Steampunk Canvas

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Today we have a guest post by a fine art teacher, Belinda. 

I started with a blank 12”x12” canvas and chose some Celebr8 laser cuts to work with.

Having decided where they were going to go on the canvas I drew round them with a pencil and then applied a thin layer of texture paste. Having taken the crackle stamp by Great Impressions off its wooden block for more flexibility, I spritzed the stamp with water and pressed it into the wet texture paste. I then pressed the world laser cut into the texture paste, removed it and allowed it to dry. This dries transparent and so you can see the pencil lines through.

Once dry, I added distress inks and archival inks to the texture paste using the direct from the stamp pad method as well as using an applicator tool to get the ink into the stamped recesses.

When this was done, I added a generous layer of Rock Candy Distress Crackle. This has to dry naturally for the cracks to be best. You cannot rush this with a heat gun.

Finally I added another layer of distress and archival inks to the top of the crackle. Concentrating the dark Espresso distress ink and Coffee Archival ink over the world.

Having finished the background I coloured the various laser cut pieces. The one with the suit case was laser cut into blue board, but I wanted it black, so I carefully rubbed the Archival jet black inkpad directly onto the laser cut. This coloured only the raised areas and made the blue turn black. I did the same for the clock.

To make the world look more interesting I first inked the outer edges with Espresso Distress ink. Then I applied distress stain in Tarnished Brass to my craft sheet and sprayed it with water. I dragged the huge world through the distress stain on the mat and it coloured it beautifully. You could apply the colour directly from your distress dabber to the chipboard too, but using the craft sheet method gives a more evenly distressed look.

I wanted to make some other embellishments for this canvas and opted to use some leather off cuts to be a bit different. First I die cut one of the gadget gears and the hinge from Tim’s Hardware findings dies and then I die cut the pocket watch and embossed it with the renaissance folder by Couture Creations. I glued the chain on by pouring glossy accents over the chain once I had it in place.

For the final touches, I added some stamp work directly onto the canvas with Tim Holtz stamps which I did not put onto blocks as the canvas is soft and bendy, so I pressed evenly over the stamp by “walking” with my fingers to get a good impression.

I also added some stencil work by archival and distress ink over Tim’s compass mask and some cogs.

At the bottom of the canvas I added a piece of ribbon which was pre set with eyelets and I added a found buckle as well as some fake rust by Finnabair which comes in 3 colours and for added interest and some mica flakes.

And done!

Happy Crafting





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Belinda is a fine art teacher to adults from Monday to Thursday in her own studio and a mixed media guest teacher at various stores across Cape Town on Fridays and Saturdays. She studied Graphic Design and loves the flexibility that mixed media allows. Her latest personal achievement is a steampunk art installation 2m x 4m on the wall as well as a 3m airship suspended from the ceiling for Truth Coffee Shop in Cape Town which was voted best coffee shop in the world the the second year running. Belinda is most well known for her steampunk creations.

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Created By 2016-07-23 17:35:31 Posted By Firnley Comment Link
Hi Belinda, great work! I would love to attend one of your workshops. I have a little bee under my bonnet and I hope you are open minded enough to accept a "little" artistic critique? My bee is about the concept of a robust "African Steam punk Art". I am just musing about the almost total absence of African themed steam punk concepts in almost all the art I have viewed so far. At present steam punk of which I am a fan and an amateur practitioner appears to be another euro-centric import and I would love to see a more homegrown expression of the genre. Regards- Firnley

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