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Welcome! Artfully Musing is a blog dedicated to sharing art and the techniques and products used. I'll be showcasing collage, altered and mixed media art as well as miniature. I hope you'll check back often and are inspired. Thanks for visiting! Laura

Saturday, August 12, 2017

STEAMTOWN- 2nd FLOOR BOUDOIR - NEW COLLAGE SHEET & DIGI SETS - VIDEO TUTORIAL

Welcome back to the house on Irongate Street.  Looks like Helena has finished outfitting her second floor boudoir.  Just like the first floor, she has stuffed the room will all kinds of goodies.
Notice the wash stand with it’s Steampunk lamp, hanging towel & soap (which I’ll show you how to make).
The room is packed with cool steampunk clothing some of which is hanging on a fretwork screen. 
Some of the clothing is hanging on a wall rack, it looks like she’s quite the fashionista.
Flanking the mirrors are steampunk lamps and on the top are perfume bottles, powder boxes and compact cases.
In the center of the room is a beautiful marble bathtub.  In this post I’ve included a separate Faux Marble Paint Technique video tutorial to help you create this look on miniatures or artwork.
The cabinet in the back corner is loaded with perfume bottles, a lovely box, a fan and a hand mirror.
In the front of the fretwork screen are suitcases, a gramophone and a pair of boots.
And there is Gizmo, Helena’s cat,  sitting on the balcony.
Check out the stain glass hanging screens that you can slide to open or closed them, they run on a track made from a straw.  The frame of the screens are the same frame I used for the fretwork screen.

As always with the exception of the clock parts and a few other items from my stash, Alpha Stamps is carrying pretty much all of the items I’ve used as well as my the new collage sheets and digital image sets that compliment this project.


In a couple of weeks I'll be posting the last segment of the house on Irongate street which will involve the roof.

Then I'm going to take a break from Steampunk projects to tackle a few Halloween projects before returning with Dr. Whatsit's Steampunk Inventor House.

NEW COLLAGE SHEETS

This collage sheet contains Steampunk dresses, boots & hats.  In addition I’ve included body parts for making paper dolls.  The images are sized to work with 1:12 scale miniatures.

Just as with the Steampunk Fashions #1 Collage sheet, this sheet contains Steampunk dresses, boots & hats.  In addition I’ve included body parts for making paper dolls.  The images are sized to work with 1:12 scale miniatures.

STEAMPUNK FASHIONS DIGITAL IMAGE SET
This set of 34 images includes all of the images from both the Steampunk Fashions #1 and Steampunk Fashions #2 Collage Sheets.  Included are: 14 Dresses, 9 Hats, 5 Pairs of Boots & 6 Body Parts (for paper dolls)



VIDEO TUTORIAL - STEAMPUNK BOUDOIR

VIDEO TUTORIAL - FAUX MARBLE PAINT TECHNIQUE




OTHER VIDEOS IN THIS SERIES




FREE IMAGES & TEMPLATES - USED IN THE BOUDOIR
FEEL FREE TO DOWNLOAD THE IMAGES & TEMPLATES TO USE YOUR ART
STAIN GLASS


MINIATURE TOP HAT 

TOWELS


DETAILED SUPPLY LIST
COLLAGE SHEETS/DIGI KITS
Steamer Trunk Parts Collage Sheet – Hat boxes
Steampunk Explorer Collage Sheet – Books & Magazines

SCREENS


BOOKCASE

VANITY

WASH BASIN TABLE

PERFUME & OTHER BOTTLES
Faceted, Fire-Polished Glass Beads – Garnet Red & Olivine & Rosaline

FAN
Photo Turns – Black – similar to what I used

SUITCASES

LIGHTING

OTHER SUPPLIES
Brass Hanging Clip – Clothing Rack
Mini Brass Coat Hooks – Set of 4 – Hooks on the wall
Metallique Wax – Aged Brass – Tables & Vanity
Miniature Gramophone - Similar to what I used




The company that carries the gramophone pencil sharpener is Treasure Gurus, LLC.  You can find it at Amazon and Walmart as well as some other online stores.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

STEAMTOWN HOUSE - SPIRAL STAIRCASE, BALCONY STEPS, LIGHTED CHANDELIER & SPY SCOPE






Welcome back to the house on Irongate Street.  Looks like Helena has made more improvements.
An absolute necessity is the spiralstaircase going from the first to the second floor.

