Saturday, April 4, 2015

Blogging A to Z: D is for Distress

April is here!! It's time for daily blogging, lots of visitors and meeting new friends.  In other words, time for the Blogging A to Z challenge hosted by Arlee Bird and his team of minions.  Thousands of other bloggers from all over the world participate in this blog hop each year, and anyone may join in as long as they blog each day during the month of April, (except Sundays) the blog posts correspond to the appropriate letter for that day, and they sign up on the link list. Simple!

There are probably dozens of D words that would apply to art, and I can think of a few--draw (which I am not very good at), doodle, design, drip... but today I want to talk about distress.  As a mixed media artist, I use a variety of media, but one very versatile media is Distress Ink by Ranger.  It comes in mini and regular sized pads, markers and sprays. There is a large array of color options, and this year they are introducing one new color each month--as if there weren't already enough!!

I don't have them all, but I really like using them for heat embossing, rubbing along the edges of paper crafts, and even as watercolors.

These two ATCs were made with distress ink over clear embossed resist on a book page.

Another way the word distress relates to art is when an artist tatters, crumples, or adds grunge to a piece. Distress Ink is really good for that sort of thing, because once the paper has been "distressed" by tearing, or weakening, the Distress Ink can really highlight the areas that have been "damaged."
Here the distress ink was rubbed onto corrugated cardboard and burlap. Even the blue dots are Distress Ink that was applied through a stencil.
Distress Ink doesn't seem to ever really dry, and is easily reconstituted with water, which can lead to some really cool results, especially when water is dripped or splattered on it. So, if you don't already have some Distress Ink in your art supplies, I would highly recommend them.


betty said...

I liked the distressed look on the cardboard. How interesting with a new color being introduced monthly; it would be fun to see what they come up with!


J.L. Campbell said...

Now that's a creative form of distress. :)

Patricia Lynne said...

That is very cool. I had never heard of Distress Ink before.

~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
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Birgit said...

Everyone is Ga-ga over Tim Holtz's stuff and he has a ton of distress inks. I only have one and should get more. I love what you did with the distressing styles

WM Anderson said...

The ATCs are gorgeous, but forgive my ignorance, what do you actually DO with them? Frame them? Scrapbook them?

Wendy at Wendy of The Rock

orneryswife said...

Wendy, I keep them in 3-ring binders like collectible sports (baseball) cards. I have a few out on a small display shelf, but mostly they are in binders. I have used a few on cards, and I suppose you could frame them if you like. I had at one time thought to create a large canvas, but the information of the maker is on the back, and I didn't know how to preserve that information and secure it to the canvas.