Steampunk – Mixed Media Style

According to Wiki —

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery,[1]especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian eraor American “Wild West”, in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. Steampunk perhaps most recognisably features anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era’s perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Such technology may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the modern authors Philip Pullman,Scott Westerfeld, Stephen Hunt and China Miéville. Other examples of steampunk contain alternative history-style presentations of such technology as lighter-than-air airships, analog computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage‘s Analytical Engine.

Steampunk may also incorporate additional elements from the genres of fantasy, horror,historical fiction, alternate history, or other branches of speculative fiction, making it often ahybrid genre. The term steampunk’s first known appearance was in 1987, though it now retroactively refers to many works of fiction created even as far back as the 1950s or 1960s.

Steampunk also refers to any of the artistic styles, clothing fashions, or subcultures, that have developed from the aesthetics of steampunk fiction, Victorian-era fiction, art nouveau design, and films from the mid-20th century.[2] Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual artisans into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical “steampunk” style, and a number of visual and musical artists have been described as steampunk.

And my version of steampunk – mixed media style would be……


The materials I used were a mixture of old and new, many of which were from my scrpbooking stash and Hubby’s toolbox. I thought this project would be great to try as I am fairly new at mixed media art. The newer materials I used here were gesso, stencil paste, corrugated paper from a coffee cup, and my new Dylusions inks.

I used an unmounted 8×10 canvas board and the letter C my friend Airees gave me as the focal point. Would you believe that, the letter C was given to me almost 7 years ago? 🙂 and how perfect was it to use in this project. 🙂 I know Airees would be delighted to see the outcome.

After gathering all the materials and gluing them to my liking, I abundantly used white gesso to cover every inch of the board. I repeated the proces of gesso-dry-gesso about three times. Since I do not have a heat gun, the drying process made me more excited of the outcome.

Then I chose four main  colors from my Dylusion Spray Inks – Calypso Teal, Cut Grass, Pure Sunshine and Funky Fuchsia. To achieve the grunge look which I sooo love, I added Melted Chocolate and Black Marble. I repeated the process of spraying over and over until I got the look that I wanted.






I left this project at my Mom’s home in the Philippines. It is now sitting on a console table on a stand together with all our family pictures.

Maybe I should make another steampunk project soon. What do you think?