Monday, 5 October 2009

Distress Ink Tutorial


Colouring Henry

As promised I have tried to compose a distress ink colouring tutorial, now this is the first time I have ever attempted to do anything like this and I am no expert but I hope you can understand this and it helps with your colouring, this is just the way I do it and I am sure you will find lots of better composed tutorials on the blog. This tutorial was for colouring dear Whiff of Joy Christmas Henry, I chose to use Henry as an example as he only uses a couple of colours and I wanted to start simple, if you would like me to do another showing how I colour faces, hair and clothing I am quite willing now I have done one, just let me know as I have one half prepared.


These are my essentials, my beloved Fabriano HP Watercolour Paper Pad, available from Artifolk, it is quite expensive but well worth it, a fine brush (I like the size of this waterbrush but I do not fill up the tank with water as I like to have more control on the wet/dryness of the brush). A pad of kitchen roll, a plain white tile and of course distress ink pads or re-inkers, and last but not least Stazon Jet Black Ink a must !!!!!!!


I press the edges of the ink pads I will be using onto the tile, the little puddle in the middle is a couple of drops from a Tea Dye re-inker (my pad had run out).


Making sure your brush is just slightly damp pick up a little of the chosen ink and go around the edges of the feature to be coloured with a thin line of colour (here it is Tea Dye), wipe the brush on the kitchen roll and with soft circular movements spread the ink out wiping your brush often, when you have the effect you want just use the almost dry brush to make sure there is no harsh lines.

Here is the effect you are looking for.

Repeat the same process on the body and ears of Henry.


Again repeat for the tail. Then just build up the colour around the edges of the body head and ears just adding small amount of colour each time remembering to blend the edges


To get the right shade of pink for the ears and checks I blend a very small amount of Worn Lipstick ink with Tattered Rose, applying to the cheeks with little dots then joining them up with circular motions starting from the middle wiping the brush often work out towards the edges then back in again to soften edges. Apply a light wash of diluted Tea Dye ink to the tummy.


I have again gone around the edges with Tea Dye ink just to give good definition, ( I have would normally blend this a lot more so there was not such a definite change between the light and dark but I left it slightly unblended to help give you the idea) and following all the same rules add Worn Lipstick to the edge of the heart and then spread out.

And here is the finished Henry, hope this has helped you if you have any queries please ask me and if you would like anything included in the next tutorial that you may think I have skipped over please let me know, as I said this is my first tutorial and I am sure there are lots of gaps in here.

Finally my Finished card made with Henry, sorry about the dull colours, he is actually the colour of the image above but I couldn't get the lighting right as it was dark when I finished the card.



Thanks for looking
Hugs
Jacqui xx

90 comments:

PatR said...

Great tutorial Jacqui. More please!
Pat xx

Marley said...

Wow.. Great tutorial.. it looks sooo nice! xMarley

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

Oh how awesome Jacqui!! Thanks for showing us this fun tutorial!! HUGS

Jane said...

OMG Jacqui!!!! your card is absolutely out of this world stunning! I LOVE the double layer of white card around Henry! Thank you so much for your tutorial too, I've been wanting to try distress inks for ages but didn't know what I needed so thank you! Can I ask what ink you need to stamp with as mine doesn't seem to like water! hugs, Jane x

Jane said...

Sorry, I see the stazon ink in your first pic now LOL it is late! hugs, Jane x

Sharon said...

This is great Jacqui. I love the idea of using a tile so you can mix colours.

Pauline C said...

Excellent tutorial hun and fab colouring. i ahve been thinking a lot about using distressinks and love this explanation.
Pauline x

Beth said...

This is fantastic Jacqui! So clear and informative! (and such a cute image too!) Well done and thanks!

Beth xx

Donna said...

Oh I have been waiting for many a year for you to do a tutorial, ok I'm exagerating lol. Fabulous tutorial hun, very helpful as I was dipping my brush into the ink pad, now I know that is wrong lol, wondered why the pad was getting very watery, have to get myself a tile. Can't wait for your next tutorial, hint hint, lol. Thanks so much for sharing with us. Donna x

Susie Sugar said...

Thanks for the great tutorial Jacqui it was really helpful
Love Susie xx

Jo said...

A gorgeous Card Jacqui and a great tutorial, I am tempted to try something different to my Copics and may even try this!! Thanks Jo x

Sue said...

evening Jacqui, this is a fabulous tutorial,very well explained,your tempting me to have a go with distress inks,thanks for taking the time to show us your bautiful colouring:)

sue
xx

Sandie said...

Thanks for the tutorial Jacqui. I love my distress inks :)

Wonderful card too, the pink is soo sweet.

Anne said...

Fab Tutoral Jacqui & a stunning card too.
Anne xx

MarieL said...

Terrific tutorial Jacqui. Thanks for the idea with the tile. Keep them coming. The card is oh so pretty, as usual....

stampinfrog said...

Oh Jacqui thank you so much for such a fantastic tutorial for the distress inks. I never thought of using a tile! I always just dipped my brush into the ink pad and was never satisfied with the results!
Thank you so much!!!
Hugs,Connie

Tammi said...

