Fresh Wonder On The Classics

Lately, I have very slowly been working on reading through some classics. I am amazed at all the popular stories I know from movies but have never actually read the book. Take Alice In Wonderland.
I love the movie with Johnny Depp and I am obsessed with tea. Several years ago I watched the Disney version but it was so odd that I quickly lost interest. So recently, I picked it up and read it. I was surprised at the amount of Wonderland characters I had never hear of… Like the Lion and the Unicorn. And who knew that Humpty Dumpty lived in Wonderland? Not I. I have several Alice themed stamps but with none of the characters mentioned. Someone needs to design a Alice themed stamp set with a unicorn!

If you love Alice In Wonderland, check out this book Heartless by Marissa Meyer. It is a interesting take on what may have happened to the Queen of Hearts. My cousin got me interested in this fantasy author and now I am reading through the series.
My youngest boy has always been obsessed with Peter Pan and believe it or not, we own almost every movie version on the market with the exception of two. My little even learned his colors because “Peter Pan is green” and “Wendy’s dress is blue.”  I figured it was about time to find out how accurate the movies really are.

So, I have come to look at the classics with fresh wonder now that I really know their story. The average person may think they know these stories but unless you have read them you can’t say you know them. 😉

Do you like reading classics?


Creating The Journal Layout

Lessons Learned

Here is the final layout in my Steampunk Art Journal. This layout didn’t exactly go as planned and compared to many of my other spreads I am a bit disappointed. As much as I enjoyed this topic there comes a point in time when you can beat a subject to death. Due to my lack of planning for the binding, I ended up with more spreads then usual resulting in a super thick journal. Like 3 inches thick! For the future I made a *note to self* ‘ to plan binding before starting layouts’.

The Process

Grocery bags were used as the base for my page. I washed book paper with gesso and then used grunge paste through a stencil. PaperArtsy infusions were used in the background before I layered my stamps and embellishments.

What Do You Think?

Presently, I have two ideas for my next two art journals but I am curious as to what you think? I am always open to suggestions. So, what do you think I should use for a theme for my next art journal? I would love to hear subjects of interest to you.

It is a beautiful fall day so I am linking to Elizabeth’s for Tea Tuesday.

Thanks for stopping,


Steampunk Art Journal Pages: Art Begins With a Vision; Shiny Happy People; Seth Apter Steampunk; Gears and Legs; The Chessboard Prince; Her Eyes Are Whimsical; PLate IX; It’s All Perspective; The Distant Wanderer

Challenges Entered:

Craft Stamper: October Anything Goes

Stamplorations: October Mixed Media Challenge

The Artistic Stamper Creative October Challenge