Birds & Words

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Distress Watercolor: Pt. 1

CC3C 5??? Wow, these weeks are flying by, aren't they? So many amazing and inspiring entries, I am just humbled to be among all of you. Thanks for creating along with the Curiosity Crew!

Thanks to Inspiration Emporium, sponsor of this challenge. A lucky winner will receive a $50 gift certificate and, thus, be equipped to stock up for future challenges!!

And, as always, thanks to Tim & Mario for the incredible prize packages Curiosity Crew choices will win. Amazing! I try to imagine going to the mailbox and picking up THAT package. Wowser.

Just a note to all entrants: Be sure to read Linda Ledbetter's post and the FAQ for these challenges. It would be such a shame for a worthy entrant to not be eligible for lack of meeting the simple requirements:
You must not post the technique described in Tim's book.
You must use the product (such as a die or ink) upon which the challenge is based.
You must comment on all Curiosity Crew blogs.
Linda Ledbetter
Candy Colwell
Hels Sheridan
Yvonne Blair
Susan Mostek
Marjie Kemper
Annette Green
Anita Houston
and, of course, here.
You are all so incredible. We are cheering for you!!

And on to this weeks challenge..........

I absolutely love Distress Inks. I believe they have revolutionized the paper crafting and mixed media industry and I don't know how I'd manage without them. SO many things you can do with them. One thing you can do: watercolor.

You must have Tim's Compendium of Curiosities books. All of them, all three. But for this challenge in particular, you must have Volume 3. And you must turn to page 39.


This is my completed tag. The zinnia is from Wendy Vecchi's Framed Art Set. Lovely stamp for this technique. Its stamped on the smooth side of watercolor paper and watercolored using Tim's technique from Compendium of Curiosities, page 39.


I began using a technique I learned from Wendy, tho I tweaked it a bit. I use a Snow Cap Adirondack Pigment reinker and squirt a little onto my craft sheet. I use a blending tool and rub the Snow Cap reinker over the entire tag. Heat set and then repeat. This seals the tag and gives you a FABULOUS base for alcohol ink.


I applied Sailboat Blue and Caramel alcohol inks with a felt applicator, along with a little Ranger Blending Solution. I usually don't use metallics. Just not my preference, I'm not partial to shiny things. :-)


I masked the frame from Wendy's set and used her Honeycomb stencil. I LOVE using Ranger pigment reinker with stencils. They are less fluid than paints and more fluid than inks and work great. I stenciled in some Honeycomb over various areas of the tag.


I am seriously and dangerously infatuated with this stamp set. Also obsessed. I like to create borders with these stamps, alternating upside down and right side up. Here I used Dandelion Archival Ink.


I repeated the zinnia stamp in the top right corner to balance the weight of images on the right side of the tag.


My little signature B Line Designs bird. I never put him away, he lives on top of my desk. Sweet little guy, isn't he? The letters are Chip Block alphabet, a new obsession. Thank you, Marjie Kemper. Just what I needed, another obsession!

Hope you all are enjoying Tim's fabulous Distress Watercolor technique and will reach for it often. We've all got lots of Distress color, right, so how cool for another way to use it! Learn and grow. ;-)


- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

86 comments:

  1. What a beautiful tag Cheryl. I love the huge flower and the yellow and blue color palette.

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  2. So pretty! The colors pop - thanks for the tips.

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  3. Gorgeous tag! Love Wendy's zinnia!!

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  4. Cheryl...this is so sweet. I love Wendy's stamps and you've really done them justice here. That big yellow flower is beautifully colored and shaded. Love your background, too. <3 Candy

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  5. You've created a wowza piece! The color combo is one of my favorite...and Dandelion Yellow is always such a complement to any piece of art.

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  6. Awesome tip about the snow cap Cheryl! TFS it's lovely! :D

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  7. Oh Cheryl! This is so sweet and summery! Love the colors you used. Your flower is magnificent! LOVELY as always!!!

