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Monday 29 May 2017

Destination Inspiration Arriving at Terminal 3

I'm so pleased that you've arrived at Terminal 3 with me today!  Autumn from SewPaperPaint with you to guide you along with the contents of our travel bag yet again:

Product - any ink or acrylic paint
Technique - brayering
Color - pale blue
Substrate - book

I was in the mood to work with my new PaperArtsy stamp set, and with its hefty size I grabbed a Prima greyboard tag as my substrate, adding the layer of "book" in the pages I adhered with Mod Podge.  I dipped my panel in Vintage Photo Distress Oxide to get an earthy base for my pale blues.

Next I brayered three similar blue hues onto my substrate, drying each layer lightly before adding the next.  The moisture from the paint seemed to pull up the DOX and blend it into my layers - what an amazing effect!  I toned things down a tad with a light brayering of white gesso.  

I added some DecoArt texture sand paste through a dotty stencil and it also pulled up the DOX - I was thrilled!

I had recently won a giveaway from Shoregirl's Creations.  She included these amazing molded caulk lace bits from her tutorial HERE.  Do check it out, as these are flexible and dimensional - a must have for the mixed media artist!  Thank you Esther!  I inked up my butterfly panel with DI, and layered over a section of the silicone lace.  

I stamped my sentiment on a leftover panel and did a wrap around on my tag.  I added a gessoed flower from my tutorial HERE.  Finally, I added a butterfly wing left over from the Mini Album I made for Creativation this year.  You can find the details on that process HERE.

Our Creative Guide's have offered such amazing inspiration this May...

Arriving at Terminal 1 we had S@ndy's fabulous journal spread.

And our last stop at Terminal 2, with Amanda's fabulous book.

All in all, what a winning lineup of inspiration this month!  I hope you've been inspired to play along with our current challenge, Use a Quote.  Perhaps you will be the lucky winner of the That's Crafty gift voucher!  Until next time, Autumn <3


  1. Gorgeous work Autumn. Like you I love that background with the DOX peeping through the paint and the texture paste. A gorgeous arrangement with your embellishments and that wonderful stamp set. Nikki x

  2. Your tag is beautiful Autumn, it is wonderful the way the Distress Oxide seeps through the paint to create a wonderful extra dimension. Your flower is stunning and the butterfly wing at the side is such a lovely touch! Great use of the contents of the travel bag! Anne xx

  3. Wonderful tag, Autumn! I love how your experimentation with the layered paints/Oxides/sand paste yielded such fabulous results! Such beautiful details of the flower, caulk lace (!) and the butterfly, and your new Paper Artsy stamps are gorgeous! Great use of those goodies in the travel bag! Hugs!

  4. Beautiful, Autumn! I love that PA butterfly stamp, and it looks magical here with the soft blues and the unexpectedly tinted textured bubbles. Love the finishing touches of the twine, flower and butterfly wing, and the sentiment strip is gorgeous. Fabulous stops at Destination Inspiration all round.
    Alison x

  5. What a wonderful light and airy design - even though it's larger with lots of beautiful layers! I have to go and check out all the techniques you have linked to - interesting to find how the DOX bled through the different layers and so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your awesome talents with us using the supplies in your travel bag this week! Julia xx

  6. Such a wonderful inspirational blog post! Love all the projects!
    Linda xxx

  7. Fabulous tag Autumn, so beautfully composed, love how the stamp is used here and that blue tone in the background is out of this world! Stunning work and a great tutorial!!

  8. Absolutely stunning tag, Autumn!! I love seeing how it came together!! The layers are fabulous and I love the butterfly on the side!! Gorgeous, gorgeous tag!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  9. Gorgeous tag! Autumn .Fabulous layers, wonderful detail. Love the ''peeking' butterfly - helps draw the eye to your befitting quote. inspirational and effective use of the travel bag goodies .

  10. Your tag is amazing. Thanks so much for the great tutorial!! Love the layers and gorgeous colours!

  11. This is absolutely beautiful Autumn! Love the look of that lace :)