Friday, 9 November 2012

Friday Master Class–Colouring with Distress Inks

Good Morning all, over the next few weeks Friday Master Class will be covering colouring with Distress Inks, I love this method of Colouring and to be honest do not use it enough, but it is perfect for colouring those Scandinavian Images we all love and also great for Penny Black Animals.

This week we will start with Flesh and Hair Colouring, I will be using a Bildarmana Image for the tutorials.


Just a couple of things to help you before we start, it is essential that you use the correct paper for watercolouring, I always use a Hot Press Paper it is more expensive than Cold Press (which is the normal watercolour paper) but is very smooth and perfect for moving the inks around this is the link for where I buy my pads Artifolk just click the name and it will take you to the correct page.  You can use both pads and re-inkers, I have used pads for this tutorial but the same method applies to both options.   It is not necessary to have a white Tile, a plate or saucer will do just as well.  MAKE SURE YOUR BRUSH IS ONLY SLIGHTLY DAMP DO NOT USE TO MUCH WATER (THIS WILL MAKE YOUR PAPER BOBBLE).  I used to use a high quality fine Water Brush (you know the ones with the water tank attached), but have not been able to find a really good quality one for ages so I use Windsor & Newton Artists Brushes – Round Small  and a 00


Before you start get all your tools, Stamps inks etc together,  The Distress Inks I have used for the whole of the image are:
Iced Spruce, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Antque Linen, Frayed Burlap, Black Soot, Dusty Concord and Shabby Shutters.
Tile or Plate or Saucer
Watercolour Paper
Small Jar of water
Kitchen Roll

Now we are ready to start,  as we are water colouring you must make sure you use a Solvent Ink Pad like Stazon, a Dye Ink pad (ie Memento) will just smear and ruin your colouring, tap an edge of each of your Coloured ink Pads around the edge of the tile, you do not need too much of any colour you can always add more to your tile later,  once you have stamped your image start colouring by mixing a little Tattered Rose with Tea Dye on your palette


Add a fine line of the mixed inks around the edge of the face as shown, with a damp brush now pull out the colour into the face, leaving the middle white (Picture 2).


Gp back and add a line of Tea Dye  around the face this time add a fine line to the chin area, clean your brush make sure it is damp and pull the ink out again into the face as below


To add a rosy glow to the cheeks add a circle of Tattered Rose to the cheek area.  Now using Frayed Burlap add a small amount of colour under the fringe and just a little to the sides as shown below

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Now take the colour out a little into the face until it has blended as below


Now we start on the Hair: again using Frayed Burlap lay down a small line around the outside edge of one side of the hair, pull the colour out as shown below,

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Using Frayed Burlap repeat the process on the other side of the hair and the plait, with the very thin brush add short strokes of Frayed Burlap to add movement as shown below

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Now using the same method as you used for the face complete colouring her arms and Hand.

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Hope you enjoyed the first part of this tutorial next week I will be covering colouring her clothes.

Happy Crafting
Hugs Jacs xx


  1. Thank you for this Jacqui - I've been trying cold pressed paper and it hasn't been going well. Will get some hot pressed and give it another go! Fabulous tutorial - thanks for your help. Hugs, Jayne xx

  2. This is great. I'm just starting with my DI painting and have not got the paper right yet. Your tutorials are going to be invaluable to me. Thanks so much.
    Annette (Netty)

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