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Friday, 24 February 2017

XOX Oxides

Hello all!  From yesterday's Infusions launch at PaperArtsy and before tomorrow's watercolours, I'm throwing in a quick peek at my first play with another colour medium - the new Distress Oxides.  If you're a Tim Holtz fan, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.  If not, these are the new ink pads containing a pigment/dye fusion ink - creating a whole new ballgame of effects and possibilities.  I already love them!  

I'm only sharing a couple of backgrounds today - though I have already made something with most of these.  It's just a little teaser post for now!  And no prizes for guessing which colours I played with first...


If you want to see Tim in action with these, there are various videos on youtube of him demonstrating them at Creativation last month (here's one, for instance).







The "oxidisation" happens when you add water, and gives a fabulous opaque chalky bloom.















It's quite difficult to get the full effect with a photograph because half the delight is the feel of the chalky smoothness under the fingertips.  I can't really share that with you directly!









Here are some more blues and browns - this time with a touch of the Wilted Violet added to the mix.  (By the way, all the samples in this post are a combination of Distress Oxides and regular Distress Inks.)


It's another combination I've played with quite often in the past... now there's a slightly new flavour to it.







Because of the opaque pigment component of the ink, you can layer colours in ways that wouldn't be possible with pure dye inks.














I haven't tried stamping yet, but easily my favourite game so far (as I thought it would be) has been to play with a combination of Oxides and traditional Distress inks.













That way you get the joyous combination of opacity and translucence which has been an ongoing obsession here at Words and Pictures right from the very earliest days.















It also means you get some really cool patina effects as the inks combine and recombine on the craft mat and then smooshed onto the tag.
















The coppery verdigris possibilities are going to be endless (especially if/when we get some more of the blues, greens and browns released in the future - sooner rather than later, I hope!).
















This is all basically just wrinkle-free distress technique, a long-time favourite way to play of mine which now has new and exciting adventures in store.  Just look at those chalky splotches!










I'll finish with a quick sneak peek of one of the creations in store, but you'll have to be patient I'm afraid.


There's other stuff to get to first, but I hope your appetites are whetted.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and I'll see you again (very) soon.

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

38 comments:

Julia said...

Ooh Alison, the oxides look delicious. I ordered some and they arrived yesterday so hope to get some playtime with them tomorrow. I just bought three to try : vintage photo, iced spruce and spiced marmalade. I love your backgrounds and am regretting not getting the wilted violet.

Cindy Lyles said...

These are beyond gorgeous - absolutely spectacular!! Very inspiring!!

Dortesjs said...

my appetite is whetted - this is great i think i will shop soon ;O))))

Team Clark said...

Wheee! I just know you're on a fun ride and can't wait to see more of this amazing work! I'm with you on the buzz of any wet medium. My head spins with wonder! :)

Julie Short said...

I'm in Lurve on this side of the world too, Alison. I think they are going to work with many other products too and give a sense of depth that is hard to achieve without multiple layers. Looking forward to seeing how you use them. I'm sharing your lovely post!

Nikki Acton said...

Whetted - Yes! Looking great Alison - cant wait to see the finished project but your playtime samples look amazing. I haven't ordered any yet - what am I doing! Nikki x

Anneke said...

I can't wait to recieve my ink pads. The work you just showed use looks
So wonderful! It sure is different from the distress inks. There is more debt .

Meggymay said...

More gorgeous colour products, my list is getting longer.
Yvonne xx

Amanda said...

Ooh you've just made my wait more agonising the effect looks fabulous.
Love
Amanda x

Redanne said...

I LOVE the results of your playtime Alison and look forward to seeing your finished projects! Have had mine two days, still not cracked them open.... Anne xx

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

Yep DEFINITELY getting some of these, they're just wonderful aren't they :)
Hugs
Donna xx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Beyond gorgeous and very inspiring!
Now I am curious about the tag? or whatever project that is....

