Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Distress Crayon Love

Hello Everyone! Jennie here with you today sharing a recent experimental piece with those wonderful Distress Crayons.

I had to have a bit of a stern talk to myself to order the coloured ones (you know me, she who loves anything brown!) but I am so glad I did. Whilst experimenting I took photographs to remember what I had done - so I am afraid this is rather photograph heavy, but I thought you might appreciate the different ways I have used the Crayons in this piece.  

I started by running my tag through the Big Shot with one of my favourite Texture Fades. However, any Embossing Folder would do for this technique, although I think it works better with a little open space here and there.

I decided to then coat the tag with Gesso to see how this would affect the Crayons.

I then wiped the crayons over the tag and then smudged the colours together - I used Picked Raspberry, Mermaid Lagoon and Peacock Feathers.

I really wanted something a little more subtle so I spritzed with water and mopped up a little bit here and there before drying with the heat tool.

Then I wondered what it might look like with some embossing powder over it, so I swiped the Versamark Pad over the raised area and then covered it with clear embossing powder. Well it went everywhere but thankfully doesn't really show up ! although it does glint a bit.

I then blended some Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges.

I decided to try the Crayons on the Tattered Florals Die just lightly around the edge and then blending it with my finger before spritzing with water and screwing it up. I made a Rose with these three petals (tutorial here on my blog if you are new to these).

I then started looking around to see what else I could use! This was a die cut finding from ordinary board. I gave it a coat of gesso first and then blended Mermaid Lagoon and Walnut Stain Distress Crayons over it. It seemed a little dark so I spritzed it with water and dried it with the heat gun before giving it a coat of clear embossing powder. It actually looks very effective.

I had cut the bottom of my tag to fit the embossing folder, but felt it was a bit stunted. So I embossed the piece I cut off and using similar techniques made this piece to go on the bottom of the tag. The piece of lace hides the join.

I really love the effect of the crayons on the Tattered Florals.

And as I had used the same colours for all my individual pieces, everything matches.

Well done if you are still with me! 

I do hope this will give you some ideas for the Distress Crayons and that you will enjoy them as much as I have done.

Thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x


  1. Lovely Jennie.. The crayons look wonderful over the textured surface x

  2. Beautiful tag Jennie in lovely colours x love the added embellishments and lace, particularly the fabulous flowers

    Tfs and best wishes
    Annie x

  3. Totally and utterly gorgeous Jennie xxx

  4. What a beautiful tag, Jennie! I love it!

  5. Thanks for letting us see your play! it turned out gorgeous girl! :D

  6. Oh! So beautiful! I love the colors and thank you for the step by step.

  7. A gorgeous tag Jennie, and full of great ideas xx

  8. Thanks for sharing all the techniques you used on this lovely tag Jennie - I love that faux metal piece and the lovely soft colors of the crayons over your embossed background! Julia xx

  9. I know these are water-reactive, but are they watercolor crayons or like oil pastels?

  10. Really pretty - lovely softness with the gesso over the crayons.
    Alison x

  11. Beautiful soft tag, Jennie! I love the delicate look you've created by layering the crayons over gesso. The hardware finding is the perfect foil, and your flowers look great with the crayon, too! Going to give these techniques a try! Thank you for the inspiration! Hugs!.