Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Gingersnap Creations - Challenge 112 - Color - Iron, Leather & Brass

Sadly this is my final week as a visiting artist for

 I have had so much fun with these machine/steampunk challenges and I think they saved the best for last.  It is their color challenge.....and the colors are: Iron, Leather & Brass - a perfect compliment to this months theme.

And here is my creation....

His Loss
I covered the front of this box with an interesting high-end seating material which is 50% Leather & 50% Man Made Materials.  It has the look and feel of real leather but is a bit cheaper and readily ava. than the real thing. 

All of the flowers were cut from this same material and painted with Golden Paints (Deep Gold & Micaceous Iron Oxide) or left it's original color.  I used vintage broaches for the centers a few of the flowers, added clock parts and other goodies scattered around the entire piece.
His Loss - Steampunk Collage 001

His Loss(inside)

The quote reads: 
"She couldn't measure up to the contraptions in his mind."  
Which in turn refers back to the title of..... 
"His Loss".

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Elements are a combination of stamped images from some of my images from the Steampunk Get Inked Kit; Scrolls Work & Artistic Outpost.  I also used a couple of images cut from the Graphic 45 Steampunk pattern paper.  I added more of the Micaeous Iron Oxide paint to the inside of the box for the beautiful "iron" shimmer, die-cut gears; more faux leather flowers & vintage broaches; tubes; watch & clock parts an a few TH Ideaology corner pieces.

His Loss - Steampunk Collage 005

His Loss - Steampunk Collage 006

His Loss - Steampunk Collage 007

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His Loss - Steampunk Collage 009

It's hard to see from the photos but the two main images are dimensional, raised off of the backround quite a ways (with foam board pieces). 

His Loss - Steampunk Collage 010

To cover the box I used Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Stains as my base....

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I then covered only the front with the faux leather, added brass tacks along the edges.  I finished it off by drawing on the individual "tiles" with marker and added faux brass tacks to the front using Golden Deep Gold Acrylic Paint.

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For the inside of the collage I painted both sides black acrylic paint which I then covered with a coat of Goldens Micaeous Iron Oxide to add the iron color and shimmer. 

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So there you go...
I hope you've enjoyed the projects I created for
Gingersnap Creations
July's Steampunk/Machine Challenge.

I had great fun with it and couldn't have chosen a better theme to play with!

Have a wonderful day friends!!


  1. Amazing project! Love what you created, TFS

  2. Roni -

    What a fabulous project! It turned out amazing, I love all the different things you incorporated. Fantastic piece!

    Elaine Allen

  3. You really did save the best for last, what a spectacular piece. It's a shame that those scroll work stamps are no longer available, but at least I got a set of steam punk Roni's.

  4. Fabulous job under stress and high quality conditions. My friend Beckie was guesting too. I admire you both for taking the risk. I can tell you both stretched your talents. When I contributed to the Technique Junkies newsletter last year, it was like that and was really an amazing learning experience. Well done all around! xoxo

  5. This box is fantastic!! I love it! Looked at it a very long time to study all the different elements you used. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  6. Wohow, this is really and outstanding piece of art. Just wonderful.

  7. This is just awesome! You are the best at "steampunking" (not sure that's what it's called!) and I love this box! Just so much fun in there!

  8. WOW what a fab project and the stains on the wood work fantasticly :)

  9. Great project! Loved how you incorporated the antique fuses into your design. Your creativity never ceases to thrill me!


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