Wednesday, April 1

Raise the Curtains! The Mesmerist!

It's April Fools Day here in the USA, and unwittingly, my art journal pages embrace this holiday!

What would happen if the rabbit escaped from the hat and took over the show? Well, you are about to see for yourself! Trust the magic of the Mesmerist, even when of the hare variety. Little Miss Hare has mesmerized Lady Violet, and is raising her up to the curtains! What else could be in that rolling cart of tricks? Or maybe that is where Miss Hare has stashed the Mesmerist!

It all started with a couple of art journal pages I had sprayed long ago with some Dylusions inks.

This turned out to be the perfect project to use some of my new goodies on! Cracked Pistachio Distress paint, and a Tim Holtz Flourish stencil to create the background. I just flipped the stencil over and laid it down on the left...plenty of paint on it to get the design.


I am liking how the Pistachio looks against the reds and oranges. Another new item I found, Gelatos in Steampunk colors...I mean, who could resist these!

Steampunk Gelatos and new distress markers to color some images I'd stamped long ago with Character Construct stamps. As you can see I really didn't worry about coloring in the lines, since I was going to fussy cut these.

More new playthings I had to try! Copper crackle, Zinc glass beads and Henna mica flakes from Finnabair, I used at the bottom of the pages to add some lovely texture. I was wiping the crackle on the page with a "credit card" and happened to pull it up. I noticed it was making these vein like designs, which I thought was cool, so I did it to the rest.

Next up, some background stamping with my new Finnabair stamps, oh I do love these!! Stamps are from Rust and Dust and Trust the Magic. Can you tell the delivery van has been stopping by my house a lot lately?

Next up, some details of the pages... My curtains are made of tulle from Stampin Up, with some hand dyed ribbon and metal. I could not resist stamping "move me" under Lady Violet!

Miss Hare trusting the magic and wielding the magic umbrella. She has hidden the Mesmerist somewhere, perhaps in the cart of tricks. Not even the strong fellows holding the curtains back have found him yet.

Always, always, trust in the magic! Especially on April Fools Day!

I hope you will join us at SanDee and amelie's Steampunk Challenges! Be sure to check out all of the wonderful inspiration from the design team this month, and we have a great sponsor too, Inspiration Emporium! Now, it is your turn to Raise the Curtains!! I can't wait to see what you create.



  1. Wow, what a wonderful inspiration!!!

  2. Wow, your art journal page is gorgeous! So much fun too! Thank you for showing how you made it. You have some lovely new goodies! I want to start an art journal too! My BF ordered one for me and I can't wait for it to arrive so I can start - although I think I might be intimidated to make my first page.

    1. Thank you so much KT! Love to art journal! Don't worry, just doodle or splat something into the page and there you go, no blank page staring back! Good luck!

  3. This just has me mesmerized! I love the different outlook on the entire set up. What if? Well you captured the What If perfectly and with such pizzazz! Wonderful job! Hugz! ~Niki

  4. Sorry for being so late, Maura!

    But now I finally found the time to enjoy and admire your capturing journal page!

    I really was mesmerized from the moment I first saw it as there is this special magical element of story telling to it which is utterly adorable! It also provides mystery and eyecandy at the same time! And there are loads of colourful details to discover! Your journal spread leaves a deep impression and wants me to learn more about the mesmerist! A brilliant make! Love it!

    Mwah! X

    1. Thanks! I have really been having fun using my imagination I telling a story. Perhaps it's from those steampunk novels I love to read.

  5. Dear Maura, thank you indeed for thaking the time for the Step by step Pictures. I totally love your Background and would love to try it by myself (soon). I totally did enjoy your spectacle and getting very much curious what is happen next. This is a reall living Project so much fun to watch and so adorable!
    xoxo SanDee

    1. Thank you SanDee! Glad you enjoyed it, and you'll have to let me know if you try it!

  6. Hi Maura, sorry i also am late with my reply I love your journal page the vibrant colours and images are stunning. I understand about your new stamps I have also purchased this set and started playing with them over the weekend.I admire people who do journal pages as i wouldn't know where to start so then I don't do them. Your advice to KT sounds very reassuring. x

  7. Thanks Dee! Love these new stamps, don't you? Dive in to art journaling, I bet you will love it!

  8. Hi Maura! Your art journal page is really wonderful. Love your creativity!
    And Thanks for your kind comment.
    Mar x


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