Thursday, March 10, 2016

Steampunking with Dreamweaver and Andy Skinner Designs

Stampendous and Media March 2016 Blog Hop-01


All of this week we're playing with Mixed Media from DecoArt®, along with our Stampendous images designed by Mixed Media Artist and DecoArt International Education Coordinator Andy Skinner. As today is also Dreamweaver Thursday, we'll be inspiring you to use our line of Dreamweaver Stencils as well. Andy will join us along with his team of international mixed media artists including Julia Stratford-Wright, Mark Gould, Mel Hookham, and Jools Robertson.

We have three prize packages, each containing a Fluid Media Starter Kit, all three of Andy Skinner’s new Stampendous Stamp sets, and a Jumbo Acrylic Handle. Look at this great prize!

blog-prize-package 
For an opportunity to be one of the winners, you need to leave a comment on each post from both teams, each day for the length of the collaboration. Also...ANYONE can win for this international event!

Here's what I have to share today...

I've created a steampunk-style portfolio, in which the main flap has been painted using Andy's great "rust" technique using various Media Fluid Paints from DecoArt®. For a video of this technique, check this link HERE. The bottom of the folder has been ink-stenciled with the Dreamweaver I-Beams design, using black ink and a large stencil brush, and with more of the paints brushed over the surface.


On the inside of this accordion folder, I've stamped a green panel of cardstock with various images from Andy's line of Stampendous stamps, including the Cling Industrial set and the Cling Steampunk set using brown and black inks. Over the top of the surface, I've dry-brushed many of the same paints as used on the front flap, but still allowing the designs to peek through.


This close-up shows more detail on that front flap, as I had also paste-embossed using Dreamweaver Metallic Gold Embossing paste the Dreamweaver Clockworks design. I'd also used my palette knife to apply dabs of the paste here and there for more texture. While the paste was wet, I sprinkled a variety of the Stampendous Aged Embossing Enamels from the Fran•tagé line in Aged Gold, Aged Copper, and Aged Hunter. I applied my heat tool over the surface to melt the enamels, and cause the paste to bubble up for even more texture. When cool, I brushed more of those Fluid Acrylics over the top, covering all of the beautiful embossing, but that was okay as I used a damp cloth to wipe paint partially from the embossed surface to let the color and shine show through.


For a bit more metal, I cut a circle out of the flap, and used a large copper grommet to frame it. Under the flap, I had punched a circle of the stamped and painted green cardstock to fit just inside the opening of the grommet. An aged gear and brad fastener was added as well.


Then I had stamped and embossed with the aged enamel, the butterfly key image from the Steampunk set on acetate, and cut them out. Some key-shaped embellies were aged with ink and stamped with partial sayings from the Steampunk set as well, using Black StazOn ink. These were adhered to the butterfly keys, and using a bead chain and closure, was left to dangle through the opening from the flap.


Final touches were additional aging from the DecoArt® paints, and Tsukineko® inks, and scraps of stained dictionary pages, old stamps, and a panel stamped from the Steampunk set as well.


Built in to the accordion folder is an elastic band that wraps around and holds this portfolio closed until treasures are ready to be added. How about a really old map to the underground tunnels of London? Andy...have you got one handy?


Here's the crew to visit today...

48 comments:

Bunny said...

This is really cool looking. What a wonderful job you did on this.

Robin said...

This is such an amazing pouch! I love all the detail! Hugs, Robin

Pam B said...

Fun design.

D.Ann C said...

Oh, this is uber cool!!! The texture!! That grommet!!!

Holly Garrett said...

Very cool, thanks.

Amanda Rhodes said...

I love the steampunk look!

Valérie Gueguin said...

Great look, great steampunk art work!

Celia said...

Looks great!

Stampendous said...

What a FANTASTIC steampunk piece. The stenciling and paint create a beautiful leathery worn look, just perfect with the grommet as an emphasis on the portfolio. Thank you for sharing today.

barbara macaskill said...

