Thursday, February 7, 2019

Steampunk Cottage House

When I started out in Mixed Media, the first thing I created was a wall hanging with houses. It is my blog header and reminds me every time I come here of where I began. 

So when Kristin decided to make these adorable ATC Cottage Houses from Retro Cafe Art Gallery, I was in heaven!!!

I couldn't possibly list all the colors or products for every layer I used here, but I'll do my best to lead you in the right direction. Please feel free to ask any questions, too.

So grab a cuppa or a glass of wine.....this is a long post, but it's been a while. Enjoy.

The embossed metal for the roof is from Ten Seconds Studio and it's a Tim Holtz embossing folder. The chipboard keys and plaques all around this piece are from RCAG.

 There were lots of chipboard and masonite cutouts with keys and gears using rust pastes from Finnabair and metallique paints.
The Keyhole and the Steampunk papers are from my stash of Graphic45 treasures. Always love their products. 
(Click on the links and you'll go to the general area for these products.)

This of course is an Ideology clock key from Tim Holtz with metallique paints. The keys and gear are RCAG. The roof comes off and here it's laying on the table while the railheads dry.

I hoarded these imitation vintage keyholes I found in an antique shop for years, and this was a great place to use one. It has a Finnabair rusty heart on top of the Label Pull Style Frame Cut-Out with rust pastes. The Dresden is rubbed with Art Alchemy waxes

The Clock Hand cut-outs from masonite are used here on the fence with rust pastes. The heart keys are also from masonite. The mini hardware knobs are from Finnabair. 

Lots and lots of things are from my ancient stash of stuff, like the little star, and all the gold nail heads that I wish I'd bought a million of since they are flat on the bottom and glue on easily.

Gears, gears, and more gears. They're from all over. Kristin carries all kinds from cut-out to copper, brass and silver mixes and much more. The link will get you started.

The black Dresden swan wings are stash I bought years ago, but Kristin has them in brown. How cool is that?!?! And the rusty skeleton key is here, too.

I probably love the clock key and nail heads the most.....

The vintage button on the ivory button are from a friend. I love the colors in the glass inserts. And you've gotta love the little lightbulb that's antiqued with alcohol inks and rust pastes.

The Clockhands are chipboard cut-outs that were trimmed down. 

This is a shot of the end before all the other embellishments were added to the roof. I used Baked Texture embossing powders from Seth Apter with a stamp and on the metal gear. They are amazing to work with. 

This is the chipboard gear with at least 6 or 7 different Rust Paste colors added. Fun.

And the amazing Baked Texture embossing powder Patina Oxide by Emerald Creek Craft Supplies is used here. All the background paints are from PaperArtsy. There is nothing like Fresco Paint when it comes to stamping on images. And the blending is just amazing. 

This is the beginning of the layout stage. I had to show you how beautiful the vintage button really is since I could not capture it in the other photos. I ran out of steam......

And these are the wonderful little metal mini stars from Finn with embossing powers.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, that's all I've got for today. I hope you are inspired to play and create your own little cottage. They hold ATC coins and cards perfectly, but take the roof off and you can put treasures or gifts inside, too.

I had a blast with this. Let me know what you think and as always, ask questions.

Your Friend in ART,



Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

Linda, this is just an absolute knock-out! So many really marvelous pieces that you've included in it - and all the surface techniques work together so beautifully.
This is one of my favorite steampunk home deco pieces I've seen - so mysterious and provocative! Congrats on a job well, well done!

Linda M. Cain said...

Thanks so much. It truly was a work of love that I enjoyed very much. Houses are my “go to” thing and Steampunk makes me smile. ❤️❤️❤️

godzilla gamer the animator said...

I think my favorite element is thr lightbulb... but honestly i'm gonna have to go back thru the pictures several times to capture all the crackly,rusty goodness. Amazing work as always.
Kitty Tatman

Linda M. Cain said...

Kitty, I so agree with you. It looks the most legit of all the pieces. Thanks so much for the kind words. ❤️

Nancy Wethington said...

WOW - Another gorgeous creation! Love each tiny thing you added to this. Your art is beautiful!

Lisa Hoel said...

sooooo cool Linda! I love your steampunk house! =)

Linda M. Cain said...

Thanks so much Nancy.❤️

Linda M. Cain said...

Thanks Lisa. Love me some Steampunk art.❤️

Kim Collister said...

Your house is absolutely fantastic!!!
I just love all the gears and honestly it looks like with a twist of the key, it could start moving! Beautiful work!

Retro Cafe' Art Gallery said...

This may be my favorite piece by you to date. SO many incredible details. Just WOW! xoxo