Sunday studio day

18 October 2016

What with one thing and another, it has been a while since I have had a proper studio day. 

So, Sunday was very welcome.

First of all, I had to unwrap presents to myself - some Infusion inks 
 and some new paints.

Both from Paper Artsy.

Now I love their paints. I really do, and just to make this little package extra special look - they are a limited edition set put together by Seth Apter.

Now purists might say its a bit of a cop out to get so many paints and that you should mix your own from the basic colours etc.

But you know what? Time in the studio is so very precious (as Kit Lang so rightly pointed out here), if someone else can mix the paints for me then why should I feel too guilty.

And look, when the paints land, they arrive with nifty little cards to tempt you even more.

What's not to love.

But lets get back to those inks!

Now, dear reader, if you follow this you will know that I am a bit of a fan of Brusho Inks. They creep into my work quite a lot. 

Hence, I was keen to try some new inks that work on the same principle.  They are dry powder and are activated when they get wet. 

First up - make a little hold in the top so that you can sprinkle the powder.

Sprinkle on paper, spritz with water and pure magic.

The difference with these inks and Brusho inks is walnut pigment (I think - anyhow it's a brownish pigment) so the effect is more 'vintage'.  You can see this clearly in the pictures above as the ink colours capture the water.

But I still went a bit mad on a bit of khadi paper - see below, captured while wet. The colours are so vibrant when wet.

Then I experimented by sprinkling the powder onto the paint while the paint was still wet - with a bit of a spritz to help it along.  (using an old dictionary page in this instance)

Quite liking that effect.

But then I just coloured some pages up to add to my stock - simply applying the colour with an old credit card.  These are using paints from the new set.

Here I just grabbed my paint trolley and went for it.

And finally a few pages with small amounts of paint and inks applied directly.

And last, but not least, inks applied directly to an old map.

All in all, a good day and mojo fired up. 

And a good supply of pages for collage etc. 

I will pop back and let you know what I think of the inks once they had dried. 


  1. What a riot of colour! As a fan of Brusho (when I use colour), I'm intrigued by those new inks and those paints are a delight to look at. Thank you for sharing.

    1. How do you set Brusho inks? Still searching for the perfect solution.

  2. Ooo, those DO look like a great deal of fun! And I'm with you when it comes to wanting paint the color I need right out of the bottle rather than having to mix it. I can't tell you how many times I've been intimidated enough by the thought of mixing a color that I walked away and worked on something else. Just love what is happening with your collage papers.

    1. Sometimes, just a jolly good play and making a bit of a mess is what is needed!

  3. I love those new inks - I'm a brusho fan too so I look forward to seeing more!

    1. Gill - I love using powder inks but struggle with a successful solution to make them permanent. What do you use?

  4. Absolutely love the them! :)

  5. Oo! Those paints and inks look absolutely delicious! X

    1. I was a bit like a kid in a candy shop, I admit. Very delicious! Btw would love to do a paint course with you. Perhaps I could bring my inks!


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