I immediately thought about a fairytale I loved hearing when I was a child, The Nightingale, by Hans Christian Anderson. I think it is inherently steampunk. Steampunk before steampunk.
And since it is a bird I will also enter it into the following challenge:
I made the bird in my recently bought moleskine notebook for my art journalling. I bought it because I saw so many people using those. So I thought I would give it a go. I also bought some new pigment inks, a set with some wonderful colours. Obviously I wanted to try those as well.
For this page I used one of the wrinkly pages and started by adding a rather thick layer of gesso. Really just having fun with the gesso, using my brush to make it go round and round. Swirling all over the page. I then heat set the gesso, which gave some blisters here and there. I then rubbed all my new pigment inks on the surface...trying them all out, love them all =).
Sprayed some home made black spray over a letter stencil (left over from some cut outs) and heat set everything.
When that was done I thought I would draw a cute little bird I saw online, a bird made from polymere clay. It was a little hard to get it on there over the bumpy gesso.
I coloured the bird in with silver and gold pens and drew the rivets. Then changed my mind and used my new pigment inks to dab some teal and olive green with my fingers onto the birdy. After which I had to do all the lines and rivets again, since the pigments inks are rather opague. I added some gold emobossing and had to do the lines again. Worked in some shadowing...and, you guessed it, had to do the lines again...
I added the gears, some chinese houses into "the hills" on the horizon, some stamping and a quote from Hans Christian Anderson. "Just Living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower." Then, of course, I had to write over the letters of the quote, because I treated those with the pigment inks as well.
We all indeed need sunshine, freedom and a little flower.
It took me quite a while to finish my little birdy, but I do like how it turned out. Not so sure yet about the moleskine booklet, but we'll see how it goes.
I'll leave you with a peek at my workdesk this morning. With the birdy still in progress and my mothers (who is staying with me for a few days) first attempts at art journalling. I do believe she's got the taste for it now. =)