Distress Oxide Spray and Hahnemühle Bamboo


Just look at that preview photo! Isn’t that some gorgeous color? Ranger recently released a new product in the Tim Holtz line of distress colors and I want to tell you a little about it.

You already know how much I love the distress ink pads, the distress stains, the distress paints and the distress inks in general. Well, you get the idea. I love all things distressed. Hahahahaha! Just released at Creativation was Tim’s line of Distress Oxide Spray and I got some to test and try out. For today’s post, I also grabbed a couple bottles of the alcohol pearls and some tiles of Hahnemühle‘s Bamboo Mixed Media.

I started with Mermaid Lagoon and Picked Raspberry. I sprayed the color straight onto my craft mat, then spritzed a bit of water over the whole color section.

Then I took a piece of Bamboo Mixed Media paper and placed it face down into the color. When you do this, just tap it down good with your fingertips to try to get color all across the tile. I don’t always do a good job with this part.

And this is what I got. This ink is thicker and has more opaque coverage than the other distress products. So a lot of that raspberry is underneath. Or still on my mat. Hahahaha!

Yep! It was still on the mat. I turned the tile back over and tapped down into the pink and lifted more color. Mostly purple at this point and I love it.

And while I had the alcohol pearls sitting out, I wondered if they would react with the oxide ink in any way. So I tried some drops of two different colors. And . . . nada. They just sat there. Looking sparkly and awesome. But not spreading out and that is alright. It was just an experiment anyway.

So I moved that tile aside to dry and started another with Wilted Violet. This time I sprayed the color straight onto the paper and not the mat.

Spritzed on some water. I will try to remember to give you a link for a good water spritzer at the bottom of the post.

And I added some Fossilized Amber. What an awesome color! I let the two mix and blend a little and wondered why I picked mud colors to go together. Then I remembered I actually like yellow and purple together.

So I added a little more water and held the card up to let the colors run a small amount. Not enough to actually turn the whole thing to mud. Because yuck.

Hey! I even got a photo of letting the color run down the sides. Yay me!

Set that one aside to dry and it was back to the mat. This time with Spiced Marmalade and Cracked Pistachio. I am learning how to spell so many words doing these posts. Hahahaha! And I added water. Then figured I would add some more picked raspberry to the mat.

I had enough product that I used two tiles this time . . .

I love this one!

And I tilted the card to let the color run. Look at that color with all the oxidation infusion of dye and pigment ink. Isn’t it awesome? While I was at it I made several more cards of beautiful distress oxide awesomeness. Unfortunately no photos because I was having too much fun. But I do have photos of them after they dried. So let me show you those. Let’s start with the drying process.

This is the one I made with the pink one that follows:

Absolute favorite! I used to have hair that color! Actually pretty much all those colors. Back before it was popular to do.

That’s the last one, but let me show you that oxidation once more.

Isn’t that cool? I will be doing a lot more experimenting and exploring with these oxides. I want to see what I can do with a gelli plate! Too much fun to be had! And I am still working on our book. It is taking quite awhile because it is going to be just that amazing! Yep! I do want to make one note about the performance of the oxide sprays. They work much like any other color product but when they dry they feel like chalk to my hand. They feel smooth but they have the look and ‘feel’ of chalk. They do not come off the card, they stay put, they just don’t seem like they should. Next up will be tangling on one with various pens for a test.

Thanks for reading. If you have a specific request for information, leave me a comment and I will try to accommodate. Others have asked and I am keeping a list and making arrangements to have the product to meet the requests. Pretty much anything is fair game. Hahahaha! Within reason! Thanks for reading this far and I will leave you with links. Starting with an awesome spritzer.

Awesome spritzer from Tim
Bamboo Mixed Media Tiles and other Hahnemühle Products
Craft Mat
Distress Oxide Sprays

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12 thoughts on “Distress Oxide Spray and Hahnemühle Bamboo

  1. These are stunning! Perhaps you could share your thought process when you sit down and look at one of these pieces and decide where to start tangling and how you choose your tangles to have them mesh so effortlessly and beautifully. Thank you.

    • thanks, I do, too. they look like smooth butter! or melted ice cream, I think I’ll go with ice cream!

  2. How about mixing a zebra with a ranger? Just couldn’t resist that!! Well you can translate it to trying one of the Zebra technical pens on the Ranger oxide spray can’t you??? Not a serious request by the way. I think the one before your favourite is my favourite, plus that last one with the way the greens just about emerge.

    • these were fun to do! haven’t started tangling one yet, that will happen soon

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