I am so excited to be the guest designer today at A Vintage Journey! I truly am feeling honored. I would love for you to head over there also and take the journey with me. The theme this month at AVJ is monochromatic, hosted by the lovely and talented Tracy. I have not done much creating in monochrome, so this was a challenge for me also, but I dug right in and created a steampunk art bag in lovely blues.
Let me go through the steps with you. I wasn't even sure the paint would stick, so I am really happy with the results. I'll have to start using it and see how it holds up.
I have a number of mesh bags that I use to store projects and materials, so this is the base I used.
First step was to spread a fairly thick layer of gesso over it and let it dry. My thought was the grit in the gesso would help adhere the paint to the plastic.
I painted over the gesso with a blend of the deep turquoise and peacock teal, then went over it with the ice blue metallic. I laid the whirlpool stencil on the paint, and used a baby wipe to remove some of the color.
I dug into my stash of mark makers to add another layer of paint and depth.
For that, I used my objects and stamped them using lamp black and snow white. I really liked the abstract design and could have stopped here.
But no, time for more blue! I went over everything with my fluid acrylics - Prussian blue and cobalt teal hue. Oh, isn't that lovely?
Next step, bubble wrap! I love stamping with bubble wrap, and mixed some black and white in to change the hues.
No photo, but I rubbed some areas with paints to blur the background, and then stamped using a permanent black ink. I also stenciled several areas to create a layered look. My challenge was to create layers by using the paint, stamps, and stencils, since I couldn't build out 3D in order to use my bag. I did not resist adding some metallic splatters, and used the rich espresso for that.
Some steampunk details...
I hung a key and some gears from the pull tab.
I love steampunk, and now I have this great art bag to carry my things in!
Thanks so much for joining me today!
fluid acrylics - Prussian Blue hue, Cobalt Teal hue
acrylic paint - Peacock Teal, Deep Turquoise, Snow White, Lamp Black
Metallics - Ice Blue, Rich Expresso
stamps - Andy Skinner Steampunk (Stampendous)
stencils - Andy Skinner Whirlpool and Industrial Elements
Mesh bag, white gesso, permanent black ink, charms