Monday, 6 March 2017

2017 #3 Infusion Explosion {by Clare Messenger}

 2017 Topic 3: Infusions


Clare is a bit of a newbie to PaperArtsy infusions, but look at how easily she has created a fabulous piece ready for the wall! Just 2 colours and some Grunge Paste, and you have a bit of 'pop' to brighten up any room!

Hi everyone Clare Messenger here.

It's fantastic to be here on the PA blog tonight. I've chosen to share with you a 12x12" mixed media canvas board using these gorgeous, Eclectica stamps by Tracy Scott (ETS06, ETS07, ETS08) along with one of her super new stencils (PS052).  Also, with these fabulous new products, I have used PaperArtsy Fresco chalk paints and the magical Infusions!

The Infusions really are intriguing! Although I am new to Infusions, I have used similar products before. But, I have to say that the colours that PaperArtsy have offered us are so incredibly vibrant. I love the flow of these intensely, bright colour particles that just explode before your very eyes, creating an array of blends and effects, bringing your artwork to life.


I started off by layering on some paper and braying Antarctic and Nougat Fresco paint onto the canvas board. I stamped the images directly onto the canvas board. Stockists info here for Tracy's products)




Using Tracy's stencil and TCW sequin waste stencil,  I added some Grunge Paste



Infusions time!  A Bit Jaded and Lemoncello were my colour choices. I soon learned that less is more. I added a small amount of the infusions each time, with my grandmothers voice in my head, "You can always add but you can't take it away." I took the greatest of pleasure, gradually adding more of the colourful crystals and spritizing them with water, watching the particles disperse across the canvas really was quite satisfying!


Even though the grunge paste went on to the canvas before the Infusions, once everything was really dry,  I was able to sand back the paste to reveal the glorious, detailed texture left behind by the stencils.  This surprised me as the Infusions colours are so highly pigmented.


I added some splatters of metallic gold paint, which added a little bit of bling. I always feel that when I spatter paint it adds movement within the picture.


I was a little out of my comfort zone on this project as the outcome with the Infusions was generally unpredictable. But, it hasn't put me off in the slightest way!  I can't wait to have a play with with these eye catching powders in my journal. Blues and turquoises are my go to colours, so I may even challenge myself to play around with some different colour combinations.  After all,  there are so many colourful choices to choose from and the toughg part might be deciding which ones to use!

Clare Messenger
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This is such a striking project Clare! You must be chuffed to bits with it! THe Grunge Paste sanded back looks amazing! Thanks for sharing this wonderful technique with us, a really good technique to try!! ~ Leandra


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26 comments:

Helen said...

Clare, this is fabulous - you never know what you're going to get with infusions, but in your case you have a wonderful piece of wall art.

Raquel Burillo said...

I love it Clare! I still have to try the sanding technique! Beautiful colour combination and a great piece of art! Congratulations!!

Kirsten said...

That is absolutely stunning!!!

Lauren Hatwell said...

Clare, this is absolutely GORGEOUS! Lx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous Clare . Tracy x

Julie Ann Lee said...

What a stunning piece of work! Love it! xx

Chris Cresswell said...

Gosh the result belies the simplicity of the process. It looks wonderful. What a fabulous colour combo.

Julia said...

A fabulous canvas, the results are stunning.

butterfly said...

Fabulous! You'd never know you're an Infusions newbie.
Alison x

Ruth said...

An absolute stunner, the sanding back of the grunge paste just brings it all together...love this Clare!! Ruth x

whyducks said...

Just lovely

Mac Mable said...

So fun in the unpredictability of the infusions. Great canvas and thank you for the step by step...I really enjoyed it x

Hazel Agnew said...

A fabulous creation Clare. Love the addition of the gold splatters, they add something so special to an already beautiful piece of art! Xx

Maureen Reiss said...

This is Gorgeous!!!

Julie Short said...

Wonderful Clare!

Dortesjs said...

absolutely stunning. great aRt ;O)

Jan Ltc said...

Oh my word. Stunning project xx Jan

craftimamma said...

Absolutely stupendous! Xx

Etsuko Noguchi said...

Wow This is absolutely fantastic Clare!! Great resulted with infusions and so gorgeous of your Tracy's image. xx

Jackie P Neal said...

Gorgeous piece Clare!!
Jackie ")

Little Artbee said...

A gorgeous artwork, so nice.
Greetings
Sabine

Wanda Hentges said...

This is gorgeous, Clare!!!!

craftytrog said...

Love, love, love!!!

Dawn Gold said...

Love your canvas ‼

kksb said...

Awesome. The depth is magnificent. Yum!!

Clare said...

Thank you for your lovely comments everyone x x x

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