Distress Paints meet Distress Stains

Mixed media art Canvas (Marjie Kemper)

Welcome to visitors old and new!  Today I'm sharing some techniques I picked up last month at Ranger U.

Two of my favorites techniques Tim taught were Distress Stains as a blended background, and Distress Paint Marbling. I made this chunky 3″ canvas using the Distress Stains on the sentiment, and the Distress Paints on the canvas itself.

I started by making two tags using Tim's Blended Stains technique. Squeeze a few colors of Distress Stains onto your craft mat, spritz them with water, and swipe a tag through them.

Layers + Heat

Dry each layer with your heat tool and then dip again, adding additional Stains if desired.  The layers build up very nicely.

You can also dip/press just a tiny part of your tag (a corner, maybe, or the edges… whatever you feel needs more) adding selected colors as desired.

Distress Paint Marbling

The Marbled Distress Paints work much the same way.  Shake your paints well, being sure you hear the metal ball moving around inside the bottle.  Apply the paints to your craft sheet, drag your canvas through, dry it, and repeat as necessary. Add Distress Inks or Archival Inks to finish any areas that didn't paint as you may have wished.

I stamped my sentiment all over the finished tags so I could pick and choose the words and color combos I wanted.

I used a combo of paint and Ranger Archival Inks to stencil on some patterns, making sure to follow them around the sides.  You can use the Distress Paint straight from the bottle. There's no need for a sponge or applicator.

Here's the canvas all finished and ready for embellishing:

I used a new Sizzix die that I adore (thank you, Anna-Karin, for enabling), ran it through my Sizzix Dot Matrix Texture Fade, and topped it with some of Tim's Idea-ology:

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.

I'll pull a random winner from the comments on this post and share it tomorrow.



  1. stampersuzz on May 12, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Fantastic design and love the tutorial. Beautiful beautiful project! Glad you joined us this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  2. Anna-Karin on May 12, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Such a gorgeous little canvas Marjie! Love the background with the paints and stencils. That die looks perfect here, and great idea to emboss it. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  3. Cindy Pointe on May 10, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Wow, cool and so colorful! Loved reading (and seeing the photos) of your RU adventure.

  4. kathy/NorthCarolina on May 8, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Great tutorial! Love the vibrant colors here.

  5. Shahrul Niza on May 8, 2013 at 5:30 am

    WOW!!. This is a PERFECT balance of richness, quirkiness (I LOVE), steampunk & street art, mystery, boldness and gorgeousness!. LOVE LOVE LOVE, Marjie!.

  6. Anita Houston on May 7, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Oh talk about inspiration! You inspire all of us! WOW!!! Where to start! The die cut sticking out caught my eye first on this chunky guy…LOVE that! Love the stained words, and the canvas itself makes for a fabulous background! Exceptionally bright and FUN, and just plain GORGEOUS!!!! Thank you so much for being inspired this week and sharing it with us at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

  7. Kate on May 7, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Ohh, I love this canvas, Marjie. The colors and patterns are a perfect mix. Especially the metal embellishments. Thanks for sharing what you learned. Can’t wait to see more!

  8. sara j on May 7, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    I absoloutely love this piece!! The vibrant colors, the blend of the stains on top of the paints and the embellishment. I’m going to have to go look that one up! So fun to see you shining!!

  9. Kay Wallace on May 7, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    This is pure genius, Marjie…and I have most everything I need to duplicate this! Into Pinterest you go, my friend!

  10. Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries on May 7, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Congrats Marjie with the nice publications!
    And congrats to the winners of the give away, of course.

    This canvas is so nicely coloured and with gorgeous mixed media.
    Great artwork!

    kind regards, Alie :-)

  11. Alison/craftytrog on May 7, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Wow!!! Gorgeous canvas Marjie! x

  12. Terry on May 7, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Love this chunky and cool canvas! Gorgeous color combinations and I love that you are sharing your RU experience :-)) Hugs!

  13. Stephanie Rodgers on May 6, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    The colors on this canvas are just gorgeous! And, I love the bubble embossing folder on this die! I never think to use them like that.

  14. Pam Hooten on May 6, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Cute canvas! Love the vibrant colors and layers!