Inkypinkycraft said...

well these look fab!! mine have arrived and are still sealed as playtime has to wait sadly but these look wonderful ! xx hugs x

chrissie said...

This certainly looks exciting and new and you have used it so well Alison. The sneak peek looks like something very beautiful so I can't wait to see that.

Have a great weekend

Love Chrissie xx

Lynn Price said...

Ah, you've mastered these new inks wonderfully! Your play with the DI inks and the Oxides (DX?) is stunning - you've clearly the knack for getting that fantastic depth in the layering using the two types. Look forward to seeing what is in store from that tantalizing sneak peek! xxx Lynn

Jane said...

Fabulous play Alison...I hope to order some in March they look amazing xx

Paper Profusion said...

Appetite definitely whetted!! These look so beautifully chalky - almost like Farrow & Ball has embraced grunge! Have a lovely weekend Alison. Nicola x

Marci said...

Your samples look beautiful. I am wanting some of these.

Karen D. said...

can't wait to try them out..thanks for the tutorial.
Karen

Lys Scrap said...

These products seem to lead to fabulous background in your hands, Alison, I can't wait to see what you created with them, but I can guess from the teaser it will be wonderful!

Dorthe said...

Dear Alison the oxides look so wonderful, and with so many possibilities , I love the top samples, with the beauty of sea-sky or verdigris - your teaser at the bottom, look amazing too, -look forward seeing it :-)
xoxo

Fliss said...

Absolutely love these experiments Alison and they all look absolutely beautiful. I ordered some today and can't wait for them to arrive so i can have a play too.
Thanks for sharing.
Fliss xx

Kay Wallace said...

You are my favorite enabler!!!

Barbara Schiassi said...

I'm in love with new oxides! I can't wait to see what you create! BArbara

Etsuko Noguchi said...

Oh Alison this is so exciting and helpful post. I was very interested in the Distress Oxide and your experimental matters are very beautiful. I ordered without hesitation!!! Thank you. xx

maria's knutselplezier said...

Fantastic, can't wait they get here, great effects , great colours!!
Have fun!!
Maria

Astrid Maclean said...

Great playtime pieces, in fabulous colour combinations, - look forward to seeing more!

Hazel Agnew said...

Appetite certainly whetted Alison. What wonderful colour combinations. Almost dribbling too! Xx

Rupa S said...

Love your experiments Alison! Thanks for sharing.

A Pink said...

Fabulous samples and thanks Alison for getting us up close to see the magic the oxides create! Your sneak peak looks fab too . I look forward to the big reveal . I think the postie has taken the long route round to mine - patiently waiting on oxide arrival ......... x

Craftyfield said...

Gorgeous backgrounds! I'm just starting with the Oxides and I do like their properties. I will be needing more pads...

pearshapedcrafting said...

How gorgeous are these! I think I may have to order rather than wait! The sneak peek is looking good! Chrisx

Sara Barker said...

Alison, it looks as you've already mastered the backgrounds with the ink/oxide mix--gorgeous colors! I can't wait to see the whole of the sneak peek! I've only had a few minutes of play with my set, and that was just on cheapo designed card. The stamping works very well, but I presume these will be a blast to work with on the right paper. Looks like I may have some time at the end of the week to get oxidey! Thanks for the inspiration! Hugs!

Mrs.B said...

Fabulous samples Alison, just think you may have persuaded me to have a little spend.
Avril xx

Jackie P Neal said...

OMGosh Alison!! I am ordering mine today!!! Your posts are no good for my bank account! lol xo

Kirsten said...

Such gorgeous backgrounds & I love the sneak peek!!

Sue said...

I love your playtime Alison, I can tell that you're going to have such fun with these xx

Evelyn Walter said...

gorgeous backgrounds, dear Alison!
I agree - the new oxides are really so fun! Let´s have some playtime ;-)
I´m curious, with what you will come up!
xxx