Monday 22 October 2012

Steampunk Bird

Simon Says Stamp and Show would like you to be inspired by Studio 490, whether you are inspired by Wendy Vecchi's signature style, want to create with some of her stamps, Art Parts, Blossom Bucket accents or try one of her fantastic techniques. We would love to see how you are inspired by the art or techniques of Wendy Vecchi.

We also have a second treat for you all; Wendy Vecchi as our Guest Artist this week too and she is also showing two exclusive tutorials to inspire you even more.  Pop along to Wendy's blog HERE and enjoy.

Art Parts were the inspiration for my quirky steampunk piece this week.
This piece uses everything I love,  a bird in the form of the Art Parts birds with wings; dimensional embellishments from Blossom Bucket, the quirky black top hat, cream hearts, and the floral pattern trinket. This piece has been enjoyable to create from start to finish, helped by the fact that I love birds, hearts and dimension and all used in abundance. Its such a pleasure to create when the process is so enjoyable!
I think I enjoyed this piece so much because it just came together so beautifully and uses so many things I love including a couple of fabulous techniques from Andy Skinner's TIMEWORN workshop. I have used a peeled paint technique and a rust technique in the background, takes some time but so worth the effort. Once I had completed the peeled paint technique I added lots of black paint dabber to colour and to give a little more interest to the background I also added some mini gears cut from white card using the Mini Gears die. Don't you just love the quirky top hat! I have added a cream heart to the top of my hat, colouring with butterscotch Alcohol Ink and stamping with the background from the Be Inspired...Make Art stamp set from Wendy using black archival ink. I have added a mini sprocket gear for his eye adding to that quirky steampunk feel of my piece.
From this picture you can see the fabulous texture from the peeled paint technique. I have added a word band "the journey awakens the soul" seemed perfect for a bird with wings piece.  For a little more interest I have also added bird wood veneers, stamped with the background stamp once again and black archival ink, colouring with a little vintage photo Distress Ink to blend with my background.
The birds wing has been coloured with rusty hinge Distress Stain and again stamped with the same background stamp from Wendy Vecchi.  To give the wing a little more interest I have also added mini sprocket gears and a bird wood veneer. Melissa Frances pearls also make for fabulous rivets on my piece. I absolutely love the Blossom Bucket floral pattern trinket that I have used for the birds tail feathers, which I have coloured with butterscotch Alcohol Ink, rubbing over the raised areas with coffee archival ink.
The finishing touch to my quirky steampunk piece is a clock key as this bird needs winding up a little to get going! Hope you enjoy looking at my creation as much as I have enjoyed making it.

For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog and take a look at my fellow team members they have created some inspirational projects. Remember there is also the chance to win a $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp.  I always look forward to seeing your creations each week.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated.  Enjoy your week. Tracy x x  

Products Used:

Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Be Inspired...Make Art Stamp Set
Wendy Vecchi Art Parts Birds With Wings
Blossom Bucket Embellish Your Art Trinkets - Top Hat, Cream Hearts, Floral Pattern
Tim Holtz Alterations - Mini Gears Die
Alcohol Ink - Butterscotch
Archival Ink - Black and Coffee
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Mini Sprocket Gears, Word Bands and Clock Keys
Melissa Frances Pearls
Studio Calico Wood Veneers Birds
Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Distress Stain - Rusty Hinge
Black Paint Dabber


Sandy said...

Tracy your latest work is a fest.
So gorgeous and beautiful design.
Fantastic spooky work.
Love them all.

Annette said...

wow Tracy this is amazing xx

Anna-Karin said...

wow, Tracy, I love this bird! It is so cool and the texture is amazing. Perfect details. Love the tail and that cute hat.

Paula Whittaker said...

wonderful project.

Sandra said...

So cool, Tracy! This steampunk bird is awesome! Love it! All the texture, and that hat is fantastic! Hugs, Sandra

Annie said...

Super 490 Steampunk Bird Tracy . I love the art parts you used. Very inspiring piece

Hugs Annie x

gayle said...

Loving your steampunk bird :) great paint effects! Thank you, I really enjoyed Andy's class - I came away this time and last time wanting to use the technique he taught us on absolutely everything! lol

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Loving the little bird & his top hat on your very creative piece this week, Tracy! It's embellished perfectly :)

Simon Says Stamp!

Barb Cady said...

What a lot of lovely techniques on this bird, it must have taken you ages. I can't wait to start the Timeworn workshop at the end of the week, the background of your bird is brilliant. Thanks for the inspiration Tracy. x

Terry said...

Hey there girlfriend, loving your Wendy birdie, it is absolutely amazing what you can do with a birdie wowwzersss love every little detaill Tracy, a perfect job and you did the Wendy proud woww loving it
Hugs Terry xxx

Siobhan Fyffe said...

I absolutely love your steampunk bird Tracy!! He almost looks Scottish with his plaid wings!
Siobhan x

Pallo said...

Very beautiful creation

Tracey said...

Oh my goodness Tracy.....this is AMAZING girl!!!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

SWOON! SWOON X 2! swoon x 3! Can you tell I love this??? Fabulous!

Redanne said...

Hi Tracy, you do that timeworn technique so well and it looks fabulous on your gorgeous bird, I just love his hat and tail - a wonderful piece. A x

hazel said...

Amazing work Tracy - I love it lots.
xxx Hazel.

Audrey Mislan said...

Very nice I really enjoy working with the steampunk style.

Bast said... it! thanx for sharing!


Emma Williams said...

One word...WOW! Completely stunning and I love it!!
Wonderful work, as always... :)

Hope you manage to have a rest from all the work soon...I think we owe ourselves a little break and maybe, one day...we might venture further than the Post Office! lol.
Love Emma xx

Michelle Webb said...

Tracy this is totally cool, love the texture and the embellishments. I love seeing that peeled paint technique it looks so effective. There is so many interesting things to see, I love keep coming back to it to have another look. Michelle x

Anonymous said...

I love this little birdy!!!

Marjie Kemper said...

Your bird is over-the-top cool, Tracy! Love the texture and gears and all the little bird companions.

liberal sprinkles said...

nice project, love the steampunk bird!

Inkypinkycraft said...

Another fabulous steam punk creation, you have executed the timeworn techniques to perfection! I love This creative and skilled make. Trace x

Unknown said...

Love the steam punk style of this piece.

Words and Pictures said...

Completely fantastic steampunk bird - so full of amazing texture and techniques! A fantastic make...
Alison x

Candy C said...

Tracy...I love your steampunk Wendy Vecchi style bird! He's just awesome! Love the colors and all of the details you've added to him. Those rust gears and rivets look phenomenal! I also love the plaid wing and heart on the tophat! The little plaid birds are so cute, too. That tail...really fun! As always...excellent quality of work and creative thought! <3 Candy

Maria Matter said...

I just love this Tracy, saw it over at SSS&S and fell in love! so beautifully done!

Paper Profusion said...

SOOO quirkily FABULOUS! Especially love the incredible texturing work. Stamped veneers and coating of pearls fun and wonderful. All in all one artistic bird! Nicola x

Gillian .... said...

Loving all the texture to this steampunk dude Tracy, fab project as always. xx

Suzanne C said...

Brilliant mechanical steampunk bird! Love the Wendy Vecchi blossom on the tail! very inspiring!