The Road Less Traveled


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Just Steampunk lll - Aesthetics from the Victorian Era and Science Fiction

Erin Keck (EK Creations) sums up the feeling of Steampunk and why there are so many followers with this genre:  "Steampunk is the future as dreamt by the past." It can be artists, writers, or even CosPlay characters at Comic Con.  

Scott Publications showcases this all consuming love of Steampunk with their series of magazines entitled, "Just Steampunk."  The newest issue, Just Steampunk lll, hit the newsstands a few weeks ago!

This magazine encapsulates all things Steampunk - not just cards and jewelry.   The imagination soars with the romantic elegance of the Victorian era with whimsically modernized technology. 

One is transported back to the late 19th century, when the industrial revolution took off, starting with the invention of steam engine machines.  With all the new inventions, authors like H.G. Wells, imagined a future far beyond what was happening at the time! This was more science-fiction than reality.

Today it is sort of a "subculture" trend and refers to any of the art, clothing, or fiction from this Victorian era.  This style has caught on in a big way, especially with the huge following at Comic Con, and anything related to that.

This magazine is not just for artists alone to view but anyone who is following the Steampunk Craze.  Page after page of hand-crafted works within many categories highlight each page of this brilliant magazine.  You may think I am prejudiced because I have 4 pieces of art in the magazine, but really; it was my love of all things Steampunk that led me to submit to the magazine.

Above, Lyneen Jesse created a button fairy for a Viva Las Vegastamps swap!  The wings, the flying and Victorian woman is very prevalent in all things Steampunk!

This special piece was hand-crafted by Joe Rotella.  I am so in love with this art work!  The wings, gears, and the guy flying the machine represents more than just the basic Steampunk.  Science Fiction, whimsy, and sort of Jules Verne expresses itself here.

The top and lower right are 2 out of 4 of my art pieces published.  The top is a matchbox I made to use a a small gift box.  This is a mix of decorative cardstock, rubber stamp image, die cuts, Copic markers and rub ons.  the bottom is an ornament magnet for the fridge.  Rubber stamps, ink, paint, Copic markers, and a 101 Cement bead accent side.

 Here is an artist's rendition of a  Steampunk doll.

The Just Steampunk series of magazines has open calls to anyone who expresses themselves through current subculture.  Dolls, clothing, paper arts, jewelry, and machines that reflect the feelings of this time period are acceptable for submission.  There is a current call for art - due by November ( 

Show your art, enjoy the art in this magazine...dream of a time that was, play on what you think it was, add whimsy, science-fiction, and life to this great trending subculture!!

Cre8tivelea Yours - Lea

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Leslie Rahye's Very Fall Steampunk Blog Hop

Loving all things Steampunk, I was so thrilled to join in on Leslie's blog hop!!  Look at the sign above.  Yummy goodness representing all that is Steampunk!

 For this blog hop, I chose to design a canvas book, with 2 small, square stretched canvases, hindges and lots of Crafter's Ink by Clearsnap, and other mixed media items and techniques!!!

The background is colored with DTP (direct to paper - or canvas in this piece) utilizing the rich,creamy Crafter's Ink.  I wanted the texture of the canvas to show through and this was the perfect way to accomplish this.  Be sure to use your heat tool to set the Crafter's Ink.  Various colors are overlayed to add constrast.

Next, an image from Altered Pages is collaged on the front.  The window gives a look like it is in the background while the dude is up front.

The dude and word strip is stamped on clear laminate.  The back is painted with mica powder.  The crown again uses Crafter's Ink.

All the other accents by EK Success.

The back is done much like the front.  the crown and key are charms added for color, contrast, and dimension.  The gears are collage paper and a die cut gear.

The colors assimilate feelings of fall without shouting out FALL!  Fall leads into winter, the promise of rebirth and new things come spring again.  Fall is a time for harvest, a time to prepare for the long winter.

My interpretation gives my stamp of Steampunk fun and Fall.



Cre8tively Yours - Lea

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Viva Las VegaStamps!: A Note to a Falling Feather

Viva Las VegaStamps!: A Note to a Falling Feather: Layer it, color it, stamp it!  An illustrative piece affirmation to give or put up to look at. VLVS Images: 19126 - Feather Silhouett...

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Teaching Splash Inks

Splash Inks are all the bomb in creativity land!!!  What we all love is that out of 4 bottles come hundreds and hundreds custom colors made easy with a recipe card.

