Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Close-ups and techniques For SteamPunk Butterfly

Here's a few photos, sorry about the quality.  I first started by using Gesso really heavy on the reverse side of the canvas.  I then took a sponge and dapped for some texture.  After drying I misted the frame and let that dry.  Then I used some Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Gathered Twigs) to ink some more brown where I wanted.  For the Dusty Attic corner flourishes I used some Distress Embossing Ink and then adhered some Mica chips.  For the grungeboard flowers I first applied some Tim Holtz Distress Paint (Antiqued Bronze) and then applied some Shimmerz Paint (Sparklious) and put the heat gun to it.  I also used that process on the small Dusty Attic corner pieces.  I have a tutorial posted about the Memory Glass piece on the forum at Scraps of Darkness .  TFL!!


  1. It's amazing! I am very into steampunk and this is so beautiful. I've never done the reverse side of a canvas but I really like the effect you've gotten here. It's so cool!

  2. This is GORGEOUS!! Have to check out the video too! Question - is your canvas wrapped all the way to the frames interior edge or does the canvas end part-way through like most inexpensive canvases? I like the idea of heavy gesso for your texture. Have you ever played with molding paste? It can be built up too & textured! They make a light & heavy version depending on what your strata can hold.

  3. Karen - I am loving this SteamPunk Reverse canvas. If you get an opportunity to email me some information on SteamPunk I would greatly appreciate it. You do such amazing work!!

    Hugs - Ginger