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Monday 25 September 2017

September Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal 4

Hello friends and visitors! Welcome to the 4th Destination Inspiration for September. It's Sara Emily here with you today to guide you through the 4th leg of this month's creative journey. Each Creative Guide is using the same four items in our travel bag. To review, we are using the following ingredients:

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

I was pretty excited to find some 'trash' at an estate sale and from my stash that I could turn to 'treasure' for this project.

Substrate and color:

I started with my substrate--a piece of sturdy chipboard from the back of an old art paper pad (it's under the pile of other collected goodies). They sure don't make them like they used to. This is almost like plywood! I found these olive green glassine papers in my stash that once wrapped those really good pears you get from Harry and David. Although I didn't have a plan at this point, I glued them to the chipboard, wrinkling the paper as I glued.

Once dry I used a foam brayer to add Glossy Mod Podge to the raised areas and allowed that to thoroughly dry.

 Out came the sprays--Distress spray stain in Twisted Citron and Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Gold. The glossy Mod Podge acts as a resist, and I wiped the sprays from the raised areas with a dampened cloth.

 I allowed this to dry and later blended Walnut Stain ink around the edges and gave it a coat of DecoArt Ultra Matte Varnish. Unfortunately, this blended my colors and took away some of that resist I was going for, but it's still pretty cool to see the colors puddling between the ridges here and there.

Product, technique and more color:

I tried another resist technique, this time using gesso as my resist medium.This smaller panel is also chipboard, the thin stuff that separates the layers of cans in my cat's canned  food box. These are mighty handy and are a perfect size.  

 I glued card stock to the chipboard and sponged some gesso through a flimsy stencil from Recollections. I started with thick gesso, but it kept pulling up the stencil, so I switched to a thin pourable gesso.

I dried the gesso and blended over it with  a heavy layer of Peeled Paint DOX. I splashed it with water and dried.

The photo below shows the panel before splashing with water and removing the color from the gesso.

 I carefully wiped the gessoed design with a damp cloth. The gesso acts as a resist to the DOX and looks great combined with the chalky inks. I edged with Frayed Burlap and splattered on Walnut Stain inks.

Finishing up...

The bow is twisted up using some vintage pre-colored seam binding--just perfect for our color ingredient, as is the dress on this beautiful woman. I spritzed it with Ranger Perfect Pearl in gold. I found this framed photograph, and removed the photo, intending to use the gorgeous frame for another purpose. I couldn't throw out this lovely photo, and thankfully it fit our color ingredient. The lace behind is from that same estate sale.

I chose the Quote Chip which so accurately describes my recent estate sale finds and framed it with a doily die cut with it's center removed and colored with more DOX.

 I hope you've been inspired to get out your chipboard and gesso and maybe try a resist technique. In case you missed the first three stops on our Inspiration Journey, you can visit them now, by seeing Jennie's beautiful fall tag HERE, Tracy's show stopping card HERE, and Autumn's stunning altered journal HERE.

Our inspiring challenge this month is Altered Art hosted by Alison. I do hope you get some time to play along!  The Creative Guides have created some wonderful pieces to inspire you this month!

Please pop back next Monday when another Creative Guide will be taking you through yet another creative journey using the travel bag contents.

Thank you for traveling along with me today!


  1. Oh Sara Emily, this is so elegant and beautiful! I love the way you used the gesso resist technique, the result looks like really expensive embossed scrapbooking paper, stunning! The whole piece is so beautiful, I absolutely adore the wonderful vintage feel of it too! Great inspiration and super use of the travelbag contents!!

  2. From trash to treasure - you nailed it!!!! Just love everything about it. Hugs, S@ndy

  3. Gorgeous and elegant design... Just love that gesso resist, I agree the DOX looks amazing over it! Xx

  4. This is so beautiful and feminine! A fantastic project!

  5. wow!!! Super use of the travel bag contents Sara and I just love that resist technique...the outcome is amazing. Looks like you had fun with this make and I just love the vintage appeal xx

    TFS and huge hugs
    Annie x

  6. WOWZERS! this is absolutely gorgeous, thanks for all the details!

  7. What a lovely piece Sara Emily! That girl is a vintage beauty and all the greens blend so wonderfully - love the stenciling, the piece of estate lace and beautiful green bow! Julia xx

  8. This is gorgeous Sara, the greens are beautiful and I just love the wonderful image you used. Your estate find really was lucky, so the word chip is just perfect! You made great use of the contents of the travel bag! Anne xx

  9. This is beautiful, Sara Emily! I love what you did with that wrapper paper and your gesso/stencil resist is also gorgeous - so glad you kept that beautiful photo. Stunning project! Hugs :-)

  10. Wow! It was even more amazing seeing the details up close. Such a lovely piece.

  11. Beautiful Sara and I adore the gesso resist with the DOX, gorgeous! Wonderful use of your travel bag contents, thank you for sharing it with us, Deb xo

  12. Wow Sara Emily! You find a beautiful purpose for everything! That green tissue just sings as you've used it. What a gorgeous photograph and beautiful DOX resist effect. That vivid green bow really gives the color punch, but is soft and feminine like the photo. A beautiful mix up my friend and truly inspiring use of the travel bag ingredients. Thanks for the inspiration! Hugs, Autumn

  13. This is Gorgeous ! Sara Emily . Wonderful resist techniques , colour tones and your beautiful lady adds such a lovely touch of vintage beauty. Terrific use of the travel bag goodies creating a project that would easily fit in with our Altered art challenge .

  14. This is really charming, Sara Emily - brilliant resist work and glorious vintage glamour with that photograph. I love the textured panel - beautiful work with the travel bag contents.
    Alison x