Luce Change: Under a Steampunk Spell

By Lucy Edmondson

Hi, Lucy here, with a spooky steampunk canvas using these gorgeous 'Steampunk Spells' papers by Graphic 45.

It's a rectangular canvas, 20 cm by 50 cm, and I've also used Claudine Hellmuth's Sticky Back Canvas for her amazing transfer technique (this was new to me but probably not new to you. I thought it was awesome when I tried it!), and the Tim Holtz Arch die.

Start by choosing the paper you want for your three arches, with a more focal image for the central arch, cut roughly the size piece you want, and stick to the sticky back canvas on the side of the paper you want to show and whiz through your die cutting machine.

As it's a reasonably heavy weight paper, score the back with your scissors to get the process started and break down the paper fibers.

Spritz with water and start to rub away the paper pulp with your fingers until your image starts to appear. Love this! (Did I say that already?).

You will end up with some lovely textural pieces with your pattern transferred, and you can further enhance this by gouging the edges with your paper distresser or the edges of your scissors.  Then blacken the edges with some paint or ink on a piece of cut n dry foam. I like very frayed edges so it looks really fabric-y.

If you want you can massage in some mod podge or other gloss gel medium to get rid of any remaining paper pulp and bring up the colors a little.

Choose a selection of stencils for the canvas. 

Apply modelling paste through the stencils all over the canvas (I like Grunge Paste). 

Cover with black paint.

Enhance the raised areas with gilding wax. I used Treasure Gold in Ice Fire.

Prepare some stamped embellishments. I stamped some pumpkins and a skull and colored them with Distress Inks and a wet brush.

Take some pieces of Angelina fusible fiber in bronze and lightly glue randomly over the canvas and down the sides using Distress Stickles in Walnut Stain  and apply a heat gun. It will meld onto your background and wrap itself around the edges.

Start to arrange your pieces with the lady on the bike canvas arch in the middle. I added some rusted wings at the top which my friend, Petra, kindly gave me and were just right for the project. I bought some of the fake cobweb you can get for about a pound for a huge piece (a couple of dollars I expect) from Halloween party decorations places. It adds a lot to the atmosphere of the piece. I'm afraid at this stage you need to add a dab of glue everywhere you want some though, and you will get in a sticky mess with it and you will be cursing me and saying - who is this Lucy person, I'm fed up with her now! Stick with me.

Okay it's over to you now folks. Gather together your cogs, your watch and clock pieces, spiders (fake), the stamped pieces, and whatever you have in your box marked Steampunk and Halloween. Layer it up how you like and have fun. This is what I ended up with.

10 unruly observations:

  1. This is such a great technique! I didn't know about it but I will certainly give it a try! I love the stencils you used too and I really want that TH arch now! Oh, Lucy, you are not very good for my bank balance, you know! Julie Ann xx

  2. Oh so spookalicious! Lucy, this is such a great tutorial and I have most of the stencils (don't have the ledger) you do :-) Love that Treasure Gold over the black paint! Thank you for sharing your talents!

  3. What a wonderful Canvas Lucy, I love the papers and techniques you have used for it.

  4. What a wonderful idea--superbly executed!

  5. Gorgeous project and nice details on how to re-create!!! Thanks! :)

  6. Brilliant steampunk make... I love the distressing of the papers, and the metallic background looks fabulous!
    Alison xx

  7. Lucy...love your Steampunk Spells piece. The mix of those and your metallic backgrounds really works well together! Thanks so much for the very nice comment you left on my blog as well. <3 Candy


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