' ' ' 'Crafty Endeavours: Inspired by travel

Wednesday 1 November 2017

Inspired by travel

New month, new challenge at Country View Crafts, where the theme is Stencils, hosted by Gabrielle.

Lots of scope with this theme so I decided to make a journal page and experiment.

On the left hand page I used the stencils with acrylic paints, applied with a piece of Distress foam.

On the right I used a technique akin to brass rubbings. The pages of my journal being fairly lightweight, even after a coat of gesso, this technique  still works with a thin stencil like this.

To take the "rubbing" I hold the coloured pencil very flat against the page, pressing quite firmly and the design appears as by magic! (my inner child had lots of fun with this...)

In the next step, I added washes of acrylic paints in yellow, orange and magenta (DecoArt) across the page and, with a sponge, added black paint all around to frame the pages.

Onto the stamping... I have many stamps related to travel, here I used Rubber Dance Globe map, La Mappa, Venezia and Vintage Hotel receipt  which have been added to the Country View Crafts shop. I used a variety of ink colours to give an impression of faded ink.

Finally, I couldn't help but throw in some die-cut words from the Adventure and Vacation WordsThinlits by Tim Holtz/Sizzix.

I hope I have inspired you to join in our challenge, remember there's a £20 Country View Crafts voucher for grabs, so crack out the stencils and start crafting!

Thanks for coming by,
 I am entering the Rubber Dance Forever challenge.


  1. Sounds like another fun one to create Christine, lots of lovely textures and colour.

    B x

  2. What a fun technique Christine and your pages are gorgeous. Such lovely colours and textures xxx

  3. Such a well balanced journal page Christine it's a treat for the eyes.

    Not sure if it's just me and the way I see things but sometimes when I see some journal pages I can't find anything to focus on, everything just seems to busy and a jumble.

    Your pages are totally enjoyable and so easy on the eye I just want to keep looking because everytime I see something different.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  4. Love the layout, the colours you've used and the rubber technique looks great. Very eye catching x

  5. Ooh, gorgeous page spread! Love the warm colours and the depth from the layered stencilling. Beautiful!
    Alison x

  6. Wow, I love your stencilling technique, Christine!!! Amazing!!! I have to try!!! xx

  7. great journalling Christine - this is fabulous! Hugs rachel x

  8. Lovely colours and patterns for this journal page xx

  9. Love your pages Christine! The frottage on the right is a great way to use the stencils.
    Hugs Evelyn

  10. Love the idea of the contrasting techniques on the pages Christine. Great layering and fab results. Xx

  11. Such amazing pages! I love the warm colours and the brass rubbing technique you used with the stencil is fabulous 😁. Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you a Happy November! J 😊

  12. Fantastic page. Sounds like you had lots of fun creating this.
    Flo x

  13. A really fun and colourful journal page ! I will hunt for my stencils so I can hopefully join in with Gabrielle’s challenge idea.

  14. Amazing art journal spread! I love how the colours are blending together in the background. It looks fantastic. Thank you for joining the Rubber Dance Forever Stamping Challenge! xx Susanne.

  15. Super page !!!
    Et encore une technique à essayer... (jamais fait ça pour ma part !).
    Merci Christine, tu es vraiment la reine des techniques et des astuces !!!!!!!!
    Il faut absolument que je libère du temps pour essayer tout ça et continuer à expérimenter... (au coeur de notre passion, non ? :D)
    Bises, bonne semaine

  16. Hi Christine, nearly missed this and what a great spread. Love all the great techniques too. Happy creative week, Angela xXx

  17. Love your journal spread so many textures/ stencils Yummy xx

  18. Originale cette technique Christine. merci de la partager. et bravo pour cette superbe page !!!

  19. Love the color combo! I haven't tried that rubbing technique, but it looks fun and the result is really nice!! Thank you for using our stamps so beautifully in your spread and entering our Forever Challenge! ♥