I've been up in my room having SOOOO much fun with my Graphic 45 papers. And for my first ever Steampunk piece I started with a gallery wrapped canvas flipped over to make a shadowbox (I like to do this alot)
And then I collaged my papers on it along with a vintage lace collar that I coffee-stained (once I start coffee staining things, I can't stop--it's so fun!)
Okay, and then I took an alarm clock (actually this isn't the one that I used--I forgot to take the picture of the one that I did use)
And then......I took it apart--do you know how much fun it is to take things apart?! Just look at the treasures that you can find inside--
And then when you add some of these components with other embellishments--you can get some very fun collage going on--
Who would have thought it--back before mixed media came into play!
Anyway--back to the alarm clock. After I took out all of the goodies that were inside, I put in my Debutante--
And that cherub---well he just belongs there!
And here is my first completed Steampunk piece--
(you can see the details better when you click on it)
This was very very fun to put together.
And I made something else with my papers--what else, but another altered cigar box.
So what do you think these Victorians would think of what we do with them today. Like, for instance--look at this proper lady with her sprocket hair--
Oh yeah, and that screw in the middle of her forehead--couldn't be helped--this is the inside of the lid and it's where I attached the knob--oh well--it just adds to it.
Or how about this little lady (or is it a little boy?) with his/her wings and the bird on top of his/her head--
Do you think they would have been fond of this? I don't know--they seemed so proper and rigid--whether or not--we're having fun with them now.
Quite honestly, a year ago I never even heard of this word, but then when I started blogging and visiting some of these blogs, I discovered Steampunk. I've always been drawn to Victorian art, so I really liked this style. It's more of a whimsical Victorian art. And according to Scrapbook.com, the term Steampunk refers to the Victorian era in Britain in the 19th century when steam power was widely used. So this is the reason for the muted and dirtied tones of the papers with the tans, greens, browns, and the turquoise--along with the gadgets, sprockets, watches, top-hats, gloves and so on. I think I have a new love (obsession : ) Thank you Graphic 45 for coming out with such cool papers!