If you’ve joined the AJA Facebook group you may have seen a question Bonnie posted a few weeks ago, asking what techniques or ideas might be of interest, ones that I could feature as part of a page spread.
The one from Week 8 happened as a result of someone in the group mentioning that she was interested to know more about how spiff up her lettering. I played a bit and came up with what you saw two weeks ago.
Today’s page is covered with Ranger’s Texture Paste, but not straight from the jar. Another question posed in the group was about adding color to Texture Paste, so I brought out Distress Reinkers, some sprays, and a few other things that I was fairly certain would tint it. The methodology was different for most of them and I’ve included photos and a brief explanation about what I did with the options, right at the end of today’s post. Onward the page for week 10…
I decided that some glitter would be a nice addition (when isn’t it?) and pulled out Antique Silver from the Elizabeth’s Crafts Silk Microfine line.
This is our Flower Patch Stencil (designed by Margaret Applin) and though it looks a mess, it’s ready to use. As you’ll see in the test photos at the end of the post, one way to add color to Texture Paste is to use a stencil that has sprays accumulated on it. If they’ll rewet, they’ll tint the Paste. Since I knew I wanted to color the Paste separately, I didn’t want to use a stencil that had dried spray and I believed this one did not; that everything you see here was permanent. Note the use of the word believed.
With the stencil laid over the page, I applied the tinted Texture Paste through the openings, deliberately not covering the page from edge to edge.
If you look closely at the group of petals in the upper left corner you’ll see evidence that my belief that this stencil was only messy with stuff that was permanent was… incorrect. The discoloration isn’t significant and not enough for me to stress about. Though I will admit to being a tiny bit miffed.
I added a tiny bit of glitter, just a pinch sprinkled here and there, while the Texture Paste was still wet. Glitter has a way of healing wounds and being miffed…
The background of the page looked a little boring, so I mixed Pearlescent White Lumiere with some water and applied it over the entire background, avoiding the flowers as much as possible. It was a little painstaking done with a small round brush, but worth it.
I was a little stumped about what else to do with the page. I didn’t want anything I added to compete with the flowers (and glitter) so decided some Zentangle inspired circles in the centers would be good. Because I wanted them to be very fine, I used a black PITT Pen with the XS (Extra Super Fine) tip.
That’s better! I like the centers, like the pearly white color on the background, and in general was happy with the page. Though I had no idea what to do next.
Then the question became if I was done. Or not. I added some curlicues made from Pitt Pen dots around the perimeter of the page…
And some dots around the circles in the center of the flowers and called it done.
If you’re interested in some additional techniques to tint Texture Paste, read on!
Distress Ink Reinkers work perfectly. The color is so concentrated that it only takes a little to tint the Texture Paste, causing no change in the viscosity. Add a tiny bit at a time till you get the color you’re looking for, otherwise the color gets really deep, really quickly.
You can also color the Paste once it’s dry on your surface. The pink was done with Distress Ink, Picked Raspberry, applied with an Mini Ink Bending Tool. The turquoise was some Liquitex Basics Paint (Bright Aqua Green) added with a Mini Ink Blending Tool, too.
Texture Paste applied through a stencil that has a lot of inks dried on the surface yields this…
Tinted Texture Paste in a completely unpredictable pattern! That’s our Bloom Stencil
If you spray non-permanent ink (like Dylusions or Distress Spray Stains, or Color Wash Sprays) on paper and let it dry, then apply Texture Paste…
Through the openings of a stencil (Joggles Secret Garden), remove the stencil and let the Paste dry, you’ll see the color on the surface will tint the Paste
Dear Faye, I hope this page provides some interesting options for coloring Texture Paste!