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  8. gorgeous colours and a stunning design - love that stamp! Big Hugs rachel xx

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  9. This is wonderful Cheryl, I love your tag... but also learned about Snow Cap Adirondack pigment... Thanks so very much... I don't always like to use glossy papers... and this will avail that ability... thanks a whole big heep of love... Love your work... or play... Love, Light and Peace... p.s. addictions of this kind are great, healthy and loving... enjoy..

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  10. Beautiful tag Cheryl! Love the stamps you used and the gorgeous color of the flowers! The tip on the Snow Cap background is wonderful too!

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  11. What a beautiful technique for your background Cheryl! love the flower and all the lovely colors you used on this!

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  12. Love the blue and color choices. Great Tag.

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  13. Beautiful tag. Love the little bird perched on top of the R. Too cute.

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  14. Some fun techniques here , must try ... love Wendy's zinnia stamp as soon as I saw your tag her name popped into my mind :) Great background... amazing borders too !

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  15. Oh my gosh,Your piece is so pretty!!. I'm so getting this set!! Beautiful colors

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  16. Beautiful tag. Love alcohol inks so I'll have to give the snowcap a try. Wonderful Inspiration.

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  17. Just because I might have pointed out that awesome die a few dozen times on my blog, don't blame the Enabler! I'm loving your fun tag and especially the gorgeous layered background. Such a fun idea to have a signature stamp on here.... I will be looking for him from now on!

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  18. Love the tag and your use of alcohol inks. I do like the idea of a signature stamp.

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  19. This tag turned out so beautifully, Cheryl! What a great idea to use the pigment re-inkers on the background of the tag! The watercoloring on the flowers is beautiful too! fabulous!

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  20. great effect with the alcohol inkts!

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  21. What an amazingly beautiful tag, I love it! Nicely done with the alcohol inks

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  22. Beauty of a tag, and love the saying.

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  23. This is beautiful and I love your little bird. I especially love your tag background.

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  24. Lovely watercolour delicate background, perfect stage for the flower

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  25. Such a beautiful creation and your watercolouring looks amazing! Love the background too. :)

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  26. I just love the depth of this tag Cheryl. The layering of colors, stenciling and stamping are perfection! And I love that I learned something new too: that tip about Snow Cap pigment re-inker as a base. Awesome!

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  27. Love all the layers on your tag. And yes, that little bird is adorable.

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  28. One of my favorite color combinations on your tag.

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  29. So pretty. Love everything about this.

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  30. Your layered background has such a lot of depth and Wendy's flower looks beautiful on top. That is a great tip with the re-inker, thank you for that!

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  31. Amazing tag! TAg is my favourite Art dimension! Your tag is so beautifule, love all the layers in the background and the flower catch my eyes! THAnks for your wonderful tutorial!Barbarayaya

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  32. Great tag, thank for all the wonderful tips, It has been a learning journey through tims vol. 3.

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  33. what a lovely tag, there is just so much going on, it looks like a summer day!

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  34. Gorgeous tag, just perfect for such a project like the distress coloring!

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  35. Your tag is awesome. I love that flower. Your background is wonderful.

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  36. Gorgeous Everything, Cheryl!! Love that vibrant zinnia, Love that darling little bird-Everything!! And cool technique with the base of Adirondack Pigment!! It's a gorgeous background!! Thanks for creating this wonderful inspiration tag for us!! Just WOW!! XOXO-Shari

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  37. Cheryl, what a beautiful tag! Love the inked background and the way the Marigold pops off! so pretty!

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  38. Love that background idea Cheryl! I've never seen the Snowcap used as a base like that. The stencilling and stamping all combine to create the perfect base for that Zinnia. Beautiful. Jenny x

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  39. Gorgeous colouring on the background and just a fabulous result, great tag!

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  40. Great tag, love these colours, I shall crack on with my entry.. Thank you for great inspiration, Px

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  41. Such a lovely tag, Cheryl! Love the colors and that big and beautiful flower flowing off the tag! Great stenciled background and coloring. Hugs!

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  42. The technique you used on the base is fantastic! It opens up a whole new world for alcohol inks. Great work.
    Jess

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  43. Wow, you did a great job on that zinnia! I don't think I've got the technique quite down pat yet, but I'm inspired to keep trying - and it's a ton of fun!

