“I had this thought…”

I had this thought (I say that a lot)… As I was stamping and layering the Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide and the Picked Raspberry Distress Ink, it mixed and marbled in the drops of water. And it looked like strawberry syrup with strawberry ice cream. Yum! It made me think about putting those two colors and formulations on a mat and trying the Wrinkle Free Distress technique with just those two colors. Plus I was in a “Pink” mood. That is how Experiment 4 happened.

(Wrinkle Free Distress is what Tim Holtz loves to demo at conventions—probably because it is just so much fun! If you watch the video and just want to see the technique, start at about 7:25, but it is all really interesting.) 

Distress Oxide Experiment 4

Mixing Distress Oxide and Distress Ink
Mixing Distress Oxide and Distress Ink
Mixing Distress Oxide and Distress Ink
I put the two colors on my mat, and sprayed them generously with water until they beaded. Because I could not resist, I stuck my finger in it and swirled them.  Looks like ice cream! I set my tag in the wet colors, wiggled the tag a little (not “mopped”, “wiggled”) and picked it up. Hmmm…this is looking a little boring. There were plenty of wet droplets to pick up off my mat…so I dried the tag, picked up some droplets, dried some more, picked up more…You get the picture. There is no video because it was 95% drying between picking up a couple of splotches here and there.
Note: I do look at my tag to see where I want “something more”, and then I look at my mat to see what is available. I try to avoid or even break down the huge puddles (in this instance “huge” is anything the size of a Skittle).

Distress Oxide and Distress ink

This was looking much more interesting. Using two similar colors (two blues, two greens, two pinks) is a good way to practice this technique without creating ugly. You can’t mess it up! It does take experience to know when to stop.

I did use every little drop on my mat and decided I wanted more “pop” in the way of more Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. I pressed down another square of ink and misted it and dipped the tag back in a few more times. There are no rules except to have fun (and don’t make mud- mud isn’t pretty)!

Distress Oxide and Ink

The experiment proceeded with a second tag and a more traditional beginning of two non-swirled colors on the mat. It is the one on the right. The rest of the process was the same, even ending with an extra dose of Picked Raspberry Ink. There is just a touch of Distress Oxide in Fossilized Amber added to this one.

I then made a third tag with the Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry in Distress Inks…just for comparison sake.  You guessed it—more vibrant.  It is the tag in the middle. Again, the Ink on top of Ink is more vibrant than the Ink on top of Oxide. (Wouldn’t a translucent on top of an opaque be more vibrant than a translucent on top of a translucent, especially when the background isn’t white? I don’t get it.)

Distress Oxide Experiment 4.5-Selective Splotching

Distress Oxide Broken China
Distress Oxide cracked Pistachio

With those experiments in mixing done, I wanted to do an all-oxide tag following the same principle of starting with two similar colors. Uhmm? Worn Lipstick and Fired Brick it is! Turns out these two Oxide colors are very different. The resulting mix was unexpected. It ended up being a terracotta or a “canyon” color. Unexpected, but cool! I decided to branch out and add a third and fourth color to the tag, but sparingly. Splotches of Broken China and then splotches of Cracked Pistachio were added with a dry time between. I was aiming for a rusted/oxidized look. I liked the result of the technique I’m calling “Selective Splotching”.

Before I say goodbye…

Just in case you decide to go run your own experiments (and I hope you do!), don’t throw out your “uglies”. I have some ideas for those coming up on the blog. I may have made several ugly things of late, and it gave me the chance to be creative. And if yours are already filed away in the “circular file”, I have found that to be a pretty safe holding place while I think about what to do with them.

Until next time, have fun crafting! (What is it Ms. Frizzle says? “Take chances! Make mistakes! Get messy!” —Do that! )



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