Thanks so much for the coloring tutorial, I've always loved what you do...this is fantastic, great idea with the tile. Would love to see anything else you'd like to show. :) Your card is just so sweet, love this adorable mouse and the gorgeous card you made with it. ~Hugs

Simone P. said...

This was great and easy to understand!

Maria said...

Wonderful tutorial. Hugs, Maria

Danielle said...

Gorgeous card Jacqui - and a totally brilliant tutorial!! You have an awesome colouring technique!
Hugs, Danielle

Gail's Card Cafe' said...

Great tutorial! Thank you I need that so much :)

*Alison* said...

Jacqui.. wow.. Thank you so much.. You are as I always say.. AMAZING.. I love your work..(which I am sure by now you know that :).. Yes please do another one with the more details.. Thanks again.. hugs www.stretchnbubbles.blogspot.com

Crystal said...

Jacqui this is fantastic, Henry is such a CUTIE!!! WOW girl your coloring is awesome soooo gorgeous...Thanks for the tutorial I will have to give this a try!

Mina said...

what a fantastic tutorial Jacqui...stunning colouring work love it and that cutie little stamp too
Mina xxx

Lisa Lou said...

I've always wondered how that works. Great tutorial!! I'll have to give it a try. You do the best coloring!

iluvmybugs said...

Thank you so much Jacqui for the great tutorial...I own many distress ink pads...can't wait to try this method!! Your card is fabulous..love the colors!! Look forward to more tutorials!!!!

Helene said...

This tutorial is very interesting Jacqui, thank you so much for that...
I just received my Henry stamps last week, I think I'll try that soon.

Hugs
Xxx
Hélène

Julie said...

Super tutorial - thank you! I need a tile! Juliexx

Rica said...

Fabulous tutorial Jacqui - I just love to see how other people work and pick up tips along the way. I'm off to buy a white tile now, stop the inks running together in my watercolour palette.
hugs Heather xx

Jackie Thomas said...

What a fantastic tutorial Jacqui, thank you so much for sharing. xo Jackie

Barbara said...

Thanks for taking the time to do this Jacqui. It is a great tutorial, I can feel a shopping spree coming on!
Barbara

Tessa said...

sweet card!!!

debby4000 said...

Gorgeous card, beautiful colours and wonderful sweet Henry. Fab Tutorial you really bring Henry to life.
luv
Debby

LOUISE said...

Fab tutorial Jacqui, thanks for sharing! Lou x

Gosia said...

Great tautorial !Henry is so sweet.

Jannie said...

Thanks for the great tutorial Jacqui,
and for the idea with the tile.
Gorgeous card, beautiful colours and wonderful sweet Henry

Hugs Jannie.

Heather x said...

oh yes, more please! You have done a wonderful tutorial my friend :0)
*hugs* Heather x

Debbie said...

A great tutorial Jacqui and your finished card is beautiful. TFS Debbie x

Frazzled Crafts said...

A fantastic tutorial Jacqui, and the card is just so awesome! Liz x

Squirrel x said...

Absolutely brilliant tutorial hun, thank you so much. Looking forward to the next one. Squirrel xx

Pinkllilac said...

Hi Jacqui
Great tutorial thanks for that and I shall have to give that a try.
Hugs Linda

Dragonlady said...

hi Jacqui

Fantastuc tutorial thank you so much for taking the time.

Ali x

Claire Ellen Designs said...

Jacqui this is just soooooo helpful, thankyou, I have wanted to have a go with distress ink colouring for a while but hadn't plucked up the courage, thanks to you I now feel ready to have a go ( hopefully it will stop me from keep running my copics out ! ) just need to get the paper and I am on my way, thanks again hun, would love to see another one..... hugs, Claire xx

Nunt said...

A wonderful tutorial, thank you for sharing!

Rach said...

a fantastic tutorial honey... very well put together and clear..loved seeing how you do your colouring... lots of tips.. thank you .. hugs Rachxx

Nilla said...

Adorable card, Jacqui! Love the colors and Henry is so cute. Thanks for sharing! Hugs Nilla

Annie said...

fabulous tutorial Jacqui and an adorable card too! And the cards you made while I was away are just gorgeous too.
hugs, annie x

Paula said...

Great tutorial and your card is fabulous. beautiful colors and details.
Hugs Paula.

Risa said...

What an awesome tutorial Jacqui! I love your method and will definitely try it when I accumulate enough ink colors.
Your card is beautiful and Henry looks fantastic!
hugs
Risa:)

Cheryl said...

So beautiful and such gorgeous detail......I am always in awe of your colouring,thanks for the fab tutorial!!!
Hugs xx

Tracy said...

I love using distress inks but i'm not as good as you! excellent tutorial putting it on a disc for reference. Could you give us some tips on doing larger areas like full dress/clothing.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Kim said...

great tutorial Jacqui! I definitely will have to try this some time with all my distress pads! Thanks for the awesome instructions, you rock!
Hugs~ Kim

Nannieflash said...

