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judyingeorgia 09-26-2009 08:23 AM

Question about direct to paper technique
Does anyone know of a video showing this technique? Something that seems so simple just eludes me.

If not, I have a question for those that are comfortable with this technique. I'm trying it with Distress Inks and SU! inks. Don't laugh, but do you hold the paper in one hand and the ink in the other? Do you leave the paper flat on your work surface and only hold the ink pad? I seem to have zero control of what the end product looks like so I must be doing something wrong.


countryshoe 09-26-2009 09:35 AM

For great tutorials with distress inks I recommend searching You Tube. There are lots of videos out there.

For applying direct to paper, I think the method depends on what you want the end result to be.

If I am doing something "Michelle Zindorf like" where I want to make somewhat of a picutre or scene, I use the fingertips of my left hand to lightly hold the paper on my work surface and apply the inks with my right hand. I am right-handed so the reverse would be true if I was left-handed. Michelle is so awesome and I recommed her blog where she has a ton of tutorials, many using direct to paper.


If I just want an all over background of various shades/tones/color then I prefer to use the method best described and used by Sherry Cheever (BadSherry).
See her tutorial here:


The important thing is just experiment to find what works for you and have fun!:D

missiowa81 09-26-2009 06:02 PM

If I want to DTP just around the edges:

(I'm right handed)
I hold the paper in my left hand, ink pad in my right hand. Keep the paper steady, move the ink pad.

If I want just a little ink around the edges (such as to hide a white core paper edge), I hold the ink pad at almost a 90 degree angle and swipe/slide the ink pad along the edge.

If I want more ink to show (more of a grunge look), I hold the ink pad at about a 45 degree angle and start swiping. The more ink I want, the bigger or less carefully I swipe.

I can second the idea that watching Michelle Zindorf's tutorials for DTP are a great way to learn the technique for doing scenes on the whole paper. Here is her blog.

Practice on some scraps before working directly on your good paper.

polargirl 09-26-2009 06:04 PM

Magenta has a DTP video, but I don't know if it is "out of print" if you know what I mean.

SweetCrafterBee 10-02-2009 04:27 PM

Being right-handed, I usually hold my paper in my left hand and my ink pad in my right hand, and I "scrape" the paper across the ink pad. I use less pressure if I want less ink, and more pressure and/or "strokes" if I want more ink. Hope this helps!

Jill with a G 10-03-2009 09:12 AM

Distress inks are great to work with! I made a calendar for my husband last year, and mostly used the Ranger Distress inks. They were wonderful! Any ink pad though that is raised above the surface will work pretty good.
It depends on what you want the result to look like. I hold my paper to be inked in my left hand and the ink pad in my right and angle the ink pad to place the ink where I want it and then rotate the paper to be inked around with my left hand. Sometimes though, when I was distressing really white paper to look more aged, I inked the entire paper by placing the to be inked paper flat on my work suface, and took the entire surface of the ink pad and swiped it across the paper, and I liked what I did! Be brave and try it on scrap pieces first so you can see the effect, and then decide if you need more coverage or less coverage.
Someone mentiond Michelle Zindorf and she is one terrific tutor on this technique!
So is Tim Holtz! Just google Tim Holtz and you will find his blog and website, and he will WOW you with lots of techniques!
Those are two of my favorite inkers!
Remember to just HAVE FUN trying!!

shellpole 10-03-2009 03:17 PM

Here are a couple of places to read and absorb!




ou might glean a little of what you are looking for in these.


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