Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Laboratory for my rusty treasure.

I am in love with my latest project.
  I started out with a rusty electric box thingy that I find out on a dog walk and I turned it into... 
 
A Miniature Steampunk Laboratory
inside view
Outside view with embossed flourishes.
 
Everything is made by hand using scrap pieces of metal, jewelry findings, and other odds and ends.
Here...lemme show off some more :)

The stool is made from a bottle cap.
The rug is from an upholstery sample I cut up and edged with a zig-zag and finished with paint.
The little blue prints...squeeee!
 
Check out the mousey skull that I found in an owl pellet last year. 
Perfect for my lab!

A steampunk invention of some sort on the desk.
 
And don't forget the inside door!


I had so much fun making this little laboratory.
I've had the electric box in my stash for a  year now, quietly waiting for the perfect idea.

When I saw that theme for the August Challenge at Sandee & Amelie's was "In the Laboratory" I knew I had the right project for my rusty treasure.
 
I do love it when things work out, the glue sticks, the pieces fit, etc!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Fire and Smoke

Boring, hot summer days aren't so bad

  

 Unless there's a wildfire in the hills right behind your house
Wildfires have plagued WA state this year.
Our valley has been fortunate so far, in that the structures burned have been second homes and no lives have been lost.

Currently, the fire in the picture is now 50% contained and the outlook is good.
It's the smoke that we are left with that has been terrible.
Monday our air-quality was a level purple!  That's dangerous for everyone.

Stuck inside with air conditioning.
Frustrated.
 So I set fire to the little collage houses in my organizer.
The houses are made from clothing tags.
The idea to do houses? ...Art to the 5th Challenge.

  Happy, but also smokey...grrrr

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Trip to AZ

 Me, my husband, and my youngest, Addie, just spent several days in Phoenix with our oldest daughter, Alyssa.
It was her birthday and she's now half my age.  
How cool is that?!

Evening was the only time to really venture outdoors due to the heat, but it turned out to be the perfect time to do a flashlight tour of  the Desert Botanical Garden in Tempe.
Addie's 11 million dollars tall!




 The silhouettes in this part of the country are so different than in the Pacific NW!

One of the things I love about different geographies is the new variety of plants, animals, and insects.

Arizona Bumbles

Thursday, July 24, 2014

More Inspiration and Supplies

 It's been rainy & cold here in Eastern WA these past couple of days.
As much as I don't like the cold, my dogs don't seem to mind and still want their walk.
We usually head up to the airport.

 It's seems like a dry wasteland at first, but there so much when you really look.
Even the sagebrush can make for a good quick sketch.

Industrial steampunk treasure

I want this so bad, but it's embedded in the concrete!

And the booty...
Pre-rusted and ready to go.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Crackle and Embossing Powder

Some results from yesterday's (and today's) madness.
I sprinkled embossing powder onto wet crackle paint, waited for it to start to dry and then hit it with my heat gun.
It worked really well for the texture I was trying to achieve--a steampunk background.

 

I did get some lifting, but I noticed some of that happening on areas that I didn't heat.  Very likely that the lifting was caused by the many layers of gelatos, tissue, gesso, oil pastels, ink, etc. caused the flakiness. 
To keep the texture and stop the paint from actually flaking off I'm going to put a coat of mod-podge over it.
That should be nice and messy!

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