Monday, June 11, 2012

Steampunk Saw Blade

For week 2 of our Art With No Boundaries Heavy Metal challenge, using CS Designs Steampunk Collection, I decided to raid my favourite handyman's toolbox again, as well as his workshop wall (Don't tell!). For the foundation of this week's piece, I used an old circular saw blade that was hanging on the wall, saying "Pick Me!"

The blade was painted on the edges with silver and copper acrylic paint to make it look a little more worn. Next a circle was cut out with half made of embossed  black cardstock dry-brushed.with metallic acrylics and the other half of silver metallic paper. To get this to stand out from the background, the circle was matted with plain black cardstock.

The Steampunk Solitaire image was coloured with Prismacolor pencils, using OMS to blend. Silver glitter was  added to the screws and a little nut was added to her eye gauge. Once the black mat was added, she was popped up on foam tape for dimension. The nuts and bolts background was printed on gray cardstock. The heavy metal plate was printed over the background and again on the plain gray so the words could be cut out and layered over the printed plate. That way they showed up clearly. Brads covered the printed screws and the plate was popped up on double layers of foam tape.

I added all sorts of found objects from the toolbox: a wingnut, spring, rusty washers and nuts, and a couple of UFOs (unidentified found objects). The chain wasn't as rusty as I wanted but alcohol ink remedied that.

Come join us in this challenge at Art With No Boundaries, either in the Anything Goes category or in the Heavy Metal Bonus Round where you need to add something metal to your project. If you enter the bonus round, you have a chance to win the awesome Steampunk Phrase cool. Remember to link back to our challenge site. And don't forget our Heavy Metal challenge on Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent. I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing the projects that have been entered so far. Show us your metal!

Thanks for visiting. Be sure to check out the other projects by Chris and the rest of the DT. They are amazing!

Life is good; so is art.


Paula said...

Bonnie I wish I had your handyman's workshop!
The saw is a brilliant idea and really sets the whole piece off. The background layers with all the added texture and metal U.F.O's. Then Solitaire, the colours you have chosen just make her stand out. It is stunning :o)

ParkNSlide said...

What a great way to showcase this stamp and re-purpose toolbox trinkets into a piece of amazing art. Love this style.

Ellis said...

This is so cool, would never have thought about using an old saw blade and that's not something I have in my tool box, might have to raid my uncle's for another time! =)
Your creation looks great and I like your UFO's! =)
Hugs, Elenor

Lori said...

You did a great job raiding the toolbox! That saw blade never had it so good... Love what you did with her face (the really dark on the left offset with the light right just pops). Gorgeous!

cheryl said...

Well this is just incredible,the detail is fantastic,and love how you have used,the blade,just had to pop over,from the main blog as you ladies,are so so talented, stunning,hugs Cherylxxxxx

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

ROCKING AWESOME!!! That blade gives this the sharp edge and creates a tough yet elegant design piece!!! This should be hung on a says, don't mess with me or my ART!!! Fantastic work Bonnie!!!!

2amscrapper said...

very clever and awesome project

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

This is just fabulous, what a brilliant idea with so many beautiful details
Lindsay xx