Hope everyone is well and warm today. Happy Sunday!
I finally finished up a mixed media art journal spread I've been working on for a few weeks on and off. I'm slowly working to finish a journal I began in 2009, which was my first journal ever and made from a composition notebook. It started out as one of those daily journals but I didn't keep it up and then it became an almost daily, then monthly, then yearly journal, lol. At any rate, it's about stuff that happened between 2009-2012. At the end of 2012 when I knew I wouldn't finish it, I planned out the remaining spreads using yellow stickies on each page telling me what to journal. This one is about when I got interested in Steampunk style in 2010, and as a play on Grey's Anatomy's McDreamy, I titled it McSteamy Love.
I took photos of my mixed media process. This is what I started with, notebook pages that had been written on as a long-ago exercise in hidden journaling, then two pages cut and glued to these. I then painted the spread with a little gesso and white acrylic paint, which you can see ended up buckling the spread, especially across the center. I probably should have laid vertical strips of masking tape on it before doing anything else, but I forgot about that trick.
I used matte medium to adhere some of the tissue paper that was in my Valentine gift bag from Honey. This did not help the buckling, but hey, I was invested at that point because I wanted to make this for Art Journal Journey's current challenge, which is to use red.
I thought to add some strips of washi tape across the center and a few other places. I used 3 different washi tapes. Since the red was really bright, I randomly sponged on some titan buff acrylic paint.
More titan buff paint across the top, and a few spritzes of Dylusions Ground Coffee ink spray to begin creating a grunge look.
Next, I used a Tim Holtz Gears Layering Stencil and some raw umber acrylic paint on the sides, which only worked in spots, leaving umber smudges in others under the stencil, probably because I didn't spray temporary adhesive on the stencil like I normally do and also because of the very uneven surface. I had a lot of paint on the stencil still so I turned it over and used it as a stamp here and there. Things are really messy at this point, but I felt I'd created enough of a background for my collage. I let this dry while I went and cleaned off my stencil and my fingers and hands and nails!
It actually sat for many days before I got time to continue. I also had to choose my images, size them in PSE and print them, fussy cut them, ink-edge them and play with the arrangement. Here's the left hand page detail. I made the title and journaling in PSE, using elements from a GG junk journal kit I won. I had decided to choose steampunk images I liked, since my journaling says I'm' picky, lol. The octopus is a GG freebie image from my files and the pumpkin is from the junk journal kit. I also cut lots and lots of gears out of a sheet of Basic Grey Obscure paper using the TH Sizzix Gears Thinlits dies, which also includes the corner die.
The right hand page detail: The mushrooms image is from the junk journal kit. The robot head is another GG freebie image and the man sitting on the moon is from GG's Steam Powered collage sheet.
Close-up of my journaling, in case you wanna read. I used a little black glitter on the title mat's screws and colored the rivets with a red Posca paint marker. All the collaged paper is edged in brown and black inks from my Use It Up ink pad box containing ancient ink pads that just will not die (no longer juicy enough for stamping but still useful for ink blending).
I really liked this octopus image, so I edged him special with a brown Promarker before ink-edging his light bulb head (forget ink-edging his tentacles!). I also added some gold glitter to the filament and colored his collar with the red Posca.
Now, I thought this was cool to put these together, like the robot is looking at his creator - HA! I added a little glitter metallic marker work to both pieces.
I included this close-up to show the background's inky paint-y grunge-y goodness!
And one last look. It was a lot of work, but I do like how it turned out, even with that paper buckling.
Thanks for visiting (and for hanging there for all the photos and commentary).
Have a great day!
MY CHALLENGE PLAYLIST:
Steampunk is Fantasy, hoping it is allowed
Gears die cuts and I've added gold glitter/metallic accents