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Monday 9 May 2016

Destination Inspiration -All aboard for May Terminal 1

Hello, hello and happy May!! This is Astrid with a little project to hopefully inspire you....

 It's time to jump aboard for yet another leg of our Destination Inspiration journey. We have a lovely collection of things in our travel bag this month, - let's have a peep inside:
Product: Sprays or Brushos
Technique: Gesso Resist
Colour: Blue
Substrate: Card
What a fun collection to start playing with, so come along on the journey and I'll show you what I made:

As you can see, it's a little triptych with three different card panels. 

Below you can see how I put this together:
I cut a piece of blue card to 6" by 12" and scored it at 4" and 8" along the 12" side.
I then cut  three separate pieces of white card just slightly smaller, so 5.75 by 3.75 ", and decided to use the gesso resist technique by scraping gesso through 2 different but similar stencils and also by using a background stamp.
For those of you who are new to this technique, - gesso will act as a resist to any water based ink or spray as it resists the water/ translucent elements in these products. So when you add colour, the gessoed areas remain much lighter. You can use stencils, stamps or even just scrape on the gesso over your substrate. These are the stencils and stamps I used: from left to right: Tim Holtz Shattered, Memorybox Lathenai and a stamp from Local King Rubber Stamp.
Here is the first one, after I added colour. I used Tim Holtz Distress Spray Tumbled Glass and Cobalt Blue Brusho. I sprinkled on a bit too much of that, so it got quite dark in the centre.
Here you can see the next stage, - I lifted some of the Brusho off again using a baby wipe and then added more blue using Distress Inks in Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire around the edges and also did some background stamping using various Tim Holtz stamps.

The next two panels were done in a very similar way:
The one on the left used the Rubber King stamp, the one on the right the Memorybox stencil. As I used a little too much gesso on there, some of the detail of the stencilling got lost.

Time to finish the different panels.
For the fhe first one, that became the middle panel, I just adhered a large Petaloo flower from my stash to the centre and also a little Tim Holtz word band.
For the next one I used one of Tim's Thinlet dies with matching stamp, - it was coloured with Derwent Inktense pencils and I also did some further stamping in Black Archival.

Finally for the last one I used the Dragonfly from the Classics 1 set by Stampers Anonymous and stamped it first straight onto the card, and then stamped the wing separately again.
And below the finished card after adhering the wings to the dragon fly, - again coloured with Inktense pencils and a little gold Aqua Tint for a bit of shimmer.
Now, it was at this point that I decided to make the triptych into a little booklet, so I made a cover for it, putting some ribbon in a matching colour underneath, so it could be tied shut.

The paper I used for the cover are papers I designed myself, - you can find them as freebies on my blog here if you are interested. The words Artist Journal are again from the Classics 1 set. As I had printed the papers on rather glossy paper I sanded the surface a little so the stamping would adhere better, I also added a little gesso behind the stamping to give it more tooth.
And here is the finished booklet, ready to give to someone as a special card.

I hope you have enjoyed this first leg of the journey, like I said, if you like printed papers, just head over to my blog (there are several others there as well), and don't forget to come back next Monday, when it is time for the second leg of our journey. Do check out our current challenge also (link in the side bar) and of course there will be several Inspiration Journeys too during the rest of the month.

Thank you so much for visiting today and have a lovely month of May!!


  1. This is so pretty Astrid. Very inspiring. Love how you combined
    The spray with brusho. Going to give it a try. Thanks for inspiring me.

  2. Charming! The backgrounds are fantastic and your papers are gorgeous!

  3. Wonderful details on how you created your beautiful backgrounds for each panel Astrid - what a lovely little fold up booklet - your personally designed cover papers are lovely! A delightful project using the supplies in your travel bag! Julia xx

  4. Such creative us of the travel bag supplies Astrid. I love each of the panels - just beautiful x

  5. Utter gorgeousness Astrid, three beautiful panels full of fabulous techniques, colours and images and I love that you turned it all into a little book. Xxx

  6. Such a lovely project. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. WAUW it´s alaways like a facinating journey, when we´re reading through one of your projects Astrid, and this one is no different. Your work is just amazing, and I love everything you´ve done ehre too. Love the colors and the way everything is put together. You are such atalented lady, who just gets a juwel out of anything you touch. Thanks sooo much for all the amazing inspiration you share every single time.

  8. Lovely creation Astrid... Each panel full of depth and each different. X

  9. As always Astrid....very beautiful xx

  10. Charming - what lovely travel bag contents, and I love what you've done with them. Your cobwebby resists are so cool, and the blue colour tones are so pretty. The dragonfly panel is probably my favourite - there's something about that dragonfly, isn't there?!
    Alison x

  11. Gorgeous! Astrid and a very inspiring example of how the contents of this months travel bag can be used. All three panels are beauties- torn to choose a fave.
    Really great to see the results that each of the different stencils and stamp gave- thanks for sharing .
    hugs x

  12. This is so beautiful, Astrid! Love the background you created as well as the butterfly, flower and dragonfly.

  13. These are fabulous Astric! Love them!

  14. Gorgeous! I love the backgrounds and designs.
    Linda xxx

  15. Your beautiful papers are wonderful cover, Astrid, and the 3 paneal so gorgeous. I love the blue one with the flower, and layers, and the cobwep, but a wonderful triptych it is !!
    Dorthe, xxoo

  16. I just adore triptychs, and your card is phenomenal. TFS the process. I always learn so much from you!

  17. Wow Astrid.....utterly stunning work in every way and very inspiring.
    Julie x

  18. Astrid - so very gorgeous - all - such lovely colors and design

  19. Hi Astrid. This caught my eye straight away! What a great way to show how versatile this technique is. It was great to read about the have explained it all so well. A beautiful triptych Astrid.
    Dot x

  20. Hi Astrid, love your tryptich, the combination of colours is lovely and very eye catching combined with the Gesso Resist technique, a favourite of mine. Love the imagery you chose and the blend of colours too. Lovely design. Tracy x

  21. triptych even, I was typing too quickly lol x

  22. Hallo liebe Astrid,

    ich bin von deinen Werken total begeistert. Eines so wunderschön wie das andere. Mir gefällt jedes Werk von dir.
    Hugs Silvi

  23. Awesome project. I love the texture and the colors. You are so talented and creative.
    Thank you so much for sharing..
    Hugs from Monica.... Spain

  24. Oh wow Astrid, your triptych is just stunning. I really love the gorgeous backgrounds you created, gentle and delicate for the beautiful butterfly and dragonfly to sit upon! Great use of the travel bag contents! Anne xx

  25. Your artwork is stunning!Thank you very much for the freebies. xx

  26. These are breathtaking Astrid! I love the balance and colours in each and they fit perfectly together with your gorgeous backing papers xx

  27. So,so beautiful Astrid. You have really put the travel bag contents to the best possible use. Love them. S@ndy xx

  28. A totally fabulous DI post Astrid x love the wonderful details you have created here. TFS Annie x

  29. Beautiful art and thank you Astrid for sharing your process with us. Love the colours, the images, everything! Karen x

  30. Beautiful Astrid, fabulous backgrounds and love the wonderful embellishments you have chosen. A wonderful start to this month's Destination Inspiration, thank you for starting our journey out so beautifully! Deb xo