Is anyone in the Northern Hemisphere ready for spring yet? I know I am, and we haven’t even had that bad of a winter here in Tennessee, not like the northern states. But these gloomy, cold days are great for working indoors on craft projects! And I’ve just finished my latest… a steampunk octopus!
This was actually going to be my second video tutorial, but I somehow messed up my camera settings and a large chunk of the middle didn’t get recorded. So I’ll just do my best to explain how I created him.
I started with a 12-inch blank MDF octopus from Diverse Woodworking. I painted the base with black gesso, then used modeling paste through the Riveted stencil from TCW to get the metal plate look. When that dried, I painted the entire thing with Ancient Coin and Steampunk Copper Metallique paints from Prima/Finnabair. I set it aside to dry while I worked on my embellishments.
I used a Baroque frame, faucet knob and quote band from Tim Holtz, along with several chipboard cogs from Dusty Attic and a tin heart from Prima for the center of my octopus. I painted everything with black gesso, then went over different elements with the following Prima waxes: Vintage Gold, Rich Copper and Brushed Iron. I arranged them how I wanted on the octopus and glued everything down with heavy body gel, leaving it to dry overnight. The next day, I mixed small and medium Art Stones with some Ancient Coin paint and added them here and there around the cogs. I also decided I wanted to rust him up a bit, so I dabbed on some Prima rust pastes here and there over the entire octopus and cogs.
The chipboard hat and accessories came from Creative Embellishments. I painted everything with black gesso, then used Rich Copper wax for the hat and Peacock wax for the “feather.” Glued everything down, then attached the hat to the octopus’ head with more heavy body gel. I added Crackle Accents to the “goggles” to give them a cracked, glassy look and finished the hat off with silver Nuvo Drops as rivets.
For the eyes, I used a chipboard piece from Creative Embellishments and jewels from the Prima Santorini collection. I really wanted him to have blue eyes for some reason!
I knew I wanted to add some things in his tentacles, so I used a couple of cogs, a little resin starfish, a clock charm and a Tim Holtz Christmas Bauble colored with Pool alcohol ink with a little copper mixative. A few more Art Stones hid where the glue was visible.
At this point, he was mostly done, but I felt he needed a little something extra in the center. So I found a resin seahorse and painted it with Ancient Coin paint, then rubbed a little Peacock wax over the top. Such a gorgeous combination!
Thanks for stopping by and hopefully, I’ll be more careful with my video clips in the future!