Creativity and Imagination

I enjoyed using my creativity and imagination to create this industrial looking page and pretty steampunk butterflies. I also had fun raiding my hubby’s tool supplies for the metal pins and washers for this page (grin!). I hope that you like it too!

To create an industrial look, I started by applying modelling paste using a Metal Grid and also a Clock background stencil from That’s Crafty! When the paste was dry, I covered the entire page in Neutral Gray Liquitex acrylic paint. I painted some Iridescent Bright Silver Liquitex Ink over and around the stencilled modeling paste and then I applied some Midnight Sparkle and Silver Grey metallic wax lustres over the top which emphasised the texture and detail of the metal grid and clocks. I also splattered the page with the same silver Liquitex ink and a copper spray to give a grungy look. Once dry, I stencilled roses onto the page using Rusty Hinge Distress Ink and a blending tool positioning them in between the metal grids and clocks. I stamped some cogs/gears using black Archival Ink and a Docrafts Steampunk stamp set and then I splattered the whole page with black DecoArt acrylic paint.

To create my steampunk butterflies I used a wonderful butterfly stamp set from Paperbabe Stamps that I recently won over at the Paperbabe Stamp Challenge. This stamp set allows you to layer all the different butterfly parts so it looks more detailed and realistic, you can even create different butterfly poses to produce flight and movement. As this is my first time using these stamps, I kept it simple and started by stamping the larger wing background layer stamp using Rusty Hinge Distress Ink onto white cardstock. Then I stamped the same cog/gear stamp, that I used on my page, over the top using a VersaMark Watermark stamp pad and covered them with copper Papermania embossing powder. I removed any excess powder and used my heat gun to melt it until it turned glossy. Then I stamped the detailed wing layer stamp from the same Paperbabe Stamp set using the VersaMark ink lining up the stamps so that they fit together, covered the wings with silver Papermania embossing powder and melted it with my heat gun. I cut the butterfly out of the cardstock, edged them with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and outlined the cog/gear detail using a black Derwent Graphik marker so they stood out more. I used a metal split pin, from my hubby’s tool supplies (grin!) to create the butterfly body by simply sliding the paper butterfly into the pin and then I stuck them to the page using Glossy Accents.

The “Creativity” and “Imagination” wording is created using Tim Holtz idea-ology Label Letter stickers which are edged with a Sanguine Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. To finish, I added some copper gems, some metal split lock washers, nuts, and internal tooth lock washers using Glossy Accents to stick them all in place. These metal pieces are from my hubby’s tool kit supplies and I did ask before I used them and I think they add a lovely industrial and steampunk feel to my page (grin!).

I have had a few questions about my art journal pages recently – how I photograph them, do I scan them and what I do with them, do I bind them into a book or journal?

My pages are always photographed outside in the garden in natural light and although I crop the photos to show just the actual page for my blog posts, my pages are actually all contained in a spiral bound pad. Once the journal is complete I make decorative covers on the front and back of the book. I like to look through the pages to remember what I’ve been up to and I also have a book stand in my craft room where a different page is displayed everyday from one of my Art Journals; it’s lovely to look at the page and recall the memories associated with it!

If you want to see and find out more about my art journal books then check out my post here.

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m joining the T Gang and sharing a recent visit to Dahlia’s Kitchen where we had ice cream milkshakes, I have chocolate or banana milkshakes to choose from – yum! Of course they have other beverages if you would prefer – Happy T Day!

Do you remember this water feature? Well, as promised, I found out what it is…it is an old commercial potato peeling machine that has been mounted on stilts (grin!). Doesn’t it look fabulous up-cycled!


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 Bleubeard & Elizabeth from Altered Book Lover, who is hosting the Count your blessings challenge over at Art Journal Journey as I feel very blessed to be able to use my creativity and imagination when creating my art journal pages.

I’m pleased to join the Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps too – thank you for the beautiful stamps!

Over at Stamps and Stencils, their challenge is Industrial/Grungy and I had fun using both stamps and stencils on this page to join their theme.

Using embossing powders to create my butterflies, I’m also joining the How can you resist? challenge over at A Vintage Journey with my Industrial inspired and styled Mixed Media page.

I’m also joining the Anything Goes challenge over at The Artistic Stamper with my Creativity and Imagination art journal page.

I’m pleased to join SanDee & amelie’s Steampunk Challenges for their AnythingGoes – Steampunk/Industrial challenge as I had fun creating this industrial page.

