Fresh Wonder: Mixed Media Art Journal Layout

Fresh Wonder On The Classics

Lately, I have very slowly been working on reading through some classics. I am amazed at all the popular stories I know from movies but have never actually read the book. Take Alice In Wonderland.
I love the movie with Johnny Depp and I am obsessed with tea. Several years ago I watched the Disney version but it was so odd that I quickly lost interest. So recently, I picked it up and read it. I was surprised at the amount of Wonderland characters I had never hear of… Like the Lion and the Unicorn. And who knew that Humpty Dumpty lived in Wonderland? Not I. I have several Alice themed stamps but with none of the characters mentioned. Someone needs to design a Alice themed stamp set with a unicorn!
If you love Alice In Wonderland, check out this book Heartless by Marissa Meyer. It is a interesting take on what may have happened to the Queen of Hearts. My cousin got me interested in this fantasy author and now I am reading through the series.
My youngest boy has always been obsessed with Peter Pan and believe it or not, we own almost every movie version on the market with the exception of two. My little even learned his colors because “Peter Pan is green” and “Wendy’s dress is blue.”ย  I figured it was about time to find out how accurate the movies really are.
So, I have come to look at the classics with fresh wonder now that I really know their story. The average person may think they know these stories but unless you have read them you can’t say you know them. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Do you like reading classics?


Creating The Journal Layout

Lessons Learned

Here is the final layout in my Steampunk Art Journal. This layout didn’t exactly go as planned and compared to many of my other spreads I am a bit disappointed. As much as I enjoyed this topic there comes a point in time when you can beat a subject to death. Due to my lack of planning for the binding, I ended up with more spreads then usual resulting in a super thick journal. Like 3 inches thick! For the future I made a *note to self* ‘ to plan binding before starting layouts’.

The Process

Grocery bags were used as the base for my page. I washed book paper with gesso and then used grunge paste through a stencil. PaperArtsy infusions were used in the background before I layered my stamps and embellishments.

What Do You Think?

Presently, I have two ideas for my next two art journals but I am curious as to what you think? I am always open to suggestions. So, what do you think I should use for a theme for my next art journal? I would love to hear subjects of interest to you.
It is a beautiful fall day so I am linking to Elizabeth’s for Tea Tuesday.

Thanks for stopping,


Steampunk Art Journal Pages: Art Begins With a Vision; Shiny Happy People; Seth Apter Steampunk; Gears and Legs; The Chessboard Prince; Her Eyes Are Whimsical; PLate IX; It’s All Perspective; The Distant Wanderer

Challenges Entered:

Craft Stamper: October Anything Goes

Stamplorations: October Mixed Media Challenge

The Artistic Stamper Creative October Challenge


24 thoughts on “Fresh Wonder: Mixed Media Art Journal Layout”

  • Happy T-Day dear Kate! I had to read many classical literature during my training to a bookseller . It was not always a pleasure for me I have
    to admit, but it is nice to know the initial stories ! You are right!
    I love your pages – this yummy textures and the fantastic layering always makes me happy !
    I don’t like to be restrikted to just one theme for a journal. As I have to make many pages for the AJJ and TIOT themes I wouldn’t manage to start so many journals at once.
    The only theme I would manage for sure would be QUOTES as I nearly add a quote to every page I create…lol.
    oxo Susi

    • I think it is so fun that you trained as a bookseller! To me, it sounds like a dream job. I too do not always take delight in classics as a lot of them seem boring but I am looking at it as a challenge to further my knowledge.
      I love the idea of basing a journal off of quotes…something I frequently struggle with. I always forget to put words on my spreads and then I have nothing to talk about in my posts. Haha.
      Happy Tuesday,

  • It’s always good to read the classics. I grew up with them, the characters were always my friend, and especially if I am feeling ill or down I pick one to re-read. Lately I have been re-reading a lot of Dickens, and it’s like meeting up with old friends. Perhaps your new journal could show characters out of some of your fave classics? Love your latest pages, they are really good, as always, so many wonderful details. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  • I like the idea of a journal of characters from the classics, maybe including the ones like the unicorn you discovered in Alice in Wonderland ๐Ÿ˜. The textures you create are always amazing and your pages are beautiful! Wishing you a very Happy T Day! J ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • You may think this is a disappointing spread, but I fell in love with it. It is SO you. I have read a few of those fairy tales, like Grimm, but they are simply too ugly for me to think of them as children’s tales. I like your entry, though.
    I read Susi’s advice. I often don’t add words to my pages, either. I’m not much of a journaler, I guess, and I don’t scrap(book), so words are really not important to me. As for themes, I suggest you think of what is important in your world, review what seems to be your endless number of rubber stamps, and go from there. This has to be YOUR new journal, so give it some thought before deciding anything.
    Thanks for sharing your final steampunk spread and your cup of tea with us in that glorious setting for T this Tuesday.

