Monday, 5 June 2017

Hats off to Steampunk by Tracey Fairgrieve


We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have some new DT members who will be showcasing That's Crafty! own brand products for us, so we'd like you to join us in wishing Tracey and Dorthe a very warm welcome.



Hello everyone, it's so nice to finally showcase my first Design piece for That's Crafty! so please be gentle with me. Grab yourself a beverage, light snack and let me introduce you to *Hats off to Steampunk*







I first painted a That's Crafty! Top Hat Upright in black gesso and painted cardboard cogs and gears cut from the Gadget Gears Bigz Die. I created a pair of goggles using the larger gears sticking them to bottle tops to give them the dimension needed to lift them away from the Top Hat. The goggle glass is 2" circles painted in Hauser Green and clear embossed to create a reflection.






A layer of Burnt Umber is painted over the hat allowing the black Gesso to peek through with modelling paste pushed through the Dinky Cogs Stencil repeating the pattern.






When dry, the Dinky stenciled cogs have been darkened by stippling black gesso around them with areas brought to life by rubbing gilding wax over the cogs. The gears and cogs have been given a dot and dab of textured sand then painted using a selection of DecoArt paints creating a rust and aged look before gluing onto the hat.






The 8x8 Steampunk Bug Stencil has been placed on top of the gears and modelling paste pressed through it allowing the paste time to sink in between those gears.






When thoroughly dry I have highlighted the bug by stippling black Gesso then applying silver gilding wax with a stippling brush. The silver gives contrast to the golds and  almost looks as if the Bug has melted into the background.






I used the Steampunk Bug stencil on the Upright base, priming with black Gesso and stenciling through with white. A layer of DecoArt Transparent Red Iron Oxide marries the Top Hat and base together when glued. 






The word reflection in the goggles has been created by stamping Dare to Dream like no Other from Lynne's Affirmations onto tissue paper. When turned over it exposes the wording in reverse.






Using a VersaMark Watermark Pen, I clear embossed the tissue onto the goggles creating the illusion of looking into a mirror. Off cuts from the gears have been used to create screws throughout the design with my trusty white Posca Pen adding those finer details.







I do hope you have managed to keep up with me, I often think I really should supply you with popcorn and a soft drink before you start reading my blogs. 
Thank you for sharing your time, I look forward to sharing another real soon.

Hugs Tracey xx


Crafty Supplies:


DecoArt Media Fluid Paint - Dark Grey
DecoArt Media Fluid Paint - Hauser Green Medium
VersaMark Watermark Pen
Pebeo Gilding Wax, Antique Gold, Empire Gold and Silver

20 comments:

  1. Oh I love it. Very steam punk. Great work Tracey. xxx

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  2. Top hat and a half! Brilliant idea Tracey, love it! xxx

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    1. Thanks Nikki, I had been wanting to create one of these for so long.. xx

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  3. Wonderful Tracey, gorgeous top hat , and the googles are wow , a fantastic top hat ! xxx

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  4. Meant to say ,- : a fantastic top hat , steampunk creation!!! xxx

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  5. Wow Tracey! This is so very cool, what an amazing design! Hugs, Autumn

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    1. Oh Autumn thank you so much for popping over, so pleased you like it xx

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  6. Tracey, I can now officially welcome you to the That's Crafty DT!!! So wonderful to have you and your art here.
    This is stunning. You perfectly captured that Steampunk essence and amazing use of Laura's products and I have to say, wow, to see my stamp used in this was is so inspirational.
    Bravo to you!!!
    Wishes
    Lynne

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    1. Thank you lynne, it feels so good to Officially be part of it all now, even though I am away at present It's wonderful to have so much support... Thank you again & may I say your stamps worked perfectly with the design xx

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  7. This is so amazingly creative Tracey. The whole project is absolutely stunning and the goggles made my jaw literally drop as they're so very clever.
    Welcome to the team. Fliss xxx

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    1. Thank you... Don't make me blush now Fliss.. I only hope Laura received it in one piece as I sent it to her for the shop.. xx

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  8. Fantastic debut post, a steampunk stunner indeed.
    Live
    Amanda x

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    1. Thank you Amanda, I feel somewhat relieved now my first TC DT post has been published xx

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  9. Brilliant debut piece Tracey, welcome to the DT, we're very lucky to have you and here's to loads more eye candy :)
    Hugs
    Donna xx

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    1. Thank you so much Donna, really feeling the love from all you talented lovelies.. I'm lucky to be part of such a fabulously team xx

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  10. Thank you all so much for your kindness and encouraging comments. As some of you may know I am away on holiday at the moment so apologies if I'm not doing my promoting or posting job as good as I should be but .... you are all wonderful and I wish you were all here... Big Hugs Tracey xx

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  11. This project is ingenious stunning--great design and fab rusty colours. xx

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