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Distress Painting with Markers and Stains

by Amy Bowerman

Hi there!  Now that we are nearing the end of January I’m still plugging away working on my goals for 2013.  I’m happy to report that today’s Distress Painting tutorial has helped me reach not one but 2 goals on my list!  Goal # 1:  Draw More.  Goal # 2:  Learn New Techniques.

I’m currently working on the massive undertaking of organizing my studio.  It’s a slow process that I completely underestimated.  More on that later.  In the meantime I was able to clear enough space to have some play time with Distress Stains and Distress Markers.  Grab a seat and I’ll show you how I used them to paint this Hummingbird.


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I’ve finally made use of my Doodle Diva Pinterest Board by drawing something I  pinned.  Better late than never right?

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I’ve only played with my new Distress Markers and Distress Stains a  few times since I got them for Christmas so I was ready to dive right in to this Distress Painting Experiment.  You know me, I like to use every color in the box!  Grab your Distress Stains and Markers and let’s get started.

 

Painting With Distress Markers and Stains

 

STEP 1:  Start with a sketch, stamp or printed image of your choosing.  *I sketched my Humming Bird on cold press water-color paper

 

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If you’re a “Sketchy” sketcher (like me) use a kneaded eraser to lighten up your lines.

 

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 STEP 2: Outline your sketch with the fine tip of your Distress Markers.

 

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Like I always say, “I like to use every color in the box” :)

 

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I used a variety of colors to create my  outline.  This will make painting a breeze.  Almost like paint by number Distress Marker.

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STEP 3: Grab you Distress Stains, a Flat Tip Water Brush, a Fine Tip Water Brush, Paper towels to clean brushes and start painting.  * I applied the Distress Stains to my Craft Sheet but you can also use the Tim Holtz Ink Pallette.  Mine is buried somewhere in the abyss that has become my studio.

I didn’t take Photos of  my painting process (got a little excited) but here is a great video by Comic Book Artist Brett Weldele that shows the painting steps.  I love Brett’s techniques…wait till you see how he creates the background :)   Brett Weldele Distress Painting Demo

 

Adding Highlights with Metallic Distress Stain

STEP 5:  Now that you have your image fully colored go back and add some shimmering highlights with Metallic Distress Stains using a fine tip water brush.

 

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I love the new Metallic Distress Stains so much I couldn’t resist using all the colors for highlighting the Humming Bird’s wings.

 

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Adding Detail and Shadow with Distress Markers

STEP 6:  Define some of your lines and add shadows with the brush tip of your Distress Markers.

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For smaller Detailing use the Fine Tip.

 

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STEP 7:  Blend  hard lines with a Flat Tip Water Brush.

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If at first you don’t succeed, BLEND…then blend some more.

 

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 Painting with Perfect Pearls

I’ve used Perfect Pearls to Paint Copic Marker Colored Images before but Painting with Perfect Pearls on top of Distress Markers is like Peanut butter and Jelly!

 

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STEP 8:  Dip the end of a fine tip water brush into Perfect Pearls.  Use the lid to blend out the desired consistency and paint your image.

 

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Here’s a close up of the Humming Bird with his new Perfect Pearls shimmer.   Isn’t he Purty?

 

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You can spread the shimmer to larger areas by wetting your brush tip and going back over areas you may have missed.

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Hope you enjoyed getting inky today.  I have big plans for Mister Humming Bird here.  He will soon be fluttering above a Brett Weldele inspired background on my next art journal page.  Here’s the link to Brett’s Video where you can see how to create the Distress Stain Background and how he paints with Markers and Distress Stains.

If you would like to see more Hummingbird Inspiration and general Doodly goodness check out my Doodle Diva Pinterest board.  Can’t get enough Distress in your life?  Don’t worry I have a board for that too…Distress Inks, Stains and Markers or you can see the rest of my Pinboards here.

Thanks for stopping by,  have a Distress-full day!

Amy*

 

 

 

 

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1 Jenn/Rook No. 17 January 26, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Oh my goodness! What beautifully techniques, perfectly demonstrated, and a breathtaking finished product.

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2 Amy Bowerman January 29, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Thanks Jenn!

I’m always looking for the “easy way out”…mixing watercolors is “for the birds” :) Now if I could just nail down a good “Get rich Quick Scheme” I’ll be in good shape!

Amy*
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3 Laura / The Shed / Pet Scribbles / Socks for Sandy January 25, 2013 at 9:05 pm

I love Hummingbirds, so I am particularly drawn to this! We have hummingbirds that play around my flowers in my garden every Summer. This past Summer, while I was watering my plants, I heard a fluttering whooshing sound right next to my ear: it was one of the hummingbirds way too close to me! LOL He (or she?) was waiting for a drink of water from the garden hose! His (or her?) coloring was primarily gorgeous greens and blues with hints of all the colors you used! Well done! (And since I came to this backwards, from your completed art journal page, I already know what you ended up doing with this guy too — LOVE it!
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4 Janj January 24, 2013 at 3:11 am

Wow Amy your humingbird is fabulous! Thank you for making the picture tutorial. Your links are also great…and appreciated.
I too am working on my creative space…of just trying to get things to fit. So please don’t wait too long before sharing some of what is happening…it might be the perfect inspiration for some of the rest of us.

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5 Amy Bowerman January 24, 2013 at 8:50 am

Jan you know me too well. If you look in the dictionary you will find my name under Procrastinate. I’m working on the studio in small doses and will have a series of posts coming soon. Be forewarned the pictures you are about to see may be difficult for some viewers. (Please don’t call A&E on me…I’m a few empty ribbon spools away from ending up on an episode of “Hoarders”)

Thanks for the much needed “Kick in the pants” :)

Amy*

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6 Michelle Nun January 23, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Stunning hummingbird Amy! Great job on your sketching and an awesome tutorial. Good luck on your studio organization project. Please show pics when you are done. Have a great day!

Michelle@scrapngrow.com

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7 Amy Bowerman January 24, 2013 at 8:54 am

Thanks Michelle! Glad you liked the tutorial and thanks for the well wishes on the studio…I’m gonna need it! It’s like a war zone down there. When Tim Holtz said to save packaging plastic for projects I think I took it a bit too far…seeing as how I filled my recycling bin with most of the plastic I had squirreled away…ha! I will have pictures coming soon although you may want to avert your eyes…it’s not a pretty sight :)

Amy*

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8 felecia January 23, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Wow, this post really helped me out. I got some of these markers as gift and I didn’t know what amazing things you can do with them. Thanks for sharing!!

I also have a craft blog, if you want to check it out it’s: http://freespiritcrafts.blogspot.com/

You have a new follower :)
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