Hi everyone!  Happy Saturday!  Today I am sharing another art journal page for the August challenge over on Art Journal Journey which this month is Type chosen by this month’s lovely host, Neet. This page, which might be my third fourth for this challenge, started out with this Distress Ink background in Picked Raspberry which was leftover from another project back in June! I discovered it laying flat on a shelf where I must have left it to dry (it was quite saturated at the time) and then didn’t need it. So for the theme of Type I used this stamp of a steampunk newspaper page, another typewriter stamp from my collection (why do I have so many?), and a few other elements around the page.  This page is also intended for the current Sandee and Amelie’s Steampunk Challenge which is sadly their final challenge as they will be closing their doors after nine years, so I am joining in their Grand Finale challenge! Details of both challenges are at the end of the post.

I added the stamped images using black and brown stazon ink, then played around with some paper scraps and chipboard shapes which I then painted with Lumiere metallic paints.  I had this number 10 tag which I was going to add to the page but then realised that of course it should be number 9 for the nine years of the Steampunk Challenge so I changed it before I completed the page.

At the top left of the page I added a strip of tickets, which you can see folded up on the above photo and unfolded on the next photo.

Perhaps this guy, who thinks he is king of the editors, has tickets to events listed in the newspaper, ballooning springs to mind, or perhaps a train journey. But first he has deadlines to meet so he needs to stop clowning around and get that crown off his head and get back to typing up the latest headline news!

To finish off the page, I added a Tim Holtz sticker to the plaque under the typewriter. So the whole page now reads IT’S TIME TO WRITE THE NEXT CHAPTER, MAKE IT COUNT, plus the 9 for the nine years of the Steampunk challenge.  I also added various splashes and splatters of paint and inks, some of which reacted with the Distress Ink in interesting ways, like these faded greys that started off very black.

Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading!


watercolour paper, my usual journal, neocolour IIs, paper scraps, chipboard, vintage photo sticker, Jacquard Lumiere paints, glue, black pen, stabilo all, strip of tickets, steampunk news stamp, typewriter stamp, text stamp,


Art Journal Journey – Type – August Challenge
Sandee and Amelie’s Steampunk ChallengeGrand Finale Challenge
More Mixed Media ChallengeAG & optional brights – August challenge – playing the optional bright in the form of bright pink!


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8 thoughts on “It’s Time To Start The Next Chapter

  1. Claudia says:

    A lovely journal page, Elle! lol…love Maura’s “Steampink” – yes, that’s what it is – pink steampunk beauty!
    Thank you for playing along with us at SanDee&amelie’s Steampunk Challenges!

    Claudia xxx

  2. Maura says:

    Yay for Steampink! It’s always cool to see steampunk in unconventional colors. So glad you joined us for our steampunk challenge at Sandee and Amelie’s Steampunk Challenges! hugs, Maura

  3. Bleubeard and Elizabeth says:

    Not sure how I missed this, but if it has rusty steampunk, I am in love with it. Sorry I missed this before, but I am truly in awe of this beauty you gave us at Art Journal Journey using Neet’s theme, dear.

  4. Erika N says:

    I love the rusty colors you put on those steampunk details. They really look better that way. And I have that steampunk news stamp too. I should use mine because I like your page so much it is inspiring me. Glad you could join Neet’s challenge once again Elle. Thank you. And have a super weekend too. I am going to have some art time today- big smile; I’ve had hardly any this week. Enjoy. Hugs-Erika

  5. Neet Hickson says:

    Well, I think I am rather chuffed that you have entered the challenge ‘type’ at AJJ four times now. Thank you so much Elle. I have no idea why you have so many images of typewriters – I feel the same, until I sat down to do this challenge I did not know how many I had.
    I love steampunk so this is ‘just the ticket’ for me. Love rust, Picked Raspberry too and I love how you have composed the whole of this layout with all the elements making up a story. Must say I had a chuckle at what you wrote about the editor and his crown – lovely touch to the writing.
    Thanks for another fab entry for AJJ.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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