Distress Inks

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Hello dear friends! I hope you are spending a beautiful day with your creative passion.
I'm here today to tell you a little bit about Distress Inks. I'm sure most of you already know them pretty well, but there are so many techniques that you can try out, so there is always something nice to share. 

Distress Inks from Ranger are acid-free water-based dye inks. You can find them now also in smaller pads that are perfect for stamping or to be packed when you're traveling! 

Remember to use them with Ink Blending Tools (they also come in mini sizes!) that can help you control your inking.

You should also remember to store your Distress Inks upside down to protect them from drying out.I organize them writing their names on the boxes - it makes my work way faster.

Like I said, there are so many techniques to have creative fun with Distress Inks, but today, I'd like to focus on my favorite ones. Inking edges? I know you've already heard about it, but what about inking edges and then adding a few drops of water to the inked surface to create an even more aged look?

Painting with Distress Inks! Simply tap a chosen Distress Ink on your craft sheet or acrylic block and spray with water. Take a soft brush and use the Ink to color stamps, resist canvas or just have fun and simply paint.

Distress Inks work like watercolors so you can get many interesting effects. Ink edges, add some stamping and your background is ready.

Stencils and Distress Inks - that's a perfect combination. You can layer stenciling but remember that you must start with the largerst patterns and the lightest colors.

Here's an example of using different masks and inking:

You can also try a version of printmaking. To create a unique and colorful background, tap two or three colors of Distress Inks on your acrylic block. Then spray some water and touch your block with a tag or a piece of paper to make the print. Dry and repeat with different colors.

Stamping with Distress Inks. There are many ways to do that and each time you'll get a different effect.
1. You can stamp on wet paper; 2. stamp and then spray some water on the print or 3. you can even spray with water directly on the ink on your stamp. Experiment and find your favorite method.

Do you know about Distress Reinkers? Basically, they are used to reink your stamp pads but hey, let's get creative. :)
You can create your own sprays with them (just add a few drops of ink to a spray bottle and fill it with water), but you can also paint with them. Mix the Reinker with water on your palette and simply splatter with a paintbrush.

{artwork by Agnieszka Anna}
As you can see, there are so many ways to play with Distress Inks. All you need to do is to try, experiment and have fun.
If you use them with water, the effects can be quite unpredictable and that is what I like the most about them. I hope you'll have great fun! 

And if you feel inspired visit Mixed-Media Place store, choose your favorite Distress Inks (or Reinkers) and enter this code at the checkout to get a 10% discount:
You have one week to do that - from November 27th 'till December 4h.


  1. Love the info. thanks for sharing

  2. Great post Kasia! Thanks for sharing your creative knowledge and beautiful and inspiring artwork.

  3. That is a really great post Kasia -- I love distress inks and I use them a lot , so it is always so great and inspiring to see how others approach to them as Mona said, thanks for sharing your creative knowledge -- you are always so inspiring <3
    Love, Zoey


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