Thursday, July 14, 2016

Musin' about Infusions for Paper Artsy!

When I saw the call from Leandra for a chance to participate in the July 3UP, I immediately submitted my name, and was thrilled when I was named to the Lynne Perrella/PA Infusions team, along with Ellie and Autumn!  As some of you will know, I am a huge fan of Lynne's work, including her stamps - in fact, I used one of her Japanese images for my first posting with Brenda's 2015 Visual Journey, and continue to look toward Lynne's collections for many of my makes.

Leandra was more than generous!!  We each got three stamp sets, AND four colors of the new Infusions to play with....  I had Are You Cerise, Violet Storms, The Sage, and Black Knight.  After a LOT of experimenting, as you will see below, I ended up using Are You Cerise and Violet Storms.... and decided to showcase different substrates.  So let's get going!  And PS, this is very photo heavy!  And as usual, forgive the funky spacing....sigh.

Here is the final project, with five different substrates.

The first layer is Bristol paper with gesso tinted with Are You Cerise, and then more plain gesso applied with my fingers to knock it back a bit, and to get some texture for the next step.

Once the Bristol board was dry, I added more Infusion powder and water.    I kept everything towards the edge as I knew the center would  be covered.

The next layer was created on matte photo paper, using Violet Storms.  This is the finished layer, which has a thin edging of Lindy's Stamp Gang Midnight Copper embossing powder.

I applied several layers of the Violet Storms and generous amounts of water, letting it dry thoroughly between repeat applications to achieve the final effect.

The next layers are the Michelle Ward stencil flourishes, which are Violet Storms on glossy photo paper....These are actually mono prints made on the powdered and moistened stencil.  Further down, you will see some other stenciling approaches.

The layer behind the Lynne Perrella image is watercolor paper, using the Violet and Cerise colors.  You can see how the various substrates affect the brightness as well as the spread of color and those wonderful specks of walnut powder, which make the Infusions so unique.  

The lady herself is stamped with Stayzon onto Yupo paper that had been sprinkled very lightly with Violet Storms, spritzed and left to dry.  I got this idea from Helen Chilton, who has made some beautiful pieces using the Infusions and Yupo.  The Infusions dry very light colored on this synthetic paper; I love the marble look I got.  But I need a lot more practice to achieve Helen's outcomes, lol!

So now onto the other experiments!

Here is Grunge Paste through a script stencil, then sprinkled with Black Knight, and water - then left to dry.  I've learnt that to keep the beautiful mingling evident in the detail shot, I need to dry with the heat tool.  Otherwise, things continue to meld, and one loses all that lovely distinct color, as you can see in the dry piece.

Next, some stenciling.... on card with some mono prints as well.

The left is mono print on card, and the right is on Yupo.

Here are more examples on Yupo, left to dry.

Here is paper monoprinted from the above stencil directly.
This is a second print, made after I spritzed the stencil with water again, on matte photo paper.
Here are some example  using The Sage on the left, with various amounts of water, and with Violet Storms and The Sage on a tag.

Here I played with Are You Cerise on watercolor paper and a lot of water.

I saw Ruth's posting so tried some of The Sage with 3D matte gel.

Here is an example of a stencil onto Yupo, with a lot of water, and then dried.  The darker colors penetrate the Yupo for a lovely ghosted effect.

Since that worked so well, I thought I would try a script stencil on Yupo.  Here you can also see some mono print tags (with backwards script!)

Here is the dried Yupo - but this time when I wiped it off, I essentially lost everything....

A couple of mop up tags.

Another technique from Helen, which is to rub the powders into the paper first, then wet.  I used matt photo paper here....
And you get this....

which some of you will recognize as the background for Paloma when she visited.

Here is an example on watercolor paper - also very lovely!

Here is Bristol paper with rows of Infusion powders, swiped with a very wet mop brush.

And here is the same thing, but the powders were first rubbed into the paper.  I also added some more powder and mopped it as the first layer of color was drying.  The powder continues to react to water, so I got some beautiful washes along with some beautiful deep color.

This turned out to be my favorite piece, but it did not work with my project!

Here is stenciling using Violet Storm and Ranger Glossy Paper.  Again, this is a mono print.

This is deli paper, with The Sage powder sprinkled, water spritzed, and then crinkled  up, then spread apart again to dry.  I think this would make a great background....

  And last, some stamping by rubbing powder onto the stamp, then spritzing and stamping, here on a tag.

