Mr. Finch

I’m really enjoyed creating the masculine page that I posted on Tuesday so I thought I would continue with the masculine theme and create a page with the additional inspiration of the goldfinches that we have seen a number of times this year, both in our garden and on our walks. So here’s my fun steampunk page which showcases the fabulous Mr. Finch (grin!).

I started by covering the page with Peeled Paint and Antique Linen Distress Ink using a blending tool and then spritzing the page with water to give a soft covering of colour. While the background was still wet I used a stamp from BoBunny to add the crackle texture mainly around the edges of the page using Hickory Smoke Distress Ink; the wet page blended the inks so the stamp looks smudged in places which I love. Then I used a stencil from Craft Sensations to add the numbers using Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and a blending tool. The black wheels are also stencilled using a Dina Wakley stencil from Ranger and I varied the depth of the Black Soot Distress Ink that I applied to give more of a distressed look and to add some dimension. I then splattered the page with the Black Soot Distress Ink using a paintbrush. The fountain pen and pocket watch are rub-on transfers by Royal and Langnickel and I also applied some leftover black letters from a Letraset transfer set to use them up. Next I fussy cut the roses from some design paper and stuck them in place, like all of the paper elements, using Liquitex matte gel medium.

For my steampunk Mr. Finch, I used a bird stamp from Stampendous, a Steampunk stamp set by Docrafts and black Archival Ink. I started by stamping the bird onto thick paper and fussy cutting it out, and then I distressed this image by covering it with some watered down white gesso using a baby wipe. Once dry I stamped the cog images over his breast and head and also a feather image over his back and wings to add more texture. I also stamped his steampunk style top hat and his wheels onto another piece of design paper; his wheels are from the Penny Farthing stamp which I stamped twice and then fussy cut out. I added three strips of music washi tape horizontally on the page and then I layered his wheels, body and hat together so Mr. Finch is rolling along one of these strips.

Inspired by seeing the goldfinches, I painted his cog design and added detail to his feathers using Iridescent Gold Liquitex Ink. As goldfinches also have red feathers on their heads that look like a mask, I also thought it would be fun to paint the goggles on his top hat with a Poppy Red Derwent Inktense pencil. I used a black Derwent marker, white gel pen and also the gold Liquitex Ink and red Inktense pencil to add further colour and detail to the design including his mask, hat, wheels and cogs. For his eye I added a black gem and coloured some of it white using a Uniball gel pen. Next I die cut three small labels using my Big Shot machine and stamped “Explore” using black Archival Ink. Once stuck in place, I coloured the edges using the red Inktense pencil and gold Liquitex Ink and then outlined them using a black Derwent marker and a white Uniball gel pen to frame the words, and then I embellished them with some round black brads. To finish, I splattered black and white DecoArt acrylic paint and also gold Liquitex Ink using a paintbrush over the page.

Here is one of the goldfinches that we saw on one of our walks along by the sand dunes, isn’t he magnificent!

If you are interested here are some facts about this bird:

  • There are just three species of goldfinches in the world – our European goldfinch, the widespread American goldfinch and Lawrence’s goldfinch which is found in the southwest USA.
  • The European goldfinch is a highly coloured finch with a bright red face and yellow wing patch.
  • They are very sociable birds, often seen in large groups and have a delightful liquid twittering song and call. The collective name for goldfinches is a charm and is derived from the old English c’irm which describes the birds’ twittering song.
  • The shape of their beak allows them to extract seeds from thistles and teasels.


I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

I’m pleased to join the lovely Gill from gibbyfrogettcraftations who is hosting the Inspired by … challenge over at Art Journal Journey I took inspiration from seeing the goldfinches to create steampunk page.

With the focal image of Mr. Finch being created using different stamps, I’m happy to be able to join Stamping Sensations and their Anything Goes challenge.

I’m so pleased to join the lovely Maura who is on the design team and is co-hosting over at SanDee & amelie’s Steampunk Challenges this month for their Anything Goes – Steampunk/Industrial challenge.

Over at A Vintage Journey this month the challenge is Stencil It so I’m pleased to join this challenge with my goldfinch inspired page fits their challenge focus with its Steampunk and Mixed Media Style.

I’m also pleased to be able to join the Written Word (add some text in some form) challenge over at Country View Challenges with stamped wording I added to this page.

I’m joining in the fun at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Anything But A Card challenge with Mr. Finch art journal page.

I’m also joining the Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Challenge and their June Challenge: Anything Goes!: (stamping MUST be included) with my unique, one of a kind Mr. Finch.

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Peeled Paint, Antique Linen, Hickory Smoke, Frayed Burlap, Black Soot)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Liquitex Inks! (Iridescent Bright Gold)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.2mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Derwent Inktense Pencil (Poppy Red 0400)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black, White)
  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Ranger Dina Wakley Media Stencil (Wheels MDS45588)
  • BoBunny Stamp (Rough it up 12105155)
  • Stampendous Cling Rubber Stamps (Jumbo Songbird CRS5029)
  • Docrafts Creativity Essentials A5 Clear Stamp Set (Steampunk DCE907125)
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Card Creator (A-2 Fancy Ribbon Threader S5-135)
  • Royal & Langnickel Clear Choice Stamps (Journey MIN- CCS104)
  • American Crafts (DIY Shop)
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad (Soft Colours CRO730/R, Authentic Vintage CRO730/R)
  • Royal & Langnickel Create-A-Collage Rub-on Transfers (Men’s Accessories #ROY-853)
  • Letraset Transfers (Helvetica Bold Condensed 5mm DCO251)
  • Hobbycraft (Assorted Black & White Decorative Tape 5971481007)
  • Poundland (Design Gems 175751)
  • Brads (Round Black)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

52 thoughts on “Mr. Finch

  1. Very cool journal page, Jo! I’m very fond of birds, so I’m so happy you chose to make him the center of attention! And in steampunk, no less! Great ideas to change that watercolor-looking stamp into this textured bird! Love your creativity! And I see you played along at A Vintage Journey, so while I’m here, let me say thank you for playing along! Hugs!

