Gears and Legs: Mixed Media Art Journal Layout

Gears and Legs

Gears Always Turning

Life has been so busy as of late that I have not had a lot of time to create. But the gears in my head have been turning non-stop. Especially when I lay down at night to go to sleep. I am guessing that is because I don’t have other tasks to occupy my thoughts. I have seen some amazing projects on blogs and Pinterest as of late. I love getting inspired from other people’s artwork and it is a sure thing to get the creative juices flowing during a drought.
What kinds of things do you do to keep the inspiration coming when you don’t have time to sit and create? I wish I could keep inspiration photos in a journal so that I could flip through when I am low on creativity. Sometimes, it is inconvenient to get on the web and search for the right picture to inspire. I find I waste a lot of time finding the right picture, but not before I have gotten side tracked, looking at things on Amazon to buy. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have any of you done this?

Creating the Journal Layout

My steampunk journal is creating hours of fun for me. I love compiling my lonesome stamps together and using them for the first time in years! Instead of putting a grungy spin on this steampunk journal I have found myself leaning more towards the white gesso and pastel colors. I am liking the combo.My background is made of grocery bags. I have added patterned paper, paper scraps, gesso, paints and stamps. My embellishments clustered together are stamps, chipboard, muslin strips, fibers, corrugated cardboard, and string.
More Steampunk Inspiration:

My other steampunk journal pages:
The Chessboard Prince
Her Eyes Are Whimsical
New Discoveries
Plate IV
It’s All Perspective
The Distant Wanderer
And I am Linking up to T-Day with Elizabeth at Altered Book Lover
Thank you for visiting! And don’t forget to share your sources of inspiration.

Challenges Entered:

The Artistic Stamper: September:Take a Little Color

WE Love 2 Create: Anything Mixed Media Goes

Inky Mess: Challenge 14 Anything Goes


10 thoughts on “Gears and Legs: Mixed Media Art Journal Layout”

  • Wonderful pages, both of them. I often have nights where my head is spinning with thoughts, and then I try to do some relaxation exercises. If that doesn’t help I read till I fall asleep. Nice to see you joining in a the the party, happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

    • Thank you, Valerie. I know what you mean about a spinning head ๐Ÿ˜‰. Relaxation exercises sound like a great idea. I will look for some. And I love any excuse to read a book. Have a great day!

  • Your pages are so beautiful – I love your style – it’s unique and AMAZING! Oh yes all the many ideas and inspiration is mostly everywhere – sometimes a creative soul can get crazy….lol.
    Happy belated T-Day!
    oxo Susi

  • Once again, I am late visiting you. I’ve been so incredibly busy this week, I haven’t looked back. But I really love your steampunk inspired art journal. I am in total AWE of these pages. You have a real gift for layering, and all the layers are what make your pieces so extremely exceptional.
    I was deeply impressed with your use of grocery bags for your substrate. I am a big fan of using what I have. If I can keep something out of the recycle bin or trash, I feel very pleased. You take that to the entire next level.
    I don’t buy online, and I don’t have a Pinterest account. But I get a lot of inspiration from you and your art!
    I was wondering if you made or purchased what looks like a frozen Charlotte. I looked to see if you mentioned it, but couldn’t find anything about it.
    So glad you stopped in to join us for T this week. I was simply delighted and love how you shared your drink AND your fabulous art with us for T.

    • Thank you Elizabeth. I love using grocery bags and recycling. I hate throwing things away as well, hence I have a very full crafting area. The frozen Charlotte is one of Tim Holtz’s fracture dolls. I don’t know if they are still sold. They came in a package of two, one large and one small doll. This one is made from a mold of the smaller doll. Hope that helps. Thank you for stopping. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great weekend!

      • Thanks Kate. I have a very, very small frozen Charlotte sent to me by a woman in Germany. I think I’m going to make a mold of it, since you seem to have made one quite successfully. It’s not just a gem, but an inspiration!

  • Such a pretty page and I can empathize about being busy of late, sometime life just gets hectic …lol ๐Ÿ˜‰. As you probably know by now, I get inspired by just about anything and everything … Lol … I always have a list of pages to create! Have a lovely weekend! J ๐Ÿ˜Š

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