A long, long time ago, in a gallery far, far away I had one of my Steampunk Temporal Displacement Books included in an exhibit of journals. It didn’t sell. Actually, it’s still in my Etsy shop for sale, although it gets a lot of attention in treasuries and people’s favorites.
It’s a nice problem to have–several commissions waiting to be completed. I’d always known that people like custom options but have found myself getting a lot more customers since I’ve been listing various custom books in my Etsy shop. I’ve done several personalized pamphlets in various sizes, a medium size book with logo on the cover, and have a couple of very large books I’m currently working on.
So, what have I been doing besides neglecting my blog? Everything from the extremely scary (being evaluated for bone cancer–I don’t have it) to the mundane (yeah, laundry, cleaning, blah). Not a lot of art in between, though, and I’d all but completely abandoned my blog (hey, it’s only been about a month and half). I currently have three posts I want/need to write but am just jumping in right now with a few quick updates.
I found myself inspired recently and in my studio while my muse was active so I actually came up with a new product! Of course, my timing is off just a wee bit. This should’ve come to me a month or so ago so that it would be available in time for Christmas, but I’m mainly just happy to have time and inspiration coinciding again.
I was hoping to be writing up a post about a work in progress–specifically the ADO Quarterly Challenge piece I’m doing for Copy the Masters. I know what master I’m copying and even have gathered some of my materials. Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to actually start working on it yet. So instead, I’m going to do yet another “find” post.
Where does one go to find all the little (and big) goodies out there for making a steampunk or altered art anything? Truth is, you can find them all over the place–you probably have some things lying around your house (or garage) that would work. But after you’ve scavenged your property and started a collection of junk…er…precious vintage items for use in your art, what then? Where do you go to build a collection of gears, brass bits, copper parts, levers, keys, crystal and glass lenses, and what have you for making a steampunk masterpiece?
Had a terrific Saturday score (on top of a really wonderful field trip with some friends to a printmaking studio that I’ll share about in another post). Mom went to a local flea market here and found a bag full of watches–mostly vintage and some of them quite nice. Whole bag for a great price. Just the time I spent sorting through them and googling the maker names provided me enough entertainment to make them worth the cost. I even found an old Timex in the bag that worked when I wound it up. Not that it’ll continue to do so–they don’t seem to function as well when they’ve been taken apart, gutted and used in Steampunk projects. Although I will say that I have a goal of making at least one book with functioning and interactive mechanics on it.
So I spent last night finishing up my most recent Steampunk journal while re-watching a 3rd-season ep (or is it called season 2 now?) of Primeval (well, “listening” to it, anyway–it’s not easy sewing a book while watching tv, even just a pamphlet). This journal’s a bit different because I broke out of the brown/black/copper color scheme I’d been focused on and tried something quite different…
Normally, I would write a post highlighting the book or doll I’ve made and give a few details (or a ton of details) about how I made it. This time I thought I would share some thoughts on the photos I used in listing this item, instead. There will still be lots of lovely images showing off the new book, I promise.