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Steampunk Assemblage : Masculine Themed MixedMedia

Written by Sathya Kala



Hi Crafty Peeps,

This is Sathya from Paperie Expressions here. Have come today with a Steampunk /Industrial Assemblage project, for this month’s “M is for Masculine” challenge. “Assemblage art” refers to the visual art, which uses almost anything everything of objects that are found around. The colors are not so me, its so rustic, raw and very new color palette to me. I absolutely enjoyed making every textures, as its my very first Masculine themed project.


The products i received in DT kit were equally challenging like the Challenge theme. But in a way helped me out to streamline my ideas  along with the Kit.

Took the black thick chipboard and used as the base for the project and for layering as well.

For the base chipboard, used  the platinum crackle around the corners in thick and thin fashion and kept for air drying. For the layering chipboard, added the burlap underneath with frayed ends and wrapped hemp cord around it for textures. Used all possible ways to get the rustic look. Following pictures shows the crackled textures over the chipboard corners.

I have layered the other chipboard using Hot glue gun and added another layer of corrugated packaging on top of it.

Then assembled as above picture, of all the found objects such as dowels, clock gears nuts, little clock circuit, copper wire, ball chain etc., along with the products from DT Kit such as circular chipboards of varying sizes.


Mixed Pumice and Concrete paste from Stone effect paste (which i got in earlier DT kit) and applied on the corners of the corrugated packaging layer for some more grainy texture effects. Added Barn star from earlier DT Kit, few  random stuffs from my stash to build the assemblage.

And there comes the most scary, weird part of the project. Yes! applying the black gesso over the whole project liberally at all nooks and crannies. Wait till it dries completely before you move onto the next step.

No mixed media rustic paste is needed to get the rustic effect! All i had was just the crackle paste, stone effect texture paste and series of sprays/ mists in the colors of browns, gold followed by the mica powders in the colors of teal and gold to obtain this color shade.

Every layer of colors were sprayed, misted with water for diluted shade and dried enough for next layer addition. After everything dried completely, took diecut gears from my kit and added at places in a synchronous way to achieve a look.

Finally, added a series of waxes to bring back all gorgeous textures and layers.

And it screams now Rustic, Raw, Grungy!

Added sentiment stickers to match the theme and this finishes off my project.


Hope you like my attempt at this Masculine themed project. Free free to use anything you found around and follow the similar procedure to make you own art piece.

Shoot your queries if any, and i will get back with my best.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Crafting,



You can also join the Pretty Paper Studio Monthly Challenge through the following easy steps

  1. Create a project with this month’s theme in mind.
  2. Upload your project photo to “March 2018 | Theme – M is for Masculine” Photo Album in the Pretty Paper Studio Facebook Group.
  3. All entries are due by March 31, 2018.
  4. Challenge winner will receive a prize pack worth AED50.
  5. Note: A winner will be announced only if we have THREE new submissions.
  6. All projects submitted for the challenge must be NEW and created AFTER the challenge went live.


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American Crafts Mini Hot Glue Sticky Thumb Glue Sticks

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Prima Marketing Finnabair Art Extravagance – Pumice, Limestone & Concrete Stone Effect Pastes

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