Servus and welcome back to another dose of steampunk mixed media inspiration! This time Maura is sharing some of her fabulous and imaginative art and how-tos with us! Enjoy! (and don't forget to join in our summer challenge! There is still time until the end of August to play along! You get to the challenge by clicking HERE).
"We all need a bit of extra steam to get through the summer, right? Especially when it gets hot, we want that steam power to work on cooling us off. Well, here is a "hot" project for the summer!
I have been having a blast playing with Tyvek lately and making charms for an upcoming art retreat in the fall. I am reusing mailing envelopes made out of Tyvek and painting them with DecoArt paints. This time, I tried painting both sides of the material and I found it gives it a more finished look.
I was feeling experimental, so also tried some stenciling just to see if it would add anything.
Next step, heat the painted Tyvek with a heating tool. I do this over a wood board with a craft sheet on top and in a well ventilated space. The more you heat it, the more it bubbles and shrinks, so watch carefully to get it right where you want it.
Look at that texture! Oh yes, I do love this stuff!
A touch of gold for highlights and around the edges to attract any dragons out there looking for treasure...
I added a large eyelet, then hung or attached some charms. Here are the finished pieces..."
fluid acrylics in cobalt teal hue, Prussian blue hue, and quinacridone gold
Dazzling Metallics - glorious gold
Mister - carbon black
Andy Skinner whirlpool stencil