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Monday 2 May 2016

Destination Inspiration - Terminal 5

Hi everyone, Nikki here today with our final stop for this month's Destination Inspiration posts. As has become our custom let's have a quick review of what our travel bag includes this month and how the other Creative Guides have used the contents. I love seeing them all together as it shows that the same products can be used to create quite different results!

We have all used:
Product- Gesso
Technique- Crackle
Colour- Spring Green
Substrate - Kraft card 

So onto my creation - I decided on a reverse canvas.
I began by preparing my canvas. As I am using the reverse (to create a shadow box effect) I need to have something to hang it with - so I add a couple of drawing pins into the back. I then coated with gesso.
When dry I took some texture paste and filled the gaps inside, covered the staples and generally covered the borders. Again when dry I mixed some burnt umber with gesso to paint it brown.
Gesso again and this time dry brushing over the brown, picking up the texture and creating some contrast. When dry I added a slightly watered down layer of twisted citron distress paint. At the end I decided to add some stencilled hearts to the frame, so I dry brushed gesso through a hearts stencil.

Now onto the background...
I cut some kraft card to fit the inside and stamped with gesso to create a resist for the inks that followed. I used a mixture of stains and sprays over the card.
The embellishments inside were all crackled in different ways. 
 * The panels were cut from grey board, painted with gesso and Wendy Vecchi crackle paste added through the latticework stencil. Once dry I added twisted citron distress spray.
* The large heart used Deco Art crackle paint
* The smaller hearts used Deco Art weathered wood crackle glaze.
 * The chipboard love was just painted and the flower - I didn't use in the end!

Here a few close up's of the crackled elements:
I hope you have enjoyed this month's Destination Inspiration series - a new one, with a new travel bag starts next Monday, but before then do pop back on Friday for the start of a new challenge!
Have a lovely week


  1. Fantastic final DI project Nikki!! Fabulous background and amazing crackle effects!

  2. Nikki, you made fabulous use of the items in the travel bag, your reversed canvas is just gorgeous - the colour combinations are wonderful! xx

  3. What a way to finish this months DI , Nikki with this fabulous reversed canvas. Love how you've used the gesso, the various crackles are fantastic, the colours are just perfect and wonderful composition .
    Love it !

  4. Stunning project Nikki with wonderful crackles and layers. A wonderful month with fabulous projects and inspiration from my Teamies.
    Julie x

  5. Such a stunning project Nikki and all those fabulous crackles. I love your colour combination, so softly beautiful with the crackle effect. Another wonderful month of DI projects. Jennie x

  6. Lovely project Nikki, love the greens and browns together. Love your crackle and the hearts are gorgeous. Great month of inspiration . Tracy x

  7. Your project is so pleasing to look at with the lovely greens and browns Nikki - wonderful crackle, stenciling and texture! A lovely wall hanging using the limited supplies in your travel bag! All the ladies projects this month are so varied and creative - super inspiration from all - Julia xx

  8. What a fabulous reverse canvas Nikki, amazing crackle on all of your embellishments and so many techniques with the gesso, just wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing it with us and love seeing all of the April DI projects together, amazing the diversity you can achieve with four little ingredients! Deb xo

  9. It's gorgeous! Love all the colours and texture and it's such a cool way to use a canvas! A fab month of projects! xxx

  10. The perfect way to round off the month Nikki! LOVE the muted tones and crackle on this utterly striking design. Each and every one of the takes on this month's ingredients has been so varied and gorgeous. xx

  11. Nikki, you have used the contents of your travel bag with utmost creativity! I love the different crackled elements--and so many ways to get there! The frame alone is just stunning with those colors! As always, I learn so much from your techniques. Great tutorial! Hugs!

  12. Gorgeous gesso resist and stunning crackle variations - this is a fantastic finale to another brilliantly creative month.
    Alison x

  13. Such a fab DI post with a great tutorial. Loving all the yummy details and textures
    TF's and hugs Annie x x

  14. A wonderful tutorial and I just love all that crackle!! Stunning work from everyone. xx

  15. A wonderful tutorial and I just love all that crackle!! Stunning work from everyone. xx