Monday, June 22, 2015

The Texture of Time - Finnabair Creative Team

Hi Everyone,

I am here with you today to share my altered steampunk clock. Now this altered metal frame clock has been in my design team pack for coming up 10 months tempting me to alter it. I had been waiting for the right moment and the right ideas. Finally I felt it time and I am very happy with the results. Let's take a tour around how it was created shall we?

To begin although the clock base already has a fabulous rusted look I wanted to add some extra glimmer and colour. To accomplish this I chose two colours of Art Ingredients Mica Powder, the colours I chose were Gold and Copper. I combined a small amount of the mica powders (separately) with some Art Basics Soft Gloss Gel, once combined I applied to my clock sides, legs and back with a paint brush.
At this stage I also painted my chipboard clock pieces with a combination of both the mica coloured gels combined. Blending them together, dabbing away.

I took a fairly large amount of Graphite Art Extravagance Texture Paste and mixed in a pretty generous amount of Licorice Glass Beads and Black Micro Beads. Now I LOVE myself some small watch parts but often the pieces are super super tiny and hard to use in projects but for a project like this they were absolutely perfect. I picked up small scoops with my fingers and while the texture paste was still damp I pushed the pieces into the paste.

As you can see although the texture paste is grey when wet, when dry it is a lovely rich black.

I wanted to create some unique dangly pieces to hang from the sides, I thought about this one for quite a while before inspiration struck. I had some mini hat pins in my stash which I threaded some miniature cogs onto along with Mechanical Typewriter Numbers. The ends were twisted off into a circle, cut and then threaded through a jump ring and secured it onto metal chain. My dangly pieces were complete!!.

To create the inside of my clock I traced and cut out the circle onto some Prima Newsprint Resist Canvas, this became my background. I then began layering up all my other elements, my clock, metals and photo. My steampunk gentleman of course required a crown and some goggles before he moved into the clock ;-). 

In the foreground of my clock you will see glass bottle containing glitter and glass beads, a rusty resin nut, hat pins, an egg and a broken pocket watch. I created the hanging light bulb out of a bulb which has two cogs glued to the side, a few jump rings and more chain (easy!).  My label of Journey comes from the Mechanicals Plate and Label collection.

To finish I added a bow made out of ribbon which was a gift from a friend, it was a perfect addition to to my clock and a nice way to symbolise our new friendship. In the centre of the bow you will see a Mechanicals gear, isn't it cute?

Many thanks for looking my friends, wishing you all a happy and creative day.

~ Rebecca ~
Products Used

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Creating Texture - Finnabair Creative Team

Hello Everyone,

I am  here with you to share two different ways how I have used Art Extravagance Texture Paste in the below canvas. Prior to adding my texture pastes my background was  built with a combination of lace, paper, washi tape and dry wall tape. This was then given a coat of gesso (allow to dry) and then color was applied using different combinations of paint colors (allow ample time to dry). Time to add more texture!! To create even more texture within my Art Ingredients Copper Crackle I first mixed in some Copper Micro Beads. This mixture was then applied to my background through the Chicken Wire Stencil. The final step in my texture adventure was to add some Graphite Texture Paste and this was applied through the Grungy Grid Stencil. My friends, don't be shy, jump on in and get some texture going in your projects, these products will give you fabulous results. 

Prima Products Used: Art Ingredients Mica Powder Copper 962531, Art Extravagance Texture Paste Copper Crackle 961534, Art Extravagance Texture Paste Graphite 961497, Cling Stamps 'Trust the magic' 962036, Cling Stamps 'Rust & dust' 962050, Mechanicals Gears 961053, Mechanicals Brads Stars 961169, Elementals Chicken Wire Stencil 962272, Elementals Grungy Grid Stencil 962319, Art Ingredients Micro Beads Copper 962579.

Wishing you all a happy and creative day!

~ Rebecca ~