Today, I'm going to show you how to do a really simple technique that involves the elusive Distress Stain inks that we have in our scrapbooking sections. They're a product that something that kind gets looked over often and I wanted to start bringing them back into the "Crafter's Spotlight".
I'll start off small. 5 x 7 inch to be exact.
I chose stains in Frayed Burlap, Stormy Sky and Weathered Wool. I also have a .08 tip Micron pen for some hand-lettering.
I taped down a 5 x 7" watercolor postcard to my table with masking tape to keep the paper from bowing too much. I put a wash down just to get the paper wet. This is just so that the distress stains, which are water-based and can therefore be handled like watercolors, will flow freely without forming a harsh edge when dry. Just make sure that your brush is sopping wet before doing so. I then brushed on a little bit of Frayed Burlap.
What I wanted to achieve was a somewhat tie-died look. Soft edges and colorful patches that sort of "bloom" on your paper. So, use a lot, but not too much water. You'll see amazing colors flow out of each ink and they will just get more amazing as they dry like this little patch of Stormy Sky. So cool!
After the paper was completely dry, I added a little saying in Micron pen at the bottom right hand corner. And that's all she wrote! This is a very versatile technique that's great mixed media scrapbookers and watercolor artists. It's a beginner technique that is great for making quick postcards to send to family overseas. And as always, a quirky saying will make it 100 times more personal and cute.
Erika @ PC