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About those Distress Oxides…

After playing again with the Distress Oxide inks, I’ve come to the conclusion that the reaction of the distress oxides in the black Dylusions journal is not typical of how they react when spritzed with water. After trying three different card stocks, white hot press watercolour cardstock, Cairn Kraft and Midnight black (all 300gsm/140lb). The ink was applied through a stencil, then spritzed all over twice, then heat set with a heat gun. The same process for all three. The images below shows the before water and after water when dry.

In my own opinion, I think there is some kind of coating or something to do with the way the black Dylusions journal is made that made the Distress Oxides react in this way. I also think that the Distress Oxides will behave differently depending on the type and brand of card stock being used. As with most things I would advise a small test area is done before committing to a larger project.

This is not an indication of how well the inks can perform when water is added to the inks before being applied to a page as you would for a background effect. More experimentation/playing and more research is needed. Finally…don’t just take my word for it, gather as much information and watch as many Oxide related videos as you can before making up your own mind.

8 thoughts on “About those Distress Oxides…

  1. Hi, Mike,
    Thanks for showing us your test results. There’s certainly a marked difference between the ‘normal’ black card and the Dylusions isn’t there. It looks like you had fun trying out all the different kinds of cardstock and I love the results you obtained. I’m now thinking that maybe I’ll give the oxide inks a try…but I’m pretty sure that the first thing I’m going to buy will be your wonderful stencil when it becomes available.
    Bejay xx

  2. Just watched the second oxide video. Loved that you took the time to do such a good comparison and shared your findings with us so soon. We each need to see our own results before deciding what we will use to create our art. Everyone has a different eye and different expectations. Thanks for your insight. Love.

    1. Thanks Sylvia XO

  3. Thanks for this Mike.
    Linda xxx

  4. Hi Mike, thanks for the tests. Apart from the black Dylusions journal there is little difference in how these Oxide Inks behave when wetted or not. However the effect just disappears on the black Dylusions paper. They look much better when left without being spritzed with water. I, personally, never thought they were worth investing in. So your test has only solidified my belief. Thank you for taking time to try them out and for letting us know the results. xxx

    1. Yes Dorothy, if you don’t wet them, then they’re no different to any other pigment inks. XO

  5. Thanks, Mike, for showing your results. As soon as I saw you stencil in the black Dylusions journal, I thought that the way the inks reacted on black was so different from my experience. I’ve been using them the way Tim Holtz demo’d them at Creativation (videos on YouTube). I’ve been making backgrounds to use in my projects – smearing some of the colors on my craft mat, spritzing with water, then blotting or dragging a piece of card stock through the colors. Important to dry the wet card stock in between adding layers of color, but the results have been awesome! The colors are vivid and rich and dry to a nice matte/chalky finish. I’m a fan of the oxides!

    1. Yes totally agree, when used in that way they are awesome and great for background effects. XO

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