Under the Sea Ink Blended Panel | ft Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes & Stamps

Under the Sea Ink Blended Panel | ft Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes & Stamps

Sara speaking: Hello, and welcome to another video. So,
for today’s video we are going to do an ink blended background. I did leave all
of the blending in real time. Because this is not sped up, I did not want to
take the time to share with you how I completed the card, but at the end of the
video you will see images of a completed card with this background. This
background is a recreation of a background that I posted on my blog and
Instagram a couple weeks ago. I had so many requests for a tutorial on how to
do this ocean background, that I decided to go ahead and film a video recreating
that background, in an A2 size that’s perfect for the background of a card.
Before we get started I do want to note that I do use a separate brush for each
ink color that I am using. You do not have to do this. When I originally did
the first background, I only had four brushes that I used, and I would clean the
brushes between inks on a paper towel, off to the side.
For this particular one, I wanted to use a separate brush, because I was going
back and forth quite a bit in the process, and it just makes it a little
bit easier to have a separate brush for each ink color so that you don’t cross
contaminate your colors as you’re blending your ink.
Let’s go ahead and take a look at the supplies that we’re going to be using
today. These will be listed in the description below on youtube, as well as
at the bottom of my blog post today. The first thing I’m using is a piece of
painters tape. I use wide painters tape, because I’m using the positive and the
negative of the masking. I’m also using the life changing blender brushes from
Picket Fence Studios. I love these they’re full and soft, and they give a wonderful
blend. We’re also going to be using Distress
Oxide inks today. I’m going to use a lot of colors – they will be listed in the
description below, and on my blog as well. For paper today, I’m using the Sweet Sentiment Premium Coloring Paper. There is a little bit of sparkle in the paper, that will actually show through
underneath my ink blending. To begin with, I’ve taped off my paper so it’s taped to my surface, and I just covered just the edges of the paper as I go. I’m going to take another piece of tape, and this is where we’re gonna create our
masks. This one is super simple – all we’re going to do is just tear the tape. We’re
going to create a few little hills and valleys, because we don’t want an even
tear. We want our ocean floor to have some dimension to it. We’re gonna go
ahead and create those hills and valleys on the tape – so tear that right just down
the length of the tape. And then, we’re going to attach our mask to the project.
And, of course, I tangled up my tape when I did it.
So, go ahead and attach that where you like the hills and valleys to your paper.
We’re going to save the other half of the tape, because we will be using that
in our project in a little bit. The first color of Distress Oxide ink
that we’re going to be using, is Tumbled Glass. Now, this color is going to be our
lightest color. It’s going to be the light in the image. So what we’re going
to do with this color, is we’re actually going to block out where we want light
in our image. Across the top, which is going to be the surface of the water, and
then the light beams that are going to be coming down into the depths of the
water, are all going to be blocked out with the Tumbled Glass. When I come in
with the darker colors this lets me know exactly where I need to leave light
space for the image. Again I’m gently using the Tumbled Glass
here to create the surface of the water, and I’m going to bring it down to create
the light beams. I’m having my light come down right from the center of the image,
but you can do this from the side. You can do this at an angle, how ever it’s
going to best work for the project that you are working on. We’re going to go ahead and set that
Tumbled Glass aside for now, and I’m just gonna set the brush on top of it, so that
I know which brush I used with it. I’m going to bring in our next color which is
Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide. This is going to start adding some depth to the
image. This is going to go around the edges of the Tumbled Glass, and this is
going to be that first color – that’s very light filled – in the depths of the water.
