted it and then all you is give it a spray of diluted vinegar (the white stuff doesn't smell so bad!) and leave it to dry.. that's the worst bit because I just hate waiting but you cant speed it up with your heatgun, it just wont work.
The cog back ground was achieved by using some cogs from one of Sir Tims new sissix dies, sticking them to a piece of mountboard that had been covered with a bit of double sided adhesive film and then covering with some TSS Barn Red metal, I brayered over the top to pick up the cog outline and then refined it with an embossing tool. Added some Viva gold creamy painty stuff (like rub and buff) to add a bit more colour. Made a corner embellishment with some left over clay and the cogs in the corner are Sir Tims again but cut out of shrink plastic and then 'rusted'
The heart was made from the instructions in 'Steampunkery' I used my favourite clay Studio by Sculpey, I just love the stuff! Its a rather primitive heart which is hinged so you can see right inside my heart, not a place I often allow people!
Now the inside may seem a bit macabre, its not meant to be! I have been thinking about 'steampunk' and that led on to how things have changed in the technical/engineering world, but how basic things never change. Peoples need to be loved, the need to be accepted (so why cant men where corsets if they want - if you watch the above link to youtube, you will see how that thought came into my head) - in fact the very bones of us and the flowers in the meadow don't change.
Blimey I am getting a bit deep! I think I better be off to tidy the considerable mess I made (that's another thing that will NEVER change) and then think about how I am going to used the rest of the bits from the box and the yummy products I received in this month's DT pack.
Hi there, I am a 50 something stay at home mother to two adorable (sometimes) kids and wife to an adorable (sometimes) man,servant to a Chocolate Lab. I try to run an organised home but get waylaid by an arty project, but hey when I'm dead people will remember that I was covered in paint rather than my house has a fine layer of dust. As long as we have clean clothes to wear,food to eat and clean toilets I feel I can be free to get messy with paint. Apart from my family I love my small circle of special friends and wide circle of acquaintances, I have no time for petty, silly, rude people. SOH - wicked, Legs - short, waistline - bit too big Red wine makes me feel suicidal so stick to Beer.. Roles in life? Mother, Wife Daughter, Sister, Friend, Mate, Cook, Cleaner, Dental Nurse, Pretend Artist, School Governor,Blogger... I love Daffodils, Bendicks Bittermints, Copper, bits of what other people may think of as Tat,0ur Trailer Tent, My lappy, Bargains, , laughing, my bed, getting up (yep i'm weird) McCoys Crisps, Roast Dinners, Imperial Leather soap, Hardware shops, Rod Stewart, James Stewart, Clarence Frogman Henry, Warm Socks, Coming Home.
But I have found someone totally copying some of my stuff (why they would want to heaven knows) and claiming it as their own inspiration... so while I find it a complete honour for people to gain a little inspiration from my tat, please be honest. We all get ideas from other artists, thats how the art world flourishes, but please note that all artwork, photos and text on this blog are mine. I am more than happy for you to take inspiration from my work, but please do not attempt to copy or reproduce it without crediting the original idea to me. Thank you
* CHANGE IS AS GOOD AS CHOCOLATE, SO IF SOMETHING DOESN'T MOVE - ALTER IT *
There is no must in Art because Art is free -Wassily Kandinsky
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You can't stand & wait for the storm to be over you've got to learn to dance in the rain'
That's not actually the name of the ATC, but I never got a return for this 1:1 swap...... perhaps the chap from Ireland didn't like it, perhaps he had personal problems that prevented him from making me an ATC, perhaps it got lost in the post, or perhaps he was just too rude and too lazy to make one!
Altered Jigsaw bit
Theme I was given was 'Shabby Chic' and pink..
Theme Nature..... the quote reads.. There are always flowers for those who choose to look Henry Matisse.
I just love this piccy of me and my mateys
A Laugh is just a smile that has burst
and the last
Zettiology meets Claude Monet
I was challenged to make an ATC with this quote by Claude Monet, 'Colour is my day long obsession, joy and torment'
My first ever ATC
Bit basic but I still like it, hope the owner is looking after it!
No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy the sunlight today, mix good cheer with friends today, enjoy it and bless God for it. Do not look back on happiness -- or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated out of it.
