Saturday 5 October 2013

Simply Steampunk Challenges - Guest DT - Monochromatic challenge

Welcome back and thank you so much for stopping by.
It's time for my Second Piece as Guest Designer over at Simply Steampunk Challenges they are starting their new challenge and the theme this time round is Monochromatic.
As you can see I went with shades of brown. Largely due to the fact that the Earth colours are the ones I have the most of in my Copic's ;) and of course, Capricorn is an Earth element.

The image is from the insanely talented Abigail Larson  and Betty from Simply B Stamps has the rights to sell these beautiful images as a digi stamp.

I decided to go for a journal page for my Dyan Reaveley journal, I printed out the image and coloured her with lots of different shades of the Earth tones from Copic's, roughly tore her out and added some age using old paper and walnut stain distress inks.I also stamped the word Capricorn and Earth using an alphabet stamp set from De Stempelwinkel and again aged the paper with the same distress inks.
The back ground has all been created with Decoart products.I started by using some white Americana acrylic paint at the bottom, some fawn in the middle and some raw umber at the top and blended them together on the page. I used a Tim Holtz stamp (the text from Papilon) with black archival ink and randomly stamped, I also used a fleur de lis cover the card stamp and stamped with some raw umber paint, I did not use a block for stamping these images as I wanted softer edges and only parts of the designs to show.
 I also used a cogs stencil and applied  Decoart's Metallic Lustre,Iced Espresso using some cut n dry foam,(white side)
I love these lustre's, when they are dry you can buff them with a soft cloth and get a great shine.
 I also used a script stencil and coloured some Dimensional Effects with a little acrylic paint.The text at the top is the colour as it was applied, the bottom set of text has been darkened with some walnut stain distress inks. the Dimensional Effects/modelling paste takes ink really well.
 Before gluing the images down I added some of Tim Holtz's sticky tape, his cogs tape is ideal for steampunk.
 I finally added a little more texture using the edge of a piece of card swiped through some paint and then dabbing it across the page.

 The challenge runs for a month so there is plenty of time to take part and there are prizes for the winner. It would be great to see you over at Simply Steampunk Challenges
 Again, thank you for stopping by xx


  1. fabulous the colors and layout...

  2. Another brilliant piece, I do love my browns and this is fabx hugs x

  3. Such a beautiful steampunk image Mark and I love the wonderful background you created too. Anne x

  4. Gorgeous, Mark! Fab coloring on the image and that background is insane! LOVE it! And did you notice you were top billing? LOL xxD

  5. awesome coloring fab layout your work is inspiring xx K

  6. Fabulous piece of art journaling !
    Love it.
    Corrie x

  7. Your GDT piece is is quite lovely and so artsy looking! I Happen to be a Capricorn. Stay crafty!

  8. Ooh, yum! Love the neutral colour palette and that fab text texture. And the main image is really cool - great make, Mark!
    Alison x

  9. Just love the background Mark. Colours are gorgeous too. Quite nifty with those copics now aren't you?! :)

  10. So many stamped layers in different textures it is just Awesome!