It's been so much fun following along with Jenny & Aaron's art journaling classes! After last week's super girly page spread, I thought I'd go with something a little different this time! Ever since coming across the Steampunk craze a few years ago, I have to say I've been fascinated by the design side of it. It doesn't really fit my usual style, but it has definitely been in the back of my mind.
A little while ago, I came across some cute Steampunk bird scrapbook stickers on sale. Then a book of Steampunk scrapbook papers, also on sale. I gradually started my collection, but I haven't made anything in the theme yet. Until now!
Per Jenny & Aaron's very good advice, I secured the binding with washi tape (no masking tape to be found). Selected a piece of scrapbook paper from the book mentioned above. Brown with a lightly printed grid and very cool textured cogs all over. Cut it to size and secured it to my Moleskine pages with Mod Podge.
Next, I mixed up some paint. As much as I love my pastels, it was a refreshing change going for dark colors this time. Mixed up black, green, and shimmery metallics. Starting in the lower left of the spread, I dabbed it on with my paint brush, trying to enhance rather than cover up the textured cogs.
Stamped a partial movie ticket border in black on the bottom right side. Mixed up a dark gold-ish paint and stamped up the left page with a hot air balloon stamp. Stamped white & grey clocks. Painted a bit of light grey-blue in the lower left corner. Added a dark Marie Antoinette ephemera image I bought from an etsy shop a while back. Added decorative dark blue-green washi tape. Stuck on another random scrap image on the bottom left. Painted over it some with watered-down paint. Added my Steampunk bird sticker.
Added a tag I bought from another etsy shop plus some cappucino baker's twine. I didn't have any gold washi tape, so I painted over a strip of gridded white & blue washi tape. You can't really see the grid lines, but I used a watered-down gold paint mix to leave them visible. Stuck that at the top.
The tag felt too blank and incomplete, so I drew up a quick beaker + my signature skull design on a white index card (most of the drawings I use for my art are on white index cards - they're cheap and sturdy!). Outlined in pen, then painted over it with my dark green paint mix.
I cut out my beaker from the index card. Took advantage of the dotted texturing on the tag and used the white-metallic paint mix to make it look cloudy. stuck on the beaker. More random paint spots to highlight the cog texture.
It still felt too plain, so I cut out elements from a few more pages in the Steampunk scrapbook paper book. Wasn't feeling particularly creative, so I chose "m" and "A" for Marie Antoinette. Added some handwritten text to the ticket. And yeah, again I couldn't think of anything profound... so "industry" it was! Covered everything in a layer of Mod Podge.
I'm not totally sure what I think of this week's page spread. I am pretty happy with it overall, it's just very different from the kinds of things I usually make. Plus, it's just very brown for me... But that's the point of art journaling, right? To try different things - different themes, styles, whatever. No rules! I'm determined to experiment more with Steampunk-themed spreads in the future. But maybe I'll wait until I pick up some more Steampunk elements as I felt very limited in making this spread. Then again, that's what drove me to add things like the brown tag and the Marie picture, and to draw the beaker. Creativity is born out of necessity, right? Right. I'm going with that.
Art Journaling is a weekly feature where I share a page spread from my art journal. The idea began with Jenny & Aaron's classes, which they share weekly on Everyday is a Holiday. You can see all of my art journaling posts here.