Monday, 27 March 2017

Infusions Mini-Album–Texture Samples Dried, and Stamping

The pieces I made with different textures are now dry, and it’s interesting to see the results.

First of all, the sample with the thick layer of gesso.

52a Gesso Before and After

I added Lemoncello Infusions to the piece once the gesso was dry, and spritzed it with plenty of water so I could move the Infusions around. I propped up the piece so that the Infusions would pool in the texture. Unfortunately the gesso has badly warped the card so I had to hold it in order to photograph it adequately. Time for the heavy books treatment again.

The sample with the piece of fruit net, duly dried and trimmed.

47a Fruit Net Before and After

The glass bead gel medium sample.

48a Glass Bead Gel Medium Before and After

The gel medium has dried crystal clear, showing the glass beads to their best advantage. Here’s a detail shot of the piece.

49 Glass Bead Gel Detail

I tried to photograph this to show how the glass beads catch the light, but as usual, anything sparkly or reflective really doesn’t photograph well.

The other pieces didn’t look that different once dried.

Last night I had some fun doing some stamping on Infusions. The Inkylicious clear stamps that I’d ordered had arrived, so I primed them ready for use. The set I used for this project is called “Create a Collage – Meadow” made up of several different stamps that you can mix and match together to produce any selection of wild grasses.

01 Inkylicious Clear Stamps, March 17

For all the stamped samples I used black archival ink.

For the one using these wild grasses stamps, I created a background using The Sage from Infusions set 1. I really like how this one has turned out.

54 Wild Grasses Stamps

For the next one, I was really keen to try Ryn’s stamp “Textures – Water Droplets CM-T3” with Infusions. The background was created with In the Navy from Infusions set 2.

55 Stamped Water Droplets

I used a wet brush to lift as much colour as I could from inside each water droplet. This proved to be not as easy as when you use the technique with distress inks, but after several applications with the wet brush, I achieved the desired result. Removing the colour in this way makes this extraordinary stamp look even more 3-dimensional, an effect which is further enhanced by the addition of a tiny catchlight on each droplet, using a white Uniball Signo marker pen. I love how this one turned out!

My final stamped piece was created with Heartfelt Creations “Botanical Rose” stamp. This was done on a background made with Frankly Scarlet Infusions from set 2.

53 Stamped Flowers with Watercolour

Again, I lifted the colour from within the flower outlines using a wet brush. I deliberately left several flowers in this state to show how effective this is. To colour the two large flowers, I used watercolours, and added a little highlight on the centre of each one, using my white Uniball Signo pen again.

Here are the completed stamped samples all together, with the gesso piece at the rear.

51 Stamping Samples

The next technique I wanted to do was the woodgrain effect. I think it might have been the card I’ve been using, but this wasn’t as effective as the first time I used it. Here is the page from my Mamhead Mini-Album which shows it best.

85 Woodgrain Backgrounds with Infusions

With the current samples I struggled to get the desired effect although I used exactly the same method – tapping some Golden Sands Infusions from set 1 onto my non-stick craft sheet and adding a little water, and then applying this with a fan brush in parallel strokes.

56 Preparing to Create Woodgrain Effect

This is the finished piece after three applications of the Golden Sands Infusions.

57 Woodgrain Effect

I tried another sample, this time using Sunset Beach  and Golden Sands Infusions, both from set 1. After this was dry, because it didn’t look right, I added some Black Knight Infusions, also from set 1, using the same brushing on technique. It looked like weathered painted wood. I decided to try to enhance the effect with some crackle paste. This is the first time I’ve used this, and I thought it would dry clear, but it didn’t, and it doesn’t seem to have crackled either, but the effect is somewhat interesting.

58 Experimenting with Crackle Paste 1

In an attempt to make it crackle, I added some more to give a thicker layer.

59 Expermenting with Crackle Paste 2

Here are the two samples together.

60 Two Woodgrain Effects

On the pot it says it takes quite a while to crack, so maybe something will happen! If not, at least I’ve tried and after all, a lot of these samples are experimental and it doesn’t matter if they don’t work; they just won’t find a place in the mini-album.

My final samples today used the same brush-on technique, but using both horizontal and vertical brush strokes to create a mock tartan effect. Again, the effect wasn’t a dramatic as I’d hoped, and I put this down to the card I was using. I must try and remember what sort of card I used for the Mamhead album and try it with that, but in the meantime here are my samples.

The first one was done with two shades of Infusions from set 1, Sunset Beach going on horizontally, and Royal blood going on vertically. The latter had the effect of dramatically darkening the whole sample – quite an interesting effect but not entirely what I wanted!

