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Monday 26 September 2016

Destination Inspiration - Terminal Four

Hi everyone and welcome! Well we've already had some fantastic projects from Nikki, Jennie and Sandy. Now it's Jenny here reporting for duty. So here we are, arriving at our fourth terminal for this month's Destination Inspiration and it's my turn to create with the contents of the travel bag this month.

Just as a reminder, this is what's in the suitcase:

Product - Texture or Modelling Paste
Substrate - Fabric/Burlap
Colour - Autumnal / Fall colours - orange, brown, rust
Technique - Collage

And here's the canvas I came up with...

This is an 8x8 canvas and I had to start by covering it in a piece of burlap. Anyone who has tried covering a deep sided canvas will know that the corners are the tricky bit,especially when the fabric used is thick and I decided to make mine more presentable by using Prima paper clay and an IOD mould to create bespoke trims. Painted with black gesso and dry brushed with IndigoBlu gold and coral Luscious pigment powders they worked a treat.

I adhered an old piece of Prima 6x6 paper with glue to the centre of the canvas and used Tim Holtz new Autumn Layering Stencil (in it's mini version) to add black embossing paste foliage across the top and down the sides. The Luscious pigment powders were used to colour them, this time with the addition of the bronze option, to add a gentle Fall palette and a touch of shimmer.

Now for a spot of collage - I added a die cut Ornate Frame and centre covered with more of the coordinating Prima paper and a brush of Luscious. You'll notice I repeated the stencilling/colouring with more Autumn foliage in the centre of the frame. Yet more Autumn Foliage was die cut and embossed with Tim Holtz Thinlits set and layered on top of the stencilled leaves. This really helped to bring the design to life and add a sense of depth.

The canvas was completed with the addition of some metal embellishments and crystal drops in keeping with the soft Fall look and colour palette. Here are some close up photos so you can see more of the detail;

So now you've had four creations using this month's travel bag. Make sure you come back next week to see the final Destination Inspiration from another of the Creative Guides and in the meantime there's still time for you to enter our current challenge 'Create Within a Frame'.

Have a fantastic week ahead and take care of yourselves.
Jenny xxx


  1. Love how you covered your own canvas with hessian and then filled it with beautiful foliage. This really has such wonderful textures and elements Jenny and I love the corner to corner design. A brilliantly creative canvas from the travel bag contents xxx

  2. What a stunning piece Jenny!! So much to love about it.... the colour combination is just yummy, the design brilliant, - love those leaves cut in that dark brown against the pinkish hues, but the bit that really made me go wow was those corner pieces with the mold, so, so clever. I actually have that one and must give it a try. A fantastic creation, - off to

  3. Beautiful! I love the metallic colours and how the leaves are so dark to really pop over the other metallic touches.

  4. Wonderfully put together Jenny. Your burlap looks perfectly wrapped and the corners are a beauty! Love your autumnal foliage arrangement and the embellishments finish it off to perfection. xx

  5. Oh My ! Love those corners! The leaves falling over the frame look gorgeous! Chrisx

  6. Stunning Jenny, Autumn is my favourite season and this just sings to my heart! Gorgeous colours and love the key and textures.
    Linda xxx

  7. What a beautiful fall project Jenny! LOVE the golden thick leaves cascading over your canvas and frame - the metal pieces add lovely depth and are a great way to add sentiments to your piece - and how creative are your corners!! Julia xx

  8. This is wonderful. It's one of the few uses of burlap that I see and enjoy. Well done.

  9. Beautiful and unique fall canvas, Jenny! Those paper clay castings are the perfect solution for messy corners, but your's look just fine. A lovely pile of leaves, too with the yummy metallic touches! Another brilliant design from you! Hugs!

  10. ABsolutely beautiful Jenny, I keep being drawn back to those gorgeous corners you created and those beautiful layers of leaves. The framed stencilling is wonderful too - fantastic use of the contents of the travel bag! Anne xx

  11. What a brilliant idea adding your paper clay corners. Delicious colours and a fab collaged layout.
    Julie x

  12. That is really beautiful Jenny. Those colors are so autumn and those layers are just sensational.

  13. Stunning. I can't believe you added the burlap yourself and didn't just buy the canvas already covered because you have done such a professional job. The corners are a fabulous addition and they are altered beautifully. I love the layout of the elements on your canvas and the colour palette is gorgeous.

  14. Gorgeous canvas. I adore how you added your own burlap and your corners are the perfect compliment . Love the layered leaves. Lovely composition too. Love the metallic touches. Tracy x

  15. Fabulous! Jenny I have a real dislike for the corners of the purchased canvases and how ugly and uneven they can be so I love the way you have adorned yours with no ugly bulk in sight . Very clever. Love all the autumnal leaves in all those gorgeous tones and the metal embellishments do their job just perfectly. A greta way to use the contents of the travel bag x

  16. What a wonderful leafy collage... I'm late catching up as ever, but so glad I caught this. Love the earthy colour tones and subtle gilded shimmer.
    Alison x

  17. Beautiful layers Jenny. I love your use of the die cut leaves and the stencilled leaves. The Luscious Pigments look like a stunning product! Julia xx

  18. Beautiful layers Jenny. I love your use of the die cut leaves and the stencilled leaves. The Luscious Pigments look like a stunning product! Julia xx