Colouring with Distress Inks 
Part 1 Skin Tones

Colouring with Distress Inks may be something that you haven't considered, but if you make cards regularly then the chances are that you have a collection of these wonderful products.

These Distress inks can be used to create many wonderful kinds of effects on your cards, from inked edges, spattered skies, vintage effects and for creating your own style of 
backing papers.

I have added three videos to this series and they will show you how to colour in simply the
Skin Tones (this Video)
The Hair
The Clothes

Many people don't realise just how versatile these inks can be and that they make an excellent medium for water colouring your images.

I am using ink pads in this video. They are from the "Tim Holtz" selection from Ranger, and the result is soft and gentle.

You will need a good quality brush but as I explain in the video it does not need to be expensive.

I bought mine for 50p from an artist supply shop and so I bought 6 to keep me going. It is a Sable Hair brush and if you look after them they will last a long time.

This series will show you how to get the results from a just a few Distress Inks and the colours I have used are
Tattered Rose
Tea Dye
Aged Mahoginy
Walnut Stain
and Forest Moss.
 

* Please note that these are Distress Inks and NOT Distress Oxide Inks.

The card I am using is a  Water Colour card from Crafters Companion and the result is excellent.

It is a good, but inexpensive card.

Buy a small amount at first until you know that you like this way of working. Having said that water colour card can be used for other techniques too.

My best advice to you would be to enjoy the process and relax as you play.

Colouring with Distress Inks is a lovely way to play and the results can be amazing when you get the hang of it.

Just practise and remember that a little  bit of the ink goes a long way and you can leave it on your palette to dry,

Then when you come back to it you can reactivate the paint with a little spritz of water and you are ready all over again to start painting.

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