The second one was done with Are You Cerise Infusions from set 1 being laid down horizontally first, and then Violet Storms from set one going vertically. This over-dominated the piece so I added more Are You Cerise vertically, and some more Violet Storms horizontally. The effect is definitely tartan-like, if a bit subtle!

61 Creating a Tartan Effect

Here are both samples together.

62 Tartan Effect

I do like the vertical blue stripe and the horizontal turquoise one in the one on the left.

I would like to redo all these last brushed-on samples on different card to see if the brush strokes appear more defined.

Still to come: I want to experiment a bit with embossing ink with Infusions, as I have seen some interesting videos on Youtube about this, either stamping, or using Versamark through a stencil.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Infusions Mini-Album–Various Textures

A fun session this evening playing with different textures on my sample pieces.

Getting stuff out to start – a couple of textured gel mediums, gesso and Polyfilla, some palette knives and my little glue applicator, and some blank sample cards.

24 Gel Medium, Gesso and Polyfilla

To begin with I selected two Infusions from set 2, Violetta and Frankly Scarlet. Here they are sitting on their original sample pieces.

25 Violetta and Frankly Scarlet Infusions

I spread a thick layer of gesso onto one of the sample cards with a palette knife, and then used my glue applicator to create vertical bands all or part way down.

26 Thick Gesso in Bands

I added the two colours of Infusions.

27 Infusions Added to Thick Gesso in Bands

Some time later, the sample looked like this.

28 Infusions Maturing on Thick Gesso in Bands

The Infusions have spread a little, but not much. I want to add something further to this sample once it is dry. The gesso should have fixed the Infusions so they won’t reactivate when I add more water.

The second sample was spread with Polyfilla after I’d spritzed the card lightly ith water to help the Polyfilla to stick. I had to add some more water because it wasn’t spreading well – possibly because the Polyfilla at the top of the pot was rather dry. Once I was satisfied I’d got a nice layer on the card, I dried it slightly with the heat gun until a skin had formed on the surface, and then took my home-made bubble wrap stamp and spritzed it with water to prevent it sticking, and lightly pressed it into the Polyfilla.

29 Stamping with Bubble Wrap into Polyfilla

This time I used Lemoncello and Black Knight Infusions from Set 1. This is what it looked like immediately after applying the Infusions.

30 Lemoncello and Black Knight on Bubble Wrap Stamping

I spritzed it fairly heavily with water and waited for it to spread and mature.

31 Lemoncello and Black Knight Maturing on Bubble Wrap Stamping

For the next sample, I got out a few of my texture makers – a crochet doiley, some fruit net and a piece of metal mesh.

32 Texture Makers

Again I spread Polyfilla on the card and dried it slightly. I then pressed the texture makers into the surface – the doiley top right, the mesh at the bottom, and somewhat disappointingly, the fruit net top left – it didn’t produce as much texture as I’d hoped.

33 Textures Pressed into Polyfilla

Time for the Infusions – this time Royal Blood from set 1. I used plenty of water, to encourage the Infusions to flow into the texture. The metal mesh is well defined, and the doiley slightly less so. I blotted off the circles formed by the doiley and used a brush to paint some more infusions into the surrounding texture of the doiley to try and emphasise it a bit better.

34 Royal Blood on Textured Polyfilla

Here’s a detail shot.

35 Close-Up of Royal Blood on Textured Polyfilla

For the next couple of samples, I applied different materials to the surface, using regular matte gel medium, to create interesting textures.

The first one used bleached mulberry bark. I’ve got quite a bit of this, which I bought from a craft show a few years ago.

36 Bleached Mulberry Bark

Here it is being applied to the card.

37 Mulberry Bark Applied with Gel Medium

I used Orange County from set 1 for this one, spritzing it well with water. I love how the gel medium has acted as a resist.

38 Mulberry Bark with Orange County

Here’s a detail shot.

39 Mulberry Bark with Orange County - Detail

For the next sample, I used Violetta Infusions from set 2, after applying a piece of fruit net to the surface of the card with regular matte gel medium.

40 Fruit Net with Violetta

Once this sample is dry, I shall trim off the excess net. Again, I am pleased with how the gel medium acted as a resist in places.

The next sample used coarse pumice gel medium – I love this stuff – really gritty! For this one I used The Sage Infusion from set 1.

