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!



Camera assemblage doll featured in Somerset Studio Gallery

Camera assemblage doll featured in Winter 2014 Somerset Studio Gallery

When a batch of vintage cameras that I purchased included a non working vintage camera, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I selected a head and pair of hands from my stash of doll  parts. 

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Since they were rubber, and I wanted a more aged look, I decided to give them an antiqued finish.  First I coated them with a slate blue acrylic paint.  Once that coat had thoroughly dried, I coated them with Delta Ceramcoat’s crackle glaze.  While that was still wet, but a bit tacky, I painted a coat of white acrylic on top.  As it dried it created a crackle finish, with a hint of the blue showing through giving it an aged look.  With paint I added details like hair, eyes, lips, and a rosy glow on the cheeks.


I used an assortment of found hardware to form the wrists and legs, using super glue to stick it all together.  After the basic form was completed I began to embellish.  I cut a bit of a book page to fit the view finder area, stamped the word ‘memories’ onto it, added a touch of paint, and glued it in place.  I added a paper cutout of a keyhole from a digital page by Cemerony, and slung an antique key around a hand.  I added some Tim Holtz embellishments: assorted gears, a watch face which I “messed up” a bit with glue and paint to make it look aged, and a metal strip with the advice to “live in the moment”.


I enjoy all the nostalgic analogies in these bits of recollections, ghosts from the past… and the representation of quickly passing time, leaving behind only the preserved images of our memories.

Featured in the Winter 2014 issue of Somerset Studio Gallery magazine, on the newsstand now.

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This assemblage piece is available for purchase from my etsy shop!