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  2. I am absolutely thrilled about this fantastic page Jo – so utterly beautiful – so much to see – all the details are so fabulous! And you are really very fortune to see such a fantastic goldfinch! Looks so beautiful! We just have green finshes here around . Last week I saw a hawfinch (Coccothraustes ) for the very first time in my garden. That bird looked so fabulous as well. But as I caught my camera it was gone.
    Thank you very much for such a beautiful page linked to Gill’s June theme at AJJ dear Jo! I wish you a very happy weekend my friend!


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    • Thanks so much! I loved creating Mr. Bird after seeing the beautiful goldfinches 😁. There seem to be more goldfinches around this year maybe it’s the hot weather we’ve had this last month! I’ve never heard of a hawfinch so looked it up, wow they look very majestic with their lovely beaks and colouring 😁. We had a storm yesterday with strong winds so it’s a lot fresher here today and with the internet connection playing up I’ve just managed to leave comments before it crashes again …lol 😁. Wishing you a very Happy Friday and Weekend dear Susi! J 😊 x


  3. Wonderful page. Mr. Finch looks terrific Steampunked. The Goldfinch in my yard doesn’t have the bright red face. His plumage is just bright yellow and his mate a brownish yellow. Have a great day!

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  4. I had to laugh at your comment about how you smudged the edges of your page. I swear, just stick around me awhile and smudges will come naturally (GRIN). I don’t think I’ve stamped ANYTHING I didn’t smudge at least somewhere on the stamped image.

    I loved your take on Mr. Finch. The attention to detail from applying gesso over the cut bird, to adding the cogs and extra feather show you leave nothing to chance. Of course, I enjoyed the idea of learning more about goldfinches, too. A simply wonderful post and a gem. Thanks for this great entry you created for Art Journal Journey.

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  5. I really love you latest page-love the steampunk theme for this-a very cool bird. Your goldfinches are much different than ours are. Ours are much smaller and the males are all yellow-
    Happy Friday and have a great weekend-hugs

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  6. Mr Finch is a magnificent steampunk bird. I love how you gave him a smart top hat. It is a fabulous page Jo, you gave him a wonderful background which looks great with the stencils and the colours you used.
    The Gold finch looks beautiful you were lucky to see him so close.
    Have a good weekend.
    Yvonne xx

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  7. Love your take on steampunk bird inspired by your gold finches. That is such a neat song bird stamp too. Mr Finch I’m sure is totally impressed with the way you have included him with the use of your lovely stencils and other elements!
    Have a great weekend,

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  8. A fabulous page Jo, love the background you created for your Steampunk bird and Mr Bird just looks fantastic with his hat and goggles and cog patterned feathers. Goldfinches are beautiful birds, we’re lucky to sometimes see them feeding in the garden.
    Have a great weekend. Avril 5

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  9. We have seen goldfinches in our garden occasionally, they’re so pretty aren’t they?! I love your page Jo, you created such a fabulous background for Mr. Steampunk Finch!
    Hope you have a great weekend,
    Alison xxx

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  10. I love your journal page Jo, Mr Finch looks wonderful on his steampunky background, and your photograph of a goldfinch is amazing – he’s so pretty! Thanks so much for joining in with us at Country View Crafts, and have a very happy weekend, Sue xx

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  11. ahhh ..Steampunk and a bird – of course I love this Jo 🙂
    Fantastic page – I love all the detals that you always put into your beautiful pages.
    Great stamps too!
    The Goldfinch is beautiful and striking with its flash of red and yellow – and it’s wonderful that we’ve seen a lot more this year..
    Thanks for sharing what inspired you and joining in again at AJJ.
    Thanks for the lovely comments you left on my past post too 🙂
    Hope you have lovely sunshine like it is here – have a wonderful weekend.
    Gill xx

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    • Oh, I thought of you as I created this page as I know steampunk is your thing …lol 😉. I love goldfinches too and there do seem to be more around this year, which is wonderful! We had some sunshine this weekend and clouds too. Thanks so much and I hope you had a wonderful weekend too! J 😊 x


  12. Your goldfinches are magnificent for sure. Ours are pretty plain yellow but wow! Your page is amazing too. I love all the masculine bits. That is a great steampunk stamp set too. I love gears and mechanical images-they always remind me of things vintage and make some cool images.:) Hope you are enjoying your weekend and having great weather too. Hugs-Erika

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  13. You’ve been so busy this week and this is another gorgeous piece of work! I love the theme and the birds look wonderful against that beautiful background…it’s lovely and once again, thank you so much for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog… x

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  14. WooHoo!! I’m so glad you joined us here at SASPC with your art journal page, Jo!! Love your Mr. Finch all dressed up in his hat and gears! I like how you used the numbers and gears in the background. hugs, Maura

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