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Steampunk Puzzle

By: Chris ThorntonDeason
Chris ThorntonDeason
Chris ThorntonDeason

Chris Thornton-Deeson has always felt her artistic ability was greatly influenced by being raised in Alaska. It was dark when she went to school and dark when she came home. Being one of three children in a very small house, her mother always kept her and her siblings “occupied” at the kitchen table with a variety of art projects—this, her mother claims, saved her sanity.

She also feels that much of her ability is inherited. A display of artwork painted by five generations—with pieces from her grandmother, grandfather, mother, and children—adorns the walls of her living room. 

Chris worked for Delta for 15 years as a Royal ambassador. She has written 42 painting books and numerous articles. 

Give this steampunk puzzle to a dear friend to celebrate the holidays.
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Supplies

Delta Ceramcoat ® Acrylic Paint - Turquoise, 2 oz.
Item #020120202W
All-purpose high quality acrylic paint formulated for the decorative painter and craft enthusiast. Excellent coverage on all porous surfaces. Waterbased and Non-Toxic.

$1.49

Delta Ceramcoat ® Acrylic Paint - Terra Cotta, 2 oz.
Item #020710202W
All-purpose high quality acrylic paint formulated for the decorative painter and craft enthusiast. Excellent coverage on all porous surfaces. Waterbased and Non-Toxic.

$1.49

Delta Ceramcoat ® Acrylic Paint - Candy Bar Brown, 2 oz.
Item #024070202W
All-purpose high quality acrylic paint formulated for the decorative painter and craft enthusiast. Excellent coverage on all porous surfaces. Waterbased and Non-Toxic.

$1.49

Delta Ceramcoat ® Acrylic Paint - Charcoal, 2 oz.
Item #024360202W
All-purpose high quality acrylic paint formulated for the decorative painter and craft enthusiast. Excellent coverage on all porous surfaces. Waterbased and Non-Toxic.

$1.49

Delta Ceramcoat ® Acrylic Paint - White, 2 oz.
Item #025050202W
All-purpose high quality acrylic paint formulated for the decorative painter and craft enthusiast. Excellent coverage on all porous surfaces. Waterbased and Non-Toxic.

$1.49

Delta Ceramcoat ® Acrylic Paint - Black, 2 oz.
Item #025060202W
All-purpose high quality acrylic paint formulated for the decorative painter and craft enthusiast. Excellent coverage on all porous surfaces. Waterbased and Non-Toxic.

$1.49

Delta Ceramcoat ® Acrylic Paint - Metallic Silver, 2 oz.
Item #026030202W
All-purpose high quality acrylic paint formulated for the decorative painter and craft enthusiast. Excellent coverage on all porous surfaces. Waterbased and Non-Toxic.

$2.49

Delta Ceramcoat ® Acrylic Paint - Metallic 14K Gold, 2 oz.
Item #026040202W
All-purpose high quality acrylic paint formulated for the decorative painter and craft enthusiast. Excellent coverage on all porous surfaces. Waterbased and Non-Toxic.

$2.49

Delta Ceramcoat ® Acrylic Paint - Glitter Gold, 2 oz.
Item #03010
Delta Ceramcoat Glitters are a new formula of glitter colors in an acrylic paint. A unique combination of glitter particle sizes and colors create a beautiful color range, perfect for glittering accents and handmade gifts. Certified AP non-toxic, water-based.

$2.59

Delta Ceramcoat ® Acrylic Paint - Glitter Silver, 2 oz.
Item #03011
Delta Ceramcoat Glitters are a new formula of glitter colors in an acrylic paint. A unique combination of glitter particle sizes and colors create a beautiful color range, perfect for glittering accents and handmade gifts. Certified AP non-toxic, water-based.

$2.59

Delta Ceramcoat ® Varnishes - Exterior/Interior - Satin, 8 oz.
Item #070038
Delta Ceramcoat ® Mediums, Sealers and Varnishes are specially formulated to help preserve and enhance your paint projects. Our variety of formulas ensures a sturdy finish, whether your project was painted on wood, paper mache, poster board, plaster, terracotta, canvas and much more.