Well, that is it for this round!  If you made it this far, thank you for hanging in there with me!  And if you've time, please do comment - I love hearing from you!  xxx Lynn


  1. Wow, you got so many effects, they are amazing how they change colour, those infusions! Such a fab end result with all the changing depth of colour! Thanks Lynne, fascinating! ~ Leandra

  2. Your creation blew me away, just love the background you have created and all of the layers. I have learnt so much from your experiments, thanks for recording them on your post.

  3. Wow, love your experiments. I only have glossy photo paper, now I'm going to have to gat me some matt too :)

  4. Lovely project - infusions are great!

  5. Awesome experiments! Love your results. :)

  6. Wow so many experiments, so fascinating to see the results. Looks like you had great fun. Thanks for joining us tonight. X

  7. Fantastic to see you over at PA - and what an amazing post full of experimentation and glorious effects. Do love the white marble for the austere stamping on the panel at the heart of your triptych layers. Great stuff!
    Alison x

  8. Wow, well you certainly had fun and to great effect, - what an amazing amount of wonderful backgrounds you now have to play with. I truly could not tell which one would be my favourite, they all look just stunning in my book!

  9. Oh wow Lynn what a fabulous and informative post. I love how you go all out to experiment, play and produce such amazing results with anything new, you certainly get to know your products and selflessly share your findings so we can all learn through your eyes and hands. Thanks for the shout out and I'm so glad you found me so I can be part of your 'experiments in paper' you certainly live up to your blog's name. Have a great weekend my friend xxx

  10. Wow some lovely effects here and a great resource for creating background papers xx

  11. Lynn, I can picture you at your space creating up a storm - so many ideas and beautiful results! Your finished project is amazing and I'm honored to have had the chance to work with you. You are generous and kind and my heart is overflowing from your friendship and inspiration. Hugs, Autumn

  12. Gorgeous! These infusions are so versatile aren't they, great experiments and projects.
    Happy craftin

    1. You must tell me what that stencil is that you used red and black background, just love it!

  13. oh my looks like you had so much fun - brilliant! Hugs rachel x

  14. Wow, lots of wonderful results from your playtime with the gorgeous Infusions. Love The Sage on the deli paper and the red/black background is just awesome. Your finished project is lovely and well done for managing to include so many different substrates.

    Lesley Xx

  15. Wow Lynn, your experiments always seem to turn out so beautifully! I would end up with a bin full of papers and panels if I tried these things! lol. Wonderful experiments and the end effects are just brilliant. Love the finished piece too, just gorgeous!! hugs :)

  16. You did some beautiful experimenting with infusions! (yes, I am catching up on commenting - been ill) It was a pleasure bing in he same 3UP team! LOVE the project, btw. Take care!

  17. You delightful mad scientist you! First of all, huge congrats, looks like you had fun with the goodies! And secondly-holy toledo! Your experiments are always so fun to learn about and this takes the cake. These are all eye candy and so fun! I would love to have been a fly on your wall for this session. That black mono is GORGEOUS!!! Wowzers and Wowzers and awesome sauce! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

  18. Lynn, I love visiting your blog...I always feel as if I'm in some fascinating continuing education class! So much to learn from you! And I love how you present it. You did an amazing job with your new Infusions, the various papers, stencils, and stamps! I'm with Niki above--I wish I could be a fly on the wall of your studio and the black monoprint is my favorite. You do the most amazing experiments and I am delighted you share them so generously with us! Congratulations on your appointment to the team! You are certainly "selling" these goodies to me!Well done and big hugs to you!

  19. Lynn, these are fabulous! You are always learning some fun, cool new technique! I love your backgrounds with all of the colors and textures!
    Thank you for visiting my blog recently - it's been great hearing from you!

  20. Wow Lynn, you've tried them just about every which way you can! What fabulous results, I love the pale Yupo one and I particularly love the text stencil too - just gorgeous. I have to admit I love the effect of them but I find the powder goes everywhere however careful I am!
    Thanks so much for your visit to mine and your kind, supportive comments - you asked about the tag background and it's done with wax paper, crumpled and ironed onto the tag (between two sheets of clean paper to stop wax getting everywhere!) and then gently rubbed with distress ink to bring out the wax markings. I did email a reply to you but just as I clicked send I noticed you were a no-reply blogger so I don't think you would have received it - in case you did then apologies for repeating myself!!
    Diana xx