So we’re just gonna gently put that around the edges where the tumbled glass
is – kind of round out that top portion of the tumbled glass to give it more of a
surface-like feel. You can see that I’m holding the brush there quite high up
near the brush head. This allows me a lot more control over where I am placing the
ink. If you want a little bit more of an organic feel to your ink blending, you
can actually hold the brush further down on the handle, and you can see I’m doing
that right here just as I go across where those light beams start going down
in the surface of the water. I want to darken that just a little bit
right there, I don’t want it to be super dark though, so I’m just using a very
light touch and then using that farther down on the handle at that point. I’m going to go ahead and add some of
that Peacock Feathers to the surface of the water. And then, down along the light
beams as well. You can see that the way that I am blending – the motion that I am
making – has changed, just a little bit. The surface of the water is going to
have a movement that is horizontal because the ripples of the water. And
the light beams are going to have a movement that is up and down. So I’ve
kind of changed my stroke right along the edges of those spaces, so that the
way that the ink blends echoes the movement within the final piece. It
is incredibly subtle – it’s something that you don’t really see a ton of what it’s
doing, because of how densely packed these brushes are, but it is just that
little touch that kind of helps to make it a little bit more realistic. We’re going to go ahead and add our next
color. We’re using Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide, and looking at this ink
pad, I’m sure you all think I’m crazy. This is a very vibrant green. It’s not
something you necessarily would think of when you think of water. I looked at a
lot of reference photos in the process of creating the ocean background,
and one thing I noticed in most of the photos, is that where the light starts to
filter through the water – where it’s at its strongest point – it picks up a lot of
green tones in the water. Now the green tones of the water are not
this bright, but what I am doing here is I’m adding that green tone into my
blending. I am going to come up back and blend other colors back on top of this.
But this will allow me to have that green cast in the center of my image,
that I wouldn’t be able to necessarily get with all of the blues and the
blue-green colors that I’m using. I need something to add a little bit
more of that green shade into my image, so I went ahead and added that Cracked
Pistachio. Now we’re going to move on. Our next shade is the Mermaid Lagoon
Distress Oxide ink. This is quite blue, to go right on top
of that green. So we’re gonna go ahead and start adding this. Now this is a
darker tone, so we’re going to kind of keep this lower in the image from some
of the other colors that we have used. We’re going to start filling in the
darker areas of the image so that we have a good base. As we bring in our
darkest color and fill in, and you’re going to start seeing those light beams
really start to take life here, although until we’re actually done with
the whole piece this is still going to look a little bit like a hot mess. You’ll notice that I’m blending that ink
right over the top, of the bottom of the light beams. When the light comes
through, its gonna filter down and it’s going to become dimmer and dimmer as the beam goes down. So that’s why I’m adding that darker color over the top of it. Now
I’m coming in I’m gonna start blending out some edges here. I’ve got the Cracked
Pistachio, and I’m just kind of going over the top of where that Mermaid
Lagoon was added. Again, this is bringing out the green, just a little bit more
with it. It’s also blending those edges so we get kind of a smooth blend. Again, we’re going to come back to the
Peacock Feathers and we’re going to blend that out along the edges, where the Cracked Pistachio was. One thing about doing ink blending like this, until you
actually have the whole panel blended, it’s kind of hard to see where you want
your mid-tone to be because you’re comparing it to the stark white of the
paper. It’s hard to tell just how intense to make that ink. So a lot of times, it
tends to be just a little bit too light, because you’re comparing it to that
white. Once you have the whole panel blended, then you can actually come back,
and say “you know I really want a little bit more intensity I want a little bit
more contrast between the light beams and the actual color of the water”. So
coming back through the colors, and working your way through to blend
everything out and get a smooth blend, also gives you the opportunity to kind
of up the saturation of your image. Just make it a little bit more intense in the
colors that you want to have show a little bit more. Now that the mid-tones are where I want
them, we’re gonna go ahead and start adding some shading into this. So, I’m
using the Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide, and I’m going to go ahead ,and I’m
going to blend that in on the edges of the image as well as along the bottom,
where we’ve masked off the ocean floor. Now, with the darkest colors I don’t like
to start my brush directly on my project. I start my brush off the edge on the
tape. What this does, is this knocks off some of the most intense part of the
pigment that you have picked up on the ink, and allows you to actually blend in
a little bit softer. I don’t necessarily want
full-strength ink with this – I want to shade and shadow my image, but I don’t
want to necessarily have a big line of Chipped Sapphire right around the edge
of the image. I’ll blend that into my image, just
to add that nice smooth shading. I’m going to come back with the Mermaid Lagoon, and just blend that out just a little bit more. Again, we’re gonna come back with the
Peacock Feathers and we’re just gonna blend those edges out just a little bit
more. I’m skipping the cracked pistachio I don’t need to add any more green to
this image, so I’m just going straight to the Peacock Feathers. And I’m not going
to pull in that tumbled glass again either, because I like the color that I
have right now for that Tumbled Glass area. The magic of the Distress line of inks
is that they are water reactive. I have a spray bottle filled with water
here, we’re gonna add some bubbles to our image. Now, I’m pulling quite far back
when I spray, so I’m going to put a fine mist of water with a full pump of spray.