OMG!! I think you crawled inside my head!! I have envisioned this portfolio many times but have not been able to recreate it IRL! Absolutely gorgeous!! I am going to give it another try after seeing this beauty though!! LOVELOVELOVE it!! So much texture and love the rust technique!! TFS!

Jean said...

Oh my goodness! This is just amazing!

Judy said...

Very cool project. Love how you transformed an ordinary portfolio into this piece of art. Thanks for sharing.

NicoleN said...

What a neat idea. Thanks for the inspiration.

Monique Van dijk said...

awesome idea i love steampunk

Heidi Schleimer said...

What a stunning project. I love it

Lieve said...

What a great, original project; your portfolio is a piece of art !

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Wow - who knew (or thought of!) you could do this beautiful artistry to a portfolio of all things?! Just stunning!

Viki Banaszak said...

This is awesome sauce!!! I love the Steampunk look and you do it so well! The texture is so wonderful and that huge grommet!?! Where did you find that???

Linda D said...

Absolutely love this!!!!!So vintage!

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Very cool project. I love the key's hanging from the side. TFS

Tina M. said...

Oh my.. I'm.. speechless! What a fantastic folio! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.
/Tina M.

McStamper said...

What a beautiful piece of art. Thanks for sharing your inspiration.

Susanne said...

Wow, such a nice portfolio! Like the texture and the hole idea!

Jane said...

What a brilliant portfolio such dramatic colours

Mary Holshouser said...

This is fabulous.
I can see myself carrying it to meetings.
All of the comments it would generate.
thanks for sharing an amazing piece.

kim TangledBlueRose said...

So rich and gorgeous, love the colors and wickedly wonderful steampunkiness!
~kim

Jackie P Neal said...

What a cool portfolio Pam! I love your textures!
Jackie ")

Sabrina said...

This is so beautiful!!

~Lady B~ said...

Fabulous, yummy texture! Great make!

Angela aka Lady B

Aimee said...

Wow! Thank you for the tutorial!

Kristiina Majuri said...

Wow, love that opening in the flap!

Coco said...

Simply a fabulous portfolio!!! I love the texture, the colours, and the embellishments added, wonderful. Coco x

A Pink said...

Gorgeous! Such rich earthy colours x

Arianna Barbara said...

Wow! Stunning project!!!! Love it!

Lindi Phillips said...

This was Awesome love the weather beaten look and the detail ... the kind of project I would love to get my hands on 😆😉 Thankyou for sharing this Awesome folio....

Shari said...

Wow. This is really neat. 💗💗💗

Vee said...

Very,very beautiful!!!

Amy Kastan said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I love the use of the neon green paint in various areas. The large copper grommet is great too.

Alisa Barott said...

Very cool! I love your techniques. I will be trying it out dry soon.

Heather Maxwell said...

Fabulous piece! I love all the details and I'm sure you had a great session adding them all! I love the embossing/painted/rubbed technique the most. Very inspiring!

Sheryll Bentley said...

WOW, oh my, love this!!! Thanks for the motivation!

Julie Curtis said...

thats awesome looking! I can't believe your able to get such a great look from products like these. These are a "I Must Have"product line!

Karen Petitt said...

WOWSERS & COR! Seriously what's not to love - the colours with the gorgeous green highlights, the texture, just everything! I have no words to say because it's brilliant and them some. Thank you for the top notch inspiration, for sharing your gorgeous art with us and the fabulous blog hop Karen x

Merethe Arstein said...

This is a great bloghop and nice work done here.
(✿◠‿◠) Ma (Merethe)
http://majaapia.blogspot.no/

Suman Pandit said...

beautiful textures and colors,stunning work !!

Rebecca/Sydney's Sentiments said...

Fabulous!!! I love the look you achieved and the butterfly keys are gorgeous!

Barbara Rankin said...

I love what you did with this portfolio, Pam. It is super amazing!

Jean Bullock said...

WOW! I have access to a bunch of these. I would love to make them as fabulous as you made this one!

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