Monday, June 12, 2017

Distress Inks VS Distress Oxide Inks : Color Comparison

Good morning!  I made a blog post last week about Oxide inks.  You can read it here:  Distress Oxides .  At that time, I said I wanted to make a post using the same colors of ink to show the differences.  That is what I am doing today.  

I used the same colors in Distress Oxides vs Distress Inks.  In this example I used: Peeled Paint, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, and Faded Jeans.  The Oxides are in grey cases, the distress inks are in black cases.  

When you open the ink cases, you can see a difference in the colors.  The Oxides have more of a chalk look to the color.

I wanted to compare the inks using the same technique.  For these backgrounds, I am putting ink on my kraft mat, add water, and pressing my cardstock into the ink, drying as needed between layers.  Keep in mind, I do a ton of inking, so my kraft mat is stained, but this staining does not interfere with any inking I do...just wanted to give a heads up in case anyone wondered why my mat looked like that.  
Here's a tip I use with distress inks:
As you can see, when you press the ink onto your craft mat, it is hard to tell the colors apart.  To keep the colors right in my mind, I set the ink pads off to the side in the order they are on my mat.  while I'm working, if I want more of Peeled Paint, I can look at my ink pads, and know where the Peeled Paint color is exactly.  This helps me add the color that I want to add.  Sometimes, I want more of one color but not another.  

Showing step by step: I then lightly misted the ink splotches with water.  I start lightly as I can always add water later if I need it. 

I took my watercolor paper and pressed it into the ink splotches.  This is the first "layer".  Now it is important to dry in between layers.  If I were to put this paper right back into the wet ink, it would have a lot of water and tend to run the colors.  I dry it with my heat gun quickly to get ready for the next layer. 

This is the base once dried.  Ready for layer #2.

I once again pressed my watercolor paper into the ink splotches.  

I dried the paper using my heat gun again.  It doesn't have to be super dry, just enough that I'm not seeing water and wetness pooling on the top. Now here is where I stop with distress inks.  If I were to add more color, I would run the risk of muddy my colors.  I can see in a couple of areas, that my colors are running together.  Less is more with the distress inks.  I'll stop here. 

Now I will do the same method with the Oxides.  You can immediately see a difference in colors.  The Oxides are a little easier to see the difference in colors on my craft mat as I work with them, but I still put my ink pads in the order they are on my mat, just habit.  

This is the first layer into the Oxide inks. I will dry this with my heat gun as well. 

As you can see, it changes some as you dry it, the ink moves a bit, absorbs into the paper, becomes more chalk like in appearance.  

Now here is the difference that you see between Distress inks and Distress Oxides.  The Oxides let color build, adding layers and layers, where distress inks will mix the colors.  Basically: on the oxide background, I can see "dots" of the color I add on top of the layers.  

So here is the Distress ink vs the Oxide inks side by side.  Both are great inks and fun to play with.  It just depends on the look that you want to achieve when you are working with them.  I find Oxides to be easier to add color layers without getting muddy.  Oxides are more fool proof.  But both give great looks!

This is the corner of the Distress inks that I saw it starting to muddy on me.  If I had added another layer of color, it would have just became a blob of color.  This said stop to me.  Oxides don't always have that stop point.  

I wanted to do another color comparison.  This time I used Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick, and Walnut Stain.  This is a color combo I used last time in my post.  

This is the first layer of Oxide inks.

This is a great picture to show how different Oxide inks are.  The Worn Lipstick is sitting ON TOP OF the Walnut stain!!!!  That's amazing!!!  With regular distress inks, this would muddy the pink color.  I stop with Oxides when I like the result/coverage.  

On to the distress inks:

The distress inks give a more bold vibrant color while the Oxides are vibrant but chalky.  

The comparison of Oxides on the left, Distress on the right.



I hope this comparison of color to color was helpful.  Please leave me any questions or comments that you have.
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