Well Done Jacqui, fantastic tutorial definitely easy to follow and I will give it a go. Also the card is stunning. With love and hugs Shirleyxxxxxxx

Jacilynn said...

thanks for the super tutorial!Gorgeous.
x

Cheryl said...

brilliant tutorial hun and oh such a fantastic card love it to bits so much detail too love cheryl xxxx

CraftyC said...

Wow Jacqui, your tutorial is fantastic and will certainly be trying this out. I have all the ingredients, including the same paper pad to use. Sorry not been to visit for a few days but as always your cards are charming!!
Clairexx

Kim Piggott said...

Fantastic tutorial Jacqui!
Such a beautiful card!
hugs
kim x

Jacqueline's Weblog said...

Your card is super! thank your for the lesson!
Hugs Jacqueline

scrapbookmom79 said...

Awesome!! and the mouse it too cute

Christine said...

Thank you so much for this tute Jacqui now to have a go ...when I get the right pad..I think this is where I have been going wrong...

Hugs Christine xx

Jennifer said...

Thank you for this tutorial! :P

Donna said...

Super sweet little card Jacqui, fab tut too :) Donna x

yvonne said...

You make this look so simple. I will give this ago and see if i can do better , as my water colouring is .. well less than good,lol
thank you so much for this.
And such a beautiful card to.

Marcea said...

Oooh sweetie this is amazing! Thankyou so much for thetut but you are a rascal cos you are gonna make me want to buy these now .... bad lady rofl. How cute is your card too hun - far too adorable for words!
-x-

Mandy said...

Jacqui thank you so muh for the fab tutorial, would love as many as you've time to give hun
hugs Mandy xx

Helen said...

Gorgeous card & fab tutorial Jacqui! I love seeing how other people colour their images :0)
Helen x

BA said...

hi jacqui
your card is adorable, love the colours and all the details. your tutorila is great.
xoxo BA

*Michaela* said...

Oh, what a fantastic tutorial ... your images are always gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us your great skills :)

Enfys said...

You make it seem so easy. More, more more please Jacqui, fab card
hugs
En xx

Angelo said...

Thanks for the tutorial, Jacqui. I would love to see you colour a girl or a boy image as well. :)
Have a great day.
Hugs, Kristin :)

Jocelyne Chevarie said...

Bonjour,

Merci beaucoup pour votre tutorial. Vous avez répondu à un besoin en ce qui me concerne.

Votre travail est fantastique.

Bon matin,

Nicola said...

Wow your card is gorgeous Jacqui and your tutorial is wonderful - hope you ain´t gonna spend my pennies for me now as these inks look so habit forming!
Hugs,
Nicola -x-

Jeanette said...

Jacqui, thank you so much for this tutorial! I really admire your watercoloring and so maybe with this as a guide, I will be able to conquer distress inks!
Hugs Jeanette

simplyfairies said...

Superb tutorial Jacqui you are a natural my friend, thanks for sharing....

Gwen said...

Saw the adorable card in the sidebar and thought, "Oh, what a lovely coloring she did on this project". I was delighted when I realized that you had done a tutorial on your coloring technique. I think you did a wonderful job on your tutorial. Thank you for the technique tips...I will be sure to use them on my own projects.

Smiles!
Gwen

Kreativmonster said...

Thank you for the tutorial! And I want more of that stuff, please!

milena60 said...

спасибо за урок я толбко акварельными карандашами пользовалась.

JAN said...

thank you for an excellent tutorial that could also be incorporated into original art designs also and aswell as the beautiful inks you add touches or the addition of watercolour pencils. The watercolor paper is excellent for a professional finish

Sol said...

Great Tutorial! Thank you! And you make another one... I would love to see it! :)

ELLY said...

Great tutorial, just what I needed ;-)
I'm planning to work with distress inks too, as I love the result of it. But I'm afraid, it takes me al lot of practicing before I will be as good as you.
hugs, Elly

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stephanne said...

Oh yay!!! This is fabulous and will be loads of help, I just got my first Henry stamp last week, can't wait to use your guidance to colour him!! Wonderful work, thank you!! That paper looks lush, I gotta check that out!! 140 lbs, wowie!!
Take Care,
Stephanne

Sonja Bekker said...

o so lovely
thank you for sharing this with us
xx Sonja

Stempelientje said...

What a greattutorial Jacqui! Thank you!

Ioanna Maria said...

Thats a really great tutorial! Thanks a lot!!!

Ioanna Maria said...

What a wonderful tutorial! Even though i dont have stamps/inks yet i still understood all the proccess! :P Will definetely try that out when i get them! Thanks alot! The finalized card is so lovely by the way, love it!

Spyder said...

This is brilliant, sorry I took sooo long to find it!
(Lyn))

Ps. more please

Julie said...

This is brilliant Jacque . Very useful and I am going to try this water colour paper ! Am going to buy a brush too - both my koi brushes seem to have gone fluffy and too wide !

Thanks again -great help
Big Hugs
Julie

Merlie said...

Thanks for the tutorial, Jacqui!! Hope you'll have time to do more and spoil us again.

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