Friday, March 25, 2011

steampunk art...

Happy weekend my friends!

sorry for the long blog absence...
I've NOT been sitting on the couch eating bonbons...
NOPE...
I've been busy!

since the last post, I've been to California for a few days.
we had a BLAST @ the convention...
there's nothing that I LOVE more
than a MILLION rubber stamps all in one place...
inspiration to the max!

I had the opportunity to visit with friends that I only see about once a year...
I like that...LOTS!

keychain took me for an early morning outing to a flea market...
we had FUN!!!

I demoed for 2 days in the Stampers Anonymous booth...
lots of studio 490 art parts & stamps
now reside in California...

we completely SOLD OUT of the clearly for art CLEAR...
BLACKOUT & the WHITEOUT too...
if you haven't played yet...it's very fun stuff!

tim's new distress stains were a HUGE hit...
no surprise there...
I demoed something fun with them...

I'll be doing a blog post soon about that...

I sat down @ the computer on Wednesday
with the thought that I would blog...

BUT...
I had a NEW stamp idea pop into my head
& 6 hours later...
I had some NEW stamps designed...
YIPPEE!!!

CHA is earlier this year...
it's NOT too soon to get going on
NEW stamps & NEW art parts...

so...new designs...
but no blog post...

same thing happened the next day...
I decided to go with it...
when the ideas are there...
it's best to take advantage of them...

not every day is good...

then I took a play day (ok...a few hours) to make some art...
using art parts, stamps, grunge & LOTS of idea-ology...
everything I LOVE...

I had visions of steampunk...

this was a VERY VERY fun piece...
sorry about the glare from the film strip ribbon...


my basic idea was sparked by tim's new light bulbs...
they are too flipping cute...

I painted my art parts key with the gold paint dabber...
added an eyelet in the center hole...
since art parts are thick, they eyelet can't be crimped...
so just add a dab of adhesive to hold the eyelet in place...

other art parts used...

it's hidden in the back & holds the head in place...


I used grungeboard &
cut 2 small gears from tim's gadget gears alterations die...
and painted them with the silver paint dabber...
a perfect fit with his metal sprocket gears...

I LOVE the very dimensional top...
the more layers....
the better I like it!

here's a better look @ the mini light bulb...
adorable...agree?


on grungeboard...

and stamped an extra hat (on grunge scraps) for each guy...
more layers = better...

she got one earring for a funky look...
it's made with a long fastener & a chain tassel...

I LOVE tim's brand new large wings...
so cool...
and just the PERFECT size for the head...


here's the lightbulb again...
I can't wait to use another...


makes fun eye glasses...

steampunk art was stamped across the forehead...
lots of sprocket gears were added
to create the theme...

fig A was stamped on the cheek...

I LOVE the Cut N Dry nibs for adding color to the eyes (broken china) and the lips (barn door)...
and a bit of fired brick for some blush...



duh...
forgot to take a good photo of the base...
the smaller spool base was inked with peeled paint distress stain...
and the larger with faded jeans distress stain...

(the new stains are PERFECT on art parts!)...

then the edges were distressed with walnut stain, using the blending tool...

now if we only had the other 24 colors of distress stains...
just saying...
I NEED them...
I *hope* the powers that be are listening...

on the base there is
an alpha part "s" & a "P"
for steampunk...
and a sprocket gear too...

it took a bit to figure out how to layer the top, but it seriously was a fun time...

changing subjects...
next stop on this art adventure is
in Shawnee Kansas, April 8-10th...

we have a fun weekend planned for you...

on Friday evening
they have scheduled a book signing/meet & greet...

All 36 seats for the 6 hour Ranger class (marathon) are sold out...
but we do have a few openings in the second class on Saturday & a few in the Sunday class too...

if you're in the Kansas City area...
I hope to see you there...
the store sounds AWESOME!

we'll be playing with TONS of Ranger products
in every class & LOTS of stamps & art parts too...