These are some of the colors.  In each package there is a complete photo guide to show you the recipes, how to hold the bottles for ease of dropping color, and tips/tricks.

Very easy to mix colors!  A palette works but if you want to make a large quantity of color, use a little paint jar and mix in there.  The lid closes on the jar and keeps the paint from drying out.

 On the left is the recipe card to show how to mix colors you want.  Image was stamped on watercolor paper, and then you begin to paint!  Full strength you get an opaque, rich, coloring.  Add water, and you can lighten the color.  The more water, the lighter the color.  No ink goes to waste!!!

Another student painting with colors she likes.

Here is Nancy C's finished flower.  Brilliant for her first time!!  She has never created with these types of media and she was happy.

More mixing!!

Karen Elaine Thomas has "Splash Ink" videos on YouTube - check them out.  Basic color chart and other information go to Yasutomo's webpage for more information.

Cre8tively Yours - Lea

New DT - Niji Creative Collective!

Yasutomo, a well-known fine arts and origami company has a new Design Team!  I was happy to have the first post for September 16th!!!  I have used Yasutomo/Niji products for more years than I care to reveal, ha ha ha.  It is with extreme pleasure that I am a part of this team. 

My project is a "What You Did On Your Summer Vacation," theme.  Various mixed media techniques with Niji Pearlescent watercolors, Permawriter, Splash Inks, Nori Paste, and more items.

I am very expressive so my paintings tend to be surrealistic, whereas you can tell it is a flamingo, but I play and paint freely so that it is not exactly the way a flamingo may look from a photo.

Tutorial Link

See the whole tutorial at the link above.

Coming up:  Viva Las Vegastamps and Sakura of America Art.
                    Frog Dog Studio  Playful Musing
                    More Niji Creative Collective in October.

Thank you all for taking the time to view my posts.  I hope I can inspire your creativity or just enjoy my art!

Cre8tivelea Yours - Lea

New Article in Scrap and Stamping Arts Magazine!!!

The December issue has my ornament design tutorial.  Layering Viva Las Vegastamp images to create a whole winter scene!  This ornament can be displayed not only at Christmas but all winter long.  Mica powders, and pearlized pigment ink enhances the look of winter snow glistening in the light.

I adore the cabin and the sled images!!!

For the whole tutorial, check out the magazine.

Cre8tivelea Yours - Lea

Friday, September 13, 2013

New Viva Las Vegastamps Post!

Come to the Greatest Show On Earth!


An indexed journal book is a great substrate for VLVS circus images! Remove "Under The Big Top," or elephant and add a personal pic from when your family attended the circus. Makes a wonderful scrapbook page.

VLVS Images:
19190 - Admit One Ticket
19193 - Bulls Eye Target Open
19196 - Bulls Eye Target Solid
19195- Circus Lady
19199- Greatest Show On Earth
19200 - Under The Big Top
19219 - Whimsical Elephant
979 - Design solid Circles

VLVS Partners:
Sakura of America - Cray Pas Expressionist Oil Pastels, Moonglow Gelly Roll Pens
UMWow Studios - Chipboard Banners


The first thing I did was create the background. There is a subliminal orange and creamy orange jacquard-like background. I stamped the dots and the bulls eye images. For the dots, do not ink up the whole stamp, just part to give a more natural look. Edges distressed slightly.

The picture above is my playing with how I might want the finished layout to look. Things usually change as I work on my art. Notice, I changed the "Big Top" word placement with "The Greatest Show" word placement.

Each image is colored using oil pastels colored on plastic (An old CD works well for this) and use odorless mineral spirits to create a more watercolor look. The Gelly Roll pens add pops of color for contrast. A couple colors of Copic pens also used to finish off the design.



Here is a close up of how I colored the Chipboard banner pieces. Instead of picking up color from the CD, I colored full strength with the oil pastel on the chipboard and softened with mineral spirits brushed on top. It would be fun to go further and layer maybe another patterned chipboard shape over the solid - i.e. the orange striped piece over the solid blue.


This is how the page looks standing up in the journal. The left side could be where you scrapbook or journal words about your memories of going to the circus as a child or with your children.

We all love the Big Top, afterall; it is The Greatest Show On Earth!!!

Cre8tivelea Yours - Lea