Saturday 11 March 2017

2017 #3 Framed Botanical Print {by Ruth Mescall}

2017 Topic 3: Paint and Infusions

It's always a joy to see what Ruth creates with infusions. She is incredibly experimental, and yet retains a striking ability to almost 'hold back' and not throw the kitchen sink at it! She always manages to thoughtfully allow some the white space to create a breathing zone. For those of us for who operate on a more-is-more ethos, it certainly is fascinating to observe Ruth's methods, particularly with a product like infusions which can be somewhat awkward to guide or control.
Hi everyone Ruth from 'a love to create' here.

Lovely to be here on the PA blog tonight sharing another project using Lin Brown's latest releases with luscious infusions and paint...what could be better? Infusions are so versatile and there are so many techniques to try with them that I originally thought of making a technique tag book, still not sure how it turned into a faux botanical print but then that's the fun in experimenting and following the 'what if?' path. 

In the process I've used 





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I was originally just going to alter the frame but then thought I really need to put something in it and so it developed into a home decor item that fits very well in my dining room.

One of the things I love about Fresco acrylic paint is their coverage, even over dark wood one coat is enough.

Sprinkling infusions onto wet paint helps seal them in, loving the new 'Sleight Blue' and 'In the Navy' with their little pops of pink and could have watched all day as the colours ran into all the nooks and crannies.

Bit of a mishap in further sealing them in as I picked up matte medium instead of matt varnish and when I came to sand back the Grunge paste the matte medium started to peel off, however I discovered that you can stencil with grunge can you tell where I 'patched' it?

I've used this technique from Kim Dellow's video using infusions....

And I chose to work with Olive Tree, Emerald Isle and a touch of Green Man, all lovely colours from the 2017 Infusions release. (see here for more info/ stockists).

Spray with water and the result was magical, I almost felt like a water colour artist, the subtle specks of colour and Lin's stamps, I'll definitely be trying this again.

Even the blobs of water from a faulty water spray bottle on the right added to the effect and further stamping with fresco paint mixed with a little sprinkle of infusions worked a treat.

To finish, it needed a small focal point and I was originally going to make some 'Magenta and Violetta infusion flowers to echo the pink specks in the frame but opted for green shaded flowers made from card that I'd painted with pearl glaze and infusions.

I particularly like this close up as it shows the variety in infusion colours in both the picture and the frame and the walnut crystals that haven't quite dissolved add to the texture as they are highlighted by Pewter Treasure Gold.

I feel like I will be friends with Infusions for a long time and I'm really only just exploring how they combine with paint and other products. I hope you might try Kim's technique, it is so, so easy to get beautiful results. Not sure I'd do anything differently but next I will definitely be using the pink infusion stained card in some handmade flowers. Ruth 

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This is a fantastic interpretation of Kim's technique, and all your extra touches make it super special - what a brilliant way to recycle that frame, I hope you have found a special place to hang it! It's gorgeous! ~ Leandra

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Helen said...

the frame is fabulous, but I really love the picture you created to go in it.

Kirsten said...

This is gorgeous. The artwork is beautiful & the frame works perfectly with it.

Julie Lee said...

What a lovely project, Ruth. I love the natural beauty of it and the frame complements this image perfectly. xx

rachel said...

super stunning Ruth - really beautiful work! Hugs rachel x

craftimamma said...

Absolutely exquisite Ruth! Love the different ways you used the Infusions and together with Lin's new stamps (which I already have) and Frescos it's a match made in ......your craftroom! Beautiful stuff!

Lesley Xx

Dortesjs said...

gorgeous frame and great design

Hazel Agnew said...

Amazing creation Ruth! Loved how the whole thing evolved! Magic! Xx 😜

Lauren Hatwell said...

Ruth, this is absolutely gorgeous! So beautifully put together. Wow! Lx

SueC said...

Beautiful Ruth, love the stencilled frame and the stencilling with Infusions. Sue C x

Ruth said...

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments! Ruth x

Art By Wanda said...

Totally LOVE this, Ruth!!!! If you ever get tired of it, I would be happy to give it a new home :-)

Mac Mable said...

I tried Kim's technique at the beginning of the challenge and loved it. I would never have thought to use the infusions in this way. Gorgeous frame that you have made, loving the artsy stamping and the fun technique. What gorgeous stamps too. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration x

Cathy said...

Gorgeous project, love how you did the frame, Cathy x

Craftyfield said...

I love the frame and the inside too! Great use of the Infusions and Lin's stamps give a beautiful look with this technique.

Annie said...

Gorgeous project Ruth x love the amazing textures on the frame and the details using the infusions. The new release stamps look stunning
TFS and best wishes
Annie x

geezercrafter said...

Enjoyed how your stunning creation came together.

Words and Pictures said...

Beautiful grasses, Ruth, and the texture on the frame is just fabulous!
Alison x

Craftychris said...

Beautiful artwork and wonderful frame! xxx

Dorthe said...

Fantastic frame, dear Ruth, and I love the picture inside. Kim Dellow `s embossing/water spray technique gave such beautiful result ,and the Infusions used are beautiful , --I`m waiting for my set of them,lol-and will have to try this way of using them. Thank you for your wonderful how to, and the video link!
Hugs, Dorthe

Jackie PN said...

Stunning Ruth! You know I am a fan!
Jackie xx

Cocofolies said...

How beautiful, beautiful!!.. Fabulous home-deco, loving all these shades of green, grey and pearl, and so on. I'm going to look at Kim Dellow's video, thanks for giving again the link.
Thank you Ruth! :)
Coco x

Chris said...

Stunning piece of home decor Ruth and I agree with you about the infusions with embossing ink it's such a lovely way to use infusions. x