41 The Sage with Coarse Pumice Gel Medium

Again, a great resist effect, and I love how the Infusions have spread at the bottom of the sample, reminding me of a receding wave on the seashore. Here’s a detail shot. Once it is dry, it probably won’t look so white.

42 The Sage with Coarse Pumice Gel Medium Detail

For my final sample tonight, I used Slime from set 2, and glass bead gel medium, another favourite textured medium of mine. This one has come out really well.

43 Slime with Glass Bead Gel Medium

A detail shot. If you look carefully you can see the glass beads which look a bit like tapioca! I shall be very interested to see what this one looks like when it’s dry, as the gel dries crystal clear.

44 Slime with Glass Bead Gel Medium Detail

Finally, all the samples I made this evening.

45 The Day's Samples Drying, Some Needing Further Work

Very much a work in progress. Some of the pieces need further work once they are dry. It will be interesting to see what they look like after drying overnight.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Damp Under the Kitchen Floor

As I wrote in my WOYWW post yesterday:

When we had our new kitchen fitted when we moved, I asked the builders to retain the old cupboard in the corner as it was an original feature that I was reluctant to lose. However, since we’ve been here, it has proved to be an absolute pain to use as it’s too deep and I struggle to find what I want in there. The bottom part has always been a bit damp too.

A few days ago we were invited for coffee by some friends, and they showed us around, and when she showed me her little walk-in larder, something went “ping” in my head and I knew this was what I wanted instead of my awful cupboard! Later we contacted our neighbour who is a builder, and has done quite a bit of work for us, and he came up to look at it, and he said it was possible, and although he could do it, he knew a professional kitchen fitter who would do an even better job, and he’d match it all in with my existing units.

He then looked at the damp, and this is where the bad news begins. He pulled up the piece of lino covering the floor inside the cupboard, to find that the floorboards had completely rotted away and the joists underneath – he could poke a thin wooden stick right through! On a traffic lights scale, he said this was RED and needed immediate attention.

Later he phoned the damp specialist that he knows and trusts, and told him about the problem, and this man phoned me to say he would come and look at it in the morning.

He arrived at 9 a.m. and agreed with our neighbour that the problem is serious and must be dealt with asap. He said that it is dry rot, and the timbers will need to be cut back 1 metre beyond the affected part. This means that not only will the whole cupboard have to come out (which we expected anyway) but the fitted double oven will also have to be moved, and quite a bit of the laminate floor taken up. Depending on how far the rot has extended, he may also need to take up the floor on that side of the sitting room next door. He was pleased that the oven was electric and not gas, and said that moving it wasn’t a problem. He is always dealing with things like this and will take it in his stride. I just hope he doesn’t ruin the tiling on the other side of the oven…

We are hoping that it is confined just within the cupboard on the left-hand side in the angle of the chimney breast, which will mean that the work will only have to take place in the kitchen, but until he takes up some floor, we won’t know.

He said that it is most unlikely that this would be covered by the insurance, as most companies never cover for rot, unless the problem is caused by a leaking pipe. I phoned the insurance company this afternoon, and they confirmed this, and pointed me to the clause in our policy (which I couldn’t find on first looking) which said that rot was excluded. It is sick-making that we pay out all this money every year for insurance and then something turns up that isn’t covered.

The damp expert said he would give us an estimate in the next day or two, but obviously until he starts he won’t know the full extent of the damage. I said I realised this, but was he able to give us a range from best case scenario to worst, off the top of his head, and he said somewhere between £1,200 and £5,000. This is obviously a lot of cash to find but it’s got to be done or eventually the house will fall down!! Fortunately we do have a contingency fund but it will clean it out.

He said he could probably start the work in about a fortnight’s time. Hopefully it won’t take too long once he gets started. It is going to cause a lot of disruption and mess. Before he starts, I have got to clear the whole cupboard (which goes from floor to ceiling) and clear the space in that corner of the kitchen. We are fortunate in that the granny flat is empty at the moment, and we can decamp into there and use the kitchen, and if necessary, the sitting room. I will have to think about what I need to transfer into the kitchen to tide us over.

Once he has finished the work, we will be able to approach the kitchen fitter our neighbour is recommending, to rebuild the cupboard in the form of a walk-in larder. Fortunately our kitchen is only 3 1/2 years old and Howden’s will still have the units and laminate flooring in their catalogue, so hopefully it can all be done to match what is there.

Once the work is all done, it should be really lovely. It’s just the process of getting there that fills me with dread, especially not knowing exactly what we are dealing with at this stage, and how much the whole job is going to set us back.

