Tim Holtz Distress® Follow Your Heart Media Board by Theresa Hammond

In this tutorial, Theresa Hammond uses Tim Holtz Distress® products to create a fluid Springtime backdrop for you to try in your next mixed media project on Dina Wakley MEdia board.


Hi Everyone!  Today I used Distress Paints and Inks to create a fluid springtime background on a piece of DWM Media Board. It’s a fun way to gradually move from tags into bigger substrates using your favorite mixed media techniques.  Let’s get started.   
Step 1: Apply a thin coat of DWM White Gesso to the Media Board panel. Using the gel plate as a palette, apply 2 drops of Twisted Citron at the bottom half of the Gel Plate and 2 drops of Squeezed Lemon on the top half of the Gel Plate.  Using the small brayer and starting with the lighter color at the top, begin rolling the paint onto the Gel Plate working down to the darker color.  Apply the paint to the media board with the brayer to start the background.  To apply additional layers, reload the brayer from the gel plate and go again. Once you have your desired coverage on the media board, take any excess paint on the brayer or the gel plate and apply it to an art journal page or tags to save for another make.     
Step 2: Generously spray the paint on the media board with water using the Distress Sprayer.  As the color begins to wick and move around, feel free to pick up the piece and move the color where you like.     
Step 3: While the first layer is still wet, take Mermaid Lagoon Paint and put 2-3 drops directly onto the Media Board. Swipe through the paint with your finger 2-3 times to spread the color around.  Try to get some of your first layer to mix with this color, but don’t overmix the colors.  Repeat this step with 2-3 drops of Broken China above the area where you swiped Mermaid Lagoon, being sure to overlap the colors a bit.  If needed, spray with more water to keep the pigment moving. Repeat one last time with Kitsch Flamingo, but this time use only 1-2 drops of paint.   
Step 4: Using the Distress Spray Stain in Kitsch Flamingo, use the spray stem to flick ink into the wet paint and water to get some colors mixing.  Repeat with the Oxide Spray in the same color.  Pick up the piece to move the colors, if desired.   
Step 5: Use a paper towel to lift any big pools of color.  Use a Heat Tool to dry or let this air dry completely. 
Step 6: Once the piece is dry, use the Mini Blending Tool with Foam to add Vintage Photo paint to corners and borders of the Media Board using a circular motion.   
Step 7: Stamp script writing in various spots using Jet Black Archival™ ink.  Also add black ink to the border of the media board for definition.    
Step 8: Now with the Mini Blending Tool, add a stenciled pattern in Chipped Sapphire.     
Step 9: Apply paper layers:  Using Distress Collage Medium and Distress Collage Brush, adhere one cathedral window image from the DWM Backgrounds Collage paper pack.  Then adhere some dictionary paper scraps or other ephemera. Then adhere the wedding couple Paper Doll, overlapping the cathedral window.  Lastly, adhere a quote chip to the focal point, making sure the sentiment overlaps the image.  
Step 10: Use a DWM Scribble Stick in Black and a wet paint brush to create a speckled look on the background.  If you want to keep your focal point speckle free, mask it with scrap pieces of paper before flicking the whole piece with pigment.  Dry with a Heat Tool.

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