Steampunk : A Mixed Media Art Journal


Don’t you just love saying finally in a sentence. It is a indication that the thing you want most or have been waiting for has come.
I have mentioned several times over the last year that hubby is getting laid off from his job in December. ( I can barely believe December is less than a month away) I never thought he would have a hard time finding a job because (it’s brag time) my honey is a genius! He is so good at numbers and measurements. He is a mechanical engineer so numbers and such are right up his alley.  We have known for over a year that he was going to need a job but so many things have happened in our lives over the last year and a half to make this somewhat stressful time, very stressful. It has been a learning process. We have learned to be patient with each other, to manage our money more wisely and we have learned to wait on God. And trust that He will take care of us. And I just wanted to let you all know that God has come through again for our family and has met our needs! And I am so thankful to Him for providing my husband with a great new job that he can start after the new year! My hubby FINALLY has a job! I know many of you have prayed for us and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for remembering us in your prayers!
So with that said, I finally completed my Steampunk Art Journal.

 Creating The Binding

To be honest, I thought I would never complete this art journal. A few of you asked about binding due to the bulky size. Let’s just say it was stressful finding a method that would allow me to show off all the pages with out them being crammed together. This art journal was the bulkiest journal I ever made. The binding was about 3 inches thick and the open side was another inch taller than that!! The perfect binding solution for the bulk was a Expandable Binding. I am loving this method and would definitely use it again. I think it would have worked a lot better if I have bound the journal first or as I went instead of waiting until the end but hopefully I can learn from my indecision and mistake. I found this method in a Youtube tutorial which unfortunately I cannot credit because I didn’t save it.
Update: I found the tutorial that inspired my expandable binding. Watch the Youtube video below by TracyTreasure24

The Covers

The covers are reworked from a old project which you can view HERE. I didn’t change a whole lot of the front cover but I think the small changes are significant to the look I was aiming for.
The background is stenciled using Tim Holtz Masks and Distress ink. I layered a few die cut gears, added some fiber and a mixed media tag. Lastly, I splattered some black ink and gesso. I LOVE splatters!
As you can see the back cover is the same as the front, minus the gear masks and the embellishments.

If you missed any of the inside pages to this journal they are linked below.

Steampunk Art Journal Pages

The Distant Wanderer

It’s All Perspective

Plate IX

New Discoveries

The Chessboard Prince

Her Eyes Are Whimsical

Gears And Legs

Seth Apter Steampunk

Shiny Happy People

Art Begins With A Vision

Fresh Wonder

Thank you for looking!

Challenges Entered:

Mini Album Makers Challenge: November

Craft Stamper: Anything Goes

Love 2 Create: Anything Mixed Media

Create Artiste: Anything Mixed Media

Altered Eclectics: Anything Mixed Media


30 thoughts on “Steampunk : A Mixed Media Art Journal”

  • EEEK! This binding looks kinda like one I had pop in my head in bed last night and sketched out in entirety. I love it! Your cover is so very cool and that bow tie just rocks my world! You are such an inspiration to me to let go and be more free with my creating. I truly appreciate this. I’m over the moon happy that you’re sharing with us at Mini Album Makers! I hope you have been inspired in some way by the tutorials and submissions for your next journal. Last, but most importantly, I am so thankful to a loving and caring Father for providing for His precious children, yet again! Praise His glorious name! I know that it has been a rough time, but my prayer is that you will linger in His goodness and the sweet reminders of His faithfulness for years to come. <3 Big hugs, Autumn

  • I have to say, since I don’t normally comment (although I do read every post), this was an interesting post. I remember watching you make that binding, and it was pretty cool – even from a not so artsy guy. And of course the story and stuff was inspiring too. 😉
    Love ya!!

  • Amazing to hear that your hubby got a great new job! This is for sure a relief and makes the heart swing! Congrats! AND this Journal turned out absolutely AMAZING Kate! I am sorry that you can’t find the video again since I am really interested in how that is made.
    Happy November, happy weekend and once again !
    Great to hear the super good news!!!!!
    Well done!
    oxo Susi

  • Your steampunk journal is fabulous, congratulations on getting it finished so beautifully. But the best news of the day is that your lovely husband has a new job, that’s marvelous! Be happy! Hugs, Valerie

  • What fabulous covers for your truly stunning steampunk pages. I love that you were able to re-work an older project into the mix. The binding sounds like a really useful one – I’m always slightly cross when art-journalling that I can’t use more dimension inside my journals, but with Expandable Binding sounds like it’s the answer! I’m off to do some research. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Mini Album Makers.
    Oh, and I’m so pleased to hear your husband has a job in place for the New Year – what a profound relief for you all.

  • Your art-journal looks very impressieve, the covers and binding are stunning! I am happy for you and your husband, wish him succes on the new job!

  • What fantastic news, I’m so pleased for you and your family about your hubby’s new job – many congratulations! Your journal looks wonderful and I don’t think I’ve ever seen one that thick before and it’s a joy 😁. Wishing you a Happy November! J 😊

  • There is always something so satisfying about recycling older projects, the covers on your journal are beautiful, I just love that Phrenology head! It certainly is a chunky journal, I went back and looked at your pages and the Seth Apter ones really stood out for me, they are gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing your work with us at Mini Album Makers! All the very best to your hubby in his new job too! Anne xx

  • I am SO impressed your husband got a new job and that bit of stress is gone from your life. I am so happy for him, because in a previous life, I got a mechanical engineering degree, too. However, I had to get a Ph.D. before I could actually find a job. Being a woman may have put me at a disadvantage, although no employer would ever admit it.
    I have never heard of an expandable binding, but it certainly worked and beautifully, too. Most impressive. I can’t begin to imagine how large it is. Great, great job, dear Kate. I’m off to hopefully learn about expandable bindings.

  • I found a couple of great tutorials on expandable bindings. This looks like a really great way to actually BIND a book. I took the easy way out and used purchased 3-ring binders for a couple of journal books I made that had tons of dimensional embellishments. Yours is wonderful, especially now that I understand what I was looking at!

  • Congratulations to your husband and you and best wishes for the future! What an absolutely fab journal!! I love the details on the cover and you have done a fantastic job with the binding. Thank you for joining us this month at Altered Eclectics, Jane (DT) 🙂 x

  • Excellent finish!! I am so happy you added the links for the previous pages, I loved pouring over them and seeing all the treasures hidden within this journal!
    Congratulations for your family and your new blessings! Hopefully this will ease some of that holiday stress!
    hugs,Jackie xx

  • First, let me say Praise God for your husband’s job! God is GOOD all the time, we just need to be patient for His timing! I also know what an outlet crafting is while we wait on Him. It is such a blessing to work with our hands as we think and pray and…wait. Giant hugs to you! Now…your project is amazing! I love the cover treatment. So interesting and full of texture! And, to tackle a new binding…on a beloved project…courageous!! Thanks for sharing your project with us at Mini Album Makers Challenge!

  • Such a fantastic steam punk journal! bsolutely love, love, love the cover and the inside pages look amazing too! Also love you manged to rework an older project! Thanks for the video link too, I am always eager to learn new binding techniques….
    Thanks for adding this beautiful piece to our challenge at the Minialbum Makers challenge!

  • Wow! This is amazing – I love it, thank you for sharing it with us at Altered Eclectics and I’m so glad your husband has found a new job.
    xxx Hazel.

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