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  44. I love everything about your creation especially the flower

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  45. Lovely effects, lovely stamps too :-)
    Little bird is cute

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  46. Not only is the tag great, the tip about the snow cap is something I would have never thought of! Not to mention alcohol inks with a stencil. Can't wait to try it!

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  47. Gorgeous background and the zinnia looks amazing!
    Alison x

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  48. Your background color selections are soooo perfect for that flower and I love your little signature bird! Thanks so much for sharing that technique for using alcohol inks; and I didn't realize how different the reinkers are form the inks and the paints --- the best reason for participating in this challenge is all the wonderful things I am learning from you about the media we use!

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  49. Cheryl, LOVE the big beautiful flower, the large letters and that tiny signature birdie! FAB BG too!

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  50. So pretty! What a fun idea to use alcohol and watercoloring ink techniques on one tag! Really beautiful! Hugs, Sandra

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  51. Great tag - just adore the boldness of the text and flower. Nikki xx

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  52. Love your tag and some great tips, thank you. your little signature bird is really sweet.

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  53. This is lovely, it has so much depth and beauty. I love it! Have a great day! ~kim

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  54. Love the techniques and tips you have shared with us on the making of your tag. It is just lovely

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  55. Your tag is beautiful! But thank you for sharing Wendy's background technique! i can't wait to try it. Alcohol Inks tend to lend a depth I just can't get with inks...

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  56. I actually loved how the ink transferred to the paper... kinda better than alcohol inks would (as far as how I've been using them). I need to try this. LOVE the flower!

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  57. I love your layers and the flower is so pretty! I'm scared of alcohol inks but you make it look simple. Love the birdy too. So interesting and the flower is bold but sweet! Love it. Who knew a blank tag could turn into something so cool!

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  58. You've blended your colors so beautifully on your zinnia- wonderful tag!

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  59. I've never used snow cap as a base for alcohol inks. That's a technique I am really gonna have to try out. Beautiful tag love the color combination

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  60. beautiful tag with a very naturally zinnia flower.

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  61. Very pretty tag. Love the colors. I need to play with my alcohol inks more. Thanks for the ideas and tips.

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  62. Love the tag, the colours work so well.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

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  63. Love the big flower and the shading.

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  64. Lovely tag! Love the combination of orange & blue, & the beautiful flower.

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  65. So pretty.... Loving your watercolour & beautiful bloom :)

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  66. Beautiful tag! I really love the large flower.

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  67. The background is awesome. I need to pull out my alcohol inks. Beautiful project !!

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  68. Your flower is gorgeous Cheryl, love your cheery tag!

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  69. What a great background idea, I'll have to try it! Love what you created!!

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  70. love love love this tag!!! absolutely beautiful!! =)

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  71. amaxing tag, Cheryl, simply love it!

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  72. This is so pretty Cheryl! Love, love, love the flower!

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  73. This is fabulous Cheyrl. As always, I am inspired by your creativity

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  74. Great mix of Wendy's and Tim's stamps and tools. The flower just pops off your background.

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  75. I love this entry it is fab, the texture and colours are great xx

    Denise xx

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  76. What a beautiful tag!!! Love the colors, they work really well together!

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  77. Like your colour choices! The stencil you used in the background is also lovely....keep on doing what your doing, it's working!!

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  78. Great job, I love your color combinations!

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  79. I really like how you re-stamped the large flower and laid it on top of the original. It gives the illusion that the leaves are breaking out of the tag. Very Cool!

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  80. Beautiful tag, love all the layers and details.

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  81. Such a beautiful tag. I love the way you blended the colors in the zinnia. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  82. Cheryl, great tag. I love your tutorial...

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  83. Gorgeous tag made with wonderful technique and design Cheryl. Love your color choice, very bold and fun.
    Hugs, Katie

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  84. Really lovely tag, the colours blend together really well and I love all the layers. Sorry I couldn't play this challenge, I was on holiday and didn't find the time (despite taking my markers with me). Looking forward to getting inky next challenge. :)

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