Inspiration – Steampunk Balloons

Over the summer months of July and August, we are going to be sharing inspiration for miniature works of art.

When you are starting out on a new hobby large pieces of art can seem daunting, so this summer we are going to be sharing ideas for mini works of art

Tim Holtz started the craze for tags a number  of years ago and the Powertex MDF tags are perfect for playing with new ideas and techniques. This one is made with the goodies from June’s Secret Art Box.

I painted the surface of the tag, firstly with Ivory  Powertex and added Heartysoft to the bottom of the tag which I had pressed into a brick texture mould from Katie Sue Designs. Heartysoft sticks to wet Powertex.

Once dried, I covered the tag back and front in Yellow Powertex…

…and Sprayed it with a thick coat of Mahogany Brister, before drying it with my heat gun to get bigger cracks. Because I let the Ivory Powertex dry the cracks exposed some of the ivory and some of the yellow.

I covered a hot air  balloon (made from Heartysoft pressed into an ArtyCo mould) with Yellow Powertex and then picked out some details to be painted with Powertex pigments.

I added some cogs and flowers to the bottom of the tag before covering them with rust powder. I fixed them into place with Transparent Powertex and covered with varnish.

What will you create?

Emma W