Challenge The World by Fliss Goodwin


Hello everyone, my steampunk side has come out to play again this week with a very mixed media textured art panel featuring the lovely Ella, one of Donna's gorgeous new girls, as I was unable to resist her as soon as I saw her.

Here's what I did:

I took an 8 x 8 MDF panel and added a pattern roughly all around the edges with texture paste and the new cogs corner mini stencil. You have to be a little careful doing this, lifting up the edges of the stencil a bit in order to make sure the stencil doesn't end up in the areas already given a pattern. If you prefer, you can wait until the texture paste is nearly dry but I didn't bother as I wanted a grungy look!

I then used a palette knife and my fingers (very messy) to spread some texture sand paste in the areas not covered with cog pattern to add yet more lovely texture.

The next step is very messy but great fun as I added puddles of several shimmer and metallic paints (listed below) to a plate and used my fingers to paint the textured panel. Once the surface was covered, I let it dry then picked out the edges of the cogs with a tiny amount of dry brushed black to make the pattern pop more.

I chose a number of greyboard cogs and nuts together with a feather and a couple of butterflies and decided on the placement around the outer areas of the panel. I swirled several paints in shades of blue, gold and copper on the plate and coloured the embellishments by dipping them in the paint and drying them with a heat gun - this gives lovely textured bubbles to the surface.

I then stamped Ella and her hat on mixed media paper and coloured the images with paints and pastel pencils, giving her hair copper metallic tones to go with the embellishments. I cut the images out and used a black Sharpie pen round the wispy bits of her hair to make them pop.

 I added all of the elements to the panel with silicone glue, leaving the main cog unpainted for contrast as the MDF is lovely just as it is. I finished off with a butterfly at the base of Ella's neck and some clippings stickers which were perfect for my theme.

I used:

That's Crafty! Surfaces Bits and Pieces Greyboard Sheets - Small Cogs, Small Butterflies and Dragonflies, Small Feathers
That's Crafty! Multi Surface Paint - Metallic Bronze, Chestnut Brown, Black
That's Crafty! Metallic Paints - Copper, Antique Gold
That's Crafty! Shimmer Paints - Dark Blue, Turquoise
White Mixed Media Paper
Palette Knife - I used my trusty Ranger Black Palette Knife Set
Black Sharpie Pen
Tim Holtz Clippings Stickers
Silicone Glue

I hope you liked my grungy yet slightly more glamorous take on the steampunk theme.
See you next week and hope you have a lovely weekend.

Fliss x

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  1. Lots of lovely texture hidden and peeping on this Fliss & Donna's girl looks very happy amongst it all. Love her butterfly bow..
    Hugs Tracey x

  2. Gorgeous grunge! Love the textures and colours 💕

  3. Hehehhe - this is WONDERFUL Fliss. Love that you made steampunk a bit gentler with the butterfly bow tie on Donna's lovely gal and the feather. Really IMAGINATIVE and FUN! Xj.

  4. It is amazing Fliss, the background looks wonderful, and textured, and your rusted gears and cogs are gorgeous, together with Donna`s lovely girl. She is beautiful with her hat and the way you colored her.wonderfully grungy !!
    Hugs, Dorthe, xxx

  5. A nice bit of Steampunk and Ella just fits right in
    Amanda x

  6. Oh my word this is just AMAZING Fliss, love every single piece of it, gorgeous artwork 😍😍😍
    Donna xx


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