$11.09

Delta Ceramcoat ® Sealers - All-Purpose, 2 oz.
Item #070050200W
For use on most porous and non-porous surfaces. This sealer creates a non-porous protective barrier that requires fewer coats of paint. Using this creates a slight texture or "tooth" for easier paint adhesion. Ideal for wood, paper mache, terra cotta, plaster, resin and bisque.

$2.99

Other Supplies
Plaid tile board
Flat brushes: Nos. 4; 8; 14
Script liner brushes: Nos. 1; 5/0
Palette paper or foam plate
Paper towels
Brush basin or container for water
Tracing paper
Transfer paper (white and black)
150-200 Grit sandpaper
Fast-drying white craft glue or hot glue gun
Found Items: metal charms; keys; starfish; metal gears; etc.
E6000 Strong Bonding Adhesive
Painters or stencil tape

Instructions

Preparation Instructions

  1. Apply an even coat of All Purpose Sealer to all wood surfaces. Allow to dry.
  2. Sand wood surfaces with fine grit (150-200) sandpaper.
  3. Tiles- Using a large brush, basecoat three tiles each: Black, Charcoal and White. Allow to dry.
  4. Frame – Using the same large brush, basecoat the inset and backside of the frame Black. Paint the frame molding Metallic 14K Gold. Allow to dry.
    • TIP: Place the dry tiles back inside the frame for easier pattern transfer and painting.

Painting Instructions

  1. Trace and Transfer - Trace the entire steampunk pattern onto tracing paper. Sections of the pattern will be transferred then painted a little at a time layering the artwork.
    • TIP: When transferring the pattern sections, it is best to hold the tracing paper pattern in place by taping it to the top of the frame.
  2. Using the white or black transfer paper as needed transfer the pattern for the hot air balloon only.
  3. Hot Air Balloon – Using the No. 8 flat brush, basecoat the basket and alternating balloon stripes Black.
  4. Paint the remaining balloon stripes White. Allow to dry.
  5. Create a mix of equal parts Charcoal and White. Paint a highlight to the black balloon stripes using a No. 14 flat brush.
  6. Pattern Transfer – Transfer all remaining pattern areas with the exception of the gear shapes resting on the ornaments.
  7. Aged Ornaments – Basecoat Terra Cotta using appropriate sized brush. Allow to dry.
  8. Float a highlight on all of these areas using the No. 8 flat with a mix of equal parts Terra Cotta and White.
  9. Paint ornament caps Metallic 14 K Gold.
  10. Float Turquoise on all of these areas randomly for interest and age using the No. 8 flat brush.
  11. Letters – Peace, Joy, Love and Cross – Basecoat all letters and cross Metallic 14K Gold.
  12. Age each of the letters and cross with a float of Terra Cotta – refer to photo for placement.
  13. Highlight each letter and the cross with a float of Turquoise.
  14. Add Candy Bar Brown shadows around each shape.
  15. Outline each letter and the cross with Black using a No. 1 script liner.
  16. Accent each shape with a swipe of Glitter Gold.
  17. Gears– Transfer all the gear shapes on top of the ornaments.
  18. Basecoat all gears either Metallic 14K Gold or Metallic Silver (refer to photo for placement)
  19. Float Candy Bar Brown shadows around the gears.
  20. Accent each gear with Glitter Silver and/or Glitter Gold.
  21. Top Hats – Basecoat the top hats Black using the No. 14 flat brush.
  22. Highlight with a float of the mixture of Charcoal and White.
  23. Frame- Remove the tiles from inside the frame. Apply painters or stencil tape around 3/8" from the inside edge of the frame. Paint exactly as the letters were painted.

Finishing Instructions

  1. Varnish - Apply as many even coats of Satin Varnish as desired using a large brush.
  2. Embellishments – Using E6000 strong bonding adhesive, attach all found items such as gems, metal charms, metal gears and small steam-punk style embellishments.
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Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

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