LilyandtheLotus and Smeared Inks 31 days of Halloweem,Teresa Shermans Delicious Doodles Steampunk Sally in journal

Be True to your self...that is something we all must do.Be true to ourselves. Welcome to the 31 Days of Halloween with Smeared Ink. I am Allywhitecat (susan s.) and I wanted to show you my many layered journal page :)....
so sit down a pour your self a warm bowl of milk and join me....please...
I began making journals when I was a small girl after my Grandmother passed away...a few months after my close friend Roxanne and her mother were burned alive in a house fire...Halloween story??? sadly no.She was a beautiful little girl always pulling her knee socks up as we ran across the school yard. Friday we said good bye as school let out I did not know it was forever.
I played the piano and made journals for years and now I am 54 my piano is in storage temporarily..ahhh but I still journal
We have a lovely sponsor at
Teresa Sherman a very talented artist I also represent her often in Sweet Pea Stamps. Her talent knows no bounds.
I purchased this digi 2 or 3 years ago and in cleaning out my files this past month I found it and said ahhh sweet. Steam punk Sally was the title of my file.
The paper was from one of my son's past girl friends Gothic nice ravens and grunge and stating Be true to yourself.
here we go...

If you are not into journals  I would love for you to leave a comment no need to exasperate your self through this..toodles  and have a wonderful hop

as you can see the page ,has been divided part the lovely grunge and misc pictures from Graphic 45 and my coffee can of stash
I colored Delicious Doodles Steam Punk Sally.
I used a wonderful stencil from stencil girl on the left to begin folding in more darkness and gesseo where I wanted to watercolor.
Gesso is wonderful it held her in place like glue..but I also cover my final piece and will tell you about that in a moment.
water color the gesso area, I am using cheep ones right now but they have been wonderful as a learning tool, first like a crayon  skribble the color on than use a paint brush and water to blend it into gesso and paper.

now it is marking light from dark time
I added Tim Holts tissue paper under the purple areas and began adding papers that blended with the theme adding coats of Gesso in
between to create more and more layers..keep stenciling and your dark and light zones build
I have painted some gear die cuts from Tim Holtz die collection and added Tim Holtz fired brick stain in many of the white gesso areas
cut some letters that say "BE TRUE TO YOURSELF"Glued on the dies using glossy accents

Waited for it to dry and added a few statements with white gel pen...than went and had a Mexican food dinner with my son ..omg good:)

so here she is

your thoughts questions and comments are always welcome.


  1. WOW Susan! amazing work! The layers are just mindboggling. You should come enter this in the Simply Steampunk Layers challenge. Still good through Thurs. Love it! xxD

  2. What a gorgeous piece! That background and all the different layers, wow! Lots of patience and well worth it.

    1. Thanks my friend I love layers though

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    1. Thanks for stopping in and leaving a comment
      hugs Kelli

  4. Oh my, your story is heart wrenching :( So glad you found catharsis through journalling. Thank you for the step by step - i love to see how others create! Will be hopping all month and cant wait to see what else you create! love mo xxx

    1. thank you for you kind words I am looking forward to this also

  5. Great story and great ART!!! TY for sharing!!

  6. Susan,
    What a sad story, burning alive, awful!
    Thanks for taking us step by step w/ your J-page! It is very lovely, and well done! I just love all of the papers, images, and elements you have used! Awesome job my dear!

  7. So sorry to read about your friend and her Mom dear Susan, big hugs to you :0( Your j-page is amazing, so much detail and so many layered elements, WOW! Happy Day 1 of our scariffic hop!

  8. Love Steampunk Sally... wonderful how your page evolved!!! Final work of art is amazing!

  9. I'm so sorry about your friend. But you made a lovely page, with all those layers I want to touch it.

  10. Great journal page Susan. Thanks for sharing your technique. I had no idea so much went into making a page.

  11. Great to see how you made this gorgeous page


  12. Gosh, such a sad story! I'm glad you found comfort in your journaling and that you share your amazing art with us!!

  13. So inspiring to see your page from beginning to end, looks wonderful!
    Hugs, Elenor

  14. I love to see your journal work, you really are inspiring to me xxxxx

  15. I don't journal, but man, this is fantastic. I love it.

  16. So awesome & thanks for adding the instructions to the way that you did it. That is very much appreciated. Love this. :) Hugs~Patti

  17. amazing page indeed...what a lovely insight into your process too!

  18. Thanks for this chance at prizes.
    I love journaling but am really new to digis.

  19. Fab journal page, love the peek how how it all came to be too. :)

  20. wonderful, brilliant collage!
    hugs, serafeena

  21. this is such an awesome page, I love all the colors! and the image is so awesome!!

  22. Great collage! I love all the elements! Thanks for taking us through your process!


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