I saw this awesome post in the Tim Holtz group by Olga Brock. She had put together an “Ink Tower” with these little wooden crates found at the dollar store. I totally loved the look and decided to try my hand at it. Well it was just an adventure to find the crates, I ended up at 4 different Dollar Stores finding enough crates to build it tall enough for my inks.

Here is a short video of the whole project. It ended up being quite large so sometimes it’s a little off screen.

I did some background work and added some crackle to the bases, inside and the edges that will be shown. Once that was all dry, I cut and added some paper, my favourite colours brown and teal.

After the paper, I Stamped an little with the typewriter stamp, before moving on to the texture with Rivet Stencil and the Small Circles Stencil.

After setting it all aside to dry, I move on to the gears, flourish gears and small gears. My hubby always has left over gears, gages and other bits and bobs. This fella is a bigger one and ended up being the right size for the project. I added a little texture and paint and added some steampunk glasses.

I love mixing my acrylics to make a rusted aged look, after a few layers watered down with a spritz bottle, I splatter some titan buff on to finish the look of it.

Once everything is dry, I start to assemble, I found these brush holders on Amazon. And I layered a few of the chipboard with some heavy gel medium and attached the hangers.

Here are a few close-ups of the project.

I finished each of the fronts with words of encouragement and creativity.

Thank you for stopping by, again thank you Olga for your inspirations. So many creative ways to build something so unique.

Supplies:

Small Circles Stencil

Typewriter Keys Stamp

Distress Type Stamp

Rivet Stencil

1 1/2 Gears

3/4 inch Gears

1 inch Gears

Corner Gears

Simple Gears Flourish

Steampunk Goggles

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