Tips and Tricks: Water Colouring with Distress Markers

I know Ranger has released a new set of markers called Tim Holtz’s Distress Markers. During it’s release, it was so HOT it was completely sold out on SimonSaysStamps! Luckily… there were some stock left at the local craft store so I didn’t pre-order my set. I don’t own the whole set but here’s a few of the colours I have…

Tim Holtz® Distress™ Markers

The entire set consist of 37 colours!!!! That’s a lot of markers! In today’s Tips and Ticks i’ll be sharing more information about these markers! So let’s start!

From Tim Holtz:

This video explains about the markers and how you can use them for your project. Here’s a few pointers on distress markers:

  • Dual tip water base marker: Brush and plastic nib
  • Different formular from the ink pads / stains
  •  Water base dye but not refillable
  • Similar properties with the distress family which means the markers will react with water too
  • Works on water colour, glossy, matt and speciality stamping paper
  • Stamp with a water proof ink
  • Easy blending with water and a brush
  • Able to colour directly onto the stamps
  • Distress markers, ink pads and stains are named the same but the colours are not exactly the same

From LawnFawn:

A few tips on water colouring with a few of distress markers only!  Simply by using a brush and some water! How water colouring can be easily done on embossed stamping and simple shading can be done with these markers.

From Laurel

Working with the whole set of markers; more tips and tricks with the distress markers! Like how to do a rainbow background, how to colour on the stamps directly and more.

My tip to you:

I would say these markers are very fun to work with especially if you love to water colour. Their brush tip is sturdier than copie marker’s brush tip. The plastic tip is good for doing writing and they have great colours. The range offers a wide spread of colours. Blends with water but you have to be very careful when choosing your colours (if you don’t plan to invest on a whole set). Direct colouring on the stamps work well on rubber stamps or good quality clear stamps (eg. lawn fawn / technique tuesday / hero arts / papertreyink). Lower quality clear stamps seems to be unable to hold the liquid of the markers. Overall, invest on some! They are a must have for any distress ink fans 😉


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