Make it Masculine

Our new challenge for the next two weeks over at Try it on Tuesday is Make it Masculine.

I enjoyed creating this masculine page with the help of my hubby who chose the three stamps for the background and also the air balloon rub-on transfers which gave the page a lovely Victorian Steampunk feel (grin!).

I started by stamping the three Kaisercraft stamps that my hubby chose onto the background using Archival Distress Ink; these were an Alphabet stamp using Hickory Smoke ink, a Sketchy stamp using Vintage Photo ink and a Keys stamp using Ground Espresso ink. Then I scribbled some Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker onto an acrylic block, spritzed with water and then pressed the block onto the page to add to the grungy look.

Next I cut some rulers and also tore some grid and map papers from American Crafts and arranged them on the page with some leftover pieces of book pages and sheet music; they are all edged, like all the paper elements, using a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and stuck in place using a glue stick. The “masculine” wording and shop advertising signs are from a Crowded Attic sticker set from Tim Holtz. I splattered the page using black and rust coloured acrylic paints and then edged it using a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker.

I added some Men’s Accessories rub-on transfers which included some men’s trouser braces, a pair of spectacles, a lighter, a couple of gentlemen and a wallet. To finish, I added some Kaisercraft rub-on transfers detailing hot air balloons, tickets with the words “explore”, “discover”, “adventure” on them and some scrollwork.

For more inspiration, my Design Teamies have been making it masculine over at Try it on Tuesday with their wonderful creations too, so please pop over and take a look!

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing my cup of tea that we enjoyed with some homemade chocolate mousse – so very yummy (grin!). Wishing you all a Happy T Day!

If you are interested, the chocolate mousse was made using aquafaba (juice from a tin of chickpeas) which I whisked for 10–15 minutes until it was at the stiff peak stage, like you would meringues, and then I folded 250g of melted dark chocolate and a couple of tablespoons of castor sugar into it, poured the mixture into dishes and refrigerated overnight.

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


I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs, like Try it on Tuesday, 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 Halle from Halle’s Hobbies over at Art Journal Journey and her A Stitch In Time challenge this month with the men’s clothing and wallet accessory on this page.

I’m joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Masculine challenge.

I’m also happy to join the It’s A Man Thing challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with this page.

The challenge over at SanDee&amelie’s Steampunk Challenge is Anything Goes – Steampunk/Industrial so I’m pleased to be able to join them too.

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

  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamps (Alphabet CS887, Sketchy CS878, Keys CS801)
  • Ranger Distress Archival Ink (Hickory Smoke, Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Artist Pitt Pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • American Crafts Papers (DIY Shop 366665)
  • Leftover pieces of book pages and sheet music
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Salvage Stickers (Crowded Attic #TH92898)
  • Pritt Stick
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Liquitex Artist Color (Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (Men’s Accessories #ROY-853)
  • Kaisercraft Rub Ons (Up, Up & Away Collection RB870)

30 thoughts on “Make it Masculine

  1. Its a fantastic masculine page Jo, your husband chose super stamps for the background. It has a super vintage look with all the details you added.
    The mousse looks delicious, I’ve heard about using chickpea water , so next time I will think on and maybe try this. Usually I save it to use in the sauce or gravy.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

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  2. Wow, what a great page! Hubby did good picking out stamps and all your pieces and details totally work together so well! Love the steampunk feel. Your chocolate mousse sounds very cool as well and looks yummy! I may have to try that!

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  3. This is wonderful. It’s a beautiful journal page, and although it has a masculine feel to it, it also has a very romantic feel, too. Your husband picked some lovely stamps. And of course, you made a beautiful journal page. Thanks for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey using Halle’s theme.

    That mousse turned out lovely. I can see how frothy it must have been as you were mixing it. Your tea was darker than usual this week, too. Thanks for sharing your art, your mousse, and your tea with us for T this Tuesday, dear Jo.

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  4. OK, first I have to say, that making chocolate mousse from chickpea juice is brilliant. Instead of throwing it out. I need to get some more chickpeas at the grocery store today so I am going to try that recipe. And I love your masculine page. I like the vintage feel a lot. And I have wondered how to use those TH stamp images. They work great. Thanks for sharing with us at AJJ and also happy T day. Hope all is well. Hugs-Erika

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  5. A fabulous masculine page Jo, love the collection of images on that great background with lots and lots of details. Haven’t tried making chocolate mousse that way, I’ll certainly give it a try.
    Have a great week.
    Avril xx

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  6. Oh My Jo! I love the colours here. The way you have used the background stamps and a great selection of papers to create your background is wonderful. So many fabulous details to take in!
    Your Mousse sounds and looks delicious – I shall give it a try next time I make my hummus!
    Happy T Day, Chrisx

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  7. That is a beautiful masculine page. I love the vintage look and the professions dotted around.
    Chocolate mousse. Yumm! Thank you for the recipe. I didn’t know the water from a can of chick peas was called aquafaba. I can understand though as faba means bean.
    Wishing you a happy T-Day,

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  8. Very cool masculine page, Jo. You’re lucky to have a consultant. If I ask my hubby about a piece of art I’m working on, he says, “Hmm. That’s nice.” lol

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

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  9. A fabulous steampunk-ish journal page. My favorite is the vintage advertisements in the background.
    I am very intrigued by your chocolate mousse. I would never think to use chickpea juice. Does it taste like chickpeas? I can’t imagine that it would because who wants chickpeas and chocolate for dessert. It sounds like it would be a lot less calories than traditional mousse. Is that why one would use it?
    Happy Tea Day,

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    • Thanks so much Kate! The chickpea juice itself doesn’t taste of much so this mousse tastes very rich and chocolatey 😀. Yes, I think it would be less calories too.

      Due to its ability to mimic functional properties of egg whites in cooking, chickpea juice/aquafaba can be used as a direct replacement for them such as in meringues, marshmallows and mousse. It is especially suitable for use by people who avoid eggs, such as vegans.

      Hope this proves helpful 😊. Happy T Day! Hugs, Jo x


  10. Jo I love your artwork, all the different pieces and hot air balloons, John Lennon glasses as I always think of them, LOL
    Your mousse sounds interesting made of chick pea juice, Ive never heard of that
    Have a great week
    Jan x

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  11. I always pour the water away from a tin of chickpeas, and then rinse them. Do you mean the water from tins or are you talking about boiling your own? I like the sound of that chocolate mousse. It looks delicious and your tray is beautiful – love turquoise and brown together.
    Came on here to look at your collage though and i was impressed as always with what you do. I love all the different things you have used to make up this lovely piece, everything is so cohesive. I like the way you have brought in the touches of orange and yellow to add interest for the eye and draw it to the corners of your piece. It must have taken ages to do but it is so worth it. And hubby had a hand in it too – great!
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  12. And we’re pleased to have you play with us and enter this beautiful, beautiful make!
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at SanDee&amelie’s Steampunk Challenges!

    Claudia x

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