Ranger Distress Paints

Brought to you by Ranger Industries

These fluid water-based paints are designed to blend and react with water, then set with vibrant, matte color once they are dry.


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  • >Available in 27 colors that coordinate with the Distress palette

  • >Fluid, multi-surface acrylic paint for paper, wood, metal, acrylic, canvas and more

  • >Matte finish paint in 1 ounce bottles

  • >Reactive with water

  • >Convenient dabber system application

Product Description

Manufacturer Description:
Distress Paints are very fluid water-based acrylic paints for multiple surfaces. Tim and Ranger developed these special paints to be reactive with water just like Distress Inks and Distress Stains—perfect to accomplish a wide variety of artistic techniques.

Distress Paints have a convenient dabber system for easy and mess-free application. Use with stamps, paper, wood, metal, glass, plastic and more for a timeless matte finish on craft projects.

Track all of the color options with a Distress Paint Color Chart.

Learn more about Distress Paints in this video:

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  1. Painting Perfection

    By Michelle Giraud

    When I found out we were going to review Ranger Distress Paints I was a little apprehensive because I never use acrylic paint on my projects. I couldn't even find a paintbrush in my studio! There was no need to worry though, these paints were incredibly easy to use and much more fun than I anticipated.

    One thing that I really like about the Distress paints is the blend-ability. I watched some of the Tim Holtz videos before starting, and he had some great blending techniques that really inspired me to jump right in. This paint produces amazing marbled effects when the colors are blended together and mixed with a little water. The colors stay rich and vibrant, and the paint dries with a nice smooth finish. I used the marbling technique on a variety of surfaces; cardstock, vellum, cardboard, and metal. Every surface turned out great!

    I also like the easy-to-use bottle that the paint comes in. It has a sponge applicator on the top, which is how I applied the paint for majority of my projects. The sponges are easy to clean off by simply dabbing them on scrap paper, even if you're a messy crafter like me.

    These paints quickly became a favorite as I found myself reaching for them time and time again over the past couple weeks for a variety of projects. I will definitely be adding more to my collection!

  2. Taking The Stress Out Of Distress Paints

    By Amanda Havon

    Every year Ranger comes up with a new product to expand our creative horizons, and Tim Holtz never disappoints! Honestly, the man's a genius! This year Distress Paints are all the rage! You don't have to be into mixed media to enjoy these, you can use them on paper, wood, stamps, glass, metal, fabric, acetate, and even other surfaces.

    All you need to do is shake the bottle for a minute or two to mix the Distress Paint, then dab the color sponge onto any surface you wish to color. You can also dab the paints directly on your stamp image, or onto a craft mat and pick the ink up there, then stamp. Or you can mist your stamp or creation while the ink is wet, too. I liked rubbing the Distress Paint onto my projects then blending it in with my fingers, to smooth out the color lines. The best part is that the paint is never gloppy, only smooth and creamy. And, once the ink is dry the color is set.

    I'm a new to the mixed media idea, but these paints are so easy to use, they turn anyone into an artist! Do not let your fear of trying something new stop you, these Distress Paints are amazing. With such gorgeous colors available, the possibilities and mixing options of these paints are endless!

  3. Smart Paints From A Smart Man

    By Bev Rousch

    Combining different crafting paint mediums are a pretty big thing right now with mixed media taking off everywhere you look in the craft community. So imagine my excitement when I got my hands on Tim Holtz's newest line of Distress Paints.

    Where do you think my excitement level was? Double that. I was flying.

    The paints come in convenient bottles with a sponge dauber top. You just press the sponge down a few times on your work surface to get the paint flowing through the sponge. I like that there is a ball inside the bottle for mixing the paint up when you shake it. That Tim is one smart cookie!

    I watched a few of Tim's videos on these to see them in action, and his guidance was excellent, but I have learned a few things about myself while I've been playing with these. I'm not used to messy, and I need to get over that (keep the baby wipes close by if you're like me, okay?). I had to push myself through my tendency to keep things a little tidy so I could embrace what these paints are all about: mixing colors.

    What these babies do best is mix. You layer them and smoosh them and you feel like Picasso. Crafting high to the extreme.

    Once I got going, I didn't want to stop. You can lay the paint down on a craft mat and swirl your paper on it. You can use the sponge top to apply the paint on a stamp and stamp it on. You can apply is directly on your paper with the sponge top and spritz water on it to mix things up.

    I always heat set my paints before going on to something else on my project, so another thing that I like about the paints is that they will not re-activate if you spray additional water on them once they're dry. That means you can layer again with no muddling. Isn't that so exciting? And, you can keep the vibrancy of the beautiful colors that Tim has come out with. Brilliant, right? That one thing really made a difference in the projects I made with these paints.

    I am sold: hook, line, and sinker! I can tell that these are going to be really popular, so go get some before you tell you're friends, ok? Trust me, you don't want to miss.

  4. Tim Holtz Has Done It Again…Amazing Distress Paints

    By Teresa Kline

    I adore Tim Holtz and all of his products, so I was thrilled to be reviewing the new distressed paints...wow! They have a wonderful matte finish when they dry, and speaking of drying, they dry quick! You can use your heat gun, but because they dry fast you can also omit that part and just set it aside for a few minutes while you are working on something else. That makes it easy for impatient crafters..lol.

    The colors are perfect, some lights and some that are more bold and vibrant. I found myself reaching for them every time I wanted a little color. They do mix easy when spritzing with water, but I like the straight paint look and used them full strength. I even used two coats in some creations. These are great for adding a little color to those cardboard journals and mini albums, too. No matter what your style of creating, you will find a use for the Tim Holtz Distress Paints.

    As always, another Tim Holtz product that does not disappoint, the Distress Paints. Pick yours up today and add a little inky pizzaz to your creating!

  5. Fabulous Paints

    By Beate Johns

    I am a big fan of Tim Holtz Distress products and colors, as well as, the Rangers Paint Dabbers. So, I was super excited when I heard that we were reviewing Tim's new Distress Paints, which combine both of those loves.

    I love that I am now able to get acrylic paints in some of Tim's gorgeous Distress colors. I LOVE that they come in the same dabber bottles as the Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers. Application is easy with those bottles. You can use them to paint your projects, direct-to-paper or you can use them directly on your stamp.

    What really impresses me is that the Distress Paints react to water while wet, just like the Distress inks and washes that I already own, but once they are dry, the paint is set. This makes is possible to create some gorgeous and unique backgrounds.

    The description of the paint says that you can use it on wood, metal, glass, plastic, canvas, glass and more. Of course, I had to try some of those different surfaces out. I decorated a cardboard heart box with the new Antique Bronze Distress Paint and the Acrylic Distress technique. I also painted a magnetic metal snap. The paint worked like a charm on each of these surfaces.

    I will definitely have to pick up a few more colors of this gorgeous paint. It makes mixing and creating easy.

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Questions and Comments

What do you think? Leave your comments and questions.

oh no!  Now I want these.  Stop please.

Joan B   |  Fri May 17, 2013 at 2:16 AM

Aren’t they indeed, Joan? Trust me, these are Amazing paints, because when they dry they are not chalky but light and smooth feeling! If you try them let us know what you think smile

Amanda Havon   |  Fri May 17, 2013 at 7:09 PM
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What you'll pay

Distress Paint $4.99 each

Where to buy

You can purchase Distress Paints and other Ranger items directly from the Ranger Ink, as well as many of your favorite stamping and paper crafting retailers.

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