Sunday, 19 October 2014

Steampunk Couture

Fantastic Challenge over at SanDee & Amelies Steampunk Challenges

Here's how I created my project
I covered a Polystyrene Dress form with DecoArt Gesso, then applied a stamped image on tissue paper with Decoupage Sealer
 Once dry, I applied a wash of Quinacridone Gold and Burnt Umber then applied One Step Crackle
and left to dry for a couple of hours
then I applied Carbon black and wiped the excess off
I finished with the DecoArt Media Ultra Matt Varnish to remove the gloss effect
The Bodice was stamped with Tim Holtz Rockstar, and cut to shape before painting with Avocado, Burnt Umber and Quin Gold and Black Soot Distress Ink

The Skirt was created by  spritzing Kraft Card with a water and scrunching then coloured applied by rubbing with Distress Inks

 I cut to pieces for the skirt and spritzed Media Mister Black through a cog stencil
 I applied eyelets to the edges of one side of the skirt and holes to the back piece and overlaid and threaded the chain through
This was finished at the base with screw top brads, the chain at the top was tied at the front and decorated with cogs

The heart was made from  paperclay and painted Burgundy then  I applied One Step Crackle
once dry, I applied Carbon Black and wiped back
The Bodice was fitted by wrapping the strips of paper alternately and glueing


  1. LOVE love love it, Jools!

    The crackle is absolutely delicate and the colours you chose are as well. And the way you created the skirt is just sooo utterly clever! Wow! I can see the lots of fun you had while creating this - it all pops right out and looks fantastic!

    Thank you so much for playing along with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges and for sharing your fantastic art with us!

    Claudia x

  2. So clever and such a fabulous piece of art, love it. xxx

  3. Very cool piece of art couture Jools!

  4. This is just magnificent, Jools, to say the least! This totally blows me away!

  5. Jools this dressform is awesome !!! Oh gosh.. You are clever, talented and creative ! Fab result.
    Wonder where to buy the styrofoam dress form ? I had one in Paper Mache and would love to buy a few more ( styrofoam or paper mache ). Seems to be hard to find...
    Thank you for sharing your very original art. LOVE it.
    Hugs from Monica... Spain

    1. Hi Monica
      Thank you for your lovely comments
      I can't find anyone selling them, the place that I purchased them no longer has them but do sell papier-mâché ones
      That Craft Place, Eastbourne

      Jools x

  6. Goodness - what a marvelously creative project! love the heart burst on the front - the wonderful fold/drape of the skirt with the chain woven through!

  7. A very beautiful dressform, colors and texture are perfect.
    Thank you for your participation at Sandee & Amelie steampunk challenges

  8. Wowzers!!!!! This is totally AMAZING Jools, I'm so happy to find time at last to go on your blog and read the details, thanks so much for sharing this wonderful artwork... This is FABULOUS, Coco xx