Friday, 13 July 2018

Summer's Here

I love Hot air balloons, to me they are a symbol of a gorgeous Hot Summer and I had a lovely time designing and decorating this large MDF Balloon (from Woodform Crafts). Charlotte sketched the lines for me and using these I traced and made a template for my first panels which are the embossed TH Distressed ink panels, Archival Black to edges, and used matte Medium to adhere to the balloon shape. The yellow cog panels are DecoArt texture paste and TH cogs stencil. Coloured once dry with acrylic paint.
I then created the distressed brown panels and basket using Deco Art acrylic paints. I used Andy Skinners Industrial stamps and MME small script stamp from the Asparagus Collection of stamps with Archival Sepia Ink. The Patina Blue/ green (depending upon light) were created again with DecoArt paints and Docrafts Steampunk stamps and Bee Crafty pocket watch Art Stamp.
I then added MDF Cogs and Cog Bee (Wild Roots - Woodform Crafts), which I had decorated with Versamark and clear EP to cogs and then DecoArt MM paints and Viva Metal Colour Bronze to outer Cog Bee border. Finally added smaller metallic cogs and clock hands (Amazon) all adhered using DecoArt Matte medium. A leather braid was used to attach the basket to the balloon.

I then removed glass and decorated the Range frame base DecoArt Acrylic Titanium white, then DA Gesso through Andy Skinner bubble stencil and then I sealed with DA ultra Matte Varnish - it was "flat" and uninteresting so I used Finnabair bubble stencil and DA Americana Frost Glitter paint - which is so hard to capture!!
Thank you for dropping by  :)     x 

I would like to enter the following Challenges 
That's Crafty                                                                          Close To Nature 
Rhedd's Creative Spirit                                                          Anything Goes (MM)
Country View Crafts                                                             In The Summer Garden 
The Artistic Stamper                                                               Distress It!!
Altered Eclectics                                                                     Anything Goes (MM)
TIMI (Craft Stamper)                                                              Anything Goes (Stamp/s)
Love 2 Create                                                                          Anything Goes (MM)
Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda                            Something Beginning with "B"
MIUCB                                                                                    Anything Goes (MM)
SanDee & amelie's Steampunk Challenge                      Summer Special Anything Goes (MM)
Love To Craft                                                                          Anything Goes


Sandra Carey said...

Absolutely stunning xx

klistersøster said...

Hot air balloon and hot summer are the same, you're right in. Your Balloon is very good with your panels and it looks you like your creative process. Thanks for sharing it with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges. Hugs, Susan

stamping sue said...

I like your hot air balloons! all the great details and dimension.
thanks for joining us at MIUCB
stamping sue

Sue said...

Oooh this is wonderful Carol, I love your steampunk balloon and I hope it's hanging proudly somewhere. Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Lost Coast, and have a very happy weekend. Sue xx

Zoechaos said...

Simply amazing, wonderful work bet it looks sensational irl. x

Linda said...

Stunning project. Great details and texture. Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge xx

ionabunny said...

What a gorgeous balloon. Loved reading your process. Thanks for joining the fun at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity. Hugz

Cathy said...

Thanks for joining the Lost Coast challenge. Love the steampunk balloon you have made.

Sandra Wright. said...

Oh my Carol..your Hot Air Balloon is just stunning. I love all the sections with their images,textures and embellishments..a stunning piece of art..
Thank you so much for joining us here at Rhedd's Creative Spirit..x

Barbetka said...

wonderful Hot Air Balloon. Beautiful work :)

craftysahmiam said...

Thank you for sharing your gorgeous hot air balloon decor piece with us at Love To Craft. Sharing of the details is much appreciated, too.

Craftyfield said...

These rust colours are gorgeous. Great steampunk inspired creation Carol! said...

Your use of colour and texture too on this piece is delightful.I wanted to touch the balloon. Thank you for sharing with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit Challenge this month.

Dorthe said...

A fantastic balloon - love the rusty look- and the little bug :-)
thank you for adding them to That`s Crafty Challenge - DT, Dorthe

Melina Dahl Minas kreativa said...

Fabulous make! Gorgeous colours and textures! Thanks for joining the Craft Stamper TIMI challenge :)

Unknown said...

absolut stunning.
thanks for showing us on SASPC.
Alexa DT

rachel said...

Absolutely stunning. Perfect. I love this. Thanks for joining us at countryview challenges and good luck. Hugs rachel xx

Lys said...

Fabulous project, I love the colours and the Steampunk feel. Thanks for playing along with us at Rhedd's Creative spirit this month!