Then, I’m going to do a couple half pumps, which is going to put some bigger
droplets of water. I let this sit on the surface for a few minutes, so that it
will react with the ink, and then I’m going to come in with some paper towels,
and I’m gonna place them straight down on to the surface of my image and rub
over the top of it to pick up that water. I do not want to
rub my paper towel across to this image. I don’t want to streak that water across
the image – I want it to remain in little round bubbles. So I don’t rub that paper
towel across. Now we’re going to add some fun here. We’re going to add some ripples
to the water. We’re going to do that with a plastic shopping bag.
So all we do, is gather up the bag into kind of a ruched look, and then we’re
going to spray that ripple with water. I don’t want to do this over my project – I
don’t want any more water added to the project in areas I don’t want. So I spray
the bag, and then I’m going to flip the bag over, so that the wet side is down
against my surface, and I’m just going to place that directly on the surface of my
project very lightly. I just want to get that water down there. Now you can curve
your bag, so that you get a little bit more directional to the surface of your
water. Go ahead and place that down. I did that a couple of times, and let the
water sit for just a few seconds in between, and then dabbed it off with the
paper towel. Again, you can see – up and down with the paper towel. I’m not
rubbing it across. I decided to add a few ripples into the water and I did this
horizontally. If I had it to do again, I would do it
vertically to match with the light beams. However, I chose to do it horizontally I
went with it. It doesn’t look horrible, and I do like
the end result with it. But, if I had to do it again, I would do
it and change the direction of the bag. So now I’m just gonna heat set this, so
we can move on. This does need to be fully dry before you move on to the next
step. So I’m just using my heat gun to go ahead and dry this out as quickly as I
can. We’re going to take that other piece of
tape – the other side of the mask – and we’re going to place that down, right
over the edge of the piece of tape that’s already on our project.
Now I left just a hairs-width gap between the two pieces. This is perfectly fine,
because as you’re blending the ink it’s going to cover up that little tiny
amount. But you want to make sure that you have your masks lined up with each
other. And then I had placed it down, and
completely spaced that I needed to have another piece of cardstock just tucked
underneath that. Because this is a pretty thin width of tape, and my brushes are a
little bit larger than that tape, I want to make sure that I don’t get additional
ink on my project where I don’t want it. And also, that I have a way to mark where
those light beams are. So I’m peeling off the mask that we have used, to reveal the
spot where we’re going to be inking. I’m using a pencil to mark out where
those light beams are, so as I’m blending I know where I need to leave things
lighter and where I need to make things darker. Now we’re going to come in with
the lightest color that we’re using on our ocean floor. This is Antique Linen
Distress Oxide. I’m going to go ahead on this small area, and just blend the
ink across the whole surface of the area we are inking. Next we’re gonna be adding some Pumice
Stone ink. Now, I’m gonna do this in a little bit different manner. I’m going to
actually take my brush, and instead of rubbing it in circles, I’m going to pounce
my brush. This adds the ink in an uneven texture. I am gonna be blending over the
top of this, which does kind of blend that ink out, but this adds it in such an
uneven amount, that you still get a little bit of texture to your image by
pouncing the brush rather than rubbing it in circles. The last shade on this ocean floor, is
going to be Ground Espresso Distress Oxide. This is the shadow, and the
dimension, to the ocean floor. Again, we’re blending this over the Pumice Stone so
this kind of buffs out the Pumice Stone just a little bit, but that pumice stone
does add to the project. So I’m starting my color off the edge of my paper again,
on the tape was where I start. And I’m just bringing that up from the bottom of
the page. The way that those light beams are going to hit on the ocean floor, is that
they’re going to hit the highest surfaces first, and they’re going to hit
in the direction of the way that the light beam is falling through the water.