It starts inside the first floor and spirals up to the front of the second.  The staircase design is versatile and can be used outside of the house (as in this example) or inside the house by cutting an opening in the ceiling.  For this project, I chose to located the staircase on the outside so that I would have more room for furniture. 
The staircase has beautiful fretwork details.  The good news is that it’s akit, yeah for kits! 
There are so many things you can do to add railing.  In this example I’ve used wooden table legs as the spindles and cut pieces of wood chair railing as connectors. 
And for those who need a staircase for a different project, there is an add-on stair kit with extra steps that can be use to extend the staircase or add your own dowel and build a shorter staircase.  There is so much flexibility with these kits.  In future projects I’ll be remaking this staircase, demonstrating other styles and railing options (this isn't the only house I will be building).

Upstairs you’ll find a lovely lighted chandelier.  Helena thought the room needed some bling and this chandelier fits the bill.   Notice how the light casts shadows on the ceiling.
 
You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to make.  I used two different sized rings (an earring and a key chain ring) connected with chain.  Hung on each ring are lots of 1 inch glass bugle beads.  The light comes from two sets of mini fairly lights.  There is a hole in the ceiling where the strings of lights are inserted through a plastic straw down in to the chandelier.  The roof hides the batteries and switch, allowing for easy access in turning the lights on and off.   But don’t worry; in the video tutorial I’ll walk you through the assembly.

Out on the balcony is Helena’s spy scope, a necessity for any explorer.  Again I have used one of my favorite construction materials, various sizes of plastic straws; yep, the scope and legs are made from straws.  

The cool rusted platform is made from Finnabair Mechanical Metals sets.  They come pre-rusted and various shapes.  You’re going to see me use these repeatedly in future projects.  In this project I also used them for the base of the staircase. 
 Finnabair Mechanicals Metals - Rustic GearsFinnabair Mechanicals Metals - Rustic Washers
One of the Finnabair wheels and brass fluted dangles are used for controls and a bronze flourish (folded) is used to connect the scope to the base.
When you first saw the house you might have wondered, “how in the world do you get up to the balcony”.  In the video I’ll show you how to build a custom set of steps.  I’ve included the template (at the bottom of the post).

You might have noticed at the end of the last project post I indicated that decorating the second floor would be the next post.  For timing reasons I decide to flip the posts and deal with the staircase, chandelier etc. first and the next post (I promise) will be decorating the second floor.  Besides, there is no way to get up there without a staircase.

Below you'll find the video tutorial, link to a picture gallery, the balcony step template and the complete supply list.

VIDEO TUTORIAL


BALCONY STAIRS TEMPLATE


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

STEAMTOWN - EXPLORER'S STUDY - VIDEO TUTORIAL - NEW COLLAGE SHEETS & DIGITAL IMAGE SETS


The wait is over, the identity of the new tenant of the house on Irongate Street is none other than H.G. Wells.

The Steamtown Weekly Journal has all the details with Amelia Goodbody snagging the exclusive interview.  She covers topics like “Her Exciting Life in the Clouds”, “Thrilling Adventures Traveling Around the World” and “What’s Next For This Intrepid Explorer”.  

Here is just a taste of one of H.G.’s adventures; “Unexpectedly, the balloon began to sink.  Hearing a steady hissing sound, her heart started to race.  Below, as far as the eye could see, was nothing but water. Helena Graham Wells was no stranger to danger and she knew a cool head was her only hope.”

If you want to find out what happens next, you’ll have to subscribe to the Steamtown Weekly Journal.