  • fabulous looking journal page!! Love all those yummy layers and textures.
    Thanks for sharing about the classics. I haven’t read one in a long time- though I also LOVE Johnny Depp’s Alice movie! No suggestions on a new theme for your journal- I think it should be something that comes to you which will then inspire you to fill your pages. Happy T day!

  • Yes I enjoy reading the classics, but have to admit its a long time since I read one.
    I enjoy most types of book and always have one close by, especially at bed time.
    Nothing can beat the joys of reading a good book.
    Your journal pages are fantastic, I love the textures and details on the pages.
    Happy T day wishes.

  • Hello, I enjoyed your post about the books. when I was very young I read allot of the classics-now that I am older I have not.
    Loved your steampunk art page-very awesome
    Happy T Fay Kathy

  • Hi Kate, I love your pages! I’m inspired by the texture and pattern combinations. It’s a lovely idea to take your themes from literature. Looking forward to seeing more. X

  • Yes, I like reading classics, but afraid I am a bit lazy and never made it all the way through Alice in Wonderland, just bits and pieces. I did finally read all of the books in the series Lion, Witch and Wardrobe. Quite fun! Love your Steam Punk pages!! maybe one of your classic books will lead you to the theme for your next art journal? happy T day!

    • I understand how Alice and Wonderland might not hold one’s attention. I struggled through it but thank goodness for audiobooks. I loved the Chronicles of Narnia although it has been a while. That series is a favorite in our house.
      Happy Wednesday,

  • That’s a nice view with your coffee mug. ๐Ÿ™‚ A good place to read those classics. I tend to go for literature, but I agree-it’s nice to read the book. Loving your journal spread too. It’s got so much texture. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

  • Kate, I’m totally in love here. Not sure what you were aiming for, but the result is incredible. Maybe you would like an anything goes journal and see what develops from there. I’ve started one with all Lynne Perrella women images. I truly love the paper bag base. I smiled ear to ear reading of how your son loves Peter Pan. I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE Peter Pan! My absolute fave! Will have to read again. Hugs, Autumn

  • Kate, I love that steampunk journal spread! It’s too bad about the binding. I’ve done that too. BTW, Vicky Papaioannou has a great YouTube video about how to expand the spine ( Obviously she’s done it too ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I love anything-Alice and I’ve read both the books. So thank you for the Marissa Meyer book info.
    Yes, I do like reading classics.
    I like Valerie’s idea of a journal around book characters. you’ll be able come up with many ideas starting with Alice and the unicorn ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Happy T-Day!! Hugs, Eileen

  • Hello Kate, your post took me down the memory lane when I was in primary school reading some classics. Then in secondary school, we had some local and foreign classic stories to review. Same happening in university where we were given short stories from the classical literature to read and do the assignments given. All along I would rather read than do the assignments based on the classic stories, haha. I have always enjoyed some children and adult classics like Alice In Wonderland, Othello, Hamlet, The Emperor’s New Clothes (always make me laugh reading it, lol), Pride and Prejudice, Gone with the Wind, The Picture of Dorian Gray etc and our local Malay classics like Bawang Merah Bawang Putih, Patung Cendana, Naga Tasik Chini to name a few. My kids too enjoy the children’s classics but however they love Narnia and Harry Potter a lot more!!
    You art journal is definitely my cup of tea! The colors, the textures, the theme, the style, the composition, the heaps of layers…totally in love with everything you have made to make it interesting and attractive. Thanks for sharing this creation Kate. So inspiring to me!
    So glad to see your creation at STAMPlorations October Mixed Media Challenge and thank you for playing along with us. Can’t wait to see what you have for us this November.
    Hugs and smiles,
    STAMPlorations Mixed Media Design Team
    Qinaahana Arts & Crafts {My Personal Blog}

    • Wow! You certainly have read a lot of classics. I am a bit behind but I would love to read some of the ones you mentioned, even though they are children’s classics. And I always chuckle at the Emperors New Clothes as well! Such a great story and lesson. Thank you for stopping by and sharing all your suggestions! I will certainly be adding some of these to my to-read list.

  • What beautiful pages! It looks like you had fun creating them with all the amazing texture and layers ๐Ÿ˜. Wow, it sounds like your journals are super thick, the 30 pages in my journal tend to be only 1-2 inches thick …lol ๐Ÿ˜‰. It looks like spring has arrived, that’s such a lovely view from your window. Wishing you a very happy tea day! J ๐Ÿ˜Š x

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