Coloring with Distress Inks?

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Posted 5/1/2011 by identicaltriplets in General Stamping
 

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Posted: 5/1/2011 10:24:25 AM
When you paint or color your images with Distress Inks, do you use just the pad itself or the bottle of reinkers? I use the pad because I didn't want to buy all of the reinkers too but I see so many people using the reinkers. Would love your thoughts.


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Which do you use when coloring images--Distress ink pad or reinkers?Results
I color/paint with just the ink pad.
I color/paint with reinkers.
I don't color/paint with Distress Inks.

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Posted: 5/1/2011 12:40:02 PM
I use my Distress Inks (and my other dye inks) for colouring a lot. I smear the pad on my craft sheet, and mist it with a bit of water (often adding a bit of perfect pearls for shine). If I want a darker colour, I use less, or no water. I don't use my reinkers for this type of colouring, since there is enough ink in the pad (meaning you get enough ink to colour with by smearing the pad on the craft sheet). You could also pick the colour up with a paint brush directly from the pad.

I use my Distress Ink reinkers mainly to make my own glimmer mists. Love doing that.

On the topic of reinkers, I now try to always get the reinker together with the ink pad, because it is usually cheaper to reink the pad then to get a new one. I have to reink my Distress Inks now and then since I use them a lot.


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Posted: 5/1/2011 4:35:04 PM
I use them the same way but I also use a blender pen sometimes too.


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Posted: 5/1/2011 9:29:45 PM
Another way I have colored with distress inks is to stamp the image -- I used Mahogany, and then took my water brush and brought the color in from the edges. It's so easy and looks great!

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Posted: 5/2/2011 5:36:40 AM
I am kicking myself that I didn't buy the reinkers when I bought the Distress pads, because they're all running out at once!

But to answer the question I press the pad onto a white plate and then use a wet brush to dilute it. I love Distress pinting. the colors of the inks are wonderful.

I'd love a set of Distress watercolor pencils even more


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Posted: 5/2/2011 7:57:46 AM
I only have the pads so they're what I use. As others have said, the DIs are really good for producing lots of great effects...


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Posted: 5/2/2011 9:01:45 AM
I have only experimented with water colouring with distress inks recently.
I am enjoying it. But not overly happy with the results.

I use the pads and stamp some colour on wax paper.

I still need to play around with this though.

Tracy



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Posted: 5/3/2011 10:35:27 AM
I have only experimented a few times but I stamped onto wax paper. No need for me to buy ALL the reinkers until I need them.


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Posted: 5/3/2011 10:49:05 AM
Well, looks like I do what all of you do--put them on an acrylic block or my craft sheet and paint with a paintbrush or water brush. I have seen SO many YouTube tutorials and other tutorials lately where they put a drop of the ink from the reinker on to an acrylic block and paint that way. Seems like such a waste because they end up diluting it. Hmm? I did get a bunch of reinkers this morning with a GC I got yesterday. So, I will get them but buy bit I guess because if my ink pads run out, I will be one unhappy puppy. LOL!


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Posted: 5/3/2011 11:17:56 AM
I'm with you on the 'reinkers', Patter. I like using the pads & have a dislike of wasting ink. So here's a couple of ways I go...

My 'go to' pallete is plastic-coated freezer paper rather than wax paper. It not only makes a great pallete, but I use it for masks & iron-on templates. Look for it near the waxed paper in your market.

When I have a pallete with leftover ink on it--especially DIs--I mist with water & lay paper or CS on it to absorb the remaining ink to create usables.


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Posted: 5/4/2011 4:29:27 AM
Here's how I do it:
I use my watercolor set which is in a metal case and I drip one or two drops of each of the reinkers in the lid of the metalcase and use/blend together with my watercolors.
If not all is used I just leave it on the lid, (not putting the lid back on ofc) it dries a bit but some is easily restored by some water next time.

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Posted: 5/9/2011 7:38:38 PM
Distress inks are my go-to inks...I use them almost daily. They are the only inks that I own the entire set and all the re-inkers. The pads do not seem to stay inked as long as some of the other pads and I don't know if that is because I use them lots or if the pad is smaller.

As for coloring, I most often use the inks with a cut n dry sponge. I do not watercolor as often. Some techniques do call for the ink direct from the reinkers which I find the colors to be more intense...perhaps it is just my creative imagination working overtime.


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Posted: 5/10/2011 6:25:56 AM
Demetra, I use paint brushes. I have several sized depending on the size of the area I am coloring. I also use a waterbrush sometimes. Depends on my mood.


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Posted: 5/10/2011 7:55:17 AM
Like Patter, I use various brushes--soft synthetics (mostly rounds & flats), stencil & fabric ones.

Depends on what effect I'm going for. When I want to treat the DIs like paint, I put some on my pallete & work with a damp brush. That lets me apply the ink to the paper or other material.


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Posted: 5/10/2011 8:29:08 AM
Wow, oh Wow - what a great thread and I will be saving this one to revisit - such great response. DI's have not been my Go To - but they might become that.

I want to try all of your suggestion. I just got some more DI's yesterday - all in blue shades.

I will be using DI more after reading all the thoughts on this thread. Thank you so much for starting this thread and for all of the responses.



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Posted: 5/10/2011 10:42:43 AM
DIs love water! I consider them the superhero form of dye inks!

When I'm in 'painter mode' I sometimes put 2 different colors side-by-side on my pallete (say a blue & yellow). I use a damp brush to pull from both & mix them to get a whole new color--just like working with true watercolor paints. And, like watercolors, I can do washes then drybrush on the wash. You can even do 'float-shading' with DIs!


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Posted: 5/15/2011 7:18:35 AM
lots of good information here. i have only used them for stamping and for coloring backgrounds. i will try brushimg color on.

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Posted: 5/17/2011 10:17:33 PM
Ok, I have seen how to use Distress Inks, but curious how they differ from other dye based inks.

Thanks


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