Monday, July 18, 2011

Gotta Fly!

Time to raise yourself up, time to spread your wings, time to let go and fly.

This is another page created for my growing six by six chunky book, filled with challenge entries.  I am really coming to love this book, as it is filled with steampunky goodness.  The inspiration for this entry is yet another challenge from Simon Says Stamp and Show.  I also am submitting this to Gingersnap Creations as thier inspiration was watch parts, gears and cogs.  I just love how a little trigger like the word embossing along with the challenge of using watch parts starts a chain reaction leading me to something like this:

I began with a piece of chipboard recycled from the back of a stack of paper.  I chose a really pretty paper by Graphic 45 from the Renaissance collection as my backdrop.  I then added my embossed element for the challenge.  I played with Tim Holtz's new Kraft Paper and a bunch of different embossing folders.  It was quite fun. I also experimented with different inks and stains, post embossing.  Sometimes I find it helpful to just play and not be attached to the outcome. 

It is not surprising that I chose the paper embossed with the gears for the next layer of this project, I can't get enough of industrial elements in my art.  I swiped Rangers, Perfect Medium across the paper and then dusted with copper Perfect Pearls.  To add dimension, I then used walnut stain Distress Ink. This image really does not capture the shimmer of the pearls.  If you have used this product before, I am sure you know what I mean. 

A really cool trick I discovered this craft session was using Distress Stains to do your edges.  This application is quick, easy and provides great coverage.  I think darkening edges with ink makes any project element look more finished.  I used this process twice her with vintage photo, my favorite ink ever.

The next step was a simple game of matching.  I picked out a clock face and spinner from Tim Holtz and placed them in a pleasing pattern on my page along with some gears from my stash.  Now, at this point, I considered adding some wings.  I just love the whole "time flies" theme.  My muse hit and  I thought of my Caged Bird die, also from Tim, and another great way to represent flight. I cut my bird from birch bark scavenged from the UP (Upper Peninsula, for you non-Michiganders).  The intention was to use the white frayed side, but the colors and direction I wanted him to be on the page took me down another path.  I embellished the bird with a tiny metal embossed wing to look like armor.  I had to add some alcohol ink to the wing to get the color right.  The eye is a really cool piece of a watch.  

To add a verbal touch to my page, I raided a set of metal letters and luckily found my word.  Last, I wanted something to go off the page, to this end I added another odd watch part. A few more pocket watches were fussy cut from fancy designer paper.  Again, I used my new stains (I am going to need more of these for sure!) to age my watches.  I only have two colors so far, so I used antique linen and a touch of the vintage photo to make the pocket watches take on the same hue as the rest of the page.

When I went to add my newest page, it was a total coincidence that the backing paper from my Steampunk Soul page had birds on it!  I love it when it is just as it is meant to be!  Thanks as always for stopping by.


  1. Love it Rhea! Awesome work!

  2. What a gorgeous page. I am in love with the steam punk look myself and have been in love with watch parts for forever. You combine them so well on this page and I appreciate your explanation of how you created it.
    Great page and thanks for sharing

  3. A wonderful page full of delights and details...the bird is fabulous and I love the cogs...your book will be an amazing piece! Thankyou for sharing with Simon Says Stamp & Show!

  4. Fabulous piece of art!!! I love it!

  5. Beautiful, Rhea! Your work is wonderful and your explanations are so good. Thank you for sharing!

  6. So very pretty. What a great book you will have! Thanks for joining the challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show.

  7. WOO!! I am lovin this one... great detail

  8. Fabulous album. Love the mechanical bird!! Thanks for joining us at Gingersnap Creations!

  9. You really are on a creative roll!

  10. Such a fabulous album, really breathtaking.


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