Thursday, December 1

Steampunk Christmas Angel




Welcome, welcome, Steampunk friends! Can you believe it's already December? I wish for you a  season of celebration and blessings as you follow your own seasonal path. I was inspired by the holiday season to create a Steampunk Christmas Angel for our challenge this month. 

She has just delivered some presents and placed them under the tree, and is heading off on her bike with more deliveries. I guess Santa Claus or St. Nick must have needed more help this year getting to the homes of all the good girls and boys! 



I started by adding a layer of gesso to my canvas in a very random and messy manner, and then went in with a stencil and modeling paste. 


While that dried, I cut out 3 images of the woman on the bicycle so I could make her 3D. (she was actually in a Halloween themed paper pack, but I can change the season)




First layer of paint...metallic Festive Green.


Next layer, adding in some Quinacridone Gold.


I used some patterned paper to do some paper piecing to create the Christmas tree and presents. Then I decided to add some old music paper and number tissue paper to create another layer of interest.


Next, it's time for some messy, painty fun - mostly using my fingers...really, who needs a brush? After this layer dried, I doodled around the tree and packages, added the angel and did some spraying. I used a bit of scrap to cover her face so she wouldn't look all spotty.  As you can see at this point, I was having so much fun, I forgot to take any more photos! 


Added detail with the gears, and a bit of highlighting with gold, some thread to the hat and some old watch parts.


Did some doodling around the  Christmas tree and presents...


I like how hints of the paper layer fade through...


I added black, shimmer and gold splatters - it kind of reminds me of gilded falling snow.


My steampunk angel is heading out for deliveries!



I hope you will join us this month in our challenge and create something in the steampunk/industrial mixed media genre! 

Happy Holidays!
 Keep an eye out for the Steampunk Angel, maybe she will deliver packages to you! 



DECOART SUPPLIES:

Fluid Acrylics:  Pyrole Red, Quinacridone Gold, Payne's Grey, Green Gold
Dazzling Metallics: Bright Brass, Festive Green
Americana Acrylic: Sea Glass
Mediums: Matte Medium, Modeling Paste
Sprays: Carbon Black, Shimmer White
Metallic Lustre: Gold Rush
Stencil: Andy Skinner Snake's Web

Many thanks to our sponsors here at SASPC who keep our gears turning!






14 comments:

  1. This is beautiful loving the layers and the lovely messy process. Happy Christmas great to have you back on the team sorry I don't get here very often your work is amazing.

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  2. Absolutely love this Maura. It just makes me smile. Truly lovely and it's wonderful that Santa has such a fabulous helper too!!! j.

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  3. I always love seeing your incredible creations....this is just amazing!

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  4. LOVE love love that rich and highly textural background for your beautiful steampunk Christmas angel, Maura! Absolutely brilliant use of the media and techniques and as always a wonderful idea!

    Hugs,
    Claudia xxx

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    1. Thanks so much, Claudia!! Much appreciated!

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  5. i must have this metallic colors.
    Love your work Maura. So beautiful.
    Greets
    Alexa

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  6. Love this piece Maura. I like how you have a story around this piece and what a nice story it is. Like how you captured movement with the background elements.

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