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Welcome! Artfully Musing is a blog dedicated to sharing art and the techniques and products used. I'll be showcasing collage, altered and mixed media art as well as miniature. I hope you'll check back often and are inspired. Thanks for visiting! Laura

Saturday, August 22, 2020

WELCOME TO ATLANTIS - TRIPTYCH & FAUX BOOK - NEW IMAGE SETS

I have two projects for you depicting a lost world beneath the sea (Atlantis), where the merpeople and sea creatures have adapted and integrated the materials and technology to suit their needs.  

The inspiration for these projects came from the Sea World Paper pictured below.  This is one of the most beautiful and whimsical paper sets I’ve seen in a long time.  I love the merging of Steampunk with sea creatures, which then inspired me to create two new collage sheets along the same vein, which are “Welcome to Atlantis 1 & 2” and other complimentary sheets contain seashells, coral, seaweed and fish.

Further down in the post, I cover how I put these pieces together, and techniques I used to alter Steampunk and sea-themed chipboard shape sets.

These sheets contain whimsical steampunkish sea creatures I imagined a lost world beneath the sea (Atlantis) where the merpeople and sea creatures have adapted and integrated the materials and technology to suit their needs.  The scale of these images works well with my Mermaid Gardens, and other sea-themed collage sheets and digital image sets.

This sheet contains 48 unique colorful fish.  The scale of the fish works well with my Mermaid Gardens, Welcome to Atlantis and other sea-themed collage sheets. 

This sheet contains 42 unique shells with 2 sizes of each for a total of 84 images.  The scale of the seashells works well with my Mermaid Gardens, Welcome to Atlantis and other sea-themed collage sheets and digital image sets.
This sheet contains 22 unique coral and seaweed images.  The scale of the coral and seaweed works well with my Mermaid Gardens, Welcome to Atlantis and other sea-themed collage sheets.


THE DETAILS - TRIPTYCH

The triptych is constructed using three chipboard frames.  To connect them and to make them stand, I trimmed some of the scroll work from the bottom of the frames and from the sides of the frames.

I painted the frames with a copper-colored paint and then used Distressed Ink to add touches of teal.

I backed the frames with paper from the 8x8 Sea World paper pack and used images from my Mini Hardware Collage Sheet to attach the frames to each other.

 

I started adding background components which were a combination of images from the collage sheets and chipboard seaweed.

To add color to the seaweed, I painted them with metallic paint and then rubbed them with Distress Ink for additional color.
Next, I added the focal point images (mermaids and a sea horse). 

To add more dimension to the seahorse I added a chipboard propeller and metal gear.  On many of the images, I added Glossy Accents to add dimension.  

At the top of the center frame, I added a chipboard clock and compass. 

I then added more images on top of and around the focal point images.


DETAIL SUPPLY LIST - FRAMED TRIPTYCH

Welcome to Atlantis #1 Collage Sheet

Welcome to Atlantis #2 Collage Sheet

Colorful Fish Collage Sheet

Seashells Collage Sheet

Coral & Seaweed Collage Sheet

Mini Hardware Collage Sheet

Sea World 8x8 Paper Pad

Elegant Chipboard Frame

Coral Chipboard Set – 4 Pieces

Chipboard Tall Seaweed Silhouettes

Deep Sea Shape Set

Steampunk Gears Chipboard Set

Metal Gear Mix

Enameled Seashell Charm Mix – Set of 3

Large Patina Anchor Charm

 THE DETAILS - FAUX BOOK

I started with a faux book I purchased some years back at a craft store.  The colors worked great with the papers. So, I didn’t need to paint or paper the edges or spine.

I started by papering the outside (except spine) and inside using the Sea World Paper.  As I was using 8x8 paper and the surfaces of the book were larger, I cut up and pieced the paper with the designs I liked.

For this project, I used chipboard and wood gears to embellish both the paper pad images and the collage sheet images.  To make them look rusted, I added glue and then sand from my yard.  The sand makes it look more like it is rusting, bubbling up, and flaking pieces of iron.

Next, I painted the gears with a flat dark orange color, then to give them more dimension, I applied a small amount of bronze paint to various areas on the gears (don’t cover all of the orange).

I used the same coloring techniques for the seaweed and coral that I did for the triptych, but I also used clump foliage to add more dimension.  I started by painting one side of the chipboard.  Next, I tore the foliage into smaller pieces.  I applied glue to the painted side and then pressed the chipboard into the foliage.  Once dry, I used scissors to cut away the access foliage.

Below you can see how I used various gears (chipboard, wood, and metal) plus clock hands to embellish the paper image.

For the chipboard turtle, I added blobs of paint and when dry painted over the blobs of paint with a gold color paint, which is how I achieved the bumpy texture.  I added a chipboard key, clock part from my stash, and then metal gears.  To the face, I added a bronze anchor.

To the image of the submarine, chipboard and metal gears and a steampunk sea creature attaches itself to the front of the sub.

The architectural pieces seen in the picture below which help to give the scene structure, are from my Mermaid Gardens Set Download.

Below you’ll find the “Welcome to Atlantis” sign I used on the front cover.


FREE IMAGE

Feel free to download the image below and use it in your artwork.

Click here to jump to the complete supply list for the Faux Book at AlphaStamps.

DETAIL SUPPLY LIST – WELCOME TO ATLANTIC FAUX BOOK

Welcome to Atlantis #1 Collage Sheet

Welcome to Atlantis #2 Collage Sheet

Colorful Fish Collage Sheet

Seashells Collage Sheet

Coral & Seaweed Collage Sheet

Mermaid Gardens Download Set

Sea World 8x8 Paper Pad

Chipboard Shorter Seaweed Silhouettes

Chipboard Tall Seaweed Silhouettes

Deep Sea Shape Set

Steampunk Gears Chipboard Set

Flourish Sea Turtles

Anchor, Starfish & Fishnet Medley

Coral Chipboard Set – 4 Pieces

Metal Gear Mix

Wooden Gear Mix

Bronze Anchor Charm

Clump Foliage – Fall Mix

Teal Glitter

Large Patina Starfish Charm

2 comments:

johala said...

Hello Laura
You allways surprise me! It's a pleasure to discover your new creation which remind me Jules Verne Books!
Wonderful work!
Hugs and kisses

Kee said...

This was so inspiring! I’ve been racking my brains on how to get a rusty look for the underwater scene I’ve been working on. You solved my problem. Thank you! I always appreciate your creative projects that you share with us.