Technique Tuesday – Quick & Simple Background With Distress Ink

I love alliteration, so when I was creating this video on a Tuesday, Technique Tuesday was born! If you’d like me to cover a specific technique in my next video, please drop me a line or leave a comment below!

You can watch the step-by-step process with voiceover explanation in the video below or alternatively scroll down for a walkthrough with pictures & text.

Supply list:

  • Watersoluble crayons (Neocolor II)
  • Gesso
  • Stamps
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink
  • Spray mister bottle with water

vlcsnap-2014-12-09-14h08m45s176Pick some crayons that are a similar colour as your Distress Ink. I went with Moss Green ink and picked greenish crayons

vlcsnap-2014-12-09-14h08m52s240Fill the page with crayon. Just be random about it and don’t think too much.

vlcsnap-2014-12-09-14h09m02s87Dilute with plenty of water and a bit of gesso to make it nice and even. Dry page thoroughly with a heat gun.

vlcsnap-2014-12-09-14h09m13s198Ink up your stamp

vlcsnap-2014-12-09-14h09m32s143Spritz your stamp once or twice with your spray bottle (enough so it’s wet but not dripping)

vlcsnap-2014-12-09-14h09m39s213Stamp onto the page. I stamp it 2-3 times before re-inking and re-spritzing

vlcsnap-2014-12-09-14h09m49s52Continue with more stamps until the page is full or until you feel you’re done!

vlcsnap-2014-12-09-14h09m58s110Here is another example where I used the technique for the background. I then started creating a portrait on top of it.