I *heard* they have stocked LOTS of stamps...
LOTS of Ranger...
LOTS of art parts...
LOTS of tim's idea-ology...
so the shopping should be really fab...

I'll get home late on Sunday/early Monday morning...

we do a quick repack of demo/art stuff...

then on Thursday I'm off to demo @ Adventures in Stamping convention on April 16 & 17, in Akron, Ohio...

this is a new convention for me & I'm excited...
I hope to meet some blog friends in person...

now about that art parts key...

POW!!!
the light just came on...
holy cow...
I see another totally different use for it...

stay tuned!
I just need some time to get it done...

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend
and as always...

take time to...

make art!
wendy

44 comments:

Nancy said...

LOVE this!
Every time you have a new blog post, I want to go home & play, immediately! lol
Hope to see you in Akron - road trip!!

Scrapthat said...

Fabulous! LOVE it...TFS!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fabulous Steampunk piece, love all the details like the light bulb and the gears, letters, film ri Bon for glasses.all very creative.enjoy your weekend. Tracy x

Elaine A said...

Hi Wendy -

Figured you were busy when we had not heard from you, but not THAT busy - LOL! WOW - talk about a whirlwind! I LOVE this piece, absolute genius Wendy! What a fun piece.

Elaine Allen

Martha Richardson said...

YUMMY!!!! I want to leave work so I can go home & MAKE ART!!! Only 5 more hrs. and then I can ;)

Linda Elbourne said...

STUNNING my friend .... STUNNING!

Mall Rat said...

I love love love the little light bulb and the key art part, I have to find that one! I just stocked up on all the new ones For Keeps Sake stocked .. can't wait to play ! Hopefully you'll be back to St. Louis again. Happy Friday Wendy

Gail Bales said...

Love it ALL! I would give an arm and a leg to own a piece of your ART! You nail it everytime.
Gail in Oklahoma

Anita said...

Great inspiration!

ellen vargo said...

FANTABULOUS!!! Love the layers and layers! Can't wait to see your new idea for the art parts key! My mind is spinning with possibilities already...but no lightbulbs have come on yet... Have a great weekend!

SusanK said...

Layers, ideas...lots of fun and excitement! Still can't get into steampunk but do love looking at the imagination involved!

Sharon said...

Great seeing you again at Carson. There's never enough time...safe travels. And where's this flea market near Carson that everybody seems to go to? I'd like to know for future purposes(though the stamp show is usually enough shopping for me...but sometimes I'm up in LA for other reasons...and I like to keep an eye out for things to go with the art parts, etc...). Sorry CA rained on you...but hey, LA at least actually had a river for a couple of days. That's historic! Hopefully nobody was trying to shoot a car chase in the causeway...look forward to the next idea. And it's ok if you're designing stamps...you're right when the creativity hits...have to go with it(and I think most of us are patient out here to wait...). Appreciate all of the little hints and "heads up" that you give!

Debby said...

Cool project. Love how you put all of the layers together. Need to get some of those art parts.

Larissa Heskett said...

OH HOW AWESOME!! I'd LOVE to see you in Kansas City, wish I'd known earlier my husband is going down to go fishing and I would have taken all of the classes!! =) Just to make it worth the 9 hour drive!! You'll LOVE the store I go there everytime we are there to see my brother-in-law and their family!! They are the FUNNEST people and they have AWESOME DISPLAYS and CROPS!! I have been to several while I'm there when they have room!! Well THANKS for the FABULOUS POST!! Missed ya, but glad your getting LOTS of creating done!! P.s. I'll have to show what I have made using your new stamps and stuff, CAN I SAY I'M IN LOVE with them ALL!! =)
HAVE A FABULOUS WEEKEND!!

Julie said...

That head stamp image is getting a lot of miles! Love what you do with that stamp!

Caroline Hallett said...

amazing - your piece just literally had me gasping at the computer - and all twitchy fingered to go play and also shop... need more things... thanks for the inspiration and thanks for sharing

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

cool, cool, cool - I love it.

