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Old 02-02-2013, 07:25 PM   #1
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I am really struggling to keep all the details straight of which products to use for each technique. I am looking for a chart or spreadsheet to help. For example, if I wish to watercolor with Distress markers which paper do I use, which ink should I stamp my design with, and what solvent should I use? I can remember the products to use when it is something I use frequently, like coloring with Copics, but when I want to use a less familiar medium, I am constantly wondering which paper, stamp pad, blending pen etc to use. I am planning to make my own spread sheet if I can't find a premade sheet, but if someone has already created one it would be wonderful if you could list a source. Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:41 AM   #2
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Making your own would be great as you could add to it as you find new combinations that work or new prodcuts become available - you could even do it as a little journal or set of tags with samples of the materials and notes written on the back so you can see which things work together.

In your example with Distress markers you want any paper that will withstand water (watercolour paper is obviously a good choice and hot press is smoother than cold if you have a detailed stamp but other papers will work too), a waterproof ink such as Stazon, Versafine or Archival and no solvent, just water.

Splitcoast is a great source of information so any time you want to try a new combo you can probably find the answer here and if not, somebody will know if you ask.

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Old 02-03-2013, 06:42 AM   #3
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Great ideas Joanne! I was only thinking in terms of a spreadsheet or chart, but your ideas would work wonderfully. The other day I was watching a new video produced by Tim Holtz. He was explaining all the things he had learned about his Distress markers in the last year and my head was spinning with all of his fantastic ideas and tips. Making a book or tags would be perfect to be able to store all of that information and be able to see the results, too. Thanks for helping me to think down a different path than I was going.
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