Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Steampunk book box and book

 For this project I combined gorgeous steampunk pieces from Faith Pocock Craft Studio with recycled book covers to make a journal and a book box to hold the journal. 

For the book itself I made some faux leather using brown paper packaging. I covered the front and back covers with the faux leather and used calico on the spine.  I then used Gel medium in moulds to make steampunk pieces for the front and back cover.

I constructed the box, cutting out circles so I could insert some of Faith's MDF cogs into the holes. For the top of the box I constructed a frame because I wanted to be able to see the book when it was inside the box.

I painted the MDF steampunk components with black gesso.

I layered the steampunk components on top of the box frame and hinged the frame using calico.

I used gel medium moulds around the top of the frame.

I then "rusted" everything using paint, texture paste and cinnamon powder.

The book has eight signatures containingg coffee dyed papers and map pages. The signatures are bound using a corset stitch.


Thursday, March 24, 2022

Easter Cuties

Another sweet little project using kits from Faith Pocock Craft Studio.

These little Easter egg holders are just too cute. 

First I painted the pieces a solid colour and then I stenciled flowers all over them. I then assembled the pieces and they were all ready for their eggs.

Such a sweet little project that can be personalized to give as gifts or sit on the table at Easter.




Monday, March 21, 2022

Happy Easter

 Welcome to Easter and a whole group of wonderful projects from Faith at Fath Pocock Craft Studio.  The first project is a gorgeous plaque celebrating Easter.  


To begin I used paste through a wood grain stencil.  

I then painted the whole thing with brown chalk paint and when it had dried I dry brushed everything with white chalk paint,
I painted the twigs with green chalk paint and the eggs in pink, yellow and pale blue. I used  glitter and glossy accents in the holes in the eggs.
I used a darker blue paint on the words and when the paint was dry I covered it with Decoart Triple thick to give it a glossy look.
Once everything was painted I assembled the plaque. Such a cute easy project. Check out Faith's Facebook page and her website for other gorgeous Easter projects.

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Steampunk Heart

 Here is a small proejct I made using an MDF shadow box and gears from Faith Pocock Craft Studio.

 I decorated the back and inside sides of the box using paint and stencils.  I then made a heart out of corrugated cardboard and decorated it using the MDF gears and some diecuts. 

Once I was happy with the composition I painted everything using chalk paint and added the words which came from a 3 Quarter Designs paper collection,

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Leviathan - Steampunk Fish

Check out my latest project using a kit from Faith Pocock Craft Studio    I took this great steampunk fish kit and decorated it with paper to create "Leviathan".

To decorate the MDF I used some digital papers from:

Vectoria Designs

SS Digital

Vintage by Me

Digitial Curio

All of these artists can be found on Etsy.

I glued the paper to the MDF and then sanded all of the excess paper off the edges. 

A  long and tedious process but it was worth it for the effect it gives. I then added cabachon eyes and assembled the pieces.  

Check out Faith's site for other amazing kits.  

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Halloween Globe

For the second project this October I have made a really cool little Halloween diorama using one of Faith's "globes":  These can be found at   Faith Pocock Craft Studio The "globes" have a surround frame and layers that when put together create a scene and come in various holiday variations.  .

The last panel of the diorama has holes so that lights can be added to the frame. I ued some little LED lights that I had left over from Christmas last year. The chipboard moon with the bats comes from Imagine If NZ.  I painted the moon and glued black tissue on the back behind the bats and then glued it to the board,

For the next panel which sits in front of the panel shown above I painted the trees and the owl, These are part of the MDF panel.  I then added some chipboard toadstools and a bat from Imagine If. The spider and the web are die cuts. I added these to begin building up the scene but the panel looks just as good without the added extras.  I just cannot help myself and I have to keep adding stuff,

This is how it looks with the two layers

For the next layer I added a die cut skeleton, grass and flowers and some chipboard gravestones and a bat from Imagine If. I stamped the roof after I painted it to give the appearance of roof shingles.  I then added some sewing tissue beind the windows and painted them with Mod Podge. When the Mod Podge dries this causes the tissue to become slightly transparent which means that when the lights are turned on the shine can be seen through the windows.

Here are the three layers together showing how the scene is coming together.

For the front panel I added some more diecut grass and flowers and toadstools. I painted the pumpkins which are part of the panel. I added blak tissue paper behind the bads to make them stand out.

I then assembled the whole thing inside the frame.

I painted the frame black and then glued on die cut spiderwebs which I then drybrushed with white paint.  I wanted to put feet on the frame but sould not find anything that worked. In the end I used the caps off some used glue sticks which I painted balck and they worked a treat, 

The on/off switch, battery pack for the lights I mounted on the back of the globe using velcro dots.

This is a super cute project and it can be as simple as painting the panels in the globe or adding more to flesh out the picture as I have.  Check out Faith's website to see the other "globes" she has available, especially the Christmas ones.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Gothic Journals

 These little journals are made using halloween themed frames from Faith Pocock Craft Studio

The covers are made using recycled book covers whihc were then covered in brown paper from shopping bags.  

I painted the covers black then I added lace to the spines, which I then painted with various metallic paints. I coloured the frames using the metallic paints and backed them with some vintage dictionary paper to provide contrast between the frames and the covers,

i then added metal corners to the front cover.  I dyed the papers inside and then bound them into the books using pamphlet stitch.  

These little journals measure 13cm x 9.5cm with a 5cm spine.  There are 5 signatures of tea dyed and hand dyed coloured paper, 120gsm and 100gsm weight,  Each signature has 12 papers per signature,

These are blank journals.