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.

My First Commission & A Photo Walkthrough

A few weeks ago I got the nicest surprise, my cousin Victoria asked me if she could commission a painting from me! I was a bit nervous but also really excited and once I’d spoken to her about the subject matter and colour preferences I got straight to work. I documented the process with my iPhone as I was working, because I thought you might like to see how I create a painting from start to finish!

Victoria is a harpist and owns several herself. I loved working on this piece because I have such a connection with music too. She asked for pink and turquoise which was totally up my street as those are my favourite colours!

Play Your Joy WIP | www.iris-impressions.com @rrreow

01. Music stamp for the background using waterproof black ink (Ranger Archival)

Play Your Joy WIP | www.iris-impressions.com @rrreow

02. Gluing down a layer of book pages from a music encyclopedia with Mod Podge

Play Your Joy WIP | www.iris-impressions.com @rrreow

03. Starting to add some colour with Neocolor II crayons

Play Your Joy WIP | www.iris-impressions.com @rrreow

04. Adding more intense colour with Neocolor II crayons

Play Your Joy WIP | www.iris-impressions.com @rrreow

05. Drawing & painting the figure and harp (I think I got so into it at this point that I forgot to take pics of the sketch!)

Play Your Joy WIP | www.iris-impressions.com @rrreow

06. Working on little details in the eyes, face, dress & harp

Play Your Joy WIP | www.iris-impressions.com @rrreow

07. Adding little music notes by pushing modelling paste through a stencil

Play Your Joy WIP | www.iris-impressions.com @rrreow

08. Finishing up by creating more grungy effects, embossing the harp strings and adding stamped text

Play Your Joy | mixed media on 8x8" canvas board | www.iris-impressions.com @rrreow

09. All finished!

If you are interested in commissioning a painting, please contact me to discuss it!