A girl after my own heart, H.G. seems to prefer a cluttered eclectic style of décor .
I love the brown chesterfield tufted chair with its velvet foot stool.  Next to the chair are her favorite cigars (Lucky Fellow) and a decanter with her favorite brandy.
Bright lights and a warm fire make the room feel cozy.  
I see she is a cellist and that cello looks like nothing I’ve ever seen before.
What an interesting clock, it looks like a mechanical wonder both inside and out.  I wonder if this is a creation of Dr. Whatsit.
What a lovely and unique chandelier and the Edison wall sconces are also interesting.
On the other side of the room I can see some very interesting pieces.
I bet she's taken that steamer trunk on several of her adventures.  It looks like she also uses it as a desk for correspondence and I see several postcards from her travels.
Looks like Helena is a fan of playing 3D chess.  This set must have been custom made.
What a beautiful round bookcase crowned by an amazing globe.

In this tutorial I’ll cover how I decorated and constructed the pieces in the Steampunk Study (the first floor of the two story house).

The project is packed with so many wonderful chipboard kits and embellishments.  My favorite kits are the fireplace and the grandfather clock.  Some of my favorite embellishments are the inlaid globe bead, chess pieces, amber globes, and brandy decanter set


As always with the exception of the clock parts and a few other items from my stash, Alpha Stamps is carry pretty much allof the items I’ve used as well as my the new collage sheets and digital image sets that compliment this project.


The Steamtown series of project is just getting started.  Stay tuned as in the coming weeks I'll be decorating and furnishing the second floor and adding other elements to the exterior.  In addition to the house on Irongate street, there will be other Steampunk related projects that I'll keep under my hat for now.

Click here if you missed the first tutorial in this series: Steamtown Two Story House Phase 1

NEW COLLAGE SHEETS

This collage sheet is filled Steampunk themed travel journals/magazines, posters, post cards, books, tickets & a map for a total of 31 unique images.

This collage sheet contains images to decorate a steampunk themed room.  Included are: a grandfather clock, a mantel clock, a radio, a Victrola, a typewriter, a camera, chess boards to create a 3D chess set, 6 unique cigar box labels and matching edgings, (sized to fit the chipboard  Mini Cigar Box Set) and three sets of Edison light sconces.

STEAMPUNK MACHINE COLLAGE SHEET
This collage sheet contains 8 unique steampunk machines, extra gauges and Edison light bulbs.   Each machine is loaded will all kinds of dials, buttons, knobs, gauges, lights and other mechanical items.  Some of the machines are cabinets and some are brass wall plaques.



This is a smaller version of the Large Grandfather Clock Facades collage sheet that has been scaled to fit the 3D Grandfather Clock 1:12 Scale.  The sheet contains four different themes to choose from; Steampunk, Alice in Wonderland, Whimsical, and Halloween.

NEW DIGITAL IMAGE SETS


This set of 67 images includes all of the images from the Steampunk Explorers Collage Sheet, the Steampunk Study Collage Sheet plus additional maps, clocks, cigars, a compass and framed portraits.

This set of 52 images includes all of the images from the Steampunk Machines Collage Sheet plus cabinets, Edison Lights, gauges, dials, panels and more.  You can use these extra bits to create new machines or to make the constructed machines more dimensional.

VIDEO TUTORIAL





ADDITIONAL GRANDFATHER CLOCK TUTORIAL



FREE IMAGES - USED IN EXPLORE'S STUDY
FEEL FREE TO DOWNLOAD THESE IMAGES & USE THEM IN YOUR ART
CLOCK PAPER

FIREPLACE BRICK
One is the taller center brick and the other is the small brick for laying around the arch.


DETAILED SUPPLY LIST
COLLAGE SHEETS/DIGI KITS
PAPER
1:12 Brick Wall Sheet – Ceiling Supports
Brick Wall Scrapbook Paper – Ceiling Supports
LAMPS/LIGHTS
STEAMER TRUNK
Mini Rustic Door Handles – Trunk - & Clock
GRANDFATHER CLOCK
FIREPLACE
Art Nouveau Winged Women – Very close to what I used
3D CHESS GAME
OTHER FURNITURE
ACCESSORIES
Tiny Black Hinge Set – Painted Gold - Cigar Box
14mm Glass Cabochons– Magnifying Glass
20 mm Inlaid Globe Beads – Round Bookcase
WAXES
Metallique Wax – Bronze Age – Chairs & Table
Metallique Wax – Aged Brass – Chairs & Table