How to Make a Grungy Steampunk Butterfly Plaque

The October theme for UnrulyPaperArts.com is painted perfection. This is my take on the theme.

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How to Make a Grungy Steampunk Butterfly Plaque
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Paint a wooden plaque with gesso.

Paint a wooden plaque with gesso.

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Once the gesso is dry.  Paint with a dark color of paint.  I chose Americana dark chocolate brown.  Then let dry.  It dries pretty quickly. Let Dry.

Once the gesso is dry. Paint with a dark color of paint. I chose Americana dark chocolate brown. Then let dry. It dries pretty quickly. Let Dry.

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Use a candle to draw wax onto areas that you want the dark color to show through creating a wax resist.

Use a candle to draw wax onto areas that you want the dark color to show through creating a wax resist.

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Here is a close up of where I randomly rubbed on the wax.  I like to go around the outer edges as well.

Here is a close up of where I randomly rubbed on the wax. I like to go around the outer edges as well.

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Paint over the wax with your lighter color.  You can see the areas where the paint doesn't stick to the wax.  I used Folk Art patina acrylic paint.  Let dry completely.

Paint over the wax with your lighter color. You can see the areas where the paint doesn't stick to the wax. I used Folk Art patina acrylic paint. Let dry completely.

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Using a sanding block or sandpaper, sand around the plaque. This will remove both the paint and the wax.

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Cover entire surface with a dark color spray.  I used Lindy's Stamp Gang cattail copper brown.  Make sure to get the sides and the back too.

Cover entire surface with a dark color spray. I used Lindy's Stamp Gang cattail copper brown. Make sure to get the sides and the back too.

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Wipe the excess off with a paper towel.  It will tone down the paint and give it an aged look.

Wipe the excess off with a paper towel. It will tone down the paint and give it an aged look.

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I decided to add paper to the front of the plaque.  Easy wait to get a perfect fit on the plaque is to hold the paper in place on top with one hand.  With the other use an emery board.

I decided to add paper to the front of the plaque. Easy wait to get a perfect fit on the plaque is to hold the paper in place on top with one hand. With the other use an emery board.

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Use the emery board to file around the edges of the plaque.  It will create  a white boarder.  You can use this as a guide to trim off the excess paper.  Then repeat to make it smooth.

Use the emery board to file around the edges of the plaque. It will create a white boarder. You can use this as a guide to trim off the excess paper. Then repeat to make it smooth.

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Mixed TH bronze and vintage photo distress paint with  molding on craft mat.  I dipped the paper onto the craft mat to get a random pattern.  Repeat with patina. Once dry, distress edges.

Mixed TH bronze and vintage photo distress paint with molding on craft mat. I dipped the paper onto the craft mat to get a random pattern. Repeat with patina. Once dry, distress edges.

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Add some strokes of gesso with a paintbrush. Let dry.

Add some strokes of gesso with a paintbrush. Let dry.

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Add random stamping in black archival ink.

Add random stamping in black archival ink.

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Mix a little water with black acrylic paint. Using a paint brush dip into the paint and splatter onto the paper.

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Ink edges of the paper.  Then using Ranger multi medium matte, adhere paper to the plaque.  Use a brayer to burnish.  This will help eliminate air bubbles.  Once dry, add a top coat.

Ink edges of the paper. Then using Ranger multi medium matte, adhere paper to the plaque. Use a brayer to burnish. This will help eliminate air bubbles. Once dry, add a top coat.

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After the top coat, let dry thoroughly.   Now we are ready for the embellishments.

After the top coat, let dry thoroughly. Now we are ready for the embellishments.

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Prep chipboard pieces by poking out any loose pieces not out of design.  Aren't these fabulous (CreativeEmbellishments.com)

Prep chipboard pieces by poking out any loose pieces not out of design. Aren't these fabulous (CreativeEmbellishments.com)

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 Paint with gesso.  I like to do some heavier and some lighter with the gesso to get different effects with the next step.

Paint with gesso. I like to do some heavier and some lighter with the gesso to get different effects with the next step.