This is a humungous bore all round, but thank goodness I am now over my recent surgery and in a much better state for dealing with the upheaval. Hopefully it will all be completed before my next operation.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

WOYWW 407 Infusions

Better late than never, I suppose… Been a bit busy today and haven’t had a chance to settle down to WOYWW!

23 All the Samples so Far

My desk today looks staged – that’s because it is! Not for WOYWW, though, but arranged a couple of days ago so that I could photograph all the Infusions samples I’ve done so far, and since then I haven’t done anything in the studio, so that’s literally What’s On My Workdesk this Wednesday!

If you read back over my previous few posts you’ll see more detail about my experiments with Infusions, which I’ve been working on since getting the new set of 12 colours that has just come out. I really, really love these paints! I am intending to make a toilet roll mini album from the samples, as a reference of how I achieved the different techniques. There are so many things you can do with these versatile paints.

Here are some detail shots.

These are the first samples I did, of each colour in the two sets. I blotted off one half of each card to show the effect of allowing, or not allowing, the paint to dry naturally. You can also halt the reaction by heat-drying. If left to dry naturally, the fragments of walnut will continue to react with the water and produce the brown flecks that are so characteristic of Infusions.

WOYWW 407a 22-3-17 Original Samples

A detail of the samples in set 1. Underneath them is a piece of scrap paper with a recipe for home-made watercolour ground which I found online, which I was hoping to make up to help my hubby cover up a boo-boo on one of his paintings – but in the end he started it again!

WOYWW 407b 22-3-17 Orig Samples Set 1 Detail

Here are the samples I finished this week, using Infusions through stencils.

WOYWW 407c 22-3-17 Stencil Samples

For some of them, I applied Polyfilla through the stencil with a palette knife (a lot cheaper than moulding paste), and for others it’s just the Infusions through the stencil, with another piece of card being used to blot off the paint from the stencil – you can get 2 or 3 print-offs from this, giving a lovely subtle smudgy result (better with a fairly plain stencil without too much detail). The one at bottom left was made with transparent 3-D gel medium through the stencil and the Infusions applied onto that – great result! – and the blot-off sheets to the right. Several of these samples have distress inks added afterwards as well, and one or two have a bit of gilding wax.

A detail shot.

WOYWW 407d 22-3-17 Stencil Samples Detail

I love the muted colours of Infusions – preferable to Brushos in my opinion, although I shall go on using my Brushos for certain things, I am sure.

Health Update

I am feeling so much better now! Today is 7 weeks on from my operation. I am now getting my own breakfast and today I had my first online Tesco order delivered, and tomorrow I’m starting cooking again. I’m doing the laundry and coping pretty well with things, but I do still get tired a lot more quickly than usual. This morning I cleaned out the fridge and need my sunglasses on when I open it!


Our younger cat, Phoebe, was sick, and then off her food for two or three days – I thought it was probably just a tummy upset, but we were getting worried yesterday because she had lost quite a bit of weight, so my hubby took her to the vet’s. She said that on examining her, she found a mass in her abdomen which she is pretty sure is cancer in her bowel causing an obstruction. As you can imagine, I have been pretty upset over this news. First thing this morning my hubby said he would take her in because the last thing we wanted was to see her gradually getting thinner and weaker. However, she ate all her breakfast in one go (something that neither of them does these days, now they are older – they prefer little and often!) and then he followed her outside and she did a poo! She came in and ate a bit more! He has called the vet and told them what has happened, and we are going to keep an eye on her over the next two or three days.

What we suspect may have happened is that she did have some sort of an obstruction, and despite what the vet said about it not being mobile when palpated, which made her think it was a tumour, all the prodding of her tummy may have dislodged it. We are really hoping that this is the case. For the first time this morning she was really hungry again!

Good and bad news about the house

When we had our new kitchen fitted when we moved, I asked the builders to retain the old cupboard in the corner as it was an original feature that I was reluctant to lose. However, since we’ve been here, it has proved to be an absolute pain to use as it’s too deep and I struggle to find what I want in there. The bottom part has always been a bit damp too.

A couple of days ago we were invited for coffee by some friends, and they showed us around, and when she showed me her little walk-in larder, something went “ping” in my head and I knew this was what I wanted instead of my awful cupboard! Later we contacted our neighbour who is a builder, and has done quite a bit of work for us, and he came up to look at it, and he said it was possible, and although he could do it, he knew a professional kitchen fitter who would do an even better job, and he’d match it all in with my existing units.

