Friday, 29 April 2016

2016 #8 Good For Your Soul {by Debs Wainwright}

 2016 Topic 8: White Space

Hi everyone Debs here. Tonight I'd like to share with you a journal page I've created with some white space. I chose this topic because I love the effects you can create, and it is such a challenge for me. I love colour so much and always want to fill my page with lots of it, so often struggle to keep it minimal. There are so many ways to create white space in your art, but not wanting to influenced by others I just went with my intuition, and created in the middle leaving the sides free.

Step One: I have been so eager to get a set of Infusions Dye Stains, as I love the colours and flexibility of powders. So when I did, I couldn't resist using them in this project. In my journal I sprinkled Violet Storms and then using a pearlised spray activated the powder. I got so excited seeing the different colours; the powders have a brown base and the longer you leave them wet, the more the brown shows, giving a gorgeous vintage effect. I didn't want vintage so dried it quickly.

Step Two: I wanted to add a little more interest to my background so used a script stamp and Archival Ink in Sky Blue and added the words where in areas that would peep out from the focal point. I stamped my feature using Hot Picks 1507, and Archival Ink in Black. I heat set the ink as I didn't want it to move.

Hot Picks 1507

Step 3: at this stage I was itching to have more on my page but manage to restrain myself and settled for adding a little Vibez Spritz and let it run down the page. I do love drips!

Step 4: I wanted to bring my feature alive and so using Fresco Acrylic Paint in Southern Skies, I painted the flower, and for the butterflies I used a mix of China, and Glass Blue. The China being Opaque I lost the detail of the butterflies and so with a black pen I created these patterns, which were intend to knock the blue back a bit as I didn't want it too bright. I stamped my Sentiment from the same stamp plate Hot Pics1507 with Archival Ink in Black.

In this close up you can see how the Pearl Spray has caught the pigments of the Infusions Dye Stains making them shimmer, which is hard to see when looking at the page flat.

Well for someone who usually covers the page, herself, and anything near by, I don't think I did bad to keep some white space. And if I can do it anyone can. I hope this has inspired you to have a go, pick the area you want to stay white and create around it. Simple...
Well not simple, but not as hard as it looks. 
You can see more of my work on the following links, I also teach a monthly workshop at Birds In The Barn.

Well done Debs for hanging onto that white space, really not always an easy thing to do, especially with pigments and sprays. Lovely combinations of colours with the Infusions and paints. ~Darcy
We would love to see how you interpret this White Space topic by linking what you make to our 2016 Challenge #8: White Space, on this page HERE.
All of our bloggers love to see your twist on their ideas,  particularly if you were inspired directly by their post. 
All links go in the draw to win a £50 voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The White Space link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, May 1st 2016. The winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.


Helen said...

this is one of my favourite stamps, Debs, and I love the pearly effect over the Infusions. Great journal page!

Kirsten said...

A lovely page! The blue on the flower & butterflies looks great against the background.

pennylopes54 said...

A great lesson in how to use Infusions! Will make time to play this long weekend :)

Ellie Knol said...

Gorgeous page - LOVE that stamp set too!

Jennie Atkinson said...

A fabulous page Debs - love the way you have used the stamp (which is now on my wish list!).

Miriam said...

Gorgeous work Debs

massofhair said...

Stunning page Debs :-) xxx

Craftyfield said...

Gorgeous page... love the drips with the Infusions (Violet storms is a great colour!)

Fliss said...

This is really stunning Debs. Just love the grungy effects of the lovely infusions.
Fliss xx

Julie Lee said...

What a wonderful journal page, Debs. I'm so impressed with how you rose to the white space challenge. I really have to be strong with myself when it comes to something like this sort of project: I can get so carried away with colour! I love how you used the Infusions - really adding great interest! Gorgeous stamp too. xx

miranda said...

Lovely page
Gr miranda

pearshapedcrafting said...

I love this dramatic page - the colours, the shimmer, the drips,your step choice! Fabulous! Looking forward to getting my hands on some infusions next week! Chrisx

Etsuko said...

What a gorgeous page Deborah!! You finished beautiful colours by many kind of the pigments. I love this. xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

I love this debs, such wonderful techniques and effects. It looks so beautiful!

Lucy x

Artmadnana said...

That's a gorgeous page Debs. Great stamp choices and colours! Love it!

Hazel Agnew said...

A great piece Deborah. Wonderful atmosphere created by the infusions! Xx

craftimamma said...

Gorgeous page Debs and as someone who loves white space, well done for keeping some here as I can imagine how difficult it was to go against your instincts. I would have the opposite problem to you, finding it hard to cover a project completely and with many different colours.

Lesley Xx

Steven said...

Gorgeous debs, absolutely!! Love this, it is hard not to want to fill up the page. Good balance and effects.

Dawn said...

Loved this page so much that I have just ordered the stamp! Hope to take inspiration from your page to make my own, hope you don't mind!?!xx

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