Monday, April 22, 2013


Hi everybody!! This is my first post on my art blog.  I am trying to expand my horizons and touch my inner artist here. It has been a real learning experience.  I have spent most of March and April prowling thru art blogs, and steampunk sites, altered and mixed media sites etc. and let me tell you ~ there is a treasure chest full of blogs and sites that are sharing a wealth of art styles and every technique known to man.  It is mind boggling.  I started out just saving tutorial sites to one folder on my favorites list and now I have 4 and some with sub folders.  Just trying to organize the sites that I have found so far. The biggest challenge for me is trying to recreate techniques without having all the tools and doodads that all these places talk about and show.  Now that I am retired I have a very limited income whereas once upon a time I would have just logged on to ETSY EBAY or Amazon and ordered whatever I wanted to try out.  Alas those days are gone ~ but ~ I have to say it is kinda fun to 'wirework' my way around a lot of the roadblocks.  Like I am making my own stamps  ~ no not the super detailed ones but a lot of simple ones. I already had an Exacto knife with a lot of blades.  I had plenty of sheet plastic to cut my own stencils and I already had a lot of neat stencils that I purchased mostly at Walmart (when they sold REAL craft supplies not the sorry excuse supplies they have now!).  So I have played and have found some challenges that cater more to the altered and mixed media type challenges than the cute and frilly and VERY commercial look in cards etc.  Don't get me wrong you will still see a lot of the roses and lace things over at my other blog Mary's Rose Cottage. But here I plan to be more artsy with my creations.  So to get things started here is my first challenge piece:

The folks at Sandee and Amelie's Steampunk Challenge have a monthly challenge going where they pick a subject (this month ~ FAIRYTALES) and you give it the steampunk treatment.  Let me tell you that is NOT easy especially for a roses and lace girl.  But I want to try something different and something that stretches my imagination and creativity. So here is my entry :
I guess the title will be ~ "The Three Little Pigs Celebrate Their Victory Over The Big Bad Wolf".

The background is my own. I painted cardstock black, dabbed metallic gold with the flat side of a foam brush and then stamped bricks from a stamp I made out of foam board (I knew if I saved those old yardsale signs I made they would come in handy on day!!)

Then I printed a copy of a cigar ad from the Valerie's blog The Sum of All Crafts .  Let me tell you if I had to pick only TWO blog sites to get all my free images from the Sum of All Crafts and the Graphics Fairy would be the two.  The cigar ad gave the guys body and table and chairs.  The Graphics Fairy gave my the globe like thingy.  And Vintage Printables for that lovely clock.  The victory banner is from a foamboard stamp that I made.  The pigs heads are from a coloring book that I reduced and reduced some more to get tiny (where is my new Printmaster program I need sooooo bad).  It doesn't look like I colored them but I did a tan colored pencil.  I think my camera is on its last legs too. So there you have it. It's not perfect but it came pretty close to the mental image I had.  The Steampunk Challenge is just in its second month and has some reallllly artistic and innovative entries.  It is worth the look~see  and come play with us ~ the more the merrier.
Love Mary


  1. Thanks for the link to my blog and I love what you did with the image you got there. Those little pigs deserve to celebrate and it looks like they are doing it in style.

    1. Thank you so much. I love your blog and all the FANTASTIC images that I haven't seen anywhere else. Thanks so much for visiting. You are my first commenter on this blog.
      Hugs Mary

  2. What a great idea! Love those stylish pigs.

  3. Such a wonderful piece of art lovely!
    Thank you indeed for joining the SanDee&Amelie´s STEAMPUNK CHALLENGE
    XOXO SanDee1899