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Monday 9 January 2017

Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal 1

Hello all, Alison here from Words and Pictures.  Thanks so much for joining me at the first stop at Destination Inspiration for 2017.  We're at Terminal 1 with a whole new bag full of goodies to play with, and here's what's in the luggage this month:

Substrate - Wood
Technique - Wrinkle Free Distress
Product - Crackle Paint/Paste/Glaze
Colour - Hues of Blue

And here's what I've cobbled together whilst waiting for the next stage of the journey...

I need to show you inside as well as out, though the contents of the travel bag are all involved in the exterior, as it happens.

I started with a small, simple, wooden diptych.

On the outside I used the DecoArt Chalky Finish paints and crackle.  Relic - a.k.a. dark grey...

... then Crackle Glaze - the one designed to work with the Chalky Finish paints, and eventually Everlasting - a.k.a. white - over the top.

On the inside I put just a coat of the Everlasting, and then blended Pumice Stone Distress Ink over the top to highlight the wood texture.

I left the crackling to do its business overnight so that it would be thoroughly dry, and then I put Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire onto my craft mat, with just a touch of Wilted Violet, and dipped and smooshed my diptych into the water-spritzed inks until I liked the look of it.

It's one of my all-time favourite techniques.  I love the random splotches and blotches...

... though of course it's not entirely random - you can encourage certain effects, just as you can manipulate where the colours go on the mat.

With the travel bag contents dealt with, I decided to keep the rest nice and simple.  I added some of the fabulous Tim Holtz wild grasses.

They're stamped in Versamark and embossed in Wow Bark powder.

And around the edges I blended on some Vintage Photo Distress Ink followed by a touch of the darker Ground Espresso.

Well, it wouldn't be very me to have blues without any browns, would it?

And on the inside it is, if anything, even simpler.  The grasses are there again, this time stamped in Potting Soil.

The texture of the wood means you get a roughness to the stamped image which gives it a nice rustic feel I think.

And the sentiment is one of my favourites too - a Tim Holtz stamp, taped so that I could stamp each half separately.

Again, I've used the Bark embossing powder to give it extra presence against the wooden background.

So that's my stop at Destination Inspiration.  I hope you'll come back next Monday to see who's waiting to meet you at Terminal 2.

And of course we'd love to see you Going Round In Circles for Brenda's challenge this month too.  Do come and play along if you can but, whatever you're up to, I hope you have fun.

Alison x


  1. I love these arches, and your crackle technique is perfect for them. Love this, Alison.

  2. A stunning piece of work Alison! I love how the wrinkle free technique looks over the crackle on the front and those hues of blue are beautiful - wonderful use of the travel bag contents... Great sentiment too. Anne xx

  3. This arches are simply beautiful Alsion! Stunning!

  4. What a coincidence. Was hunting through my stash yesterday and bumped into a diptych. Don't remember buying it. Love your textures , just perfect imperfection! Xx

  5. Fabulous use of the travel bag contents Alison - the crackle and wrinkle free effect on the wood is just stunning. As are the wonderful blues and browns. Just fabulous! Jennie x

  6. Love your travel bag creation Alison, especially the outcome of your dipping and smoothing over the crackle glazed Chalk paint......stunning. The co,ours and stamps are the perfect finish as are the sentiments

    TFS and hugs Annie xx

  7. Beautiful!. Love the crackle and splotchy colors on the outside and the inside is soft and lovely.

  8. Fantastic piece of work, Alison! Such beautiful textures and colors. Love the stamps you chose too!

  9. Fabulous! Alison. Love the effect of the Wrinkle Free on the crackled wood creating all those wonderful splotches and blotches. Great choice of colour combo and imagery . You've made super impressive work from the travel bag goodies.
    thanks for sharing and inspiring x

  10. wonderful crackle/aging on your little arches Alison - such a lovely little thing to decorate a shelf or cubby! a beautiful creation using the contents of your travel bag! Julia xx

  11. This is gorgeous! Love the smooching over the crackle, it looks so cool! xxx

  12. Gorgeous texture I love how you created this project, I think I have an unused piece like this as well, will have to seek it out.
    Yvonne xx

  13. Bravo! This is mixed media at it's finest! Love the way you've achieved the layers of crackle and inkiness of the blues! I've got to get my hands of these products and give this a try! Love t!

  14. Thanks for the journey you took me on showing me how you created this gorgeous piece of artwork. Love it all but the outside is amazing - just what I like, really like.
    Hugs, Neet xx

  15. This is fabulous! I love the crackle and the blue inks.
    Linda xxx

  16. Hi Alison, lovely piece, I particularly like the wrinkle free distress and crackle combined together and the meadow stamping is the perfect touch. Tracy x

  17. Beautiful finished piece Alison, love the mottled blues over the crackle, very effective and what a great start to the new year Destination Inspiration posts. xxx

  18. Love this gorgeous double-sided creation Alison. The soft brown tones are the perfect foil for that sentiment and the blue wrinkle free distressing works beautifully on the crackle base xx

  19. A beautiful piece Alison, love the amazing crackle with those gorgeous shades splotched all over and a lovely contrast on the inside.
    Avril xx

  20. Such a gorgeous piece - the blues over the crackle are just wonderful x

  21. Absolutely beautiful Alison! I love it completely. Hugs, Autumn

  22. Fabulous project Alison, the crackle stamping and colours all look wonderful. Super use of the travelbag items!

  23. Oh Alison - the travel bag had the perfect ingredients for you- this is wonderful! Hugs, Chrisx

  24. What a fabulous texture alison!

    Lucy x

  25. Love your textures and colors Alison - lovely project, thanks for sharing. S@ndy xx

  26. Beautiful work, the crackle effect and the lovely blues and violets work so well. I love this.

  27. This is so beautiful Alison!!!
    I always love when you play with your favorite products and colours to exploit them at the best! xx