Monday 3 April 2017

2017 #5 Clay Flowers and Infusions by Lucy Edmondson

2017 Topic 5: Blue and Ochre

If creating an piece to decorate your home grabs your fancy, then tonight Lucy has a wonderful idea to explore. I'll leave it to her to explain!

Hi everyone, Lucy here from Lucy's True Colours Blog. I'm delighted to be here tonight using Ellen Vargo's stamps (see here) which I know so many of us reach for time and time again for our backgrounds. Ellen is, of course, the wonderful woman who got us all obsessed with brayering! She also brought out a set of stamps with three stunning flowers which are very large and make a perfect focal point.

Way back when I did, I believe, my first post for PaperArtsy. I made Lin Brown clay flowers, mixing Fresco Paints with the clay to make custom colours. It occurred to me that Infusions, being a dry medium, would mix in well too, and that I could then paint the flowers with the Infusions after baking. I mixed my chosen colours with Fresco Metallic Glaze and I was amazed by the glorious Metallic colours and the wonderful sheen it achieved on the clay. Result!

As well as the chance to use Ellen's stamps, I was delighted with the colour scheme of the current challenge. The word 'Ochre' always makes me think of the traditional colour names we have known since childhood from our paintboxes and coloured pencils. I'm sure we will see a variety of Blues and Yellows over the two weeks but I happened to be out with a very elegant friend for coffee whilst I was thinking about what I would make and she was wearing grey blue with bright yellow and quite a bit of white so I decided that was roughly the direction I would go. I knew I wanted to incorporate the blues from both the old and the new Infusions range so I decided to use white embossing as a highlight. I had an idea to make some tiny canvases using shaving foam as a carrier for the Infusions, some in blues and some in yellows, to sit the clay flowers on. The little canvases were going to go onto the bigger canvas and they looked lovely in themselves but clashed badly with the embossed canvas so I decided less was more. But do give it a go!

The first of my flowers from Ellen's set Eclectica EEV10. They gave such a good impression on the clay, with the archival ink. 

Here's the tulip from the same set. I think this would look lovely if you stamped script into the clay.

It was quite magical painting with the Infusions Orange County mixed with Fresco Metallic Glaze, it almost created a bronze. I then did the same with Black Magic for the stems and some little highlights. Information on Infusions, including the new colours and stockists can be found in this blog post here.

Here's a close up of one of the flowers in situ on the canvas. I think I'll be making more of these. I'm thinking poppies!

Ellen's stamps gave me plenty of scope to create my white embossed background. I tried to keep in straight lines! I used Eclectica EEV02, EEV05, and EEV06

Don't forget the sides of your canvas!

This bit was magical too, just a tiny sprinkle of the Infusions, in this case the new Sleight Blue, and a rub of a baby wipe to activate and the lines of embossing appear. I also used the new In the Navy, with Royal Blood and Violet Storms. I found the baby wipe gave quite a bit of control over the depth of colour.

I hope you enjoyed my take on the Blue and Ochre colour challenge and also that you will get your Ellen Vargo stamps out to play! Most of all though, I hope I have given you a couple of additional ways you can use those new Infusions colours. There are some lush ones I haven't tried yet which I am very excited about and I would like to go back to the shaving foam and brayer I started to play with, using the remaining new colours, and also the clay, the Metallic Glaze, and using baby wipes over white embossing, with different colour and stamp combos!

Thank you so much for looking,


Blog: Lucy's True Colours
Twitter: @Craftyluce

Wow Lucy, how amazing this has turned out. The canvas alone is wonderful with the Ellen Vargo stamps (how did you do that so perfectly! But the clay flowers are so different  and the infusions worked a treat on there too! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing this with us! ~ Leandra

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Helen said...

oh Lucy, this is fabulous! what a gorgeous tone of ochre you've used.

geezercrafter said...

Wowser, just love your canvas. Never tried Infusions with a baby wipe, must try this. The clay flowers are magical. I must take a closer look at Ellen's stamps to. Thank you.

Kirsten said...

That is gorgeous, Lucy, I love the flowers.

Hazel Agnew said...

Clay flowers...brilliant, Lucy. Great post as usual. Always look forward to your fab posts Lucy! Xx

Jennie Atkinson said...

Fabulous! and what gorgeous colours!

Craftyfield said...

Some original techniques in this canvas... must try the Infusions & baby wipes combo! A lovely take on the theme Lucy.

Lauren Hatwell said...

Now that's what I call out of the box thinking! Looks fab! Lx

Artmadnana said...

I love the blues you chose for that fabulous background Lucy. Great idea using paper clay. Must try that!

Words and Pictures said...

Your clay flowers are fabulous, Lucy - a triumph of dimensional stamping. And the metallic Infusions really look amazing. Altogether a great canvas.
Alison x

Lynne Moncrieff said...

This is so pretty!
Great impressions of the stamping into clay and wonderful background effect with the stamping and Infusions onto the canvas.

Julie Lee said...

Love the stamping into clay, Lucy - great dimension and depth of colour. This is such a beautiful home-decor piece, truly eye-catching and original and I love the use of Infusions.xx

CastleKelly Crafts said...

Lucy this is a stunning piece, I hope you have somewhere to have it on display as it needs to be enjoyed to the full. XX

craftimamma said...

What a lovely project Lucy. Love the clay flowers but the best bit for me was how you used the babywipe and Infusions over the embossing. Magic!!!

Lesley Xx

ellen vargo designs said...

Wow! Lucy what an amazing idea! Love how you've taken the stamps to a new place. Awesome project!

Etsuko said...

Wonderful project Lucy!! I love the cool blue textured background and fab idea idea to use clay. xx said...

What a lovely make Lucy with techniques I want to try too!

Mac Mable said...

Such a great idea to use the baby wipes to control the infusions...what a great effect x Thank you so much for all the new to me techniques in this post x

Miriam said...

Awesome project Lucy - I love your clay project.

Art By Wanda said...

A wonderful canvas, Lucy!!! Those clay flowers are fabulous!!!!!!!

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Oh WOW Lucy this is so creative.. I do so LOVE using stamps in this way.. Hugs Tracey xx