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.
I’ve finally made use of my Doodle Diva Pinterest Board by drawing something I pinned. Better late than never right?
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
If you’re a “Sketchy” sketcher (like me) use a kneaded eraser to lighten up your lines.
STEP 2: Outline your sketch with the fine tip of your Distress Markers.
Like I always say, “I like to use every color in the box”
I used a variety of colors to create my outline. This will make painting a breeze. Almost like paint by
number Distress Marker.
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.
I love the new Metallic Distress Stains so much I couldn’t resist using all the colors for highlighting the Humming Bird’s wings.
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.
For smaller Detailing use the Fine Tip.
STEP 7: Blend hard lines with a Flat Tip Water Brush.
If at first you don’t succeed, BLEND…then blend some more.
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!
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.
Here’s a close up of the Humming Bird with his new Perfect Pearls shimmer. Isn’t he Purty?
You can spread the shimmer to larger areas by wetting your brush tip and going back over areas you may have missed.
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!