Thursday, 7 May 2015

My Grandma's Teacups Scrapbooking and Craft Supplies: Further Out Of My Zone : Steampunk Spells

I never understood the steampunk genre in papercrafting. My idea of creating something has always been to keep it pretty and feminine. I once bought a Recollections collection, something Botanical and was horrified when I got it home and realized it had little skulls and other oddities all through the lovely flowers. I spent hours fussy cutting out and gluing over the offensive bits. I have since learned a bit of respect for this style of crafting. It will never be totally me but I am excited to give it a try. Yesterday i shared the paper An Eerie Tale by Graphic 45. Today I am looking at Steampunk Spells.

What is Steampunk anyway? Well, Wikipedia says this:


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article is about the genre of fiction and associated subculture. For other uses, see Steampunk (disambiguation).
A short skirted women stands assertively behind a sitting man in front of a large machine
A steampunk-themed photo
Steampunk refers to a subgenre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy—also in recent years a fashion and lifestyle movement—that incorporates technology and aesthetic designsinspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery.[1][2] Although its literary origins are sometimes associated with the cyberpunk genre, steampunk works are often set in analternative history of the 19th century's British Victorian era or American "Wild West", in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has maintained mainstream usage, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. It may, therefore, be described as neo-Victorian. Steampunk perhaps most recognisably features anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era's perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Such technology may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the modern authors Philip PullmanScott WesterfeldStephen Hunt and China MiĆ©ville. Other examples of steampunk contain alternative history-style presentations of such technology as lighter-than-air airshipsanalogue computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine.
Steampunk may also incorporate additional elements from the genres of fantasyhorrorhistorical fiction, alternate history, or other branches of speculative fiction, making it often a hybrid genre. The term steampunk's first known appearance was in 1987, though it now retroactively refers to many works of fiction created even as far back as the 1950s or 1960s.
Steampunk also refers to any of the artistic styles, clothing fashions, or subcultures, that have developed from the aesthetics of steampunk fiction, Victorian-era fiction, art nouveau design, and films from the mid-20th century.[3] Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual artisans into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical "steampunk" style, and a number of visual and musical artists have been described as steampunk.

Ok, so its basically a fantasy world of mechanical mayhem I think.  Lets have a look at the paper and then maybe you can suggest some projects to try. 
Want to try this paper out for yourself? I have a few extra for sale at Steampunk Spells 12x12

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