This is a unique challenge blog where we are inspired by and focus on the Vintage; shabby; mixed-media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn and steampunk genres and encompass the talent, flair, expertise and ideas of many artists that we are inspired by. We welcome all types of projects - cards, journaling, assemblage, layouts, albums, atcs, altered art in fact whatever you want to share (as long as it is in good taste).

Monday 4 September 2017

September Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal 1

Hello and welcome to the first Destination Inspiration for September.  Jennie here with you today with a whole new set of items in the travel bag.

Let me introduce you to the wonderful things we are playing with this month:

Product : Gesso
Technique : Any form of Resist
Colour : Olive Green
Substrate : Chipboard

Here in the north Autumn has very much set in and yet there is so much green around in the leaves on both the trees and the flowers. So with this in mind I decided to create an "autumn falling leaves" board but with green leaves.

I started with a chipboard base and used some old dressmaking patterns and loads of multi medium to create a textured background. I then applied three coats of Gesso and a little more texture along the bottom using a much loved stencil.

I then spritzed the whole lot with PaperArtsy Olive Tree Infusions and used loads of water to get this lighter effect. I love how there are tiny little flecks of orange in there too, so not all green!

Three of my travel bag items used at this stage.

Turning to resist techniques was my next step as I wanted to do something a little different. I have seen wax resist/faux batik techniques on Pinterest but have never tried it. I spent some time watching many videos.  It was all fascinating but in the end I had to just get stuck in and have a go. There are no pictures of the process as it all happens rather quickly!

  • the first step was to emboss a piece of wax paper (I used the Tim Holz Papillon Embossing Folder)
  • secondly I placed this between two pieces of reasonably heavy cardstock 
  • thirdly I ironed the tag sandwich however do make sure you have them on a wood block so they don't sink into the ironing board ...... ! and yes do turn off the steam ...... ! (took me a few goes before I worked these out!)

You can't see much on the tags at this stage but when inked, or in this case spritzed with the Olive Tree Infusions beautiful batik style patterns emerge on the paper.

I die cut my leaves from the tags (using Tim Holtz's Tattered Leaves die) and then added Gathered Twigs Distress Ink around the edges to give them a little definition.

Then it was down to adding them to the background.

I added a little text paper (softened with a coat of watery gesso) to make the leaves more prominent .....

I also added some glass beads which look like water drops .......

This lovely quote seemed most appropriate.

And finally as I still have a few tough daisies left in the garden borders I decided to finish off with an Autumn flower.

Unfortunately since I made this little project we have had horrendous gales and torrential rain, so the falling leaves are not really falling but going in a rather horizontal direction past the house!

Thank you for stopping by for this short tutorial today. Do please pop back next Monday when another Creative Guide will be taking your through their use of the travel bag contents. And of course check out our new challenge ALTERED ART and the wonderful pieces made by the Creative Guides.

Thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x



  1. Just lovely, Jennie! I love the wax paper resist technique and you have gotten wonderful results! The coloring on this is gorgeous and fits your transition to Autumn theme perfectly. GORGEOUS tag and a fabulous post! Hugs!

  2. Absolutely gorgeous Jennie, I adore the wax resist. I also adore the texture and the delicacy of the colours. This is so eye catching and very classy in design. Big hugs and thank you x x x x x

  3. A fabulous DI post using the travel bag contents Jennie x Love the textured details and your resist technique is fabulous...must give it a try.

    Huge Hugs
    Annie xx

  4. So much lovely texture Jennie and yet your piece has such a wonderful delicateness to it, the colours are so beautiful - and what a fabulous resist technique! Anne xx

  5. I think your batik leaves are absolutely gorgeous, Jennie, and they look beautiful fluttering down past the fabulous textured background. Delicate, ethereal and so, so pretty. Great DI use of the travel bag contents!
    Alison x

  6. Jennie this is beautiful to see and amazing to read. What a fabulous project full of wonderful techniques and gorgeous texture. I am always stunned how you create such subtle tones, I need to do that more. Nikki xx

  7. Love the colors, technique and the step by step - a delightful, visual image of the season!

  8. What beautiful colors and textures Jennie! Love your 'faux batik' leaves and lovely autumn flower! Great results from your newly found technique and wonderful creation using the contents of your travel bag! Julia xx

  9. A stunning creation Jennie annd wow that wax resist looks super!!! Will definitely need to give that a try! Your wonderful work with infusions always inspires me, altogether the perfect autumnal creation! We are plagued with howling storms here as well, even though it is meant to be spring....

  10. Wow Jennie your panel of beautiful leaves is exquisite with the fabulous techniques and gorgeous soft colours. I am intrigued with the resist technique and will have to have a go at that, thanks for sharing it. Xxx

  11. Love this project. Makes me want to go home and play but unfortunately I'll have to stay at work a little longer :)

  12. Absolutely adorable and beautiful! Amazing!

  13. Your falling leave panel is Gorgeous! Jennie. Fabulous textural background with a lovely crisp autumnal feel- the perfect setting for your wonderful 'batik' leaves. Thanks for the memories too - I used to enjoy working with batik back in my college dates.
    Love how you used the travel bag goodies

  14. Oh Jennie!
    First off your textures are exquisite and the organic-ness of this is stunning!
    You made Autumn seem less scary to me with this piece- Autumn Splendor at it;s finest!
    Jackie xo

  15. Jennie, I don't know how you can take the exact same theme or stamps/products and turn them into something so very elegant, light and timeless! I strive for this but usually end up in the far opposite direction. I adore your wax paper resist. I have never tried this either. I'm itching for a play, thank you for the inspiration. Hugs, Autumn

  16. What a neat embossing, resist idea. Thanks for a lot of research on this, then showing us. This is absolutely stunning looking.

  17. So beautiful Jennie, adore the first layer with that fabulous Olive Tree Infusions on all of the lovely texture and then your batik leaves! Just gorgeous and I will definitely be pulling out the wax paper and the ironing board to give this technique a try, thanks so much for sharing it. A beautiful use of your travel bag contents, hope that the gales have calmed down so you can enjoy the fluttering of the Autumn leaves! Deb xo

  18. Wow!! This is gorgeous! Love the wax paper resist .. it looks amazing!! Beautiful soft colours and fabulous textures!! x