So when I ink this up, I’m inking it so that the highest surfaces are all a
little bit lighter, and then I’m bringing that darker color up between the areas
where the light beams would be, in a little bit of a rounded shape so that it
looks like those light beams have come through the water and are just landing
in those spots along the ocean floor. I’m coming back in with the Antique
Linen shade now and I am just rubbing that over the surfaces – mostly of the
areas that are supposed to be the lightest. Now this helps to smooth out
some of the blending that is being done between the darker areas and the lighter
areas. It also helps to emphasize the lightest areas, because it does push back
a little bit of that darker color at this point. I’m going to come back in with that Ground
Espresso one more time, and I’m just going to push those shadows a little bit
further. We want to make sure that there is some real distinction between the
areas that are in shadow and the areas that have the light hitting them. So I’m looking at this area of the ocean
floor that I have just done, and I thought “you know that Antique Linen is
just a really yellow shade here”, so what I did, is I grabbed the brush that I had
used to blend out the Peacock Feathers. I’m just going over that surface –
just a little bit – with that brush. I did not ink it any further, it only has the
ink that was left on it from before. This smooths out my blend just a little
bit. It adds a little bit of that blue green tone, so it’s gonna take out some
of the yellow from the antique linen and give it more of a look like all of this
ocean floor is actually under the water. Now I’m going to go ahead and peel off
the mask, that has separated the water from the ocean floor. I don’t want to
peel up the tape that’s surrounding my ink blending yet, because I still have
one more color to go, but I want to peel up that mask that has separated
everything out. The final bit of inking, that I’m going
to be doing today, is going to be adding a soft vignette around the edge of this.
Now the reason for this is that it adds a little bit more contrast once I pull
this tape up, and it makes the edges of this image pop a little bit more against
the white paper. So I’m using some Black Soot Distress Oxide and I’m going to go ahead and ink up my brush and start it well off the paper. And I’m actually
dabbing it off before I even put it on the tape to bring it to my paper. I want
this to be very soft. This Black Soot can get overwhelming really quickly, so I’m
making sure that I don’t have too much ink on the brush when I actually bring
it to my paper. I’m just going right around the edges.
I’m not going up into the areas where the light is on the surface of the water
although I do go over the edge of that light beam just a little bit. I don’t know about you but for me
sitting here looking – with the ink that’s on the tape and everything – it’s just
still got just a little bit of that hot mess vibe to it.
But as I go ahead, and put everything away, and then start to peel off that
tape and reveal that white edge contrasted against the image, it looks so
much better! It’s just funny, how if you just keep
going, and keep going, that it’s going to eventually turn out exactly how you
envisioned it in your head. And that’s the completed ink blended
panel. The supplies that I used in this project today, as well as for the card
that will be shown in just a minute, will be linked in the description below, as
well as over on my blog. I hope that you enjoyed this. I hope you learned
something, and I hope you try it for yourself. Have a wonderful day, and much
love to you all. Thanks for watching. you

3 thoughts on “Under the Sea Ink Blended Panel | ft Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes & Stamps

  1. This was fantastic!!! I saw it when you first posted so I am so glad you did a video. I just purchased an Under the Sea set and this technique will be a great addition to the cards. THANKS!!!

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