Sunday, April 18, 2010

Book Study - Direct to Paper

This week in our study of Julia Andrus's book "Paper Transformed" on NGS group, we're looking at the section Direct to Paper (DTP). Ink is applied to the paper or card stock directly from the ink pad (some use styluses with sponge applicators to do this technique). I have just gotten the new colors in the Distress inks, so that is what I'm playing with today. I like to use these on coated card stock as it allows the ink to blend well. I just tap or rub the ink pad directly on the card stock, starting with the lightest color, then adding colors from light to dark. You can use a paper towel to blend, I just use my fingers.
Finished background after adding tumbled glass, stormy sky and chipped sapphire Distress inks:
This DTP background was made using wild honey, stormy sky, crushed olive, and forest moss Distress inks:
Then did DTP with Encore! gold ink without blending:
A lighter DTP background using antique linen, spun sugar, victorian velvet, milled lavender and worn lipstick Distress inks and Encore! silver ink blended in:
Another DTP background using antique linen, barn door, aged mahogany, and brushed corduroy Distress inks and Encore! bronze ink blended in:

This technique is so much fun, so many possibilities with all the ink pads you have and the wide variety of combinations you can make!

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