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Monday, 18 September 2017

September Destination Inspiration - Arriving At Terminal 3

Hello and welcome to the third Destination Inspiration for September.  Autumn with you today to guide you along the journey with the contents of our travel bag.

Our bag this month is filled with goodness:

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

I decided to play along with our current challenge, Altered Art.  At my job we were all given these lime green journals as gifts from a recent conference.  I thought it would be fun to grunge it up and give it a face lift.  

I painted my cover with clear gesso, then layered a couple of olive green paints over it.  I sanded the edges to let a little of the original color show through, then stenciled a pattern with Archival Ink and a sponge.  

Next, I cut a watercolor panel and embossed this amazing image from the new PaperArtsy Lynne Perrella Collection.  I partially stamped and embossed the script from the stamp below (also LPC) randomly on the perimeter of my panel.  I blended Distress Inks around the face.  In the end, I was unhappy with the embossed face, so I restamped in Versamark Sepia onto tissue paper and carefully adhered over the first image, sponging the edges to coordinate.  The sentiment is by 7Dots.

I embossed this gorgeous chipboard from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts in copper.  I used Distress Glaze to seal my stamped panel, then applied crackle paste along the edges of the adhered panel.  I wanted to use permanent inks since this will be handled, so I used ColorBox Chalk ink directly to the crackle once it had set.

The ribbon bookmark and elastic closure were both so bright!  I mixed Infusions with water and carefully painted them.  

Here's a little closeup of the textures and embossing resist...

And the finished product, simple, but filled with pattern and texture.  I hope you like it and are inspired to play in our Altered Art challenge.  Join us next Monday for Terminal 4...

Thank you for visiting today!


  1. This is just stunning Autumn!! Fantastic use of that beautiful LP stamp and I love the textural elements and alterations you achieved on your album! The Gypsy Soul chipboard boarder embossed in copper looks amazing, at first I thought it was a metal embellishment. The whole project looks just wonderful! Brilliant use of the ingredients of the traveling bag this month!!

  2. Beautiful altered journal! I love the olive green / sepia mix and how you have distressed it and added texture. The tissue stamped image is wonderful! Great design Autumn xx

  3. This is gorgeous Autumn! Fabulous use of the travel bag contents to alter your book. I will be looking at these brightly coloured notebooks in a different light now! Thank you for so much inspiration x

  4. A fabulous DI post Autumn with a great outcome x Love the background of your altered journal and the beautiful LP stamp coupled with the lovely die. Great resist and step by step too

    Love it.....Annie xxxxx

  5. A fabulous make over of your journal! Autumn . Love how you have grunged it up with the deeper tones of green, the texture and the statement focal image - a 'face lift' for sure! Terrific use of the contents of the travel bag

  6. Your altered journal looks magnificent Autumn, you definitely grunged it up with those fabulous layers of gesso, inks, embossing and tissue paper. You did a superb job with the travel bag contents xxx

  7. love the alteration Autumn,love the olive green and sepia together and the crackle frames the image beautifully !!

  8. Magical and inspiring work. Loving all the texture and the vintage image.

  9. Just wonderful ! Such a fabulous project - a fantastic alteration!

  10. So beautiful, Autumn! I really love the colors and the crackle, and your Gypsy Soul Laser Cut is gorgeous in copper! What a fabulous transformation of your journal and inspiring use of those travel bag contents!

  11. what a wonderful repurpose of your plain notebook Autumn! the green really pops (I thought it must be Tracy making this at first before I read on!) The crackle is lovely as well as the copper lacey piece and subtle stamping! A lovely project using the contents of the travel bag! Julia xx

  12. Ha ha ha Julia, you know how much I adore green. So these ingredients are right up my street and so is this repurposed book, fabulous details and colour and I love the focal image too. Lovely project and use of the travel ingredients. Hugs. Tracy x

  13. Ooh, lovely - the vintage crackle is so cool surrounding that beautiful LP woman - and the shades of green provide a beautiful contrast to that coppery flourish border - gorgeous work with the travel bag contents, Autumn!
    Alison x

  14. What a beautiful cover Autumn, you made wonderful use of the contents of the travel bag. I love that beautiful Lynne Perrella image, the crackle looks amazing and the chipboard border is such a lovely addition! Hugs, Anne xx

  15. Just gorgeous Autumn, what an amazing image from Lynne Perrella and you have showcased her beautifully with all of that lovely texture and embellishments! A fabulous transformation and wonderful use of the travel bag contents, thanks so much for sharing it. Deb xo

  16. This is gorgeous - love your colors and textures, Autumn!

  17. Wow!! This is gorgeous Autumn!! I love the colours and textures .. especially the crackle effect .. looks amazing!! The chippie border is a beautiful addition!! I actually thought it was metal until I read your instructions! Absolutely stunning alteration!! hugs xx


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