Friday, May 4, 2012

FRIDAY FOCUS - Distress Markers

Woohoo! It's Friday Frilly & Funkie's! Anita Houston here, and it's my turn to host the Friday Focus. I decided that since so many of you are just now receiving your fantastic Distress Markers, that I would show you two quick techniques using them, that I learned from Tim. For those of you who haven't taken the leap to purchase them yet, consider yourself lucky! You can pick them up, as the Friday Focus item for 15% off the already discounted price of $89.95, at the Funkie Junkie Boutique. There is no price anywhere lower than that!

NOTE:  Our supply of distress markers has sold out - not a surprise at that amazing sale price!  You can still purchase them at the sale price of $76.46 as a PRE-ORDER.  Just go to the store and purchase them.  They will be ordered for you and you will receive them first come/first served.  

#1 Stamping With Distress Markers:
Color directly onto the stamp using your Distress Markers. The markers will not contaminate each other, but if you see a slight color change on the nib, then all you have to do is swip the tip on your craft sheet a few times to clean it off.
Once your stamp is covered, give it a good huff of breath and stamp onto your paper. Specialty Stamping paper or manila work really well. DO NOT clean your stamp afterwards.
There is still lots of ink left on the stamp. Lightly mist water in the air and catch it on your stamp (like you spray perfume). You will see the image refreshen. Stamp it on to your project. You can do this until your stamp is clean.
I was able to stamp this four times with the same ink. WOW!!! That not only saves time but money as well, and it gives a very 3D look to your image, and a soft watercolor look as well. Dry your image with a heat tool to set it in well.
Distress Marker Ink also acts as a resist (coolest part). You can ink over this in Distress Ink and your Marker image is unscathed. You can also color on top of the Distress Ink without contamination. I colored in a sun...see below.
I further colored in the berries with Picket Fence Distress Marker. It magically appears after you color it in, to a brilliant white.
#2 Watercoloring With Distress Markers:
Stamp an image using Archival Ink onto watercolor paper, so there is no smearing when you use water.
Choose various colors in the same family, and color in only the inside edges of your image, leaving the rest blank. Use a Fine Tip Water Brush to lift your color and blend it to a desired spot.
Continue blending until your desired look is achieved.
For the background, the process is the same, except you apply color to the outer borders of your image. Use a Broad Tip Water Brush to grab and blend the color.
I mounted this onto a manila tag that was color washed with Adirondack Color Wash in Wild Plum, and then inked around the edges with Broken China Distress Ink. The seam binding and flowers were also color washed.


  1. Wow Anita, those tags are fabulous. I'd love to have the distress markers ,but they are out of my crafty budget. Maybe one day, who knows. Hugs from Scotland. Rita xx

  2. Great tags, Anita. But what about the women who think they have to BATHE in their perfume? How much water should they spritz on their stamp?!

  3. Wonderful tute, Anita! I'm really enjoying using my markers with the water brush... really fab results with this technique.

  4. Fabulous tutorial Anita, I'm sooooo excited about when my markers will arrive, especially now I've see this ! I love the stamp you've used too. Sue C x

  5. Great job, Anita! Beautiful tags! I played with my Distress Markers for the first time yesterday and so loved them!

  6. Thanks so much for your tutorial and your tag is splendid!! Really very pretty!

  7. Great ideas for me to try, thanks GF

  8. WOW, what an awesome tutorial, Anita! I've never worked with a water brush so the techniques will be fun! I love the look you achieved, just GORGEOUS! TFS!

  9. Excellently written tutorial. Made easy for me to follow and I'm so inspired by your gorgeous tags. Now I just need them markers...

  10. Brilliant tutorial Anita! They look fabulous and you have explained everything so clearly. At the moment, I only own one Distress Marker, the Picket Fence one, but I am finding it really useful to 'mute' my colours when I stamp.