Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Blue Night

I have been curious about mixed media products for a while - never owned anything more exiting than white gesso. So last week I gave myself a little present, actually a bigger one than a student budget would comfortably allow - but what the heck. The parcel arrived today, I unpacked it and momentarily felt overwhelmed taking it all in. Black gesso! Clear gesso! Crackle paste! 3D powder! These are all new to me. I think I need to feel myself around them slowly and try out one new medium at a time and really get to know it.

I have a love affair with trees at the moment (as some of you will know). Today I started my journey with the mediums with clear gesso and a new tree branch stencil. I used kraft cards that have some pre-printed text on them (cut from invitations).
When the gesso was dry I continued with blue acrylics, turq distress ink and some walnut stains. I partly rubbed away the color and let the background shine through under the clear-gessoed branches.

Blue Night 1-4.
The cards became a bit surrealist, a bit steampunk, a bit cyberpunk. (All photos click for bigger.)

Moon is a motherboard.
A giant wheel turns the sky in the night.
In the night flowers grow with the help of gears.

Entering all into:

Night 101. (Center text strip reads: tear here and select your favorite.)
 Here I used a couple taken from a magazine. It has a somewhat creepy appearance, but very fitting for my steampunk-cyberpunk-nighttime theme.
I am entering this card into:
SOSS: #53 Mixed Media

Thanks for looking!


  1. Awesome job with your steampunk blues...all of them are fabulous...nice work.

  2. Upeita! Saisinko rohmuta itselleni tuon peuran?!? Upeuksien upeus :)

    1. Mulla on aineksia vielä toiseen sarjaan, tämän ensimmäisen ajattelin pitää itselläni. Teen sulle siis ihan oman peuran.

  3. These are all so unique and beautiful -wonderful use of color and imagery!

  4. Thanks for showing your beautiful artworks for paperminutes this week. Great Job!!

  5. Ohhhh fantastic projects!! Thanks for joining the sisterhood of snarky stampers for M is for Mixed Media!

  6. Amazing projects! Thanks for sharing with us this week your artwork pieces over Simon Says Monday Challenge Blog! barbara

  7. Ooh, edgy captions. I love the bird and trees. Im a bird/tree nerd myself :-) cheers to you!

  8. Wow! What an amazing set of cards! I haven't tried out clear gesso yet - but after looking at your cards I think I should give it a go too. ;)
    Love those trees in the background too!

    Thank you for sharing your awesome cards with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

    Claudia x

  9. Absolutely wonderful. Thanks for joining our Mixed Media challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers