Mixed Media – Octopus

Hello all,

I hadn’t planned on making a Mixed Media piece today however, when I found a string of cool octopus beads and a metal sign (that I could re-purpose) I was inspired.  sign for repurpose

This is the before photo of the sign and octopus beads that I picked up at Michael’s…and below is the after.

I prepped the sign with Gesso and then treated it with acrylic paint and texture paste.  Using a paint brush as the focal point, I then added gears, arrows, keys and some vintage finds to create a Steampunk design.  Prior to adhering everything, I used Rust Effect Paste on most of the embellishments.

Then the whole piece as sealed with a Matte Varnish.

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This project also fits in nicely with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog.  This month’s theme is “Rust” so, I happily submitted this project for participation Challenge #48.


Materials used:

  • Re-purposed sign by Ashland Wall Decor
  • Octopus Beads by Bead Gallery
  • Steampunk Arrows by Solid Oak Inc. 
  • Faucet Knobs by Tim Holtz Idea-ology
  • Acrylic paints and meadiums by DecoArt
  • Texture Paste by Ranger Inc.
  • Found, vintage and reuse items.
  • Prima-Finnabair Rust Effect Paste

Hope you enjoyed reading about this project!  Also, I am hoping to have a new tutorial out within the next few weeks.

Happy day!













Mixed Media Steampunk Octapus 5.5.18.jpg

5 thoughts on “Mixed Media – Octopus”

  1. We are happy you submitted this to Mixed Media Monthly too! =) It’s perfectly rusty and wonderful.

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