Sinister Simians

Sometimes, it’s good to get away from the latest project and just do something simple. For some people, that means watching TV. For me, it means putting in some quality time to my favorite MMO.

For those of you with a flair for the visual arts, however, I found a wonderful resource for you that is more than acceptably Steampunk… it’s downright awesome.

This is a coloring book by Chet Philips which features a collection of Steampunk monkeys and apes from the Steampunk Monkey Nation and Society of Sinister Simians. There are 24 prints awaiting your brilliant colorification. Or perhaps this could be a gift for a young Steampunk in training… no harm in teaching them the subculture early! Mwahaha….

My preferred time to color is on plane flights. I had a wonderful pirates coloring book that I toted with me for one of my semesters abroad while I was hoping around western Europe. There was something about coloring that soothed the general annoyance of modern day plane travel.

You can find the Steampunk monkeys section of the ChetArt store on Etsy by clicking here. In addition to the Steampunk monkeys series I have linked you to, he seems to have all sorts of prints of varying themes. And, for my DFW readers, you’ll be happy to know that Chet is another local artist!

Steampunk Composition Book

Today, I have for you all a delightfully simple project that will add a bit of Steampunk flair to those boring school supplies. This evening’s target is the composition book.

What's black and white and altogether boring?

Yes, everyone has had to use these at some point in their life, I think. I’ve personally had to use many during my grade school years. I can’t remember writing anything of any consequence in these books, but I do remember being so bored out of my mind that I colored all of the white spaces in with red ink. It looked very cool indeed, but certainly not Steampunk.

So, how might we go about Steampunking this common composition book?

Ah yes, that looks about right.

Click on the photo or just click here to discover how an ordinary composition book was transformed into an impressive Airship Log! The link will take you to a site called “Cut Out and Keep” which is dedicated to Do it Yourself crafts and tutorials.  A quick search of all things Steampunk on the site yielded 79 hits of projects labeled with Steampunk. So there are all sorts of potential Steampunk projects that might peek your interest.

DIY Goggles

One of the downsides of Steampunk is that it is somewhat expensive. It takes no small budget to equip a Steampunk’s wardrobe and home in the proper aesthetic, which is why I am a fan of these low cost, do-it-yourself goggles by Fenris the Red Wolf on DeviantArt and their personal website.

The tutorial below links to Fenris’ website, Fenris Designs.

Click here for the Deviant Art version, which is where I obtained the instructions.

I hope that you enjoy this project!

Etsy

Part of the beauty of Steampunk is the unique craftsmanship that goes into Steampunk art. Because Steampunk lauds the individual crafts-person and scoffs at the mass-produced, each Steampunk item is almost sure to be unique.

Finding quality, handmade goods, especially Steampunk inspired ones, can be something of a challenge. Etsy, a website specializing in handmade and vintage arts, however, makes the search a little easier. Etsy’s mission is to reconnect buyers and sellers in a more personalized shopping experience.  This kind of shopping experience was a dying concept as artists were regulated to the occasional craft fair and most consumers switched to mass-produced goods of unknown origin or workmanship to save a few extra dollars.

Etsy is the complete opposite of that trend. The buyer knows exactly who is making what they wish to buy, and where it is coming from. Best of all, shopping Etsy means you are supporting artists who are trying to make a living selling their crafts. While you won’t find many “bargans” here, what you will find is fantastically made goods.

Steampunk itself has a considerable presence on Etsy. My search for “Steampunk” today under All Categories yielded 44, 245 items which were tagged as having a Steampunk flair. What a great selection!

Etsy comes highly recommended not only for your Steampunk needs, but for anything you might want that is hand/home made. Making the shift away from corporate purchases and supporting a talented artist has never been easier.