Hello all! It's the official Infusions launch night over at PaperArtsy. You'll find lots of stunning inspiration there from the PaperArtsy designers, and this is my offering for the night.
I was lucky enough to play with some of the new colours for the Lynne Perrella release last month, so I knew that I'd be reaching for In The Navy and Sleight Blue.
And I've also used one of the new Lynne Perrella stamps which didn't actually get an outing amongst my own samples... so new Infusions and a newly-inked stamp - it's all brand shiny new round here today!
I know this is a rather sombre affair for a launch night celebration, but I love that you can get really atmospheric moody effects with the Infusions as well as the really bright and bold explosions of colour.
I started by putting some heavy gesso through one of my favourite stencils, and adding the tiniest sprinkle of Infusions powders once it was all dry.
I spritzed plenty of water onto this first sprinkling, allowing it all to spread and run amidst the texture. When it dried, it had a soft cloudiness to it because of being quite a watery mix.
I was then able to add extra powder in certain places to create more depth and detail.
That way you can be really precise about where you want to create really dark accents and shadows.
I don't really know why I seem to end up using arches so often with the Lynne Perrella women... they just speak to me that way.
This one is stamped on a book page stuck on to cardboard and cut with one of the Mover and Shaper Sized Arches. (The fabulous Brenda Brown is having a Giveaway for these over at Bumblebees and Butterflies if you're quick - deadline to join in is the 28th February.)
I'm not entirely sure that I was right to colour her in... I think I may prefer the monastic simplicity of the "naked" version against the background.
But I do like the tinting in close-up (embracing the imperfection of the squiffy eyes). I used the Infusions as well as a few touches of Fresco paint for the "colouring" - all done in watery washes with my watercolour brushes.
There had to be some words involved, of course. So the Small Talk stickers got pressed into action yet again...
... and I also added my own handwriting (a vague echo of the script on the stamp) at various points around the panel.
In the hurly burly of the world today, it's pretty clear what she's seeking...
I hope my sombre little panel has created a moment of peace in your day, and I hope you'll hop over to PaperArtsy to see the - mostly much more colourful! - samples from my fellow designers. Infusions inspiration and temptation galore!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and I'll be back with some more watercolour wanderings soon.
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
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