Our theme this month is
Top Hats and Moustaches
and I think both are essential elements with steampunk as they recall the miraculous era of Victorian gentlemen and engineers....
I love browsing flea market stands for vintage photographs and I think all men looked so distinguished back then - simply because of their impressive moustaches and the suits.
But then it is Halloween season at the moment...so I am afraid I got once more carried away and there's no moustache to find with my project for our steampunk challenge but at least a top hat...phew!
And honestly...a moustache would have covered up the beautiful teeth, right?
So here he is - my boney gentleman with his top hat.
As I had no top hat stamp for the project I had in mind, I made my grinning chap using a Paper Artsy skull stamp and combining it with a scanned, put to correct size and printed out top hat image from this wonderful book...
...which I found at amazon.com.
But first I created a background in my art journal by collaging on some scraps of designer papers and torn book pages.
Next I scraped on some black acrylic paint with a small palette knife.
That was followed by scraped on medium grey,...
...light grey and titan buff...
..and then I went in with a black and red DecoArt media Mister and created some dripping lines to make it all look more Halloween-ish for Mr. Bonehead-without-moustache.
For more detail I also added some drops and splatters of black and white - directly from the Mister bottle.
My stamped skull and the printed out and fussy cut hat were fixed to the page using DecoArt media Matte Medium. Mr. Bonehead got a monocle (made from a chipboard gear I had coated with red DecoArt Metallic Lustre and fixed to a small chain) and some black and white thread was "thrown" on the page for more interest (or chaos).
So this is my post for today. Maybe a bit too much blood...but hey - Halloween is still on my plate and I enjoy this season so much. Hope you do too - and maybe also join in our challenge at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!
Hope to see you over there!
Hugs and happy crafting,