Sunday, March 21, 2021

Steampunk Mixed Media Canvas

      Hi everyone! I never really thought that my dad looked like his dad, until I saw this photo of my late grandpa. But it could also be the mischievous look he has. Lol! 

     I started this canvas for my Dad's 70th Birthday, by collaging some torn papers, and playing cards with Prima Soft Matte Gel. Then I added white gesso, and Tim Holtz Distress (Crackle) Texture Paste. Once it dried, I applied black gesso to the Stamperia (Clock & Mechanisms) Stencil. Since my grandpa was always so playful and funny, I had to include the Joker, which you can see peeking through the gesso in the photo below, above the two of clubs card. 

          My Dad's love of poker, definitely came from my grandpa, and has always been a favorite family activity. Besides the real playing cards collaged onto the canvas, I also included the cards from Mintay Papers using the Old Manor Collection, aged with Lindy's Gang (Beaver Tail Brown) Squirt and (Landlubber Green Vintage) Spray. Then I recycled some fruit netting, and anchored it and the photo with the Steampunk Pipe Corner from Creative Embellishments.

     I was so happy to see the rocking horse, also from the Old Manor Collection from Mintay Papers, and have fond memories of riding one just like it on visits to my grandparents house as a child! The other fussy cut embellishments are all part of this fabulous vintage line, including the trunk, books, and paper screws, along with the paper that also got collaged onto the canvas, before coloring with Lindy's Gang (Beaver Tail Brown) Squirt and Sprays (Landlubber Green Vintage, Marigold Yellow Orange, Steampunk Sepia, and Ponderosa Pines Olive). 

     Some of the cogs and gears were made from paper clay using the Finnabair (Mechanica) Mould, and were all finished with Lindy's Gang Sprays, and embossing powders (Cleopatra Copper and Reindeer Moss Green). Then I added even more texture with Finnabair Rust Effect Paste (Brown and Dark Olive). I also rubbed some Finnabair (Rich Copper) Wax onto the black stenciling. 

     Thanks so much for looking, and take care!


Challenges Entered:

Lindy's Gang ~ March Color Challenge


  1. Beautiful! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Try it on Tuesday with this lovely creation. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Designer for Try it on Tuesday {My Blog}

  2. A fabulous project! I love all the details and the weathered feel.Thanks for joining us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media challenge!

  3. This has me mesmerized, how you have taken the photograph and used it as a focal and surround it with so many trinkets and treasures, loves and fond memories from past years. The patina on those cogs is quite delicious. Beautiful canvas, so much attention to detail. A wonderful gift for your Dad he will adore it.
    Thank you for sharing over @ Creative Artiste and joining our Anything Mixed Media Challenge.
    Creative wishes Tracey (DT)
    P.S Happy 70th Birthday to your dear Dad x

  4. A fabulous piece,
    Thanks for sharing with us at Try it on Tuesday,
    Avril x

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  6. Super praca :-) Dziękuję za udział w wyzwaniu Art-Piaskownicy, pozdrawiam i życzę powodzenia :-)

  7. Świetne zastosowanie kart do pracy scrapowej. Dziękuję za udział w wyzwaniu Art-Piaskownicy 🙂

  8. Przecudna praca ❤️ Dziękuje za udział w wyzwaniu na blogu ArtPiaskownica :) życzę powodzenia

  9. A beautiful piece, love the rust and the patina. If my daughter made this for me as a birthday gift I would be stoked. Your dad will love this and your grandpa will be looking down and thinking how proud he is of you. x