He then looked at the damp, and this is where the bad news begins. He pulled up the piece of lino covering the floor inside the cupboard, to find that the floorboards had completely rotted away and the joists underneath – he could poke a thin wooden stick right through! On a traffic lights scale, he said this was RED and needed immediate attention. Again, he knows a damp specialist and this man is coming to see it tomorrow morning. We are hoping the insurance will cover what is going to turn into an expensive job. We are also hoping the damp hasn’t travelled too far under the kitchen floor. Our neighbour suspects the damp came from before we had the new roof when we moved – it was probably leaking down through the chimney breast. It’s a pity this wasn’t spotted when the new kitchen was fitted, as it would have been a simpler job at that time.

The cupboard will obviously have to come out in order to fix this (which I wanted anyway) and I certainly don’t want another the same put back in, so hopefully the new larder will all come under the same job, and if the insurance company does pay for the repair, we will get it fixed, and a new larder, for £75 (our excess)!

Fortunately our kitchen is only 3 1/2 years old and Howden’s will still have the units and laminate flooring in their catalogue, so hopefully it will all be done to match what is there.

Watch this space for progress on this. It’s a combination of really worrying and quite exciting…

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Infusions Mini-Album–Stencils and Gel Medium

More work on my Infusions experiments today. I wanted to try using Infusions through a stencil – I have seen variable results online and hoped it would work OK!

Great results! I’m really pleased. For this first attempt at this technique, I used Sleight Blue and In the Navy Infusions from set 2, and the stencil I chose was PaperArtsy PS024. I deliberately chose a fairly simple stencil with fairly large areas and not too much fine detail.

19 Infusions through Stencil

To start with, I held the stencil in place over the card and sprinkled on the Infusions. Then I spritzed them well with water, and continued to hold the stencil in place while the crystals reacted with the water, and long enough for the walnut fragments to appear. I then carefully removed the stencil, and immediately placed it face down on another piece of card to get the reverse stencil effect, and not to waste the paint. I did this again to get one more print.

20 Infusions through Stencil with Blot-Off Sheets

The samples were looking a bit blotchy and I didn’t really like all the white that remained, so I used Iced Spruce and Stormy Sky distress inks to blend the colours better; for the inside part, I used Inkylicious Ink Dusters, and to distress the edges with Black Soot, I used a home-made blending pad. I am pleased with this result – these samples are definitely useable. It worked a lot better than I expected – I thought the wet Infusions would creep under the stencil and make a mess.

Moving on to the second set of samples, I did something similar, but this time, before using the Infusions, I spread some Finnabair 3-D matte gel through the stencil with a palette knife, scraping as much as possible off the surface of the stencil. I then sprinkled on some Sunset Beach Infusions from set 1 and left  it a few minutes to start reacting with the water content of the gel. I found I needed to spritz it with some water to get a good reaction. Once I was satisfied, I removed the stencil, and I found that it left a beautifully clear impression. As before, I turned the stencil over and blotted it off onto three further pieces of card. Each time the image became less distinct and there was more white remaining. For this set, I used PaperArtsy’s stencil PS025.

21 Infusions and Gel Medium through Stencil

As before, I added distress inks to soften this white. In the photos below, you can see how I treated each one. Top left is the original with the Infusions and the gel. This was a stark image on a white background, so I added some Abandoned Coral distress ink with an Inkylicious Ink Duster, deliberately creating visible brush strokes in random directions to add a bit of texture, which I think complements the texture of the Infusions on the stencilled motif. I filled the gaps with Spiced Marmalade, blending this more smoothly. I distressed the edges with Vintage Photo, using a hand-made blending tool.

Bottom left is the first blot-off sheet. I added the same Distress Inks, blending them well together and keeping the Abandoned Coral towards the edges, and as before, distressed the edges with Vintage Photo.

Top right is the second blot-off sheet, and you can see how much less of the Infusions there are on the piece. I inked this as before, but kept it lighter.

Bottom right is the third and final blot-off sheet. For this one, I used an Inkylicious Ink Duster to brush Spiced Marmalade all over the reverse stencilled image, and used more of the Abandoned Coral elsewhere. It was edged as before.

22 Infusions and Gel Medium through Stencil with Blot-Off Sheets

I think these are all useable too.

I have been thinking a bit about the sample mini-album I am going to make with all these pieces that I have been producing, and have decided that I have made too many for them all to be included, so I shall keep the best, and use the rest for other projects. I can always add more layers to each one if I want more depth. The Infusions are so versatile and work so well with other materials too.

