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Monday 6 March 2017

Destination Inspiration Terminal 1

Hello dear friends and fellow travellers, - this is Astrid, delighted to start you off in this our birthday month with our first Destination Inspiration post.
Like always, we have some wonderful goodies in our travel bags this month:
Substrate: Canvas
Colour: Turquoises & Teals
Product: Acrylic Paint
Technique: Layered Stencils

So here is a little canvas I put together to share with you:
I started by choosing a selection of acrylic paints in the two colours, it's a mix of Paper Artsy and Distress Paints.
 I put  them down in pretty random fashion, just adding some yellow for a bit of contrast, drying carefully between colours to avoid mud.

Next I selected a few different stencils, a couple of Tim's Layering stencils, a stencil by Seth Apter and the word came from a Crafters Workshop stencil. As March is the month when Spring starts here in the Northern Hemisphere, I decided to give my canvas a Springtime feel.
I used a mix of products to stencil with. This is what I love about layered stencils, there are so many different options. I used paint, Archival Inks, Distress Crayons and even some Distress Inks for a subtle effect in the background.
Below some close ups of different corners:

Time to start working on the foreground. I decided to work with Tim's Wildflowers, both the stamps and the dies. I stamped the chosen stamps on tissue paper, always a good trick when you want to add more than a bit of background stamping to a canvas.
I went around the stamped images with a water brush, this helps to tear around the stamping and creates a feathery edge, which helps to merge the stamping in the background. I adhered them to the canvas with matte gel medium.
Next I die cut a selection of the flowers and painted them in a very dark teal (Paper Artsy Inky Pool)
Then all that was left was to put it all together.
I added a strip of tissue wrap around the bottom of the canvas, to anchor my flowers a bit. Wrapped some twine around, including a bow, a sentiment (cut from some scrapbook paper) and a few metal elements for a bit of additional interest.
A little fussy-cut butterfly to add to the Spring Time feel.

Some subtle background stamping, I never seem to be able to create a project without a little bit of that, usually using a text stamp or two.
And of course on a canvas, you cannot forget about the edges. I went around all the sides of the canvas with some Hydrangea Archival Ink, just to frame it a bit and add some subtle shadow effect, and that was pretty much it.

Well, that was the first stop of our Destination Inspiration this month. Hope you'll come back next Monday to see what one of my teamies has made, and of course we would all love you to play in our birthday challenge too!
Have a super crafty month and thanks so much for your visit today!


  1. Fabulous canvas, Astrid, with beautiful colours! It's really springlike!

  2. This turned out beautifully Astrid. Thank you for sharing your process.

  3. A delightful canvas Astrid. I love how you have reflected the diecut wildflowers with the stamps which adds great depth to the beautiful bunch gathered together with the spring banner. The fabulous imagery and fresh colours are a welcome promise of the warmer weather to come. A great canvas, love it xxx

  4. A wonderful canvas Astrid, I really love the colorchoise here and the texture with the tissuepaper and the diecuts are perfect. I really love the textstamping, that you use so often, it just give it that last touch, that really finish it all to perfection.

  5. Lovely colours on this wonderful canvas. Love how you have emphasised the wild flowers with the stamping behind and the sentiment in front xx

  6. You always achieve wonderful depth in your projects, I love the stamped images in the background and the tissue wrap 'grounding'. Your canvas is a lovely way to welcome Spring Astrid! Anne xx

  7. Beautiful Spring canvas Astrid xx love the colours and textures as well as the layout. Great step by step too

    TFS and huge hugs Annie x

  8. Such a lovely springtime canvas, Astrid - I love that warm glow of sunshine to lift the turquoises, the blue flowers look great, and your rusty pen nib and twine are perfect finishing touches.
    Alison x

  9. To me... your WONDERFUL canvas definitely gives the feel of the changing seasons Astrid. I see a bit of winter and spring in it. It's just BEAUTIFUL - full of the hope of spring! Xj.

  10. Absolutely beautiful Astrid! A breath of springtime, most welcomed! I love how you applied the stamped wildflowers in the background, great detail. Hugs, Autumn

  11. Gorgeous Astrid! I love the design and it has a wonderful springtime feel to it with the colours and elements.
    Linda xxx

  12. So pretty, Astrid and full of the spring feel we are all probably most looking forward to! I love the background tissue paper wildflowers, a wonderful technique! Gorgeous canvas! Hugs!

  13. What a lovely Spring canvas Astrid! Beautiful colors and stems. Love those stamped on tissue in the background. Your sentiment and twine 'tie' it all together! I'm ready for spring! Julia xx

  14. A Wonderful Astrid. The yellow glow amidst the blues makes me think of the sun in the sky on a lovely Spring day. The tissue paper stamping is a great way to create depth to your flowers - so effective.
    Terrific use of the travel bag goodies .

  15. Beautiful, filled with thoughts of Spring, I love it...xx❤

  16. This is beautiful Astrid! Love everything about it x

  17. Lovely Speing canvas Astrid, your layered flowers give great depth to the design . Love the background too with the lightest colour for the centre . The pen nib is a lovely touch. Tracy x

  18. Lovely canvas Astrid, love the way you did the background to look like many layers. The flowers are perfect.
    S@ndy xx

  19. A beautiful canvas. Love the background with the stamped wildflowers, adds a great depth to the die cuts.
    Avril xx

  20. Absolutely beautiful Astrid!
    Thank you for sharing your journey through this canvas!
    Jackie xx

  21. This is so beautiful Astrid, wonderful colour palette and love how you echoed the die cut wildflowers with the stamped wildflowers in behind. Hoping you are getting some Spring in your part of the world! Deb xo

  22. A gorgeous canvas! Love it!

  23. I feel exactly the same way about Spring Astrid - you've captured the hope and delight of new flowers perfectly here xx

  24. Astrid, you are an inspiration for a beginning collage artist. Beautiful. Would you mind sharing what you use to adhere the metal pieces?