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:

  • Pébéo Modeling Paste
  • Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic (Neutral Gray)
  • Liquitex Ink! (Iridescent Bright Silver)
  • Craf-T Products Luster Rub-ons Kit #4 (Midnight Sparkle, Silver Grey)
  • Michelle Marsden Crafts Scrumptious Precious Metal Spritzer (Copper)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Rusty Hinge)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Tsukineko VersaMark (Watermark Stamp Pad)
  • Papermania Embossing Powder (Copper, Silver)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199, Sanguine 188 B)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.05mm)
  • That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencils (Metal Grid Background TC041, Clock Background TC048)
  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Docrafts Creativity Essentials A5 clear stamp set (Steampunk DCE907125)
  • Paperbabe Stamps (Butterfly Pieridae Stamp Set)
  • White cardstock
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Label Letters #TH93072)
  • Metal split pins, split lock washers, nuts, internal tooth lock washers
  • Docrafts Forever Friends Adhesive Dome Borders (Opulent FFS351111)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

59 thoughts on “Creativity and Imagination

  1. LOVE this industrial page Jo. It really looks like you made it on metal. And added those little washers looks really cool. Thanks for sharing your bound journals. You always do get such a great photo. (Unlike me with all the crooked ones). And we are in a major heat wave again and that ice cream milkshake looks so delicious. Even for my breakfast. Nice to find out its a potato peeler too. It does look cool and better than it ending up in th trash. Have a super T day. Hugs-Erika

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  2. I am in love with your industrial-steam punk page!!
    and I was wondering too how you kept your beautiful pages-loving that they are in books.
    Oh my I really want one of your milk shakes now-they looks so delicious-I am off to check out your link Happy T

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  3. Brilliant looking steampunk/industrial inspired page Jo! Love how you raided hubby’s space for some bits cuz i have been known to do the same at my house-lol. The journals I play in are all spiral bound too so I crop them as you. It is fun revisiting the pages:) That potato peeler is so cool- I had not seen one before and so will now know what I’m looking at if I come across one during our antiquing jaunts:) Happy T day!

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  4. Wow Jo, this is amazing! It looks like it is real metal. Thank you so much for sharing how you made this. Now I’ve got a lot of new ideas. Great!! Hugs, Lenie

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  5. Your page is so pretty. The butterflies take the hard edge off the steampunk look. I’m glad I’m not the only one that sometimes raid a tool box for “art supplies”. I never would have guessed that the water feature once was a commercial potato peeler. Fun that it was upcycled. Your frappe (that’s what we call a milkshake that includes ice cream, milk, and flavoring. Otherwise, it’s just a milkshake) would be so deliciously welcome today as temps are going over 100 (37 oC) today and tomorrow with high humidity. Happy T Day

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    • Thanks a lot! I didn’t know what a potato peeler looked like so was surprised to find out what it was, it was a great excuse to have one of those yummy ice cream milkshakes though …lol 😉. We have just “milkshakes” too or we have “ice cream milkshakes”, and what we call a frappe in the UK is usually made with crushed iced rather than ice cream 😀. I’m not fussy though either way it sure is delish …lol 😉. Happy T Day! J 😊 x


  6. Wonderful steampunk page, Jo. You’re such a versatile artist. The color scheme is way outside my comfort zone. You did a fabulous job. I love all the texture and hardware embellishments. I think I’m one of the ones who asked about your journals. Thank you very much for sharing a “behind the scenes” look. I guess I should try photographing outside. Your photos are always great.
    Happy 30th anniversary sometime this year and happy T-day today! Hugs, Eileen

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  7. I am in LOVE. True love. I am so impressed with the metal industrial look you achieved. It was truly original looking, too. And those butterflies you won took the hard edge off the metal, but kept with the overall feel of the beautiful entry. You may come raid MY garage anytime for washers, nuts, etc. They add that perfect dimensional touch, too. Thanks for sharing it as part of my theme at Art Journal Journey, too. LOVED seeing all those journals you have created.

    Your milk shake looks awesome. I’ll have chocolate, please (grin). And it’s great to know that’s a potato peeler. Anytime I can read about recycling/upcycling, I’m in heaven. Thanks for taking us with you for milkshakes for T this Tuesday.