Note: You will see in the last-but-one photo that I have transferred some of the gel medium into a smaller pot (an old face-cream pot). These mediums are very expensive and if you keep opening the pot and exposing them to the air, they begin to dry out. I have wasted quite a bit in this way in the past, and thought that if I transferred a smaller amount into a different pot, it might all last longer. To stop the surface drying out in the pot, I have covered it with some moistened folded cling-film which I hope will peel off easily, and in the meantime, seal the surface even from the air inside the pot.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Infusions Mini-Album–Stencil Sample Pages with Infusions

I’ve now added Infusions to the stencil sample pages I made the other day.

16 All the Stencil Sheets

I used a maximum of three colours on each one, keeping to a similar palette.

For the first set of three samples, I began with Emerald Isle and Black Knight from Set 1, and Slime from Set 2. I’m afraid this photo is rather out of focus for some reason.

07 Stencil Sheets with Green Infusions

The first one I did was the one at bottom right in the photo below. This was done with the PaperArtsy Stencil PS024 and I made the card very wet before applying the three colours, adding more water afterwards. The effect is soft and muted.

The second one was the one at bottom left. I used my own Small Leaf stencil that I cut myself. To begin with I used it to mop up the colour from the craft sheet. After this I added more of each colour with plenty of water, with quite a bit of the Black Knight along the top edge, and I allowed this to drip downwards. The effect is of a leafy branch across a forest background. To emphasise the leaves a bit more, I added a small amount of gilding wax. (I think if I do this dripping technique in future, I shall heat-set it first, so that the drips are narrower and don’t bleed outwards so much.)

The third one is at the top in the photo. This was using another stencil from the PaperArtsy set PS024 as before. I used only the Emerald Isle and Slime for this one and didn’t make the card as wet. I used a wet brush to drag the colour between the leaves to define them.

08 Green Stencil Sheets

The second set I did had a reddish colour scheme and for these I used my own Brick stencil. The colours I used were Golden Sands from Set 1, and Terracotta and Rusty Car from set 2.

09 Stencil Sheets with Red Infusions

Here are the three sheets. The first one I did is at top left. I spritzed the card until it was very wet and then applied the Infusions, spritzing with more water. The second one is at bottom left. I used this to mop up the colour from the craft sheet and added more of the Rusty Car only. This one was also pretty wet. The final one, on the right, was less wet, and for this one I used Rusty Car alone.

10 Red Stencil Sheets

The next set has a purple colour scheme, and for this I used Violet Storms from set 1, and Violetta and Simply Scarlet from set 2.

11 Stencil Sheets with Purple Infusions

The first one I did, at top left in the photo below, was done with my own Decreasing Circles stencil that I cut myself, and again it was very wet, and I spritzed it further after adding the colour. The other two were both done with my own Small Circles stencil. The one at bottom left was used to mop up the colour from the craft sheet, and I didn’t add too much more water after applying the Infusions. I added some more water at top left and let it run down diagonally through the circles. To emphasise the circles a bit more, I added some gilding wax at top right and bottom left. For the final one I used much less water, and used Violetta only. There was a little more colour added by mopping up a bit at the top edge of the card.

12 Purple Stencil Sheets

Here is a detail shot of the one with the gilding wax to show the effect.

13 Detail of Purple Stencil Sheet with Gilding Wax

The penultimate set had a dark greenish-blue colour scheme, and I used Black Knight from set 1, and Sleight Blue and In the Navy from set 2.

14 Stencil Sheets with Blue Infusions

The first two both used my own Hexagons stencil. The first one, top left, was medium-wet. The second one, bottom left, was used to mop up the colour from the craft sheet, and after adding the colour, I added more water and more Black Knight. The final one in this set, on the right, was done with the Tim Holtz Splatters stencil, THS009. It was medium wet, and I used Sleight Blue only. I think this is my favourite of all the samples.

15 Blue Stencil Sheets

The final set consists of two sheets only, and uses a yellow colour scheme. I used Golden Sands and Orange County, both from set 1.

14 Stencil Sheets with Yellow Infusions

The first one, at the bottom in the next photo, was also done using my own Small Leaf stencil, and was very wet, and I swirled the colour around. Afterwards I blotted off the leaves with kitchen paper. The second one, at the top in the photo, was done with Andy Skinner’s Sunburst stencil, and was not so wet, and I heat-set it before adding more colour and water. I blotted this off with kitchen paper.

15 Yellow Stencil Sheets

Finally, here is the full set of samples.

16 All the Stencil Sheets

There are plenty more techniques to try, using these very versatile colours, so watch this space!