I can't believe it's midweek already! Where has the time gone? I'm happy to report, that so far, I have not dumped any glitter down my shirt. (Trust me, there is still time. But for now, I'm claiming this as a personal victory). I have however, somehow managed to plant a thumbprint on a card base or two. Luckily I could just hide them under some patterned paper (another small victory!) How are you kids managing to get through your week? Are you a hot mess, or do you have your poop in a group?!
Today's comparisons are way out of my comfort zone technique wise, making backgrounds. The supplies I'm going to compare today are well suited for this task.
Scattered Pieces Isn't this stamp set just beautiful. No one does feathers better than Unity. The little hearts just make me swoon.
140 lb Cold press watercolor Paper.- Please note, you may received different results based on different paper selection.
- Spray Ink
- India Ink
- Distress Ink
India Ink- A non-traditional coloring medium. One of it's strongest properties is that it is highly pigmented, so the vibrancy is strong even when dried. On white paper, the ink is semi-transparent and waterproof. When you mix the ink with water or even with rubbing alcohol, you get some interesting blooms. It is a permanent ink, so you need to pay attention to the application. India ink only comes in standard bottles with no brush or dropper. Definitely a consideration if you want to use it as a spray. The color is definitely staining. You can try and lift some color when it's still wet, but no take-backs or lifting once it has dried. If you are a go with the flow kind of crafter, this ink can give you some cool results. Pro or con, a little of thins ink goes a long way when mixed with water.
Distress Ink (from a pad)- To state the obvious, you can not spray ink directly onto the paper. You need to use the a squish, spritz and drag technique onto of a craft sheet (or similar) to achieve a marbled/mottled effects. *See Laura Mooney's tutorials from last week for instruction.
The best attributes of this ink are as follows: The ink says wet longer. It allows you to blend and shade images. You can lift colors when wet. But, please pay attention to proper water control to avoid mudding mixed colors. A big positive is that Distress Inks will travel across your paper when wet. Unlike other kinds of ink, the color will not fade when diluted with water. Its easy applicable with a brush directly from the pad.. Cleanup is a breeze. These inks are designed to work together in layers. So, if you like to experiment with textures and color combinations, this may be your best choice.
Final Answer for which supply I used where:
Top: Spray Ink
Middle: Distress Ink
Bottom: India Ink
The overall looks are so similar, but there are some differences. I'm not sure if they are significant enough to try and new coloring medium. What do you think? Do you have something in your stash that will give you similar results?
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See you tomorrow!-Annie