Saturday, October 10, 2009

Distress tutorial by Aija!












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There is many different ways of coloring and also different styles to use distress inks.
Today I am going to show you how I do it. I have tried some other refill inks but found out that Tim Holtz distress refills works for me.
Please notice that I am not an expert or artist and have no studies of art. I just love the coloring and the strong colors you can get with the inks. I think that when you do it a lot you can improve. Some are better in the beginning but everyone can improve by practicing.

Nowadays I check out all the colored images in the newspapers and magazine, I examine how the picture is done and where are the shades. Most of the children books are colored very beautifully and you can learn many things from there just look carefully the pictures. My daughter finds it difficult when I am reading her the story and keep steering the pics too long. She keeps saying:” Mom…. could PLEASE continue…”

You can use inks many ways. You can blend the colors to get more shades; you can put the color on a plate, on a cd-case or laminate the color chart to get the plate. I have used a plastic try where I take a zip of ink.
I do not normally blend the colors on a tray; I do the blending on the paper.

I start with the light color and keep adding layers to get stronger and stronger colors.
You get more living look when you add some other color, like when you are coloring red area, add a little orange or yellow to the lighter area. I have done this in the pictures below.

Here is one example how you can use the inks. Take a cd-case and print the color chart which you can attach on the bottom of the case. Then put small drops on each color. You need only small amounts.



Here are the tools I normally use when coloring with inks:


















Based on the feedback I have got the light and shades seem to be the most difficult thing when coloring. I try to decide what is the direction from where the light comes.
Example here is the brush showing the light.
All that are in front are lighter and things staying behind are darker.

Here are different pictures step by step, which shows how it goes:
































Here is another example, using Henry the mouse:














And the finished card:

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If you would like to have a lighter color just add some water.

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For the faces I normally use tattered rose and for the shades tea dye or vintage photo.
Shades on the clothes I make with vintage photo, blue shades or black.














Finished card:


Some more examples on how I layer colors in:












Finished card:


Want another example?
Here it is:
















Here is the plate I normally use, a plastic tray:


Finished card:

Hopefully you have had some inspiration from this tutorial.
When I tried distress inks for the first time it felt very difficult.
I thought that this was not for me at all. I thought to give it a second chance and the result was little better. So just keep on trying and practicing.

48 comments:

Kathy said...

Do you know how long I have been waiting for this!!! LOL I am going to read this over and over!! This is the next best thing other than coming to your house for a lesson!! haha
Thanks so much Aija on some insight to your absolutely amazing coloring!!!!
:)Kathy

Lynne K said...

This is a wonderful tutorial! Very helpful. And beautiful cards too. I would say you are certainly an artist, a very good one.

Daniela/Neliz said...

Oj, nu fick jag ångest, så snyggt kan jag absolut inte färglägga. Helt fantastiskt fint du har gjort! *Fasinerad till 1000*

Kramar, Daniela/Neliz

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WOW! Såå läckert och snyggt färglagt!!!
Nu blev jag klart sugen på att göra ett försök själv.
Tack för en utmärkt tutorial!

KRAM! Sophia / kurrebo

Daniele said...

This is a fab tutorial you are certainly very talented, great break down and easy steps to follow keep up the good work Hugs Daniele

zelenaya said...

Как красиво получается! Мне так нравится раскрашивание штампов!

Kim Piggott said...

Wonderful tutorial Aija!
thank you so much for sharing!
hugs
kim x

Tab said...

Aija, thank you so much for sharing this tutorial with us, I have been a huge fan of your colouring skills, they are absolutely awesome.
TFS!
Hugs Tab xxx

Kristin said...

Haha, it happens every single time - when I finally use my inks again, and get a bit satisfied with my result, I end up finding someone who is AWESOME in colouring with distress inks, and I realize I've got a looong way to go. :P

Thanks for this lesson, Aija! I've bookmarked it already, and will keep practising more and more, using some of your tips! ;)

Janette said...

This was a brilliant tutorial,much needed for me personnally,thanks so much.x

Rica said...

Thank you so much for sharing how you achieve your amazingly beautiful coloured images.
Now I shal practice, practice, practice.
hugs Heather xx

stephanne said...

Just fantastic, Aija's colouring is out of this world gorgeous, I love the way she is able to keep open white areas that look like light reflection, this hepls tons in understanding how to achieve that. Some day, I hope, lol. Fabulous, thank you for putting this together :)
Stephanne

Elly, said...

Wow, a great tutorial. I'm gonna try it too, but I already know, I will never get to your level. Youre great at distresscolouring.
greetings, Elly

Terry Oulboub said...

Wow - incredible tutorial. I have been trying to duplicate these kind of coloring but haven't quite mastered the technique. These certainly gave way to how it should be done (correctly). Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to provide this for everyone. This is fantastic! Your cards are magnificent works of art!

Stempelientje said...

Thank you Aija!
But I have one question: ( I have tried those inkts but it doesn't look the way I like to see it..I guess I need more practising)
Do you make circular moves with youre brush or do you use it normal like by normal watercolouring?

Greetings Stempelientje

Aija said...

Hi, thank you for the nice comments!
Stempelientje, I do both, circular and "normal" movements with my brush :) The bigger the area is you can make bigger movements like circulars.
Aija :)

Barb Hardeman said...

Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you. I've tried before and didn't have much luck, so now I see what needs to be done. Your coloring is just amazing Aija. You combine colors that never have occurred to me. I wish I could sit down beside you and watch while you paint. This tutorial is the next best thing. I'm going to try it again!!

craftycrafter said...

brilliant tutorial thank you Dorothy xx

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