Marjie K said...

Fantastic project! You make me want to go home and make some layers right this minute. Love all the close-up pics. Have a great weekend!

TheLastOfNine said...

March 25, 2011

Dear the powers that be:

Wendy so knows what she is doing, that when she says she needs something, she really needs it. Please listen to her. This could be a matter of life and death (talking about the lady head of course), without stain she wouldn't be alive.

Thank you in advance for your prompt attention to this oh so serious matter, on behalf of me and my fellow crafters.

Yours truly,
Gloria

Helen said...

That is fantastic!! That light bulb is burning bright! I don't have any of the stains yet, but I agree, you need more colours!!

Tona said...

Love, love, love, your project!I can't wait to see what else you have to share.

rhonda said...

Missed you! In awe of your lady and have a great weekend!

Vic said...

Amazing! Again!! I wish I was close enough to attend the classes. Come to the Pacific Northwest!!

Etta said...

More AWESOME ART!!! Have a fun and safe trip...hurry home!

Kirsten Alicia said...

Wow, this is awesome! The lightbulb looks terrific.

Missusg said...

oh i have missed you!!! i so can't wait to play!!!

Amy Patterson said...

So stinkin' cool!! Love steampunk and all things Tim!

Mary's Museum said...

Absolutely amazing. as always. just waiting on my new stamps.

Hels Sheridan said...

Corrrrrr blimey O'Reilly... THIS IS CORRRR.... FABBYDABBYLICIOUS... LOVE the whole Steampunk look, I have yet to perfect that effect... BTW... the link you sent me a while back... it worked and ... erm... I now have that stamp :O)) Grinning from ear to ear cos I also have that Art Part too... so I can play!!! Thanks for all the inspirations xx

NANCY DARE said...

Love your steampunk piece!!!

Lori said...

This is AWESOME! Love it to pieces!

Eileen said...

I love art parts, I love steampunk, so I guess I doubly love your piece!
I'll bet you'd just LOVE to teach a class in NYC, wouldn't you?

Sandra said...

good for you! Glad you are having fun.
Sandra ltb

Cher said...

well dang woman! I was hoping u didnt fall off the planet! luv your post! keeping busy is great...but I need a vacation lol..luv your new stamps and art parts...delish!

Nancy Wethington said...

I think you should name this *self-portrait*. I love her! An idea popped into your head (light bulb). Your mind is always turning with good things to make (gears) and Rick is always there willing to help you (guy with the hat by your wings). And then there's Ted (Mr. Stampers Anonymous himself and the other guy with hat) pushing you to create more stamps. You have visions of more good things to make (the tape) and feel as if you have to grow wings to get it all done before CHA.

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it! Love you Miss Wendy!

Nancy Wethington said...

PS: Have fun in KC. You're going to the best store in the area!

Tiny Timmy To Tall said...

She is sooooooooo much fun!!!! Wow!!!! Totally fabulous!!! I did not even realize you were going to be by Kansas City... I might have been able to make that work but not now :-((

lois Skiathitis said...

This is so cool in all of it's awesomeness. It's amazing how it all came together. Love it. TFS!!! :-D

sue said...

Missed your bloging. Love the Steampunk gal. When are you coming to St. Louis? We miss you.

scrappin-scrappin said...

This is just way to cool!! Love it!! Sure wish we could have waited to go to Kansas, I might have been able to take your class!! Maybe next time!! Totally awesome steampunk gal Wendy!!

Connie Paxman said...

this is to die for literally...love all the new goodies and your wonderful piece of artwork...
connie paxman

buglady said...

Sounds like you have been having lots of "light bulbs" going off. Congrats on all the new designs. I am still waiting, not so patiently, for your new stamp sets I ordered two weeks ago to arrive!
Aloha, Kate

Noreen said...

Your steampunk is so enticing - I love the designs you create!

Stephanie Rodgers said...

So cool!