More Distress Oxide Ink Techniques
Hello, my fabulous Graphics Fairy Friends! It’s Heather from Thicketworks, here with 5 More Distress Oxide Ink Techniques to help you achieve intensely vivid effects for your Mixed Media Art and other projects! You may recall my original Distress Oxide Techniques post HERE.
- Shipping Tags or Plain Cardstock
- Distress Oxide Inks
- Blending Tool
- Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer
- Acrylic Stamp Block
- Heat Tool
- Stencil of your choice
- Container of Water & a Brush
- Optional: Favorite Stamps (I chose these fun Tassel Stamps)
- Optional: Archival Ink
- Optional: Workable Spray Fixative
- Optional: Triple Thick Gloss Glaze
It’s been far too long since I had a play session with Distress Oxide Inks. Now that there are 24 colors, it’s been such a temptation to just sneak off and spend the afternoon experimenting…
That’s exactly what happened today, and I’m thrilled to share the results with you. Will we ever exhaust ALL the Distress Oxide Ink Techniques? I doubt it – these inks are AH-Mazing! So, grab a handful of tags, or your favorite cardstock, and let’s Get Mixed Media Messy!
Distress Oxide Ink Technique #1:
This technique is all about harnessing the special properties of Distress Oxide Inks to create a dramatic interplay of lights and darks. Begin by deliberately applying a heavy vertical swath of light colored ink along the center of your paper.
I chose to begin with Wild Honey:
Next, surround that light pigment with a bold and contrasting dark color…here, I’m blending Walnut Stain around the perimeter of the tag.
Activate the inks by spritzing with water:
Now, apply Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Ink directly to a small acrylic stamp block:
Spritz the surface of the stamp block with water:
Press the inky side of the block onto the Wild Honey area of your design, lifting and pressing until you have created a bunch of cool watercolor like splotches:
Dry the inks with your Heat Tool before proceeding:
Distress Oxide Ink Technique #2:
Apply Wild Honey to the Stamp Block, but do NOT spray it with water. This time, we will reverse the process. I know it seems weird, but once the paper is dry, give it a light mist of water:
Immediately press the inky Stamp Block onto the damp surface of the paper. Give it small twisting motions to really smear the ink around!
By applying the ink full strength to a damp surface, you will obtain a supersaturated result – very intense color, unlike the watercolor effect in the first technique!
Here, with the contrast of Salty Ocean, you can get a good idea of just how intense the effect can be:
Use a blending tool to add a softening edge of Walnut Stain around the perimeter. This helps to draw the eye to the areas of vivid contrast near the center.
Distress Oxide Ink Technique #3:
Let’s create a simple ombre effect, then punch up the WOW!
Apply a rich spot of Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink with a Blending Tool:
Surround it with Wilted Violet, and extend the color 3/4 of the length of the tag:
Apply a band of Seedless Preserves at the base of the tag:
Soften the blend with water:
Dry with a Heat Tool:
Lightly mist the tag, and apply Candied Apple to the Stamp Block:
Smear the Stamp Block over the base, allowing the original colors to peek through in small areas:
Dry with a Heat Tool:
Now, apply Wilted Violet to the Stamp Block:
Mist the Stamp Block very lightly with water, then pounce it onto the circular area of Candied Apple!
The light mist of water activates the Oxide, leaving a psychedelic bloom of startling contrasting purple over the orangey red!
Finally, flick the surface with a few big water droplets, creating even more visual interest as they ‘bleach’ the inks into yummy pools of deliciousness!
Distress Oxide Ink Technique #4:
Let’s play with a stencil!
Begin by creating a two color blend. I’ve chosen Broken China and Twisted Citron for a fresh and vibrant combination:
Apply a dark, contrasting color – Faded Jeans, through the stencil only over the Twisted Citron area:
Blend Twisted Citron through the stencil over the Broken China:
This creates a lovely three color motif.
(Don’t clean your stencil – we’ll be using the inked surface in the next technique! Just set it aside for now.)
Spray a light mist over the stenciled surface…
Apply Picked Raspberry to the Stamp Block, and spritz with water:
Dab and Tap the Picked Raspberry over the stenciled paper…
Go nuts, and Dab the Picked Raspberry onto similarly colored tags…
Distress Oxide Ink Technique #5:
Smear Picked Raspberry directly onto the surface of a dry tag:
Dip a brush in water, and gently blend the ink for a soft, watercolor effect:
Spritz the inky surface of your stencil:
Press your tag against the stencil:
Dab and Tap a Stamp Block covered with Broken China over the ghostly motif:
Blend the edges with Faded Jeans for a dramatic skyscape effect…
If you’d like to increase the drama even further, edge your tags with Black Soot:
No fancy Photoshop adjustments – these are the resulting effects!
So vivid. Yep.
A clean, black stamped image plays nicely with these Distress Oxide Ink Techniques…
Once the paper is fully dry, apply a couple of coats of Workable Spray Fixative, to ensure the ink doesn’t smear.
When the Fixative is dry, you can coat the surface with a Gloss Glaze, like Triple Thick to increase the impact of the pigments even more!
Brush Triple Thick in an even coat to obtain a gorgeously deep reflective finish…
Working with a series of Distress Oxide Ink Techniques is SO fun – so many variations, so little time!
Will we ever tire of the deliciousness?
I think NOT.
Richly pigmented layers of WOW!
A treat for the senses!
Thank you SO much for visiting The Graphics Fairy today, and for allowing me to share my playtime with you! You might also want to check out my Alcohol Ink Techniques HERE.
Until next time,
Come visit me at the Thicketworks Blog – we’ll have us some Messy FUN!