Friday, August 2, 2013

Steampunk Lady Collage

I LOVED making this collage.
I LOVE Finnabair's Mechanicals!
I LOVE Gears and Watchparts from Retro Cafe Art!
I LOVE PaperArtsy Fresco Paints and Grunge Paste!
And of course, I LOVE Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Paper!
You get the picture.....This makes my heart sing!
It's everything I love to work with....and it came together.

I'll give you a little bit of a step-out.
I started with a 6x12 canvas panel, Grunge Paste and a Prima Stencil.

When it dried, I added many, many layers of Fresco Paints starting with browns and going on to Blood Orange and Claret.

I added some more stencils with paint and stamped images to fill in space.
I fussy cut the G45 12x12 papers and hand colored them with pens to make them brighter. I also had to make the Orangeness of the flowers more Burgundy.
Sand off the areas of Grunge Paste stenciling to get a white image...loved how that turned out!
Then I just started playing with elements
Just keep adding and then walk away...come back later and LOOK at it. Move something.

This is a detail picture of the UTEE on the Clock, the Propeller from RCA that is painted with metallic paints, and the Springy Thingy from the Mechanicals added with a Hitch Fastener.
More stamps with ink and some with paint.
White pen marks, too. See the Stone Paint stamped flowers and Ironwork images?
I spent a good portion of the afternoon taking and editing pictures.........only to see that I'd forgotten to glue down 2 elements that are floating in the picture where they really don't belong.
BUT, after talking to myself, (ha), I decided....WHO CARES???
She's a beauty, isn't she? I love the Gears, Flower and Feathers on her hat.
Her bodice piece is from Finnabair (it's cut in half) as is the jeweled piece around her watch necklace.
So you can see we all make really funny mistakes, and Life is Too Short to Sweat the Small Stuff!
That's my story and I'm sticking to it. They're glued down in the final piece up top.
Let me know if you think you can find the 2 Floating, unglued pieces. It should be fun!
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Retro Cafe Art Gallery Products

Prima-Mini Mulberry Roses, Engraver-Brads, Sunrise Sunset Collection Mechanicals- Washers #1& #2, Mini and Roman Numerals, Numbers, Mini Numbers, and Clock Face Large

Graphic 45-Steampunk Spells 8x8 Pad (I used 12x12 smaller lady, this pad has 2 sizes of this lady)

 Products at Inspiration Emporium
Prima-Sunrise Sunset Collection- Mechanicals-Flowers Medium, Flower Shapes, Roses, Flowers Small, Mini Flowers, Brads
Prima-Lifetime-Paper Flowers 1.5, Ladybird-Paper Flowers, Engraver-Wood Buttons, Brads, Clear Stamps #2, Stencils-Circular LatticeHello Pastel- 4x6 Cling set,
PaperArtsy Products at Frantic Stamper
And many more pieces of ephemera and products too numerous to list!!!!


Elaine A said...

Linda -

You've done so many lovely works of art, but this piece . . . This piece just made me take a deep breath and sigh! Absolutely achingly beautiful. Well done my dear. And as to floating pieces, you meant them to be like that - LOL!

Elaine Allen

Helen said...

I think it is completely stunning! The depth of colour, all the elements (I can't find any that look out of place so you've hidden them well!)

Mo said...

Oh my word, Linda! I have some favorites of your pieces but Steampunk Lady has jumped to the top of my list. I adore her and think she deserves a more individual name. Lady Gearington or some such. Thanks very much for sharing her. I'm curious - did you emboss those parts before you glued them on? I wish I could sit and watch the whole process. I love using Anna's Prima line too. I will play what's different in these pictures later. If you hadn't said anything, no one would ever have noticed.

Linda M. Cain said...

Just the Clock Face has UTEE on it. Gold, Platinum and Bronze. The other elements have some metallic paints added.


yoursartfully said...

Oh my Linda, this is simply beautiful. I too love the arrangement on her hat but I also love her necklace.

Lin x

Kathie said...

She is stunning!! I love how bright she is and while detailed; the details don't get lost. I am curious, what's grunge paste? Do I need to get some? I will be researching this product:)

butterfly said...

Scrumptious! Can clearly see your love of all those things shining through!!
Alison x

Unknown said...

Dear Linda, your work is just amazing. I love looking at your creations :-)

Scrapthat said...

Very beautiful Linda!! TFS

Linda O'Connor said...

Oh My! I'm inspired. I have an 8x8 piece I created from the original G45 SteamPunk. It looks like I need to make a 'sister' piece.

Debby said...

This is gorgeous! Might have to get a canvas and play some. Oh I do have one prepped. Might have to create something.

Lori said...

Ok, I don't see the two elements, probably because they ALL look like they belong YO....this is FANTABULOUS and I'd like to make one of these the propellers, I think they need to be on my next shopping list.

Julie Lee said...

Just gorgeous! It's clear how much you enjoyed making this, it's totally ravishing!!! Julie Ann xx

Mo said...

Thanks, Linda. Still learning about Utee.

Retro Cafe' Art Gallery said...

I'll bet this is even more gorgeous in person!!! Awesome! xoxo

BethW said...

She is a knock out!

Anonymous said...

Good grief, that's stunning. And completely & utterly GORGEOUS.

Sandy said...

I was going to comment and say that I really don't understand steam punk but I really like your make. Then bonus time - you gave us instructions!! Thanks Linda!!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

She is beautiful!!! Love all the elements!

Susie M. said...

Wow...this is SO beautiful!!! I love all the fantastic details and the stenciled/stamped background really makes everything come together!

Candy C said... steampunk vixen, you! This piece is awesome! I love how you mixed the G45 papers with Finabair's pieces to create such a dimensional and textural masterpiece! LOVE IT! <3 Candy

backintheday said...

This IS a stunning creation! Just for fun, I'll take a guess at the two floating bits, since no one else has attempted. I'd say the studded brass ring at the top of the pink flower. And the rust hexagon next to the VII. I've done the same thing myself, as I also like to step away and come back several times to work in progress. I've even sent paper pieces flying just from opening the door too quickly. If lucky, I'd snapped a photo before I left, and if not ... well then it's "back to the drawing board" ...

backintheday said...

This IS a stunning creation! Just for fun, I'll take a guess at the two floating bits, since no one else has attempted. I'd say the brass studded circle at the top of the pink flower. And the rust hexagon next to the VII. I've had this happen before myself, as I also like to step away and return several times during work in progress. I've also sent paper pieces flying just from opening the door too quickly. If lucky, I'd snapped a photo before leaving, and if not ... well then it's "back to the drawing board" ...

Marjie Kemper said...

My Top Ten List of your creations needs more spaces... this is exquisite! Off to pin. xx

ionabunny said...

I spent some time playing spot the difference and admit defeat. Too much good stuff to look at. Fantastic piece. Thanks for admitting it took ages. Worth every minute.

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Createology said...

I am in awe of your fabulous Steampunk Lady collage. Enchanting...

Anonymous said...

Hi Linda.....what an amazing piece of work!!! Thank you so much for sharing your BEAUTIFUL work's of art with us all.....and so much inspiration too!!...I just love love your STEAMPUNK LADY!!...RUTHIE ☆☆

Unknown said...

Just seen this it is truly amazing. I love the paper anyway but the way you have used it is fab!

Karenann Young said...

So love this one!!! Love what you did to my favorite gal!!!