What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday 352 Paper Artsy Playtime!

It’s Wednesday so time for a wander round WOYWWers’ desks care of our chief Julia – hop over to her WOYWW blog for links…. Late today but I have an excuse as I needed to go to the doctors and also take photos in daylight 😉

Here’s my desk this morning

New Paper Artsy Infusions playtime

New Paper Artsy Infusions playtime

So this week has been busy with the best day being the visit to Stamporama on Sunday – what a brilliant day. I went with my son Lewis and met up with Miriam and Wendy there.  It was great to see the Paper Artsy crew again, had a chat with Leandra before settling down to do the first Make and Take at the Paper Artsy stand with the lovely Emma.  We made a colour sampler for the new Paper Artsy Infusions – wow, these are some beautiful colours! More about that in a bit.  Spent ages watching Lin Brown and Leandra doing demos and came away with loads of ideas. In fact, I went back three times to watch more demos….I did walk round the whole show, honest, but I really only wanted to watch the PA demos!! 🙂

Paper Artsy Make and Take - new Illusions demo'd by Emma

Paper Artsy Make and Take – new Illusions demo’d by Emma – thanks for the photo Helen!

It was lovely meeting up with people I’ve only chatted to before – I’ve ‘known’ Helen since before she won a blog candy giveaway I did in January 2013 and I can finally put a face to the name LOL! Also met Lin, and Gabby and Gabby’s daughter Freya and Jo – thanks to Miriam for the introductions 🙂

Short stop in at Ikea on the way home for a couple of bits and pieces and then Monday was a housework catch-up day so yesterday was the first time I’d had time to play!  I bought some of the new Hot Picks and some goodies that I can’t have until my birthday next month but I have had 6 of the Infusions to play with (Lewis bought me the other 6 for my birthday so I have to be patient for those!)

I’ve been having a play today with getting used to how much of the Infusions powders you need to use…. the tiniest sprinkle!! I’ve punched a little hole in the top of the bottles as you can see in the photo which was a good bit of advice we were given.  I’ve done a test card for each of the 6 colours I’ve got – quick spritz of water first then sprinkle a little bit of the powder then spritz again…the colour pigment crystals react first and then the walnut stain crystals – so you can control the amount of walnut stain colour by not spraying too much water and drying before the walnut kicks in too much. If you only use water, the colour isn’t permanent and you can reactivate by adding more water…. then you have the option of making them permanent by using one of the glazes on top. I was trying this in the samples in the photos-one part of the card is done with water, the other part is done with mostly satin glaze – either applied with a brush or an old credit card. I decided half way through playing to try some metallic glaze instead of the satin – loved this effect especially with the Sage Infusion – this has some beautiful colours in it! And the Blackcurrant one does too!

The Sage close-up showing all the colours

The Sage close-up showing all the colours

Blackcurrant close-up

Blackcurrant close-up







I tried mixing a little bit with grunge paste as well – thinking about it afterwards, I should have realised that this would give a slightly more vintage colour because, of course, the colours and walnut crystals would blend more as they were mixed into the paste. Anyway – I did two colour samples – the Royal Blood and then the Sunset Beach – and put them through a stencil. I really like the effect of the Sunset Beach one through my new fluffy willow stencil. (on the left of my desk photo) I had a bit of metallic glaze left on the mat so I used that to see how I could blend in some Infusions to use with flower stamps. (on the right of the photo)

So much more that I want to try! That’s the great thing with all things Paper Artsy –  you can never get bored with them!

Happy Crafting



Comments (24)

  1. Barb Williams (reply)

    March 2, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    It sounds as if you had a wonderful time on Sunday. I have several of Lin Brown’s stamp sets and would have loved to see her demo. It looks as if you’ve had lots of fun playing over the past few days too. Enjoy the rest of your week. Barbx #16

  2. Lin Brown (reply)

    March 2, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Wow Caz, you certainly have been giving those new Infusions a good road test……they really are a lot of fun!!! It was so nice to see you and I’m thrilled that you enjoyed our demos so much. xxxxxxx

  3. Julie Lee (reply)

    March 2, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    I so agree with you about the demos and PA products Caz. I played with my Infusions yesterday on some journal pages, which I’m planning to blog on Friday! I love the effects here and the colours you’ve used. Like you, I had trouble looking anywhere but PA. I had a little wander, but came back time and again! As you say, with PaperArtsy you just can’t get bored! xx

  4. LLJ (reply)

    March 2, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Isn’t it fab meeting up with virtual friends in real life? I first met Helen at the inaugural WOYWW crop…because I knew she crafts in her floor, we marked out a space with masking tape on the hall floor. Complete with a Reserved for Helen sign. I knew we’d like her when she fell about laughing!!!
    And you’re right, I would like to see your bag 🙂
    Hugs, LLJ 14 xxx

  5. Vicky (reply)

    March 2, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    are the infusions something like brushos? happy WOYWW Vicky #3

  6. miriam (reply)

    March 2, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Stamperama was great….had a fab time….pleased you’ve been testing the infusions. …can’t wait to get mine opened!!

