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Monday 8 May 2017

Here we are at Terminal 1

Hello Vintage Travelers, it' S@ndy with you today.
Here we are at Terminal 1 so let's see what we have in the travel bag this month.
Product - any ink or acrylic paint
Technique - brayering
Color - pale blue
Substrate - book
 Since part of the challenge is a book I've gone to my art journal.  The great thing about an art journal is that it's an opportunity to play and experiment - no right or wrong. 
  Everyone is excited about and playing with the new Distress Oxide Inks and I am no exception so I took this opportunity to do just that - play. 

The first thing I think of when I hear "brayer" is Gelli Plate so I got mine out for this project.  I first put some PaperArtsy Fresco Finish, Buff, on the plate and then used my brayer to spread it out.  Next dropped some Oxide Reinker, Broken China, and then spread it out with the brayer.

Since oxide inks are opaque I used black paper.  I pressed the paper on the Gelli Plate and got the results shown above.  I did this twice for a two page spread shown below.

Tear all the edges by pulling forward, leaving a black edge all around.

Next came stamping, I masked off the parts of the stamp that I did not want, stamped and repeated the process for the second page.  Archival Black ink was used because I will later add more stamping and stenciling.  This way the ink will not run or blur.

This stamp by Tim Holtz is perfect for this project because I am simply doing what I love, playing. Using a background stamp, I stamped randomly all over using Archival Ink.

My two journal pages were prepared by covering the first page with black paper, tearing the edges of the next two pages and finally covering the fourth page with black.   Peeled Paint Distress Oxide was added to the edges then randomally stamped with two different background stamps using Archival Ink once again.  More Broken China ink was added to the center to cover the binding. The pages were then adhered to the black pages using matt medium.

Add the blue panels.

Using a fun stencil from Art Anthology, I stenciled the face in black. 

Last week while watching a YouTube video I saw the artist stamp an image on tissue paper and add to the page using matt medium so I decided to try it.  I used a Jane Davenport stamp, you will see her in the corner of the page.  This technique worked very well and I will try it again.  Some hearts were added using a Tim Holtz stencil.  Since I love orange - I just had to add some to the pages.  I added the orange by dropping some Orange Marmalade Oxide reinker on my craft mat and then applying with a paint brush.  To get a smoother look I smugged it with my fingers while still wet. 

I was happy with the page and the colors but thought it still needed more. Using a stencil brush and the Faded Jeans Oxide ink pad I stenciled on some Harlequin design in a random manner.

For the final step, some gesso was watered down and splattered on using a fan brush.
I hope you have enjoyed my play time and will take some time to play for yourself.
Have a creative week,


  1. WOW! WOW! WOW! This is amazing Sandy! LOVE the layering and that clever way of splitting the stamp image in two. And your stencilling works absolutely perfectly. Journalling with major impact and it's sensational! xx

  2. Great design Sandy... Love your layout and stencilling. Great to see the steps you took to create this beautifully composed page xx

  3. Fantastic pages! Sandy . Love watching your 'play' and seeing how the pages developed. Love the drama of the black imagery- so striking. Your addition of Orange really adds a wonderful touch of warmth to the lovely colour palette you have chosen to work with .
    Really terrific work using the travel goodies .

  4. WOW this is fantastic! I love the texture and wonderful elements of these fabulous pages.
    Linda xxx

  5. So fabulous and so enjoyable to see your step by step!!
    Dr Sonia

  6. Love what you have done with the travel bag S@ndy, the backgrounds you created with the paint and Oxides look amazing and I love how you layered up the elements. Great colour combinations too! Anne xx

  7. It's always so much fun to see what each of the Creative Guides does with the contents of her travel bag, and you have created such an amazing journal page spread with yours! It's great to see how these pages came together: it's almost as if I am in the craft room looking over your shoulder! So inspiring! Hugs!

  8. What a fabulous spread Sandy, - love the idea of using the Oxide re-inker on the gelli plate, super result on the backgrounds there. All the stamping and stencilling really made this page come together beautifully, the finished result looks fantastic! Great use of those travelbag contents!

  9. Great journal pages Sandy. Love how you split the stamp up. Lovely background too and fabulous imagery. Tracy x

  10. what wonderful journal pages Sandy! Your play with the DOX inks on the Gelli plate worked out wonderfully - love the mix of stamps you used and the added spots of color and stenciling! Great use of this months supplies in the travel bag! Julia xx

  11. WOW !!! this is fabulous Sandy x Love the way you have used the contents of your travel bag. The layout is amazing and thank you for sharing the details, especially the use of the gelli plate. Simply stunning book pages.

    Thanks for sharing a wonderful DI post

    Best wishes
    Annie xx

  12. Fabulous pages Sandy, I loved reading how the steps unfolded to create your finished brilliant design and how creative to add the reinkers with the paint, love it xxx

  13. I love this spread!!! Thanks so much for sharing the process of making it-very inspiring!

  14. I wondered how you masked the stamp. I always try to just ink the part I am interested in which inevitably gets on the part you don't want. Sometimes I am a little slow. This is a great journal page.

  15. Great layers and beautiful brayering! Love the tip on masking stamps, sometimes we forget the simple things. Your playtime is certainly eye candy for the rest of us! Thanks doll! Hugs, Autumn

  16. A wonderful spread with reall fantastic techniques included! Fabulous!
    oxo Susi

  17. Fabulous journal pages Sandy and brilliant idea to use the Oxide Reinker on your gelli plate, what a great tip! Wonderful use of the travel bag contents, thanks so much for sharing it with us, Deb xo