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Thursday, 23 February 2017

Find the Infusions you seek!






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.
Buddha



I'd like to play along in the Anything Mixed Media Goes at Mixed Media World

28 comments:

Jennie Atkinson said...

Fabulous Alison! I just loved the Sleight Blue too and I just adore how you have used it with Lynne's stamps. I love the watery feel to the Infusions over the texture. Loved that you coloured her in! Jennie x

Florence said...

Stunning project. I too love this colour combo. Fabulous texture and design.
Flo x

Helen said...

the new colours are all fantastic, and I love your project.

Meggymay said...

Its a gorgeous panel, and the wonderful image looks lovely the way she is framed. The new product colours look fantastic.
Yvonne xx

Amanda said...

Fabulous new colours shown off perfectly and I love that stencil
Love
Amanda x

Jane said...

Fabulous panel Alison....she suits the colours so well. I bought this Infusion last weekend...such amazing colours in one small bottle! xxx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Fantastic layering and colours - a wonderful project - you are such a talent!
oxo Susi

Dortesjs said...

Waue stunning, great work on this it looks awsome and all those wonderful colours you was able to produce ;O)) lOve it.

chrissie said...

Stunning tag with a wonderful scene you created. Love this colour combo as well

A very true Buddha quote

Chrissie xx

Anneke said...

This pice of your work looks amazing.
I am in love with the colors. I orderd
Som of these colors and stamps I hope the shop will have
Them soon. Thanks for inspiring me.

Maureen Chandler said...

This is an amazing art work - thank you so much for sharing the steps! It's beautiful and moving!!!

Dorthe said...

It is a fabulous piece, Alison, I love how you used the Infusions, and the stamp, looks so beautiful in the arch. I think I really love you colored her, to make her stand out, from the background. Also love your splashes , a wonderful art piece. I have enjoyed seeing all your samples, in the video , too.
Hugs, Dorthe

Team Clark said...

Oh Alison, I could just eat up this amazing background! What delightful details with the stencil work and handwriting. I too feel as though LP women belong in house shapes or arches. ;0 Hugs, Autumn

Misha said...

I love the new colors and am obsessed with that stencil. Who makes it and where can I get one! I am so inspired by your art.
Michelle

butterfly said...

Thanks for the lovely comment, Michelle. It's a Crafters Workshop stencil designed by Rebekah Meier and it's called Cathedral of Love. I have the 6x6 inch version. Hope that helps.
Alison x

Nikki Acton said...

Stunning designs and your infusions work is a joy to see. Must try harder Nikki! xx

Redanne said...

Not sure why but the gorgeous blues reminded me of a stormy sea.. The lady is so beautiful in her arch and I love the texture you created with the stencil. Beautiful work! Anne xx

Paper Profusion said...

This is fantastic Alison! Very sombre indeed - is she awaiting her fate whilst locked in the tower?! The arches do really work well for these stamps. Terrific make. Nicola x

Jackie P Neal said...

OMGosh Alison!!!
I just Adore everything about this! You really know how to work those Infusions!!! Gorgeous layers, from the stencil to the stamping and your writing! LOVE!xo

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh I do love these colours (and that stamp) of all the new LP ones, she is a favorite, and I do think she looks better with the subtle colouring.... The background is fabulous and the arch shape does suit her to perfection... I wonder what the infusions will do with the Oxides... I'm off to the States next week where mine will be waiting for me, I can't wait to start playing.....
Love this tag!!!

A Pink said...

Those colours!!! Love how they look when wet as well as when dry and love the idea of being able to be precise in creating dark and shadow . Fabulous finished project and your handwriting is beautiful . x

Craftyfield said...

Fabulous and, in my opinion, she's better coloured in, as it looks more harmonious with the background rather than the stark black & white.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh Alison! This is beautiful - The background alone is so beautiful! I love the way you framed the LP lady! Chrisx

Sara Barker said...

Oh, dear me, Alison, every time I open your blog I have that sense of being at home! What a beautiful background to show off those LP stamps! Your inclusion of your handwriting is the icing on the cake! I just have to say you've not only opened my eyes to some incredible must have products (Infusions), you've tempted me with the Arches die, and each time I visit, I learn at least one new word! One of my old hobbies as a child was to read the dictionary, so I share your love of words! Hugs!

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous panel, the background looks stunning in that colour mix. I love the image coloured rather than 'naked'.
Avril xx

Kirsten said...

Absolutely stunning!

Etsuko Noguchi said...

This is absolutely beautiful!! Fabulous composition by the stencil and great effect of background by infuson, and lovely LP lady...Oh I love it!! xx

Sue said...

This is really lovely, and what a great way to get the variations in colour depth. You are right too about the LP stamps, they are suited to arch shapes xx