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  8. Wow I love your artwork, I’ve tried to create this kind of thing but I guess it’s not my style but I so admire other people’s work, it’s great.
    Love those milkshakes, especially the jars they serve them in.
    Have a great week
    Jan #15

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  9. that industrial look and its texture looks so good!! just my taste! and i like how you bind your journals and also the idea of displaying each day one of the pages.
    happy t-day ♥

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  10. You have such a variety of art, and I love seeing how you’ve bound it. Displaying rotating pieces is a wonderful way to remember 🙂

    The chocolate milkshake, please. That looks delicious. I’d love to have a water feature on the patio, and a combination sculpture/water feature/antique would be so cool. Happy T Tuesday!

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  11. Your industrial background looks so authentic…just like real metal. I love the addition of the butterflies.
    Isn’t fun to see all the completed art journals? I l just love all the edges of the crinkled pages and various colors of paint peeking out. What a fun idea to display a new page every day. A great way to keep receiving enjoyment from your art and the memories surrounding them.
    Happy Tea Day,

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  12. I am absolutely thrilled about this industrial look page ! This is industrial look Mixed Media at its best Jo! Absolutely thrilling! I love your style so much! You never cease to amaze me . This butterflies are so utterly pretty and you have always the exact fitting touches to your work! Fantastic! And great to see your journal collection once again! This journals just must make you happy and what a good idea to display a page for every day!
    You made me happy to link to Elizabeth’s theme at AJJ again, you know how much Dr.E. loves rust!

    Have a wonderful T-Day evening my friend! Thank you for joining us at AJJ again – your support ist so much appreciated! ♥♥♥
    Big hugs, Susi

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  13. Your backgrounds are always so beautiful Jo, and this one is no exception! I love how you have finished it too! Thank you also for explaining how you photograph your pages, I know I was one of the folks asking. Your albums look totally impressive, and I love the idea of displaying a new page each day!

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    • Thank you, that’s a lovely thing to say! Thanks also for your enquiry about my pages and journals, I knew you were travelling to France so I delayed my explanation until your return 😀. It’s fun displaying a new page each day and remembering the memories it evokes 😉. Creative wishes! J 😊 x


  14. Its a fabulous textured page Jo, I love the metal grungy effects and your steampunk theme. Its good to raid the hubby’s tool box, I think many of us do that.
    Your journals look awesome Jo and it is a good idea to display them, the covers look lovely as well.
    The ice cream milkshakes sound yummy, buts its been so cold these past few days I think I’ll stick to tea tonight.
    Belated T day wishes Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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  15. OMYGOSH, Jo, as I wasn’t visiting you in 2017, I have always wondered why the size of your journal pages (no crease down the middle, were they loose pages, etc.). Something really clicked for me when I read your old post you linked with your explanation about your journals, so thank you for linking, had to Pin it, your journals look so lovely all stacked up. And Love today’s page, it is very artistically industrial. xoxo

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  16. Jo, your page is fabulous! It really does have an industrial vibe to it and then completely lightened up with the gorgeous butterflies (well done on your win!). I love all the bits you raided from your hubby’s tool box too, they add an extra level of texture which is beautiful. It was a lovely post to read through too – that old potato peeler looks amazing!

    Thanks so much for joining in with us at A Vintage Journey this month! Anne xx

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  17. Fabulous , Jo . Love the industrial feel you have achieved to the background which carries your butterflies with those lovely pops of copper so strikingly . Of course I love all the hardware bits you have added – theres always room for plenty of them imho . Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey x

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  18. Great page Jo, wonderful textures! Interesting to see your art journals too, I’m off to follow that link.
    No time to craft here, Beth’s busy sorting her stuff to move to Derby and start her working life!
    Hope you’re having a great week!

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  19. Woowwww Jo !! this steampunk is amazing !! Love love it, The stamps are super,, the colours wonderful, but the butterflies…….. they are GORGEOUS !! They are the heart of this magnifique Art page !! Very nice to see your art journals, interesting paper. Thank you very much for sharing with us. Cool ice cream !! and, I´ve never seen such a peeling potato machine!! great !
    I wish you a very nice afternoon,, big hugs, Caty

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  20. Wow! What a lovely page! I didn’t think steampunk and pretty would go together, but you have done just that! Fantastic. I love the texture and the metallic colour.
    I loved seeing the old potato peeler. Our greengrocer (in my childhood days) used to have one in the shop and people could buy potatoes ready peeled. It makes an excellent water feature. Love it!
    The ice creams look very yummy indeed.
    Belated Happy T-Day,

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  21. Such a great page! Love the texture and how the butterflies contrast the industrial look of it! Thank you for joining in our challenge at SanDee&amelie’s Steampunk Challeges!

    Claudia x

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