Technique Day

Hello my friends, I don’t know if I told you what’s going on this coming week and the rest of this week. I volunteer at my Alma Mater with their Drama Department and we’re heading into Tech Week and we open next Friday. With that happening, blogging is put on the back burner for right now. I will try my best to get all of the posts up but if I completely miss a day or two, please don’t be upset with me. I will be back to normal postings in two weeks. Thanks! XO

Hello my crafty friends! For today’s technique I chose ink blending. I used Distress Oxide inks to create these blends and you will see the card I created with them on Sunday for the spotlight card(s). Let’s get into it!

First, I start out by getting my supplies ready. I really like to use Bristol paper by Strathmore to do ink blending. The super smooth surface lends to a better blending experience. I mostly blend using the Ranger mini ink blending tools. These are the round ones, which I prefer because the normal size is a rectangle. Now, however, the Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes have started changing how people blend. In essence they look like those oval makeup brushes that people went crazy for a few years ago. I don’t have the Picket Fence ones but I do have some oval makeup brushes and it worked pretty well.

Next, I chose my Distress Oxide colors. For the blue card I chose Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, and Chipped Sapphire. For the pink sheet I chose Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, and Picked Raspberry. Then, not shown here, is my green/ yellow sheet which I used Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, and Cracked Pistachio. I stayed within the same color families for these blends but going outside of my comfort zone and blending colors together that aren’t in the same family allows me to let those creative juices flow.

One of the things I’ve seen on YouTube and have taken to heart is how to keep your fingerprints off your work. Take a post it/scrap of paper and put it between your hand and the project piece. It’s definitely a handy (pun intended) tip especially with oxides since they’re part pigment and don’t sink in immediately. I would have fingerprints all over my project from holding it.

Here are the three pieces I did using the inks I picked. Sometimes the blend is seamless and sometimes it’s a little more stark. I have learned that when you put that second color down and you try to blend it with the first one, you need to alternate between blending with the second color and then blending with the first color. It’s a bit of a give and take process. By doing this the colors melt together and will appear a little more seamless. Even if it’s not seamless, you’re bound to get a pretty cool color from the mixture.

Next I took Picked Raspberry and Victorian Velvet and used my makeup brush. The blend I got was very soft and, as you can see, blended together really well. I find it best to tap the brush on the ink pad to get a softer look and to rub it in to get a more ‘solid’ blend but it is still very soft.

Here are the final products of all of the blends I did. I am really pleased with how these turned out, especially the far left piece. Which one did you like best? I would love to see what you’re blending, so leave it down below! XO

Be Bold, Be Beautiful, Be YOU!!  Because you is the most beautiful you there is.

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