Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Through the lens of time

Country View Challenges has an 'Industrial' theme this month and it took me a while to get myself going on this. I had chosen the clip board as the substrate weeks ago and I covered it with the embossed foil tape but then it just lay around my craft room waiting for inspiration to hit me. I had a couple of ideas but as I went searching for things another idea popped into my head and with the help of Pinterest I ended up with this very quirky aged, industrial style camera lens with clocks in it - hence the title today. Although nothing like my finished article THIS CAMERA (click to be transported) became my visual inspiration.


Firstly I wanted to re-create the ridges around the inner part of the lens and some corrugated card came to my rescue. I cut four pieces each 1 cm wide and 14 cm long and carefully curved them round the outside edge of the greyboard smaller circle (bought as a wreath). When it was dry I gave it a coat of black gesso, dried it and carefully went round dry brushing the ridges and the centre piece with media metallic silver when that was dry I brushed on treasure pewter. Over the lower area I added washes of paynes grey, black and raw umber and finished with a media gloss varnish to give it a more shiny plastic effect. The numbers are remnant rubs aiming to imitate the exposure range of the lens - but I had to take on artistic license here.
 

On the larger circle I chose to use my camouflage chippy paint technique creating the outer part of the lens finishing off with several washes of prussian blue, titan buff, quinacridone gold and paynes grey and a touch of transparent yellow iron oxide. I glued on rusty circular pieces for the screw heads gave it a coat of media ultra matte varnish ....


.... but later I came back to it again and added some ransom patches of transparent crackle glaze and patina antiquing cream. I love the close-up detail of this.


The centre of the lens has been built up with a circular piece of foamboard again given the crackle and patina antiquing cream treatment ...



.... a die-cut picture wheel - coated with sand texture paste and given rusty washes of paint ...


.... and metal clocks and clock part also rusted up ....



 .... when put together have a very industrial feel to them.


There are two boards here with different sized circles cut out and when layered give the perspective of looking into the lens aperture ....


 ... and a few more pieces to add as embellishments - all altered in one way or another.


Thanks for stopping by to take a look and see how this came together. Something a bit unusual for me but I still had fun with all the DecoArt paints and mediums getting different finishes.


There's lots more inspiration from the design team over at Country View Challenges. I do hope you will join us and maybe you will be lucky and win the birthday voucher.

Have a great week, be creative and and listen to your heART.

hugs Brenda xxx


Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.
Yousuf Karsh

33 comments:

Jane said...

Wow Brenda this looks totally metallic. ..incredible effects achieved with your paints. What a brilliant piece. Hugs xx

die amelie said...

Absolutely brilliant, Brenda! Wow!
Claudia x

Redanne said...

If you can hear a thud, it is my jaw hitting the desk.... Brenda this is nothing short of genius!!! Composition, rusting, crackling - every single little detail - even those rub on numbers - your attention to detail is outstanding. I just want to reach out and touch this fabulous piece of art! Seriously stunning!! Hugs, Anne xx

Doreen said...

Wow, love this so much work has made a gorgeous creation.xxx

A Pink said...

An incredibly outstanding work of Art! Brenda that just screams 'Industrial'. Theres a huge amount of LOVE here for this one . hugs x

Monika Gulyas said...

Your rusty technique is just perfect!!! Fantastic composition!!!

Team Clark said...

This is outstanding! What amazing details, texture, and creative assembly! Gorgeous!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

That's amazing Brenda, love the inspiration behind it and all of the industrial and weathered patinas are wonderful, thanks so much for sharing it! Deb xo

June Macfarlane said...

Wow Brenda, thats fabulous. Love this.

Corrie Herriman said...

Gorgeous !
Corrie x

Daniele said...

totally amazing Brenda, loving all that rust
hugs x

Meggymay said...

Awesome metal and rust design effects, its a fabulous project.
Yvonne

pearshapedcrafting said...

I really don't know what to say….the whole clipboard, the rustiness, the texture are all just so amazing! This is definitely my new favourite! Hugs, Chrisx

Patty O'Malley said...

This really is fantastically clever!

Anita Houston said...

PINNED! Completely awesome!

Remya Sreekanth said...

Its Jaw dropping , Brenda .. Such a piece of art .. I so fell in love with this ..

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Absolutely fantastic Brenda. Love all the rusting and industrial elements . A very clever piece, beautifully executed. Tracy x

Marjie Kemper said...

My chin hit the floor seeing this on Facebook, Brenda. It is positively fabulous!

Irene said...

WOW!!!!!!!! just love this, amazing.

Juliz Design Post said...

Wow Brenda, this is such a clever creative project. I can see your creative mind has been on overdrive as you have been making this. It's simply wonderful in every detail and layer and I certainly felt transported back in time to the days of early cameras. Fabulous post.
Julie x

Elly said...

THIS...is simply brilliant!♥

Deborah Wainwright said...

I adore what you have created Brenda. Its really fabulous. It truly looks like rusty metal, so clever. Hugs Debs xx

Scrap Recup said...

Wonderful steampunk project ! Love this.

Lynn Price said...

Beautiful industrial, grungy project, Brenda. I adore all of the details - and thank you for the great step-outs! xxx Lynn

Ruth said...

Simply stunning steampunk! Ruth x

Joi at RR said...

This is just STUNNINGLY UNIQUE Brenda. Makes me think of Inca Art somehow. You really hit this over the ball park fence girl... INDUSTRIAL GENIUS at work!!! j.

butterfly said...

Fabulous paint and rust effects - and lovely to see the inspiration photo too - what a brilliant piece of industrial inspiration!
Alison x

Sue said...

This is a real stunner Brenda, and even better when you see it in close up xx

TAM said...

Words fail me,this is amazing. Love it xx

Katie Lamb said...

Stunning project and love the rust effects.

Karenliz Henderson said...

An amazing creation! I love it.

Barbara Rankin said...

Fabulous make, Brenda. Love all those rough and rusty textures you got. Simply brilliant!

Lisa H said...

wah, this is sooooo cool!! I love the textures and all the details! It has an extra serving of awesome sauce!!