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Friday, July 29, 2011

Steampunk - LOST IN TIME

As you can see from my new blog header, I’ve been feeling a little “steampunky” lately.  It all started with this piece whose overall dimensions are 6” x 3 1/2”. 


The base of this piece is made from paper clay I stamped with a collage of clocks rubber stamp.  Click here to see the tutorial on “How to Stamp Paper Clay”. 
After drying and trimming, I rusted the base (yes it’s real rust not a paint treatment).  For those of you who have been following me for a while you know that I have been promising a tutorial on this process.  Well, the tutorial finally finished.  Once I finish the posts for the rest of the month (monthly drawing, more circus and carnival art, etc.) I’ll post the tutorial.
Since I knew I was going to use this for a steampunk piece, I decided to make it look a little more metallic by adding Antique Gold Rub and Buff.
Finally it was time to junk it up.  I added lots of clocks, watch pieces, gears, metal jewelry findings, paper images and chains.   I'm happy with the end result but it's kind of a shame that so much of the background is covered up.   I guess that's just the way it goes, you can't have everything.

41 comments:

Karenliz said...

WOW Amazing piece! I love all the clocks!

Geri Centonze said...

Take a sneak peek over at artseebloggers.com and see who got randomly chosen to be "in the spotlight"!! ♥

Pretty Ragged Threads said...

This is wonderful. I love everything about this, the clocks, gears and the background is great. I am going to watch your tutorial and try it. Looking forward to the rust tutorial as well.
Hugs, Jackie

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh Laura, this is totally stunning!!! I love steampunk and this is just incredible! Can't wait for the rusting tutorial but would also love to know where you get your watch pieces and also where the image came from, it is soooo beautiful!

Terri Gordon said...

Hi Laura, Oh what a beautiful piece, I love it. I love all the wonderful details you used. Your work is always amazing. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Terri

bobbie said...

WOW!!! just Wow! This is stunning!

Daniele said...

what a stunner of a project
hugs

Mary Ann said...

It's absolutely wonderful! I love it:)

Annar said...

Your work is just incredible!
Gorgeous project !

trisha too said...

Well, I don't usually think of steampunk as being pretty, but Laura, this is really gorgeous!

:)

Elaine A said...

Laura -

This is such a stunning piece. I am dying to try my hand at Steampunk, guess I'll have to start collecting little clock innards. I truly love how this turned out. Can't wait for your rust tutorial.

Elaine Allen

ann said...

I love steampunk and this piece is amazing..your blog is one of my most favorite places to visit xxx

Luthien said...

GORGEOUS piece of steampunk!! wonderfully packed with all kinds of curiosities :)

Michele said...

Great piece, love it. Also love your header, amazing.
Thanks for stopping by my woodchuck post.
Have a great weekend.
Michele

Janet said...

I'm here from Artsee Bloggers and so glad she featured you. I love this steampunk piece. Beautiful!!

fairyrocks said...

AWESOME as always!!!
Put me on the roulette for fantastic art wheel LOL
Keep smiling and creating

Sarah said...

I was so happy to see you featured on Artsee Bloggers. Congratulations.

Debi said...

Another great piece of art laura x Debi x

sonya said...

Wow, I just love it! Everything about it! You are an amazing artist! Thank you for sharing. I can't wait to see the tutorial on rusting.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Micki said...

This is a fantastic piece. I love all the different time pieces. Will watch for the rust tutorial.

Gio said...

Laura, this is an amazing work of art! Brava!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

This is a gorgeous piece, Laura! I love it!!!
Have a great weekend!
Hugs,
Julia

Ephemera said...

This is really beautiful. Sometimes I find steam punk can look quite ugly, but this just goes to show how stunning it really can look. Equisite!! The background is amazing can't wait for the tutorial. X

Martina2801 said...

An exceptionally beautiful and artistic piece, dear Laura! Really terrific!

Joanne said...

There used to be a saying, 'where's there's junk, there's money'. Your piece is priceless.
Hugs Joanne xx

Terri said...

I really like all the work that you put into this piece! It turned out so wonderful! TFS!!!

Wax Beach Artist said...

Artfully wonderful! I love, love, love the background and I can't wait to see the tutorial. I laso love how she is holding on to one of the clocks and the teapot look to the front clock. I love everything about it!

smokeysmom said...

Every time I see your steampunk art work, I'm amazed at all the detail. And did I mention that I love your new 'steampunk' blog header? Awesome girlfriend!

Gaby Bee said...

This piece is absolutely stunning!!!
I LOVE steampunk!

Have a wonderful weekend!
Gaby

Anonymous said...

Laura, What a wonderful piece! Please sign me up for the July drawing.

Hester

Karol said...

Laura, another great piece of art. And the new header looks fabulous as well!
Karol

Marva said...

Well Lynn said your work was awesome and she wasn't kidding! This is absolutely fabulous!!!! Love it!

The Decophile said...

Your new header is wonderful, and this piece too! I love the woman's dress.

Lesley said...

Wow this is incredible. Love the background right to the last clock works.
I didn't know you could do a rusting on paper clay, hmm will stay tuned.
Lesley

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, that's such a fantastic steampunk piece.

Jill Zaheer said...

This is just amazing- love the rust and all of the watch and clock parts. Just great!

Rhea said...

Love this piece and your new blog theme! I can't get enough steampunk either. :)

Charming Memories said...

Absolutely inspiring!
Thank you,
goddessfox

Wanda H said...

Wow!!!! Awesome piece!!!

rosemary said...

LOVE LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!! Only just started searching the web for STEAMPUNK as I didnt even know quiet what it was LOL Came across your blog and just love what you have done. Rosemary

Beth said...

Having a great time going through all your wonderful work.........I am very much into the Steampunk designs. Love this!