Industrial/Steampunk Art Parts


It’s a new month and time for a new Mixed Media Art Parts!  For those of you who have subscribed to this monthly packet of fun, don’t worry, yours is on its way to you!


The theme this month is INDUSTRIAL/STEAMPUNK.  I have been excited about this pack and gathering goodies for quite awhile.  I have taken photos of interesting manholes and industrial patterns and printed them off for you.  I have lots of vintage illustrations of engines, electronics, equipment, and building plans, and pages from a photo essay of NYC after 9/11.


I used some of these fun papers from my pack to make the skyscrapers on this mosaic art journal page.

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I found a super cool napkin that peeled into layers makes a wonderful decoupage accent.


I have added vintage computer keyboard keys and some other fun dimensional hardware: a washer, a V ring, and a zippper.


Here are some ideas of what others have done with some of the dimensional treasures:

How cute is this washer jewelry by scarletrevolution on etsy ?


And if you want to make your own, here are instructions from goinovertheedge.


And so many steampunk possibilities for radio tubes! Like this cute necklace by Momento Inspiracao


Or, these adorable robots by Fobots !



And I can’t leave out the vintage computer keys that can be turned into cute as can be push pins or magnets like these posted on postris.


So grab February’s Art Parts Pack and show me what you come up with!


Crow Flow

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This collage and paint piece on an 8 x 10 inch cradled wood panel was lots of fun to make. I did some finger painting, doodling, pasting and dripping. What a colorful little world this fellow ended up in!

Tonight is the Final Friday Art Crawl in Wichita.  I will be at Tessera Fine Art Gallery…. be sure and stop by to say hello!

“Foxy Mama”

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“Foxy Mama”
Once in awhile I catch a glimpse of a fox darting across our country road, or peering out from a row of weeds.  I always feel privileged to spot one, though if I was raising chickens I might feel differently!
“Foxy Mama” is a mixed media collage and paint piece on 18 x 24 cradled wood.  I used Citra Solv to create the background.  The sewing pattern tissue on the ground as well as text in the plant life show the touch of humans even in the wild.  More collage papers show up in the mama and little one.
This piece is currently available in my etsy shop.


This Week…

ice… which fortunately melted quickly!



Seven more faces…


Junk journal workshop prep… good reason to make a new journal right?



Junk Journal play….

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Fun with grandkids…

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new art…


Lots of prep work for upcoming workshops…

Dillon Nature Center, Hutchinson, KS – Citra Solv part 1 and 2- Jan. 31 and Feb. 7  – 6:00 – 8:30pm.  Call (620) 663-3047 to sign up

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The Chickadee Three watermark

Paint with Paper, Thursday Feb. 9, 6:00 – 9:00 pm at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita.  Call (316) 262-2435 to sign up.

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Paper Mosaics, Saturday Feb. 11, 9am to noon at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita. Call (316) 262-2435 to sign up.


Collage Your Story, Saturday Feb. 11, 1:00 – 4:00pm at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita.  Call (316) 262-2435 to sign up.


and… getting ready to launch my new website… how exciting! More on that next week.

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So, that was about the shape of it for my week, how was yours?

Junk Journal spread 22

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I have been having a blast working in my little 5 x 7 inch junk journal.  It is such a handy size to doodle in at the end of the day or to jump start my day in the morning.  This page is a good example of how I work… starting with the “blank” (junk journal style!) page.


There is a bit of scrapbook paper, part of a page from a Sabrina Ward Harrison book, some painted paper, and some washi tape on this spread.  Sometimes I keep elements, and sometimes they get entirely painted over, but either way it is fun to have a starting place!

I also don’t worry about working in order on my pages.  I doodle here and there as the mood strikes me, adding paint and/or collage here and there.  This page evolved over a couple of weeks until it became so full and busy that I called it done!


The journal itself is one I made with scraps of junk mail, scrapbook paper, book and magazine pages, painted papers, and whatever else I could lay my hands on.  Some pages are a blank white, but not many.  I have been studying junk journal techniques for some time, learning from the greats like Julie Fei Fan Balzer, Teesha Moore, and Traci Bautista.  I have combined their techniques with some of my own and have a journal to work in that I am very happy with!

This weekend I will be leading participants in decorating papers and binding them into a journal at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita.  Call (316) 262-2435 to see if there is a spot for you! Hope to see you there!