  15. Kathy P on May 6, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I looooove this. I can’t wait to try these techniques. Thank you for the step by step.

  16. Wanda Hentges on May 6, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    This is fabulous, Marjie!!!!!!!

  17. Teresa Jaye on May 6, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    gorgeous canvas! the colors are amazing – thanks for sharing the techniques! Love the embellies-the finished project is awesome!

  18. linda on May 6, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    wonderful tutorial! Always love your colors. Thanks for sharing those techniques. I just recently pulled out my Compendium II and tried the marbling and love that technique! Really like how you stamped and cut out the words for the canvas – such a great project!

  19. Silvia on May 6, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Fabulous quote and a gorgeous canvas.

  20. Redanne on May 6, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous canvas, your work was fabulous before Ranger U but this is extra fabulous Marjie, love the colours, the new die, but most of all how you used what you learned and now you are inspiring us! Thank you! Hugs, Anne x

  21. Debi Ryan on May 6, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    amazing colours!! and love the details too, Debi x

  22. Gigi on May 6, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    That is beautiful. I have a canvas that has been waiting for some inspiration. Now I’m inspired! Thanks.

  23. Helen Tilbury on May 6, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Stunning Marjie! Thanks for the walk-through!! I have a silicon baking mat I NEVER use – think I’m moving it into my studio as a wipe clean spritzing mat – thanks for the inspiration!

  24. Caroline on May 6, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Absolutely stunning & looks so much fun. I am yet to invest in the paints but when I do…..
    Really cool project. TFS :)

  25. Lucy Edmondson on May 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    This is such a striking canvas, Marjie. Thank you so much for sharing the techniques. Glad you had a good time,

    Lucy x

  26. butterfly on May 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Fabulous canvas… love the richness of the colours, great stencilling and fab, glowing sentiment! Thanks for sharing some of your Ranger U tips!!
    Alison xx

  27. Nancy Walker on May 6, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Thank you for sharing some of the fun you learned at RU! The colors speak to me!

  28. Candy Colwell on May 6, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Marjie…what a great piece and a great tutorial to go along with it! I love the vibrant colors you blended with the distress stains and paints. The added stenciling really look fantastic on your chunky canvas. I love that Sizzix die that Anna-Karin enabled you with! :) And the sentiment that you cut out of the tags and placed on the canvas looks great! Thanks so much for sharing your art and the HOW TOs with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  29. Victoria Sturdevant on May 6, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Love it!

  30. Maria McGuire on May 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!! Great tutorial!

  31. Judy Shea on May 6, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Damn it, girl.. this is so exciting and beautiful. Deep and rich.

  32. Jessica Sporn on May 6, 2013 at 11:34 am

    this is just amazingly rich, textured, and yet so crisp and disciplined. I think that’s you! I just love all the colors, the sentiment, everything about it!

  33. Carolyn Dube on May 6, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Fabulous- absolutely fabulous! Love the way you’ve used the Distress!

  34. Annette Green on May 6, 2013 at 11:24 am

    What a great chunky canvas. So much wonderful color. Great tute, too.

  35. ellen vargo on May 6, 2013 at 7:15 am

    LOVE your canvas Marjie! Distress paint marbling was one of my favorites, too!

  36. Sandra Mouwen on May 6, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Stunning work, Marjie! So pretty! Love the colors very much! Great tutorial! Hugs, Sandra

    • Sandra Mouwen on May 7, 2013 at 6:06 am

      Ohh oops, and of course: thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

  37. Mary Elizabeth on May 6, 2013 at 5:01 am

    Beautiful! Love the new techniques and as always love the color.

    – Mary Elizabeth

  38. Annie G on May 6, 2013 at 3:48 am

    Hi Marjie ………..Ranger Educator extraordinaire…………will come back later to view your projects and news. This canvas is fabulous and I so love the colours. Very inspiring as always.


    Annie x

  39. Trace metcalfe on May 6, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Lovethe way you use colour! Hugstrace. X

  40. Julie Tucker-Wolek on May 5, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    I absolutely LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEE how you put this together! So GORGEOUS!! I love love love love the colors!!!