Mixed Media

CREATIVE CHEMISTRY 101 – Spray Inks & Stains

It’s no wonder Tim Holtz has made such a success of his passion for vintage inspired crafts as his love of all things Distress.    To watch, listen and learn from him is so enjoyable; he’s truly inspiring.  I’ve had an abundance of Distress products for a few years now and I have never used them in so many different and intriguing ways as I have by taking this course offered by onlinecardclasses.com.

Day 5 was all about spray inks and stains.  You think you know how to use them, then Tim gets to work explaining the differences and similarities and shows you when and how to use them.  In my below offerings, I used Tim’s stamping with stains technique by using the Picket Fence stain to stamp the floral flourish background on top of my Dylusions spray inks then stamped the house with Archival ink.  My favorite is my second image below where I used Tim’s marbling technique to create the background I then stamped the male image in Archival ink.  I like this one because when you manipulate the sprays and stains many times you see things in them.  In this one when it dried, I looked and saw a definite tree off to the right side with flowing leaves going above the mans head.  It looks to me as if he’s almost leaning against the tree!  So I inked a bit of Vintage Photo to try to enhance the “tree”.  I didn’t mount this one on a tag because I feel like I’m not finished with it yet.  So let’s see what becomes of it!  Hope you enjoyed!


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