Steampunk Tangling – Part 7

Steampunk Week

Family life interfered with my busy steampunk schedule 😉 But that’s okay – it gives you all a day to catch up!

A lot of new patterns have been added to the Steampunk Items section. I will still need to add to it though.

Today we talk about color! Steampunk artwork does look great in black and white – black and white reflects metal. That works well.

I found a very handy tool to get the right pencil to match a color from an image:

For example, go to and choose a palette, you can pinpoint exactly which Prisma color pen you need to match that color!

The color palette called “Old Scroll” for example uses the following values:

Old Scroll Color Palette

Type the Hex value on the Prismacolor Digital Color Coordinator, it shows you the various products closest to that value:

Prismacolor Digital Color Coordinator

I thought I’d share that bit of information with all the perfectionists out there 😉

Of course, in art there are no rules. I can only suggest which colors immediately suggest ‘steampunk’. The artwork should give an aged impression.

Steampunk colorsMaroon, brown, orange and yellow work well.

Steampunk Color PaletteGrey with a hint of cream/brown

Steampunk Color PaletteRustic tones

Steampunk artwork by Alice HendonThese colors are exactly what Alice used. And these are the colors you see when you look at steampunk images on Google.


And here come ANOTHER little trick! Instead of watercolor, stain your paper with coffee or tea before drawing on it. Just ensure that the paper is completely dry before applying pen.

This is your final challenge during Steampunk tangling week:

Stain the paper with tea, coffee, beetroot or anything else you find in your kitchen. Then create a tile using any of the pretty patterns from our Steampunk tangling page.

I am looking SO MUCH forward to your creations!



!!! LIFE UPDATE from our tangle friends !!!

  • Sarah Ibrahim: Onion skins make a good yellow dye.
  • Tricia Long: You jogged my memory with this one. Remembered I have a book on nature crafts. The dyes listed were for coloring eggs but I don’t see why paper wouldn’t work. 1. Pecan or Hickory Bark for a toasty beige color. 2. Madder Root for light red. 3. Paprika for pale rusty brown. 4. Alder Catkins for yellow. 5. Instant Coffee and Walnut Hulls for deep, rich brown. 6. Dried Sassafras Root: 1 teaspoon vinegar per 1 cup dye for medium to deep rusty orange. 7. Fresh Red Cabbage: 1 teaspoon alum per 1 cup dye for deep sapphire blue to medium blue. 8. Dried Turmeric: 1 teaspoon vinegar per 1 cup dye for bright yellow. 9. Frozen Blueberries for pale gray blue. 10. Onion Skins for yellow orange. 11. Red Onion Skins for pale blue.
  • Tricia Long: Instructions for dye…Place dyestuff in a glass or enamel pot with 4 cups of water. Simmer for 30 minutes or more to extract color. Strain.
  • Tricia Long: I should give credit to the book where I found this… “Nature Crafts” Seasonal Projects from Natural Materials by Elizabeth Johnson and Katherine Pearson copyright 1980.
  • Sarah Ibrahim: I remember when I tea and coffee dyed fabric for a quilt I was making, I dry ironed the fabric to set the dye.


And in closing I have to add this wonderful post from Jen Morey:

Once upon a time there was a tangle called Purk, who decided to inflate himself like a hot air balloon and float over Steampunk County just to see what this “Steampunk Week” celebration was all about. But as he got closer and closer, all of a sudden several tangles on the ground–Huggins and W2– leaped up and grabbed hold of him. They proceeded to steal his center row of Bubbles and began sending some into their own fields.

Meanwhile, in the hill country just outside town, the Static and Raddox ranches decided to merge and call themselves Statdox in order to mount a united front against W2, who was also beginning to drain some of the orbs from the Mysteria fields north of town. A brief struggle ensued — though it could hardly be called a war — but a truce was called when everyone realized they’d rather tangle on paper than with each other.

And when it was calm again, the Rollers got together and helped some stray Machine Parts and Gears find a place to settle down. Everyone cheered, except for the three Rollers in the southwest corner of the county, who just kept their mouths shut, rolled their eyes and looked sideways at each other.

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