So. . . .I had no trouble finding a challenge of challenges which appealed to me and the first one is 'Heavy Metal' at SanDee & Amelie's Steampunk Challenge blog. I always wonder how to describe Steampunk and I just hope that my project does fit that title!
The second challenge I'd like to enter this project for is Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which this week asks you to be inspired by the word 'Five'. I've chosen to use five different elements to produce my tag:
Stamping; Die Cutting; Acrylic Paint Techniques; Modelling Paste through a stencil and using Distress Markers to colour an image.
I do like this kind of challenge which can be open to interpretation in a variety of ways - great fun!
Here's what I've made with some details to give you an idea of construction:
|I loved the challenge title and if you have visited here before, you will know that I love creating faux rust finishes on anything that stands still long enough! I hope that the tag base looks fairly authentic.|
|The first stage of the rusting process was to seal the surface with two coats of gesso. Next came DecoArt Modelling paste through a stencil which was left to air dry. Once dry, several coats of various DecoArt Traditions paints were applied in order to create the 'rusty' look. I can't be more precise because the technique was developed by Andy Skinner (my paint guru!!) but you can attend a class or do an online workshop and learn these amazing paint effects. Just click on Andy's name above and you'll find information about what's on offer.|
|Die cut cogs (meant to be wheels) were given the rust treatment and held together by faux screw brads which were treated in the same manner as the pointer in the previous image.|
|Close up to show the edge of the tag which hopefully looks like rusting metal!|
Oh dear, now you are not only my "Mistress of the Crackle" but my "Rusting Queen" too, Julia!ReplyDelete
You really took Andy's technique to its limit. It looks more than authentic...and I am so happy that you joined in our challenge over at SanDee&amelie's!
LOVE LOVE LOVE this!
Struggling too at the moment with getting back into a creative mood - hope you will soon be back to full speed and crackle goodness ;)
Wow!! I love how you did the rust. That is soooo awesome!! This is a gorgeous piece of artwork. I love the gears and hot air balloons! :)ReplyDelete
I think you nailed this technique! It is perfect rust! And I must look into doing a class sometime because I really want to know how it is done! This is SO gorgeous! More steampunk creations please Julia!!!! xxxxReplyDelete
OOOOOOOOOOO I like it, lots!ReplyDelete
Oh my word...this looks like real rusted metal! Fabulous work! Love the balloons too! What a treasure this tag is!ReplyDelete
What a great make Julia...stunning use of the rust!ReplyDelete
Kind regards, Alie
You know something Julia, this really does look like a piece of rusty old metal. Absolutely fabulous! XxReplyDelete
That's amazing, the rusty look is FANTASTIC. A fabulous piece of art.ReplyDelete
Stunning Julia, the paint effects are amazing and it looks so genuine! Brilliant make, love those balloons!!ReplyDelete
Absolutely stunning Julia. So eye catching and love those rusted effects.ReplyDelete
Fabulous rusting Julia :)ReplyDelete
What a wonderful combination Julia of both colour and elements. You are definitely the Rust Queen!ReplyDelete
This is so pretty! Love it! Such pretty faux metal! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, SandraReplyDelete
Wow your rust is absolutely perfect !ReplyDelete
Thank you for your participation at Sandee & Amelie steampunk challenges
It's gorgeous!!! xxxReplyDelete
wow, really a piece of art, the rust painting is perfectly and naturelly, awesome. Thank you for playing along at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges! Hugs, KerstinReplyDelete
Absolutely glorious rustiness, Julia - a fabulous tag altogether. I love the balloons, still tethered by all the wire, and such amazing texture and brilliant techniques throughout. Good question, too!ReplyDelete
This is fantastic!! Love the faux rust background, the beautiful balloons and all the special rusty touches. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!ReplyDelete
I have to agree with Claudia...you are my rusting queen, too. Your texture looks more realistic than the real rust. (:o)ReplyDelete
Fabulous tag... love your idea of one balloon escaping into the wide blue yonder. The rust technique certainly has worked to perfection..... FUNtastic and FANtastic! Cheers, DiReplyDelete
Beautifully done Julia! Very grunge, rustic and all the things I love. Thanks for sharing Karen.xReplyDelete
Love air balloons and this is fabulous! Great rust on it, have to learn more, so will hop over to check out Andy. Thanks!ReplyDelete
Oh, Julia, this is totally fabulous! I so hope to one day take a class with Andy. Love what you've done with all these textures and of course the beautiful balloons.ReplyDelete
I can not imagine that you have a second thought about your rust technique!! Anyone looking at this would swear you had unearthed an old, unloved piece of metal for your background! Perfection!! I love the sentiment and the two tethered balloons too!ReplyDelete
Congratulations on being chosen - well deserved!ReplyDelete