Monday, 18 June 2007

Distress Ink Pads

When I was experimenting with the distress re-inkers the other day I also played with the distress ink pads. These inks stay wet longer which is great when you want to add embossing powders. It also wicks so you can add a couple of colours, sprits with water and they bleed into each other. You have to dry it with the heat tool otherwise the paper buckles and the inks run to the edges. You can use the ink pads together with the re-inkers.

This is the result of the first two combinations of Vintage Photo with a Stewart Gill embossing powder added and heated.

The weathered wood is a lovely greyish colour. There are around 20 different colours in this range of inks.

This is the result of the Weathered Wood with another Stewart Gill embossing powder - marcasite.

In one of the groups I belong to we are playing with our painted papers and art deco designs.


I made this one for the front of one of my altered books.

I was also playing with Gel Mediums, something I use a lot of in my work. One of the problems with colouring gel mediums is it waters down the gel and you don't always want that. However I used Golden Gel with fibres for the above sample and I added Brusho (powder) ink to the medium before painting the paper. It gives a real rich colour. After I painted the paper I added embossing powder to this. I think it has turned out well.

On the reverse of the paper I painted with the same gel but this time I added yellow brusho. It is embossed this time with a gold embossing powder - the kind you get from shops that sell stamps. I love the effect of this one.

Painting each side of the paper with different colours means when I fold the paper for the deco pieces I have different colours showing on the piece.

Here's another one I am currently working on. The brass shim in the centre was crimped with one of those card crimpers.

Once you have your space set up to print papers it's a great time to experiment with other media - you get all the mess out of the way at the one time!

16 comments:

Doreen G said...

I love Distress ink and ink pads they give everything a great look--especially the vintage photo one.

Joanna van said...

Great texture. These techniques are very inspiring. The art deco design is beautiful.

Joanna

Sandy said...

Nice to know that the ink stays wet longer. I like your experiments. Now I know something to do with the Brusho powders I have. Sandy

StegArt said...

Great results with the inks and mediums. I love that purple colored paper.

MargaretR said...

All these are beautiful Carol. I love Brusho inks. I have distressed ink pads, but have never used distress inks as I don't order much on the internet. I think I shall have to start won't I?

Jacquelines blog said...

What a great experiment Carol! I think you're results turned out very good.

Tonniece said...

I really like the distressed ink pads too Carol. I only have a few colors now, but hope to get more soon.
Love the art decos you've done here, and the doublesided apers are such a great idea too.*

Micki said...

I love your art deco pieces. Very nice colors.

Eva said...

Your papers looks lovely! And the art deco for your altered book is great.

Carol said...

Thank you ladies for your kind words. I have been having a great time just playing and these deco art pieces are very addictive.

Nola said...

The papers look great but I especially like the art deco pieces. Deceptively simple, like all good Art Deco design!

Barbara said...

Thanks for your tutorial! I use also distess ink and now I have new inspirations!

McIrish Annie said...

carol, i love the colors of the distressed ink. i'm wondering if they could be used on fabric, say for postcards or on timtex or tyvek?? have you ever tried the ink on anything other than paper??

Dianne said...

They are beautiful, love the art deco era. You never cease to amaze me...

Papoosue said...

These are lovely Carol! I've got some of these inks - think I'll have a play... :)

Carol said...

What a wonderful array of papers, gorgeous textures