• Photo of unframed Mother of Invention watercolour illustration. An antique vise tool is on the left of the frame and the Carolynn Anctil Design logo sits between the vise teeth. A parchment paper with the short story is behind the print, as is a sheet of paper with handwritten mathematical equations. A purple ribbon curls on the left of the frame.
  • Mother of Invention Watercolour Illustration in Steampunk style hangs suspended by 2 miniature clothespins against a white backdrop. A young girl wearing a green dress, red striped tights and mechanical fairy wings stands on tiptoe atop an oversized hourglass. A grasshopper is at her feet. She has red shoulder length hair and is peering over the top of drafting table. The central figure is a woman wearing goggles and a leather aviator hat. Her red hair is short and her face is turned toward the viewer. She is leaning her forearms on the drafting table, holding a feather pen and writing on a roll of parchment paper. She wears mechanical wings, a red scarf, and a green top with white dots and a flaired skirt. She wears tan riding pants and black riding boots. A mechanical cat at her feet plays with her scarf. Behind her and to the right are mechanical gears and pulleys suggestive of a clock. Handwritten mathematical equations appear in the background against a gradiant grey.
  • Photo of Mother of Invention watercolour illustration in black frame set against a weathered wood background.
  • Photo of Mother of Invention Short Story. Corner of page, logo on the left, corner of handwritten mathematical equations on page underneath story text.
  • Photo of Steampunk Raven Illustration. Black ink mechanical raven illustration over the word Raven in stencil font. Logo in top left corner of photo, purple ribbon coiled to the right.

Mother of Invention Steampunk Watercolour Illustration

(2 customer reviews)


An original short story accompanies this Limited Edition Print made from a watercolour illustration in the style of steampunk.

Limited Edition Giclèe Print.


“Those who were there, tell of an extraordinary woman who unexpectedly appeared out of the gathering gloom, one late autumn afternoon.”

Mother of Invention combines visual imagery with the written word in a celebration of creativity and imagination with a steampunk flair and a hint of mystery. The Storybook Collection features strong female characters and debuted with Queen Bee. Mother of Invention is the second in an ongoing series of limited edition gicleè prints that celebrates the art of storytelling in a new and expanded way.

An original short story, written exclusively for this work of art, accompanies each print and is not available in any other form.

Of particular note, are the mathematical equations, written in my older brother’s hand, that appear in the background of this original watercolour illustration. A physicist and a published author, he passed away a few years ago. A single piece of paper filled with these notations was all I accepted from him as a keepsake and I think he would have taken great pleasure in seeing them reproduced in this way.

As an added bonus, the first 10 prints, including Artist’s Proofs, will receive a dynamic, unframed, 4″ x 6″ giclèe print of Steampunk Raven, suitable for framing. This bonus gift is not available elsewhere.

*In addition, three (3) Artist’s Proofs of Mother of Invention are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Reading level: Advanced.

This print is printed on 8.5″ x 11″ paper and is limited to an edition of 99. All prints are sold unframed. Please visit my FAQ page for details about actual sizes, materials used and what’s included with your print purchase.is 

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Edition Type

Artist's Proof, Limited Edition


Print & Story, Print Only

2 reviews for Mother of Invention Steampunk Watercolour Illustration

  1. Barb B (verified owner)

    I have been excitedly awaiting the release of this illustration since purchasing “Queen Bee.” It was everything and more! Your artistry and storytelling abilities are simply amazing.

    • Carolynn (store manager)

      That means so much. Thank you!

  2. Dani H. (verified owner)

    I love this piece. The calculations in the background take you on a journey. This, for me, is the unlimited possibilities for girls everywhere.

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