  7. Judith (reply)

    March 2, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Loved reading your road test on the infusions Caz. I missed Stamperama this time around, as I was not fit enough following my recent op. I missed seeing Lin, Leandra and a couple of Buddies that I like to catch up with at the PA stand, sadly. Will definitely have to look at these methinks. Thanks for sharing, happy WOYWW, Judith xx

  8. Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith (reply)

    March 2, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Looks like you had a lovely time! I’ll have to check out those infusions! They look lot like Brushos! Happy WOYWW! zsuzsa #34

  9. sue jones (reply)

    March 2, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Wow – my dream day! love your desk today. have a great week. Soojay 13

  10. Julia (reply)

    March 2, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    `So glad you got to meet Helen at last! The Illusions are fabulous colours, but not for me…too uncontrollable! Love your samples, colours are gorgeous. Happy playing!

  11. Helen (reply)

    March 2, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    It was lovely to meet you in person too, and even better to be able to put a face to the name for your gorgeous blog giveaway all that time ago. The sign that LLJ made and referred to above, I still have (and is as you may be able to tell my profile photo on my FB and twitter handles) It was such fun… perhaps you’ll be able to come to the next one?!! Wasn’t Sunday fab fun? So glad Miriam persuaded you to come! Helen #2

    1. CCreations (reply)

      March 2, 2016 at 8:23 pm

      I remember that sign when it happened! I remember thinking at the time I envied you being able to craft on the floor – I’ve never been that agile for getting up and down!!
      Sunday was amazing – glad it was the size it was – last time I did a show was NEC about 4-5 years ago and it was just too much! Although just a Paper Artsy stand would have been enough LOL! Miriam can be very persuasive – I did say I wasn’t going to start off with….it changed after seeing all the new PA goodies as well!!

  12. Diane (reply)

    March 2, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    What cool fun! Love playing with different backgrounds and techniques.
    Diane WOYWW #31

  13. Sylvia/LittleTreasures (reply)

    March 2, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Thanks for the visit last week and today. Liking the background and fun techniques you have shared. I’d like to make a bunch and have handy for quick backgrounds. Enjoy a lovely week.

  14. Carol N (reply)

    March 2, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Wow! The Infusions look fascinating! And sounds like you had great fun at the Stamporama! Thanks for the visit and hope you have a wonderful week!
    Carol N #40

  15. Sharon K (reply)

    March 2, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    They look like they’d be great fun to play with! It sounds like you had a wonderful time. So jealous.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sharon k #42

  16. Neet (reply)

    March 2, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    When I first came on your blog I thought “Ah, I recognise those” but I was wrong – yours are the PA Infusions. Vey nice too. I love PA stuff.
    How nice for you to meet up with Helen, something I hope to do before too long – and other WOYWW members too.
    Have a good week – enjoy your play.
    Hugs, Neet 1 xx (thanks for visiting me)

  17. Michelle (reply)

    March 2, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    They look like great products….I feel a shopping trip coming on.

  18. Shoshi (reply)

    March 2, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    What an interesting post, Caz. I have been trying to source these paints for a long time – they are known as bistre elsewhere and I came across them on the Paper Artsy site some months ago, and contacted them to try and find out where to get them but I had no reply. There was nothing in their shop – and there still isn’t, even under the name Infusions. You say they are new to Paper Artsy. Do you know when they are going to start selling them, and if they do already, how one can get hold of them? They are remarkably elusive! I have got some Brushos which are lovely, but the colours are very bright and sometimes one wants something a bit more subtle, and these would certainly fit the bill.

    Thank you for your lovely comment and your encouraging words!

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #28

    1. CCreations (reply)

      March 3, 2016 at 10:39 am

      Hi Soshi

      These are a new product launched at the Stitches trade show a couple of weeks back. Stamporama last Sunday was the first place they were on sale and I believe they sold out.
      If I can find out where/when there will be more on sale, I’ll reply again.
      Sorry I can’t be more help

    2. Caz Newton (reply)

      March 3, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      Hi Soshi

      I’ve been told they’ll be sent to shops next week as they were a sell out at Stamporama. Watch out for them at “Imagine That” on line….here’s a link http://www.imaginethatpapercrafts.co.uk/. Not sure who else is going to be stocking them

      Hope that helps


  19. April S. (reply)

    March 3, 2016 at 2:38 am

    Love what you did with the Infusion – great patterns. Glad that you had a good time with friends.
    April #41

  20. Nikki c (reply)

    March 5, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Those Paints look so wild with all the effects they can do they would be fun to try but I’m across the pond so I’m guessing they won’t be here for a long while
    Hugs Nikki 4 late getting around

  21. Clair (reply)

    March 7, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Isn’t it fantastic to sit and play with supplies once in while? To just try out new colours and techniques? I hope you have more time to devote to it this week and will be back on Wednesday to check! On time this week, maybe?

    Thanks for visiting earlier in the week x

    Clair #8

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