30 September 2016

Steampunk Papillon for IndigoBlu

Hi everyone and welcome! A few weeks back Kay Halliwell-Sutton launched IndigoBlu's new Steampunkesque collection featuring a dedicated set of stamps, mixed media paper pad and stencils. After turning around the TV samples I got the germ of an idea that was going to require more time to complete (you know, one of those that sits in your head and refuses to go despite all the other deadlines you have to meet!) There was also added inspiration from a purchase of some stylish, tarnished cutlery at Retford's weekly vintage market and a discovery of small frames ideal for altering. So finally, letting my imagination take flight so to speak, I came up with this altered canvas...


You'll see the A4 canvas background has been stencilled with lots of cogs - Super Thick Slap It On is ideal for this as it dries raised and solid, so perfect for adding layers of paint (and abuse in the form of sandpaper!) I also added a rough layer of Fine Modelling Paste to the frame before sticking it firmly to the canvas. Many, many layers of IndigoBlu Matte and Metallic paints followed until I got the look I was happy with.



The central panel has a built up corrugated built up base showing glimpses of the deep base colours that underpin the paler and metallic layers on top. I also added a torn book page, altered with gesso, paint, heat embossed stamping and more of that cog stencilling. A little Rust alcohol ink across the canvas and frame helped to age it all and added lowlights to the spoon. That was wrapped with a combination of coloured burlap string and various wires to create a 'body', with the colours then echoed in the wings. Anyone who came along to the Make n Takes at Ally Pally will recognise the use of the Wild Butterflies stencil with Super Thick Slap It On and silver Luscious pigment powder. By using them on transparent modelling film I was able to add a mix of Raven Black IndigoBlu metallic paint and more of those Luscious pigment powders to get the perfect match of colours to the body binding on the reverse. To finish a scattering of old watch parts was used to enhance the design.



I'm entering this into the following challenges;
Creative Artiste's Mixed Media Challenge #18 - Anything Mixed Media Goes
Mixed Media World #18 - Magic/Fantasy
SanDee & Amelie's Steampunk Challenges Sept '16 - Anything Goes - Steampunk/Industrial

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #28 - Rustic
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Powder Power (Pigment Powders)

Thanks for joining me today. I hope you feel inspired to get creative and realise some of those arty ideas that have been on your mind. With the weekend fast approaching have a great one and take care of yourselves. Jenny xxx

27 comments:

  1. Oh wow. I love, love, love this! Great design. x

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  2. Very cool! So many wonderful textures and layers!

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  3. Love this Jenny particularly the spoon, rusty elements and texture. Gorgeous Xx

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  4. Fabulous. Love the colours and the wonderful texture you created around your fantastic butterfly.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  5. Now this is a stunner! Jenny. Just perfect imho - one I could admire over and over and never tire. The quote made me smile - I can relate lol .
    hugs x

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  6. So many beautiful elements to take in Jenny... Outstanding beyond belief.. I shall be visiting this blog often. Thank you so much for sharing xx

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  7. WOW! This is my new favorite Jenny masterpiece!

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  8. Oh, WOW! What a stunning creation! xx

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  9. WOW!!! Stunning! Love the background and fabulous frame.
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  10. Golly Jenny, this looks like it has been sitting in an old and damp warehouse for years, it is so beautifully aged. I LOVE the gorgeous butterfly with the rusted spoon in particular and the cog background is just to die for! Gorgeous!!! Anne xx

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  11. wow Jenny - this looks brilliant! So fantastic. The cogs look brilliant and the spoon is so pretty. Hugs rachel x

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  12. Just stunning Jenny, wow, amazing affects and I just adore what you did with that spoon! What a lucky find!!

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  13. So lovely, love how you used the spoon. It is a great piece.

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  14. I love this Jenny!! Thanks so much for linking up to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!!

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  15. Wow! This is truly stunning Jenny! Love that texture and the way you made that gorgeous body for your butterfly! Chrisx

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  16. Brilliant, love it so much. Happy crafting, Angela x

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  17. Simply fabulous - love, love, love. S@ndy xx

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  18. So cool, Jenny! Love. love the old spoon turned into a butterfly, that is so awesome! The old weathered frame is wonderful around it! Fabulous drips of rust!! Thanks so much for joining us at SASPC! hugs, maura

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  19. Love this, such a wonderful mixed media and assemblage piece. Your imagination certainly took flight which resulted in a very inspiring work of art which I'm about to go and pin. Great job Jenny xxx

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  20. So gorgeous! All these textures and the contrasted colours! Fabulous!

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  21. Beautiful texture and dimension on your awesome project.
    Glad you joined us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge.
    Hugs Sheryl DT member xx

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  22. Oh, how delightful is this?!!! What a wonderful piece! Truly inspiring!!! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work with us over at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog for our Rustic challenge!!!

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  23. Now this is Art!!! LOVE the use of the spoon with the butterfly! Just awesome! You rock Jenny!!!

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  24. Absolutely brilliant, Jenny! Honestly I love everything about this make - every tiny bit! So cool!
    Thanks for sharing your fabulous steampunk project with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

    Hugs,
    Claudia xxx

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  25. Wow Jenny, this is so stunning! I love everything about it, the textures, background, the spoon and the wonderful sentiment. Gorgeous!! Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!

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  26. Amazing canvas, saw this spotlighted at SSS, congrats, Cathy x

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  27. I had to come and check out the close-ups for all that fabulous texture and rusty drippage - truly brilliant.
    Alison x

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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