Industrial/Steampunk Art Parts


It’s a new month and time for a new Mixed Media Art Parts!  For those of you who have subscribed to this monthly packet of fun, don’t worry, yours is on its way to you!


The theme this month is INDUSTRIAL/STEAMPUNK.  I have been excited about this pack and gathering goodies for quite awhile.  I have taken photos of interesting manholes and industrial patterns and printed them off for you.  I have lots of vintage illustrations of engines, electronics, equipment, and building plans, and pages from a photo essay of NYC after 9/11.


I used some of these fun papers from my pack to make the skyscrapers on this mosaic art journal page.

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I found a super cool napkin that peeled into layers makes a wonderful decoupage accent.


I have added vintage computer keyboard keys and some other fun dimensional hardware: a washer, a V ring, and a zippper.


Here are some ideas of what others have done with some of the dimensional treasures:

How cute is this washer jewelry by scarletrevolution on etsy ?


And if you want to make your own, here are instructions from goinovertheedge.


And so many steampunk possibilities for radio tubes! Like this cute necklace by Momento Inspiracao


Or, these adorable robots by Fobots !



And I can’t leave out the vintage computer keys that can be turned into cute as can be push pins or magnets like these posted on postris.


So grab February’s Art Parts Pack and show me what you come up with!


ICT Flag

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Getting in the Wichita Spirit with some new artwork at The Workroom in Wichita, Kansas where both originals and prints are available.

This piece is created using Citra Solv altered National Geographic pages which are then washed with a glaze of acrylic paint.  The result is a weathered and worn look.  It is on a 16 x 20 stretched canvas with deep 1 1/2 inch sides.

Towee Treetime Twosome

Towee Treetime Twosome watermark

“Towee Treetime Twosom” is created on a 24 x 30 inch stretched canvas, starting with a background created with my own Citra Solv on National Geographic magazine process.



Onto this background I added trees made from strips of papers from images of graffiti, and photographs of industrial elements.



The collage and paint pair of towee complete the composition.


The Legacy Series

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I had a lot of fun with this little series of four six inch chunky canvases.  There are layers and layers on these pieces!

legacy process 1

I started out by writing all over the face of each of the canvases.  I did some marking with oil pastels and added a tiny bit of color.  Gesso went on top of that, then a collage of book pages, cheesecloth, music sheets, Citra Solv papers, and corrugated cardboard scraps. I added some shading gray and sepia high flow paints until I had a big soupy mess on each of the canvases.

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The next morning, after it had all had a chance to dry, I started adding another layer of collage. I used dictionary definitions, an old photo, film negatives, and this reproduction photo by Tim Holtz.  When I use heavy paper like this in collage, I like to peel the front and back apart to make it thinner. The bonus on these reproductions is that they have a fun back side too that I can use on something else!

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After more collage, came more writing.  I used a ink pen dipped in F.W. acrylic sepia ink and a white Sharpie paint pen.

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The next step was a little scary.  I put a very thick coat of matte gel medium over the entire surface.  I was shooting for a hint of an encaustic look.

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Eventually it did start to dry and my images began to reappear, though more muted.

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So now I do more mark making, some of it scratched right into the surface.  I added more handwriting, and added another embellishment as a focal point. I melted a piece of negative for one, added a vintage key, a feather…

legacy edges

I like to finish the sides as well on these thick canvases.

All done!

These canvases will be available at Tessera Fine Art Gallery later this week.  They are $35 each.  Call the gallery at (316) 262-2435 if you are interested!

If you would like to attend a workshop to create your own art in a similar style, call the gallery to sign up for “Paying Tribute” -July 9