whether it be via paint
doesn't matter what the medium.
I LOVE TO COLOR.
I remember sitting on the front porch of my growing-up house with my childhood friend Sandy.
With a box of 64's and a coloring book
we would wile away the hours.
Blending colors was my favorite - lights to darks and vice versa.
When I turned 16 (and could drive myself)
my Mom enrolled me in tole painting classes at Maude's Tole Shop in Webster Groves.
Heaven on earth.
Tole painting meant blending colors
with oil paints
and learning about color wheels
and how colors blended
and creating your own colors with the basic colors
and . . . and . . . and . . .
Today, on my google reader I saw this post from Zarah
Loved the coloring and blending.
Told her so . . . because it's always nice to share.
She told me she did this with Distress Inks.
I've been working on these little birds for my upcoming tag trade.
The birds are stamped with another bird image from Artistic Outpost.
The bird chipboard is sort of glossy, so hard to get anything to really *stick*.
I ended up painting the bird on the bird (uh?) with Copic Markers.
Then added Glossy Accents on top of the Copics to make the bird stand out a little more.
Needed to color the background of the big bird (not that one!)
Thought about using Copics again but the color wasn't really taking to this shiny paper background.
Alcohol ink - no - too afraid it would bleed into the Glossy Accents and give the Glossy Accents color.
Enter Zarah and her fabulous coloring.
Hadn't thought about coloring the background with Distress Inks. I used to use inks a lot to color
and then totally forgot about it until Zarah.
I started by dipping my paintbrush into the ink pad itself but that didn't give me enough color.
So I went to my Distress Ink refills and put a small dot on a non-absorbent plate
and used that as my
with my favorite *go-to* colors
Wild Honey for the background
Rusty Hinge for the shadows.
Just another reason to go to For Keeps Sake and purchase your Distress Ink Refills at the same time you purchase the Distress Ink pads.