Saturday, August 29, 2015

The great Oz has spoken and a steampunk shadowbox evolved--Part One




Call it blasphemy, but I've never been a big fan of the Wizard of Oz. Perhaps it's because my family momentarily forgot me, Betsy Skagen, upstairs in my crib as an infant when there was a tornado in the neighborhood.

Decades later they still retell this story and find it funny. Me? Not so much. However, as I was playing around with some products from the Robin's Nest and Gina's Designs, the great Oz spoke..and spoke...and spoke. In fact, he wouldn't shut up until I finally listened to him and made this steampunk homage to the Wiz.

Tutorial to make the Behind the Curtain--a steampunk homage to Oz


Step 1
Determine the layout you will want to make with your laser cut pieces and take a digital snapshot of it for easy reference. It makes it much easier when you are trying to remember what goes where.


Step 2 Paint interior and exterior of shadow box and all Gina's laser cut pieces with black gesso. Let dry.

Step 3 Use the Deco Lattice Panel 1 as a stencil and lay it over the Black Herringbone Cardstock and apply Autumn Leaf Silks acrylic glaze. I used this handy-dandy new tool called the Groove by Momenta. I like how evenly I could apply the paint. It seemed like I could use a much smaller amount than if I had used a traditional paintbrush. Let dry. Note: the amount of the Herringbone sheet you paint should match the interior size of your shadow box.




Step 4 Repeat the process on the Teal Glitter Cardstock.

Step 5 Use the Groove to blend Guatemalan Green Twinkling H20s onto the Black Herringbone Sheet. Then cover the bristles with Pink Grapefruit Twinkling H20s and without spinning the Groove, press the bristles straight down onto the paper to create a textured pattern.  Let dry.



Step 6 Use the Groove to blend Guatemalan Green onto the Black Herringbone Sheet. Then cover the bristles with Pink Grapefruit and without spinning the Groove, press the bristles straight down onto the paper to create a textured pattern. Let dry.

Step 7 Blend Guatemalan Green Twinkling H20s onto the teal paper. Then apply more Guatemalan Green over a stencil. Lay some of the gears from the Steampunk Shape Set over the teal paper to create a stencil and paint Pink Grapefruit Twinkling H20s over some of gears. Keep some of the gears in place, and when the pink dries repeat the process with Honey Amber Twinkling H20s.  Let dry then trace gears with pen.

Step 8 Adhere the solid teal rectangle paper to the back of the box.

Step 9 Paint Guatemalan Green on some of the curlicues of the Lattice Panel. After it dries, attach the lattice to the back of the box over the teal paper.



Did the tin man get a heart? Did Oz ever stop making voices in my head?  Did I survive the tornado in my infancy?  Come back tomorrow to have all your questions answered (or not) and see the exciting conclusion of this tutorial. 

P.S. If you are seeing this after August 30, this link should take you to Part Two.


Fabulous stuff I used

Teal Glitter Cardstock
Black Herringbone Cardstock
Cowboy Cardstock
Water Dew Drops
Poinsettia Dew Drops
Metallic Teal Dew Drops
Tender Teal Archival Seeds
Azure Bike Die Cut
Azure Fly Chipboard
Gina's Designs Deco Lattice Panel 1
Steampunk Shape Set
Groove tool
Beacon Fabri-Tac
Black Gesso
Stencils
Shadowbox
Autumn Leaf Silks Acrylic Glaze
Assorted Twinkling H20s
Black pen

6 comments:

Colleen said...

Great project and boy that green really pops.

Tonya said...

Awesome project Betsy! Love the design and colors used!

Kathleen White said...

Wonderful shadow box creation! Steampunk is one of my favorite looks.

Cindy Brown said...

Lovely WOw:)

The Robins Nest OCrowley said...

This is such an amazing project! Love the colors!!

Peggie Sue @ Maxx and Boo said...

Crazy awesome!!

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