I have the pleasure of giving a very warm welcome to the first of many products being added to Ellen's store from EcoGreen Crafts. We have lots to share with you about the story behind this company, but for today I focus in on just one product, the Artables Bird on a Pedestal and the movement behind it's creation - Steampunk.
Julia Andrus, the product developer and creative genius behind EcoGreen Crafts has a passion for all sorts of wonderful vintage things. She has had an amazing career in this industry and is embarking on something new and very exciting.
What on earth is Steampunk?! Julia defines it as this: "art that is based on elements from the Industrial Age era (1850’s to early 1900’s) combined with fantasy or out-of-context elements". She taught a class at the last Winter Craft and Hobby Trade Show that I very much wanted to attend. So much so, that I talked Ellen into taking it with me. She is always up for something new and said sure! I ended up not being able to attend, but she decided to go anyway and was SO glad she did, because she discovered this genre that I have such a passion for too. P.S. Here is a link to Julia's Steampunk Birdie from the show.
There are so many things I love about creating with this Steampunk style. For this post I focused on how useful the Graphic 45 paper line and the Ideology Line of trinkets and metal are for this type of project.
I did not do step out photos on the paper mache technique, but it was very easy. I simply ripped up papers from the Communique Collection including Party Line, Society Page and A Fine Specimen and then applied Dries Clear Adhesive with a paint brush and layered onto the bird. It was Plato that said, "necessity, who is the mother of invention". I have many other products that I *should* have used to decoupage these papers on, but I couldn't find ANY of them. The Dries Clear product was sitting on my desk and will now be my go to for this type of project. Something about the consistency was perfect!
The birdies face and head is adorned with a few metal elements that just tickle my fancy! The eyes are the screw side of the Hitch Fasteners inserted into the bird. I added a little black jewel for her pupil. Her nose is adorned with a Game Spinner.
I have no idea how or why it seemed like this little gal needed a hat, but she just looked bald and we can't have that! I played around with a few ideas and in the end settled on this vintage button from my mom's collection. When I set it on her head, it kind of tilted to the side like a burret - how PERFECT! My little french bird with a burret! Sorry, I will stop using exclamation points, but I am reeeally excited about this project.
She was a little too "clean" and needed some soot, so I applied some Noir Palette Ink with my finger.
For the wings I adhered images from the Typography paper (Graphic 45) with Glossy Accents to some large fragment ovals from the Ovals and Circles Set. A note about Glossy Accents - this is an amazing product, but like all things has it's limitations. Because it is a water based product it can react with other water based products and some papers. I learned recently that if you seal the area with fast drying clear nail polish that the ink will not run.
Finally, the top half of the Hitch Fasteners were adhered to the Fragment with Mini Glue Dots, giving the impression that it is holding the wing on.
A note on adhesive with the feather and the fragment wing. I used this super sticky double-sided tape. Thank you to Miss Kim for sending me a bag of feathers over two years ago. Completely serendipitous and perfect for this project.
This element is made up of three pieces of the Ideology Line - Ball Chain, Swivel Clasps and Muse Tokens. I applied Traditional Tan Studio Paint and just a tiny bit of Dash of Red with my finger to the round tag piece to highlight the word.
This might just be my favorite part of this birdie. I fussy cut a whole bunch of pens from the Pen in Hand paper (Graphic 45) with really sharp tip scissors. I applied Glossy Accents to all of the pens and nibs, but did coat them with clear nail polish first as I mentioned earlier. There were also adhered with a 1/8 inch double sided tape and then I formed them with my fingers. The Glossy Accents help them to keep their shape.
The beautiful thing about this type of project is that you can make it completely your own. It's your creative personality that will come out - you can be as conservative or eccentric as you like! There are no rules. I would love you challenge you to try a Steampunk project and link back to this post. I would love to see your interpretation!
It was a joy to share this with you today, Lisa