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Monday 5 September 2016

A new journey for September - Destination Inspiration, Terminal 1

Hello all, it's Nikki here introducing our Destination Inspiration for September. Our travel bag this month includes:
Product - Texture or Modelling Paste
Substrate - Fabric/Burlap
Colour - Autumnal / Fall colours - orange, brown, rust
Technique - Collage

If you are new here, just a reminder how this works.  Four (or five) Creative Guides go on the journey each month and each has independently selected either the product, the substrate, the colour or the technique. We each make a project featuring those selections and share them every Monday throughout the month.

I don't always find this easy as the 4 elements are sometimes a challenge to fit together. My dilemma here was the substrate - as all I could find was a little burlap canvas - 3'' x 3'' - so I didn't have much to work on
I began with some gesso on the panel and then some Deco Art Burnt Sienna.
I mixed some distress paints with Ranger texture paste and stencilled onto my canvas.
 As you can see - I added some splashes of black paint using my paint brush and a little water.

Next I took some scraps of paper, added some random stamping and a little ink and cut some bricks to collage onto my substrate.
While gluing these on I also added some mica flakes. I highlighted the textured area with a little treasure gold too.
I have been collecting twigs from my garden and cut a few to size and adhered to the centre of the panel before adding a wooden butterfly that I painted with Distress Paints and highlighted with stickles.
Some large chit chat stickers (coloured with mustard seed distress stain) completed my little project.
Do join us again next Monday for the next stop along this month's Destination Inspiration journey. In the me meantime our new challenge - Create Inside a Frame - started on Friday and so we will be announcing last month's winner and pinworthies on Friday.
Happy Crafting


  1. What a wonderful little canvas you created with your supplies Nikki! love the textured background, pretty fall colors and beautiful butterfly with it's glittery edges! Julia xx

  2. Wow, Nikki, this is fabulous. I love the burnt orange texture in the background, especially with those funky black spatters, and the butterfly looks great perched on your twig collection. A great first stop at Destination Inspiration.
    Alison x

  3. Great use of those travelbag goodies Nikki, love how you put this together. It has a real Autumnal feel to it, a wonderful project!!

  4. A wonderful grungy canvas ! Nikki and such a great example of how to use the contents of the travel bag. Love it x

  5. Your little burlap panel worked brilliantly with all the other elements and your clever designing, love this xxx

  6. Niki, I love little canvas' like these, and you have made a beautiful autumnal design on yours! Love that butterfly! Hugs!

  7. It may be small but it really packs a punch Niki, I love the gorgeous warm colour in the background and the butterfly is just stunning! xx

  8. Gorgeous texture on this Nikki and I love your butterfly. Loving the warm rustic tones too. Small in size but beautifully formed Nikki. Tracy x

  9. This is beautiful Nikki! It may be small in size but you have packed in the techniques and details. Small is beautiful!! Julia xx

  10. everything is gorgeously awesome :)

  11. Fabulous use of the travel bag contents Nikki, it may be small but it is perfectly formed! Love the texture and how you layered the 'bricks' and the addition of the twigs added the perfect touch of nature for your butterfly to perch upon. And why have I never thought to colour the printing on the Chit Chat stickers before?! Just wonderful, thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  12. Superb Nikki! The perfect way to start this DI off with such a clever idea for those bricks and the addition of your very own twigs. Love it! xx