Tuesday 27 December 2016

Tutorial: Steampunkesque Calendar

Hello Giovanna here, with a huge upcycling project to celebrate the upcoming 2017. I've found this large wooden panel at work, and I've thought it was perfect to turn it out in a calendar. I envisioned it with lots of embellishments and texture, but then I realized how beautiful the Steampunkesque papers were and I decided to let it flat and simple. I really like it!

You can make something similar, even out of heavy cardstock, here the step by step:

Glue down some gessoed book pages to the wooden panel using Slap It On, or Super Thick Slap It On spreading it with a soft paintbrush.
Tear some pieces of paper from the Steampunkesque paper pad and adhere them also to the panel.
Glue down the heavy embellishments with the Super Thick Slap It On using a palette knife. Let it dry thoroughly; gesso everything and set aside to dry.
Stamp on gessoed book page the steampunk lady.
Color it with Gelatos using a detailed waterbrush and embellished it with bits of lace.
Print the calendar, and stamp randomly over the panel and on the calendar. Attach the calendar with a bulldog clip.

Products I used:

IndigoBlu Slap It On - Super ThickGeeSso Good! Gesso - White 120ml Faber Castell Gelatos - 6 different set options (shipping from 1st November)Luscious Pigment Powders - 25ml (13 colour options)Steampunkesque A5 Red Rubber Stamp - by Kay Halliwell-SuttonTeeny Background A6 Red Rubber Stamp by Kay Halliwell-SuttonLedger Background A6 Red Rubber Stamp by IndigobluSteampunkesque - Mixed Media Paper Pad - 6x6, 24 sheets, 190gsm

And from me and all the team, thank you for being so supportive and generous this 2016, we'll see in 2017!


  1. Great idea. I love the steampunk look x

  2. Stunning Gio, I do love steampunk and this is right up my street. Wishing you a Happy New Year too!
    Linda xxx

  3. Steampunk... eco come si chiama! :D Il tuo calendario è favoloso!!! Grazie mille per il passo-passo, prima o poi - a forza di vedere i tuoi strepitosi lavori- prenderò coraggio con queste tecniche... :)
    Un abbraccio e buon 2017!

  4. What a great calendar and I love the pretty papers Giovanna. A great piece of upcycling. I would like to wish all at IndigoBlu a very happy and creative new year. x

  5. Gorgeous calender! Happy new year to all of you too! Thank you for all the fun and inspiration and I look forward to seeing what's next from IndigoBlu in 2017! Whatever it is it will be awesome! xxx