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Paint with Modern Masters Metal Effects Iron paint.  Let dry 1/2 hr. Apply second coat.  Let dry 1 1/2 hrs.  Add Modern Masters Metal Effects Rusting solution.  Wait 5 minutes add again.  Let dry.

Paint with Modern Masters Metal Effects Iron paint. Let dry 1/2 hr. Apply second coat. Let dry 1 1/2 hrs. Add Modern Masters Metal Effects Rusting solution. Wait 5 minutes add again. Let dry.

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Add randomly Modern Masters Copper paint over the rusted areas.  I like that it sinks into the rust and the effect it gives.  Let dry.

Add randomly Modern Masters Copper paint over the rusted areas. I like that it sinks into the rust and the effect it gives. Let dry.

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I start to add layers of the chipboard pieces and metal gears until I get an effect I like.  (I added some patina to the pieces by just dabbing my finger into the paint and rubbing randomly.

I start to add layers of the chipboard pieces and metal gears until I get an effect I like. (I added some patina to the pieces by just dabbing my finger into the paint and rubbing randomly.

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Sprayed the chipboard clock and the TH rosette trim with Lindy's Stampgang Cattail Copper Brown.  Let dry.

Sprayed the chipboard clock and the TH rosette trim with Lindy's Stampgang Cattail Copper Brown. Let dry.

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Take the loop off of butterfly charms with pliers.  Paint with patina paint. Let dry.  Use Prima Chalk edgers in rusty keys and dark rust to highlight the detail.  (Splatters come in last step).

Take the loop off of butterfly charms with pliers. Paint with patina paint. Let dry. Use Prima Chalk edgers in rusty keys and dark rust to highlight the detail. (Splatters come in last step).

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Tag: Ink with TH distress ink Rusty Hinge direct to paper to give more intense color.  Layer on letter stickers and rub-ons.  Add twine.  Seal with Ranger multi medium matte.

Tag: Ink with TH distress ink Rusty Hinge direct to paper to give more intense color. Layer on letter stickers and rub-ons. Add twine. Seal with Ranger multi medium matte.

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Use a Faber Castell big brush pen in brown around the words and smudge as you go to create a shadowed effect. Trace around words with a fine tip black Pitt pen to create definition. Ink edges of tag.

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Paint TH industrial stickers (silver) with black alcohol ink.  I did direct to sheet without using pad to get intense color.  Highlight letters with Uniball Signo white gel pen.

Paint TH industrial stickers (silver) with black alcohol ink. I did direct to sheet without using pad to get intense color. Highlight letters with Uniball Signo white gel pen.

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Paint the metal flower sections with patina paint. Allow some of the metal to show through. Once dry ink some of the edges with Prima chalk edger in dark rust.

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Cut a small tag from the TH die and layer with a rub-on. In the edges and create a faux border with a pen.

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Glue down your metals and chipboard using E600.  Add bling to make it spark.  I used a chalk edger to darken some random spots.  The wing nut in the center is a resin piece that  I painted and inked.

Glue down your metals and chipboard using E600. Add bling to make it spark. I used a chalk edger to darken some random spots. The wing nut in the center is a resin piece that I painted and inked.

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Create splatters with watered down gesso. Dry. Create splatters with watered down black paint. Dry. With patina paint on edge of finger highlight areas such as flowers, clock, etc. Repeat with gesso.

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Layered paper under tag and word butterflies: Small inked tag and paper that been shaped with a punch. Inked and made borders with pen.

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If you want to make a few more strategically placed splatters - use an acrylic paint pen.

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I added UTEE (Ultra thick embossing powder) in random spots on the edges and clock. Added a little gesso to highlight.

I added UTEE (Ultra thick embossing powder) in random spots on the edges and clock. Added a little gesso to highlight.

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Go around sides of plaque and hit spots with dark rust chalk edger.

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Add eye hooks and chain.  I added gesso, patina paint, and black ink to the chain to have it blend with plaque.

Add eye hooks and chain. I added gesso, patina paint, and black ink to the chain to have it blend with plaque.

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