Art Journaling: Distress Oxide Reinker Technique with Shari Carroll

Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog!!

As part of my Art Journal feature, I come up with card ideas and techniques that you can also use in your journals. I recently played around with some Distress Oxide reinkers and figured out a cool technique. SUPER COOL INDEED! It almost has a wood grain effect. Now I just need to figure out a name for it. Ha! This is a fantastic technique that you can use as a background or starting point for any size project.

Shari Carroll, Distress Oxide Re-inkers

This is really simple and quite effective. I’ve used the Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mata drop or two of ink and an acrylic block to move the ink. I dragged the paper through the ink and VIOLA! For journals and larger projects, you can apply the ink using the acrylic block. One of the effects that I really like is the streaks it created. I think the key to this technique is to keep a bit of white space on your surface.

I’ve used colors that created a masculine feel, but any colors can be used for your desired effect. You can also change the direction of your streaks for an abstract look as well. Fun isn’t it?

Shari Carroll, Distress Oxide Re-inkers

I used the Reverse Confetti Mod Floral stamps and coordinating dies for my main image. By die cutting them from my colored paper and lifting them up, I didn’t lose my background.

I’ve captured this technique in a video which you can view below or on our YouTube channel HERE.

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I hope I’ve given you inspiration to try something new for your cards and projects. Enjoy!!

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  1. How charming is this! I was thrilled when I opened this mail to find you using this set from Reverse Confetti. I just got mine in the mail a couple of days ago… it’s meant to be. I love your technique and will definitely give it a go…

  2. This is beyond gorgeous and a great technique. I generally don’t see colors as masculine or feminine (except maybe baby pinks?) and in this case the colors read “modern” to me – like abstract modern art. Speaking of which I’d frame your piece as art in a heartbeat!

    As usual, such beautiful work, thank you.

  3. this is a fabulous technique – I do not have Oxide inks but I tried it with my Distress inks which looks good to me – will be posting soon as I was playing along with the Video TFS

  4. You Inspire Me! What a awesome technique Shari, it looks like vintage painted wood, but used in a modern way. Your card is stunning, love the colours and what you did with the leaves. Thank you for this masterpiece!

  5. Beautiful card. I love the technique and the final results. It really does look like it was painted on wood!

  6. Amazing. Love the colors and the
    design. Oxides are wonderful.
    thanks for sharing
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  7. Shari, thank you so much for sharing your newly discovered technique with oxide inks. Yes, it does look like distressed wood.

  8. What a lovely idea! Sometimes your projects feel out of my depth, but this one feels quite doable. And, as always, your color choices are fascinating and gorgeous. Thanks for sharing this idea and technique with us!

  9. WOW! Another fabulous technique from the fabulous Shari! This is wonderful and I can’t wait to give it a try! I have four sons, 3 brothers, brothers-in-law, etc. Love new ideas for guy cards!! Different colors would also work for my sisters, granddaughters, friends, etc. etc.

    Thank you so much Shari! XOXO

  10. Very cool technique, Shari! Love the masculine feel along with the distressed look! Thanks for your clear video instructions!

  11. I love the card. FYI – the term you used upon completion read “VIOLA”. You meant VOILA. My name is Viola pronounced (vy-o-la) and people missspell that word all the time, over 50% of the time in fact.
    I love your technique. Thanks for the inspiration.

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