Loves... My family My friends My craft time Laughing
Hates Political correctness gone mad Liars People who think the world owes them a favour Bad grammar and loads of other stuff, getting to be a real Grumpy Old Woman
CRAFTY LIKES AND DISLIKES
CRAFTY LOVES UTEE... love it and use it in large quantities Metal.. Friendly plastic Shrink plastic Paint and ink in any shape or form My Crop-o-dile odd bits and pieces Paperarsty stamps Brilliance inks Tim Holtz (aka god) Distress Inks Debbie Moore's Metal magic Perfect Medium Glossy Accents Debbie Moore's Enamel embossing powder
CRAFTY DISLIKES while i think there is a place for most things at some time or other...I do dislike peel-offs with 99% of my being, but and this is a BIG but there is the odd and very odd occasion that they can be used without being too offensive (boy that hurt, it was almost an admission that i have used them) Book-a-trix... sorry but they do look like memorial stones and nothing anybody says will convince me otherwise. Decoupage..... I am sure the Victorians are turning in their graves Flowersoft... a friend summed this up perfectly...Devils Dandruff People who say/think ATC's are cardtoppers.... thats Dawn Bibby off my christmas card list Cute Penny Black Stamps Stick and Stamp pad and anything which is sold and just does not do the job!! Dufex Tilda stamps..... why half a face??
Miniature works of art created on cards have been around for centuries, largely used as business cards. The modern-day concept of ATCs was conceptualized by artist M.vanci stirnrmenn in 1996, an idea born of older sports themed trading cards, and became a movement that denounced the tradition of critiquing and appraising art, and embraced the process of one artist connecting with another and exchanging styles and techniques. ATC are art collectables but the one rule that makes an ATC derive from their origins: the dimensions of the ATC must be 2.5"x3.5", or 64x89mm. To this rule are appended a couple of conventions. First, an ATC mustn't be sold, only exchanged, as the whole essence of these tiny works of art is about artists meeting in person, by correspondence, online etc and exchanging their works, thus getting exposed to and experiencing many personal styles and techniques. Second, on the back of each ATC the artist writes part or all of the following information: name, contact information, title of the ATC and number (i.e. if it's a one off original or part of a series).
ATC's are just such great fun, at first the size seems just too small, then after a while anything bigger seems quite alien! the fun is in the swapping!! For some stunning galleries check out http://www.squidoo.com/atcs
A FEW BITS AND BOBS
ATC size, I stuck bits of friendly plastic onto a piece of mountboard and then heated it, swirled it around, stamped into it (ink your stamp first with versamark or similar and don't worry it won't damage your stamp) added beads and hey presto
Friends are angels without wings
Altered jigsaw on an ATC for my friend Bess... decided to start writing on my work, however much I dislike my handwriting
paint on that acrylic paint and dry with your heat gun... fab effect! I love the way the paint has bubbled and looks like one of the faces has a hood on it's head
My first attempt at using Beeswax, an interesting technique but i'm not convinced yet,..... still got alot to learn, any experts out there??
learnt that mica and beeswax does not mix!
Altered Jigsaw Pieces
All on the same theme as they are RAK's for some people who are in a Jam swap with me
Altered mint tin
Alcohol inks, Utee, Microbeads...
Made for a friend, accordian album showing times we have shared
Front of the slide mailer
my first attempt at calligraphy.. well you have to try everything!
This one was cut along the spine and then rejoined with a piece of plasterboard tape (much cheaper than buyng Magic mesh!). The extra depth was needed to allow an false 'box' to be put in filled with bits and pieces) The theme the mailer was 'look and you shall see'
Double slider closed
Pull the tag at the side and both sides come out at the same time, great fun and easy to make. The instructions are on the Splitcoaststampers site, take a look its a fab site!
A pressie for my best mate.... (she knows who she is cos she has got the clock LOL) The 'numbers' tell her what she should be doing ie. Eating, getting up, going to bed and crafting, but as my son pointed out, most of them say 'crafting' Allsorts of paints, embossing powders and goodness know what else were thrown at this
A cuckoo angel........ read into that what you like!!
Slide mailer (front)
I love using metal in my work, here it is freestyle embossed and backed with a calendar from an old Pears Cyclopedia
Slide mailer (open)
made for a hosted swap, the 'person' is an inkblot image with added elements, the words are from a song written by my boss. The Rabbit is 'late late for a very important date'
whatever will you find. I love working with metal, as a child I used to fiddle with some pewter that my mum had, she played with loads of different stuff, must be where I get it from. I forgot all about it until I went on a Ten Seconds Studio course. Metal is such great fun, doodle, emboss, use stencils, whatever you fancy. Can be fiddly and takes patience but is very relaxing.