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Monday 3 April 2017

Destination Inspiration : Arriving at Terminal 5

Hello Travellers! Jennie with you today and please don't adjust your sets, you are this month arriving at an extra Terminal! We've had an extra Friday and now an extra Monday for this our current challenge, so hop off and enjoy the extra stop at Terminal 5.

First a wee reminder of what is in the Travel Bag:

Substrate : Canvas
Colour : Teals and Turquoises
Product : Acrylic Paint
Technique : Layering Stencils

Whilst looking for a piece of canvas for this project I found (hmmmm rather embarrassingly .....) a canvas journal I must have bought about three years ago and completely forgot I had. So here is my first page in that journal .....

In terms of watery type acrylic paint I only really had one pot ..... but I thought it would be a good experiment in seeing how many different hues I could get. So this is all done using a pot of DecoArt Cobalt Turquoise Hue.

To start I added some crackle paste through a layering stencil directly on to the canvas and when it was fully dry watered down the paint and splodged it here and there with a paint brush. I am so used to working on paper and being able to swish things around with more water that I got quite a shock when the paint sank into the canvas! I added a few splatters of Vintage Photo Distress Ink but again it wasn't the same sort of effect I normally get!

I decided to work with my embellishments next experimenting with the different levels of colour. The frame was a little dark so I painted a very thin layer of crackle paint over the top to tone it down.

All my new Tim Holtz purchases are still sitting on the desk so I had some fun layering lots of the lovely vintage labels and photographs (so lovely that they are all cut out already!)

As this is a page in a journal I haven't raised the layers too much with foam pads. It is quite effective just glueing the middle of pieces and letting the edges "float".  The only embellishment on foam is the Victorian girl.

You can see the detail here of the crackle paint over the turquoise acrylic and the little flowers which got a good scrunching in the paint!

I always like to splatter everything with some watered down gesso and Vintage Photo Distress Ink but I do place a little piece of paper over any faces as they don't really look very pretty with dollops of paint!

Thank you for joining us here at A Vintage Journey today for this month's final Destination Inspirations post. Next week there will be a brand new travel bag so do check back to see what the Creative Guides make with the new items. 

And you still have a few days left to enter our Happy Birthday Challenge - All Aboard!

Have a great week and happy crafting!

Jennie x



  1. Love this piece!! Love it.

  2. Delightful Jennie, love the experiments with the cobalt turquoise and the range of hues you got and the layered ephemera is perfect xxx

  3. Such a wonderful collage Jennie, I love the Cobalt Turquoise Hue too, it is such a versatile colour - you have used it beautifully! Anne xx

  4. Beautiful composed and gorgeous subtle tones. xx

  5. This is gorgeous, love the beautiful design and the colour.
    Linda xxx

  6. A Wonderful first page for your 'forgotten' journal, Jennie. A lovely range of cobalt Turquoise tones. Great collection of elements perfectly collaged.

  7. This is stunning Jennie, love those subtle hints of turqoise and the collage is just beautifully composed! Fabulous final DI

  8. Really beautiful page Jennie. I love the soft subtle colors and elements. <3 Hugs, Autumn

  9. Love your journal page Jennie and the wonderful layers of paints and stencils as well as the ephemera layers and the gorgeous girl and dog xx thank you for sharing the details
    Huge hugs Annie xx

  10. Lovely journal page, Jennie! I love your watercolor wash over the Gothic stencil (totally forgot about that one!) and the soft colors of your embellishments. What a beauty! I'll have to remember to cover the faces when I splash--I'm guilty of messing up a face or two! Hugs!

  11. I really like this page, so charming.

  12. Love the entire thing, what a great find! Strange what we may find in our stash. You don wonders with it. Hugs, Sandy

  13. Wonderful soft colors and lovely composition Jennie! Great soft texture with the stenciled background! Julia xx

  14. What a fabulous journal page Jennie, I laughed out loud when you said you'd unexpectedly found this forgotten canvas journal, I can so relate! Adore the various shades and tones of turquoise you achieved with your DecoArt paint, the background is quite stunning with the stenciled texture paste and splashes of turquoise, love it. Perfect vintage layers as well, what a wonderful way to start your canvas journal, can't wait to see more! Deb xo

  15. A fantastic way to start that canvas journal Jennie. Love the way the colour melts through the stencilling and compliments the embellishments xx