Skip to main content

Completed WIP!

Happy Friday everyone!!! 

For today's post I am showcasing what was a WIP a few weeks back.  It is a tin wall hanging that I started during our month of cross promo with DecorArt.  I basically had so much fun playing with the paints that I never really created much more than a background.   So, today I have finished that piece by adding collage, steampunk accents, game pieces and layers of more color and shimmer. 

This is how the piece looked at the end of the previous post. 
And, here it is finally finished. 

 This is the planning stage in this pic below.  You can see how much brighter the base colors were.  I just adore these steampunk chipboard pieces and knew they would coordinate well with the metal background.  I ultimately painted out all of the chipboard with black, grey, silver, turquoise and gold...just gave them all a bit of an old metal modeled look.  You will see that later. 
I toned and blended the background colors a bit more adding grey, silver, and gold. I also used an antique gold tinted gel medium.  I love the added texture as well as the transparent color it gives.   Below are a few close-ups of just that.  I also added a skinny little stripe of washi tape for an extra border.  It has an old world script image all throughout.  
I came across the scrabble pieces and the word H O M E popped out at me.  Then, my own gears got to turning and I realized the steampunk cameo gal reminded me of myself, with a family (2 kids), hubby, job, pets and all the craft hoarding...well my mind is always turning trying to keep everything straight in our home.  So, I knew the game pieces had to be worked in.  I covered them with the same washi tape I used for my border as I wanted to tone them down a bit...they looked just a bit too new.  I added a little extra layer of the gel medium for a stronger hold.  Under the scrabble pieces you can see the torn collage images.  These were digital images from Altered Pages that I printed in black and white on plain printer paper.  I wanted them to "take" the paint and gel medium and become truly part of the background and look like they had been there for years. This process worked just perfectly. 

Here are those gears all painted out with their "metallic" finish.
And, a close of up the washi covered game pieces

I hope you enjoyed it!  I really enjoyed actually finishing one of my WIP's.  I have one or two, or 17 of those laying around...I'm sure you can relate.  It felt great completing to find the perfect spot to hang it.  

Remember to check back with the blog daily. Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win one of our fun giveaways.  The other fun "share" going on this month is our design team and featured artists are all offering an organizational tip.  I actaully listed my favorite in my post a couple weeks ago...the all too perfect Ikea cart.  I am going to leave it to you guys to tell me what you love and can't live without for organizing your craft stash.  
We would love for you to tell us your ideas for organization.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! 
Steph S. 

Supplies used:

Steampunk Cameo chipboard
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic - in Cobalt Turquoise Hue 
DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Yesteryear and Carbon
Silver crafts paint 

Popular posts from this blog

DINA WAKLEY Featured Artist

We are SO Proud to present Dina Wakley with her ART and February Tip  (oops, she says she is totally disorganized, so there is HOPE for all of us!)

Dina Wakley is a mixed-media artist and teacher. She loves everything about art: creating it, thinking about it, looking at it, and teaching it. Dina is passionate about teaching art. She teaches both in-person and online workshops.  She is a docent at the Phoenix Art Museum, where she gives tours to school groups and gets kids excited about art. As a Ranger Signature Designer, Dina designs a line of mixed-media art supplies that includes acrylic paints, mediums, brushes, rubber stamps, stencils, and more. Look for the Dina Wakley Media Line by Ranger at a store near you.  Dina's books Art Journal Freedom and Art Journal Courage are available now. Also look for three new North Light DVDs starring Dina, available this month: "Art Journal Mark Making and Throwing Ink," Art Journal Color Courage," and "Art Journal Stenci…

Rolling with my Gel Press

I love experimenting with different ways to create texture and interest on my Gel Press and for many years now I have turned to fun foam to help do this when monoprinting.  I love to team the fun foam with my dies to create my own stamps and texture plates.  I used this techniques for my prints in January that I shared here on the blog. There are lots of dies that have detail, meaning lots of scrap pieces which you can randomly stick onto cardboard giving you a stamp as well as using the actually die cut shape as a stamp.  Another idea is using them attached to a toilet roll to create a brayer like roller was shared at my local scrapbook store and on a video by Birgit Koopsen last year.  I love playing with this method. The toilet roll is slipped over a paint roller handle.

Here you can see some of my texture creations that I have on hand for my play today.

One texture I love is created using a piece of burlap ribbon, which I have stuck onto a toilet roll. My first layer above used th…

The Gift Card Card

Robin here and today I have a project for you that is a fun way to give gift cards or cash.  

You will need two envelopes for this project.  One is what the post office calls the 6 1/4 Commercial envelope.  When I was growing up we just called it a letter envelope.  It's a smaller rectangle than the #10, being just 3 5/8" x 6 1/4".  The other is a standard A6.  I chose the A6 because it fits inside the letter envelope when it's folded in half and it's also large enough to hold a check or cash, as well as a gift card.

With the flap against the body of the envelope, fold it in half from side to side.  Cut the flap in half and trim the inside cuts at an angle so that they don't interfere with the fold or get bunched up. 

Decorate the flap side of your envelope.  This will be the inside of your card.  Fold the envelope again and decorate the side that will be the front of your card.

Cut a panel of card stock to fit inside the 6 1/4 Commercial (letter) envelope.  Att…