Good morning peeps! Steampunk in a box! This is a new project I have to share with you, I had so much fun with this project I couldn’t wait to share it with you! I loved taking different ideas, combining it together to make something very cool. I combined two themes I love to paint, steampunk and Alice in Wonderland. Note the eyes on my girl? It just reminded me of Alice, the pocket watch theme is so prevalent in both themes. It also reminds me the time is fleeting…(but I digress…)
So I made this box for the Prime Publishing Fave Crafts Best Blogger Crafts Idea book for 2016 and contest that will be published soon! You can see last years free ebook here. (I have a project in that one too.) One of the really fun things about going to the CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) Mega show is the Prime Publishing Blogger party were manufacturers and designers (me) get together and chat about how we can help each other. Then some of them send products for designers to try and make projects for the idea book & contest! When they post the contest, people vote for their favorites –
I will update as soon as they post it so keep checking in! You can vote here! Steampunk in a box is one of three that I submitted for the book! I will be sharing these projects all week!
When I see a cool project I always want to know what they used to make it (not to mention I got some really cool products to use!) so I will share by each side of the Steampunk in a box! This side I drew my girl and used Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Gelatos® and PITT® Artist Pens for the girls face and clothes. (They were not a part of the Prime Publishing blogger party.) Her Glasses and necklace were drawn in with a Gold metallic Enamel Paint Pen from Testors. Did you know they made those markers? They write over everything – even slick surfaces! I love that! I used that marker and gold DECO FOIL™ from Thermoweb on the wings to give it that gilded antiqued gold look! The DECO FOIL™ is SO fun! It comes in every color imaginable! (You know I will be making fairy wings with the rainbow sheets!) All the chipboard pieces were covered this way – the chipboard pieces (SA Crafters LLC) were not a part of the party but a perfect addition to this project! Pay close attention the background of the box- I was super excited to try this new Tint It spray paint from Design Master – first of all this color is gorgeous! Second it’s translucent so you can layer it to make it more opaque. I sprayed it over the Permapaque pens from Sakura and it looks fabulous (even better in person)! It doesn’t hide the natural patterns in the wood, it dried very quickly and still let me see clearly the design I drew with the pens. You probably knew about Sakura as they are the makers of your Gelly Pens but I had no idea they made so much more! The Permapque pens are permanent so I wasn’t worried about them bleeding or smearing (I wrote on the wood box without sealing it and they did not bleed!). These pens write on any surface (even slick) and come in tons of colors! They come in different tip sizes and don’t bleed through paper (even Bible pages!) Lastly I put all these elements on this unfinished wooden box from Walnut Hallow . (This was not a part of the party but became the perfect venue for this magical Steampunk in a box! I love painting on wood and recently did a fairy on another piece on my previous post.)
You really see the guiding on the wings with this side view of the Steampunk in a box! I purposely did not cover them entirely to make it look aged.
Keeping with the theme here is the top & side view. Later in the week I will give a more detailed look at that steampunk shoe, it has so much detail, it deserves it’s own post!
A last look and close up for today – I used a lot of different products and techniques a tutorial will appear in the ebook I will give you the link here when it’s published so don’t forget to check back! Remember to vote! ALso make sure you sign up for my newsletter! I share a full class each month and give you the inside scoop to giveaways and other fun things!
Rita Barakat is a Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator, Designer and Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacturer websites and magazines. She designs, teaches workshops and and freelances for a variety of manufacturers. Not anywhere near a local event? Sign up for her newsletter and receive a Top Secret Mixed Media Class in your inbox!
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