Sunday, January 5

Inspired by CJS2014

Today, I've been playing around in my mixed media stuff trying out some new ideas from Creative Jumpstart, using some new stash like Tim Holtz Distress Paints fall colors, and pulling out old stash too. Here is the layout I created, which I am also going to enter into SanDee and Amelie's Steampunk Challenges here.
In CJS2014, which you can find more information about here, I am learning to look at ordinary objects in new ways, and to improvise. For example, one lesson involved a gelli plate which I do not have, but I made do with a plastic board. I found a number of household items to use to create texture, like cardboard and bubble wrap.
Look at what you can do with a little paint and these items,
Next I found an old comb and half a cork.
Added to my background with the cork...
...then ran the comb through to get this.
Adding some distress ink into my background, then stamping and a bit of whitewash, and white splatters.
Some stenciling...
Inspired by the book "Gilt Trip" by Laura Childs (a stamping adventure) that I am reading right now, I dug deep into my stash to find some gilding leaf to add. This little saying fits in beautifully.
More detail...
And more...
Needed some dimension, so cut out some images to pop to add to my steampunk adventure. A bit of Tim Holtz tissue tape, some white pen work ... can still see echoes of the background I started with, but we end up in a completely new place...or the further adventures of art journaling.
I have enjoyed my steampunk play today, and I hope you have too.


  1. Awesome, Maura !!!! Looks like playing and digging in stash payed off !!! .... I just got the new Laura Childs book...looking forward to some reading and inspiration myself....GREAT JOB !!!!

  2. Awesome job....and love "finding" things to use !!! LOVE the depth of color and layers....and I got the new Laura Childs book....looking forward to reading and finding some inspiration !!!

  3. Awesome Steampunk Goodness, Maura!

    LOVE your use of the Distress paints and all the brilliant details on your art journal page! Could look at it forever!!!

    Thank you for sharing it with us at SanDee&amelie's!

    Claudia x

  4. Yes, I've enjoyed it too! Great photos, and what beautiful pages, so colorful and FUN! Love the lightbulb too! Crazy cool and just plain wonderful!

  5. wow, such an awesome background. Love all the texture and colors.
    Thank you so much for playing along in CJS14

  6. I love the whole steampunk theme…but this takes it to a whole new level. I love the colors and your multi-layers! This is just beautiful! <3

  7. loved reading your post. I love steampunk but have never tried it. wonderful pages.

  8. Love your Journal pages, so much inspiration for me, a newbie in mixed media. Thanks too for the
    stages it took to complete. such a big help x

  9. Very creative artwork dear Maura, I love it so much. There it gives a lot to see and you have used so beautiful colours.

  10. Ooo, I'd wondered how you got those lovely lines and never would have guessed a comb! Love it!

  11. Ooo, I'd wondered how you got those lovely lines and never would have guessed a comb. Love it!

  12. FABULOUS depth and color! LOVE IT!

  13. This is an amazing Art Journal piece!! I mean seriously, REALLY good!!! I wish I could art journal. I struggle with it. But this is SO GREAT!!

    Blessings ~~ dawn

  14. Happy New Year Maura :-) Love these fabulous journal pages. There is so much to see and I adore the colours. TFS and best wishes
    Annie x

  15. love, love, love it! Colors... joy !!

  16. I love how your page came together- very cool!!! Thank you for being part of CJS2014 and playing along! Nat

  17. Fun and colorful page! Loved seeing how it all came together, building up those layers. I joined CJS this year as well and it still is fun trying new things, right?! ~Debbie

  18. Oh my! This is a wonderful collage of fabulous techniques. Love the colour and it was great to see the step photos too!


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