Saturday, April 1, 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge – What's Your Superpower?

Welcome to April and we're not fooling around about this next challenge at Mixed Media Monthly!  We want to see projects about your own personal superpowers. ;-)  Brett Weldele is our guest designer this month. He designs some awesome stamp sets and stencils for Stampers Anonymous. I pondered my various superpowers (lol) and decided to focus on my uncanny ability to add gears to anything and call it steampunk. ;-)  I took an old children's book and altered it into a fabulously steampunk art journal:

A few of the first inner pages I did. I look forward to doing more!

I didn't gesso over the town illustration because I thought it was cool!

I was a bit remiss in taking step by step photos. I was in a creative groove. ;-) I started out by gessoing the book cover and then gluing all the chipboard diecuts on the front. I added another layer of gesso over those to seal them. I used DecoArt Media fluid acrylics and misters to add all the color on the front. I base coated with Burnt Umber and Transparent Red Iron Oxide. When dry, I misted with the Carbon Black Mister and then followed with some misting with plain water to blend it out and get it to run into all the cracks and crevices. (I did take a photo of that ha ha):

Add more black Lisa!

I continued to add depth and layers of color with washes of Quinacridone Gold, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, and Paynes Grey. At the end, I added some stamped detail too with archival ink.

super duper!

The gent in the frame is from one of Brett Weldele's stamp sets. I cut the frame from matboard and embossed it with Emerald Creek 'Burnt Copper Leaves' embossing powder. They have the most interesting embossing powders and The Funkie Junkie Boutique is now a U.S. carrier of them (no affiliate link).

Thanks for stopping by! And many thanks to Stampers Anonymous for donating this month's prize of super cool Brett Weldele products. Be sure to head on over to the Challenge Post and check out all the creative power from the team. Share your work with us to be eligible to win! =)

I'm also entering this into the SASPC Anything Goes steampunk challenge for April & the Country View Challenges April Challenge, Rust. Lots of cool projects to see in both places!

Sizzix - Ornate Frame ( Sizzix / SSS )
Sizzix - Picture Wheel ( Sizzix )
Sizzix - Pipeline ( Sizzix / SSS )
Sizzix - Gadget Gears ( Sizzix / SSS )
Sizzix - Gadget Gears #2 ( Sizzix / SSS )
Sizzix - Mover & Shaper Gears ( Sizzix )

Stampers Anonymous - Brett Weldele, Steampunk Selfie - Gents
Stampendous - Andy Skinner, Steampunk
Deep Red - Man of Mystery

Tim Holtz Layering Stencils - THS058, THS052
The Crafters Workshop stencil - Mini Gears TCW262S
Ranger Archival Ink  - Jet Black
Ranger Emboss It
Black embossing powder
Emerald Creek Embossing Powder - Burnt Copper Leaves
Deco Art Media Liquid Acrylics - Paynes Grey, Transparent Red Iron Oxide, Burnt Umber, Quinacrindone Gold, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
Deco Art Media Mister - Carbon Black

Sizzix & Simon Says Stamp links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! (My husband also thanks you!)


  1. Perfect rust! Just love your work!

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  3. la couverture comme l' intérieur est fantastique merci de ce projet présenter à Sandee & Amelie's à bientôt Nate

  4. What a fabulous rusty project! It would perfectly fit in the April Challenge of the Country View Challenges blog - the theme is RUST :-)

    1. ooo, that's a new to me challenge blog. Thanks for the tip Monika. Lots of fab projects there. =)

  5. What a cool cover! You really made a great design with the pipes! Hugs, Autumn

  6. gorgeous steampunk goodness! xo Cheetarah

  7. Wow! Such a brilliant alteration of the childrens book! It's incredible! Love this to bits!
    Thanks for playing along with us at SASPC!

    Claudia x

  8. What a fun book with a cover perfect for our Rust challenge over at Country View, thanks so much for joining us xx

  9. Really like the texture and the steampunk! xoxo

  10. Fabulous ! Thanks for joining us over at Country View Challenges !
    Corrie x

  11. Love this. Those pipes are fun and I love how you made it look rusty. Your link from MMMC is broken LOL. But I fund you anyway. Hugz

  12. It's gorgeous!! Love the rusty effects!! Thank you so much for step by step tutorial 💕💕

  13. The rusty look of the notebook front cover and the inside page with gears...amazing :)

  14. I love your superpower and this project! Great idea repurposing an old book for an art journal. As a school librarian we are always getting rid of old I'm going to have to keep some to use for just this purpose! I really like the coloring and texture (and the gears too!) :) Thanks for sharing your project and thanks for your kind words on my blog.

  15. I just love your altered book! I adore steampunk, but find it very hard to do.


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