Sunday, 9 August 2015

Distress ink colouring TUTORIAL


Today I'm showing you my tutorial that I made for a magazine Kreatief met Kaarten. I used one of the Paper Nest Dolls called Princess Sweet Pea. Here's a pic from the magazine:

.... and here's my tutorial. ;)

Colouring with Distress markers and Ink pads

When you start colouring with Distress Markers you need high quality paper. I use Langton hot pressed (HP) extra smooth 300g paper. This paper makes colouring really easy and allows you to blend colours perfectly. I usually use only one synthetic brush 000. If I need to colour really small details, then I use 00000 brush. Distress markers have two nibs, brush and fine, but I only use brush nib. I never colour directly on paper. I apply colour with my marker on clear acrylic block and take it off with my brush as much as I need.

I start with skin. I use Vintage Photo Distress ink pad. I take a little bit of colour from my acrylic block and add it to the face line. Then I clean my brush and spread the colour in a circular motion, leading to the centre of the face. I like to leave the centre of the face empty, without any colour.

After I finish the first layer of colour on her face, I continue the same way with her neck and arms. While I colour I rinse my brush many times and drain the excess water on my paper towel. I let it all dry for a few minutes and then do it all over again, two-three times. I colour the parts where the shadows are darker and leave some highlights almost white.

For colouring hair I need two distress markers: antique linen and walnut stain. First I use antique linen and colour the whole hair with it. I use very wet brush, so the colour is very bright. I leave it dry out for a few minutes and use that time to colour her pillow. First I draw lines where the folds are and then start colouring the inside of each fold.


When the first layer of colour on her hair dries I start colouring the areas where the shadows are (behind the arm, ears ...). I add colour to small parts of her hair and spread it out with my almost dry brush. After finishing the hair I colour small dots and bows on her pillow with peeled paint. I use the same colour for the peas too.

After I coloured her skin and hair I start with her dress. I use victorian velvet and black soot for shading. First I colour areas where the shadows are and draw folds on her dress. I apply small amounts of colour on each fold and then spread it out with almost dry brush. After I apply the first layer of colour on her dress, I wait a few minutes and then repeat the same process 2-3 times. I want my shadows to really stand out, so I use a little bit of black soot at the end. I use black soot for her bunny slippers too.

After the drying of first layer I add more colour to her slippers and colour bunny's noses with victorian velvet.

For her crown I used victorian velvet and black soot.

The last thing I colour are cheeks. I use worn lipstick for the cheeks. I only take a very small amount of colour and apply it on the edge of her face and then spread it out using a wet brush. You don't want to use too much colour, because it will look too intense.

 That's it! Thank you for visiting my blog today! Have fun!
Hugs, t.


  1. wow fabulous and clear tutorial, thanks for sharing!!! congrats on your publication :)
    fabulous card too, love the design

  2. Thanks Tamara for the fabulous tutorial... Your coloring is amazing as always!!

  3. You make it look so easy sweetie I shall keep on going, what printer do you use for digis as mine is smudging really bad thank you for your help on this x x x

    1. I think what you need is a laser printer with original catridges and print on a quality watercolour paper (like Langton). I don't have a printer atm so I'm taking all my digis to the printing store. :/

  4. Wow! I love your coloring! Thanks for sharing! ❤

  5. Čudovito pobarvana, hvala za ta tutorialček :)

  6. Fabulous tutorial and awesome job!

  7. Lepo si tole prikazala in krasna je tudi objava v reviji.

  8. Fino, da svoje znanje deliš z nami, :). Saša

  9. What you for this great tutorial! It is very handy to see where you use a wet brush and where your brush is almost dry.
    I do have a few questions... I understand you only use vintage photo on the skin? My images are looking too brown when I do that eventhough I use a tiny bit of ink. I should keep practising I think LOL. And you only use antique linen for the hair? No walnut stain? Thank you in advance! Hugs, Jolanda

  10. Yes, only vintage photo and then worn lipstick for the cheeks.
    It says antique linen and walnut stain (step 4). First layer is a.l. and then the shading is with walnut stain.
    Hugs, t.

    1. Oops... I didn't see that, sorry. Thank you for your reply.
      Hugs, Jolanda

  11. Your coloring is gorgeous!! What kind of printer do you use for your digis that will take the thick watercolor paper?

  12. This is a great tutorial!!!! You make it look so easy!!