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
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!! 🙂
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!
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!