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!
Wooow beautiful work!!!
kisses and nice weekend.
I have to agree that Graphic 45 did a great thing by adding their steampunk line to their already beautiful other lines of paper.
I love your first venture into steampunk. I have yet to try that style. And you stayed true to the Victorian era with the heavily encrusted, gilded, and layered pieces they were so familiar for. The lace and tea stained pieces remind me of the doilies that covered everything during that era. This is a monument to both Victorian and steampunk. SUPER assemblage!!
I haven't tried anything steampunk yet but I love it and because of the beautiful things you've just shown us, I want to try it now :)
You have such an amazing talent and gift Diane, I hope you realize that!
Love your blog and waiting for a video :) :) :)
Beautiful work Diane! Who knew what could be done with the insides of a clock! You have turned them into art!
Love it! :)
Omgosh Diane both of these pieces are just Gorgeous. I can't pick a favorite. I would have never thought of taking apart an alarm clock. It does have alot of cool pieces in it. Now i'm gonna have to go to a thrift store and look for alarm clocks. You're so inspiring.
You know I love these pieces! I love the addition of the tea-stained lace mixed with the Graphic 45 paper and the watch parts ~~ stunning. And what you did with the shell of the alarm clock ~~ brilliant! These pieces should fly from your booth at your next show. You are so creative, Diane!
you have got this
down to a
the sprocket hair!
ho w very clever of you... beutiful pieces of art.
what a lovely steampunk surprise...i have so many canvas frames and cigar boxes with no use and now you have shown the fabtastic beauty in steampunking them...thanks so much for the tutorial...now i must go graphic 45steampunk shopping .... ;)
ha ha ...just read my comment to you above this one...i should have my coffee before i attempt to type...lol
What a great way to use an old alarm clock!! And really like your cigar box. i just scored about 15 cigar boxes-both wood and cardboard--just waiting for some inspiration--I think I've found it! Oh--BTW--I like Jill--
you are soo right, that cherub does belong there!
Lol! I was planning on asking what Steampunk was and as I read further down you explained it:O) Love that you always share such wonderful tips and expalin new techniques to us:O) Love the boxes as always thank you for sharing
This is just genius!! I love the look too.
Thanks for the home made canvas inverted shadow box idea!
Everything you did here is fabulous! I LOVE all the details. What glue did you use to adhere that lace?
There's not enough words in the dictionary to say how wonderful this is.
I'm in awe of your work.
Oh Diane, you gave me such wonderful smiles and chuckles as you are so sumerous and I know you write like you talk, and yes I hae a dish with watch parts that I use in my pendants, and it was fun taking them apart, like a gift of wonderful things. BTW sprocket hair is very in around here.
I have always like the victorians also and becaue they were rather cluttery I would of fit in well.I thik they just had a lot of beautiful things and wanted to look at them. Also maybe they grew up in a sparseness.
You work is beautiful, these new pieces will catch the eye, and thanks for the explanation as I did not know steampunk. I must not get out enough.
Ok enough but you have made me a chatty this morning and now I want a clock to take apart, I hae one but it was my dads and I can't do that yet. Just can't.
WOW! Absolutely wonderful! All of it!
Oh Wow!!! They're both wonderful pieces D! I can't believe how quickly you accomplish such gorgeous pieces!
I love how you have done this steampunk....How you put things together is so clever.. You have a good eye. Always anxious to see what is next.
Diana these are wonderful! i will have to find an old clock to take apart now ;-)
The screw in the middle of that ladies forehead could be an energy chakra - her third eye, I like to think of it like that. Thank you for sharing how you did these, you are so inspiring.
Diane, Thanks so very much!!! I did also not know exatly what Steampunk meant!!! but reading this ,I certainly see, the connection with that period--
AND I love your piece,so fantastic with all the elements you added, and the "broken" clock pieces are great there.--
And need I say I totally love your box :)
Have a happy week-end Diane.
Both projects turned out perfect and I love being reminded of ideas like turning the framed canvas around. Your work is always so inspiring. Thank you for sharing!
I love the tutorial! So nice to see how you put things together. Lovely piece as always. :)
Hi Diane! Wow, your creations are fabulous! I just love Graphic 45. The Victorian era is my favorite so these are so perfect. It's always a joy to view your work. I know it would be a blast to create with you. Happy Friday! :)
Gasp!!!! I love all your wonderful steampunk pieces,awesome as always.
I am patiently waiting for my new Graphic 45 papers to arrive, they look so yummy!!!
Very Colorful and Very Nice :)
what fun pieces!!!
steam punk is a hoot!!
The colors you used for the steampunk box are a wonderful mix! Love the whole piece.
Wow!! I seem to say WOW a lot when it comes to your work. I honestly sit here all open mouthed, jaw dropping, saying wow!
Hi Diane, Wow this is awesome I love this piece -It really makes a statement-Love what you did with the clock-Never heard of steampunk it is very neat and looks fun to do.I think the women of that era would have loved doing this type of art.Sincerely, Jonny
These pieces turned out great. Now you have me wanting to dismantle clocks.
WOw...you have been busy~ and having a great time..
love your work as always~!!!!!!!!
Love these projects. I must take some things apart to see what inspiration lurks inside. Your work is amazing and you always get my wheels turning, like the deb's hair. The screw in the forehead is more like it these days...haha
You went far and beyond with these beauties! I love the shadow box!! You are so clever Diane! Seriously gifted!!
I don't know how you come up with these things but both of these pieces are stunning!!! Have a great Sunday! : )
You are too clever! Love your ideas and your art :)
diane, you rocked it with your sprockets...with ideas always in your pockets...you are men-tive to be inventive!!! you forever slay me! these are all the coolest!
Double WOW! I am loving your first Steampunk piece and that altered cigar box is SO lovely. Beautiful work, as always, Diane! Theresa
These are wonderful pieces. I would never have thought to use the back of one of my canvases - such a clever idea. Thanks for visiting my blog and I am glad to have found yours now as well.
Wow, your creativity and mind blows me away!
I wish i could work along side you some time~
WOWWOWWOW I'm speechless so incredible unique and fantastic is this art work!I admire your creativity and your talent.
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