When Tim first released Distress Stains I purchased the original 12 colors immediately after they hit the market. Then I never used them. To be honest, I was scared of them and I had no idea what to do with them. Let's be real, there is a lot of liquid involved and I was scared to ruin my paper. I wanted to use them….I loved the idea…what a great way to get color on a paper quickly with great coverage. So, I might have played around once or twice and maybe used them over paint on a mixed media piece...but that was all. Then I took Tim's first online class Creative Chemistry 101 and that changed it all. Now I am hooked and cannot stop playing with them.
Tim released a second collection consisting of the remaining 24 colors of Distress, making a total of 36 colors plus Picket Fence for a total of 37 colors. Picket Fence is an opaque stain (all other Distress formulations are translucent) that is available as a Stain and a Marker. I now own all 37 colors- and have 2 bottles of Picket Fence Stain on hand. The Stains are so much fun.
There are resources online to she you how to use the Stains. Check them out…you won't regret it. Tim has lots of videos on his site as well as Rangers and Creative Chemistry 101 is available as a self-paced class. Tim has a new Book called A Compendium of Curiosities Vol. 2 which also has Stain techniques. Have fun….
I like the stains for the convenience of use and the fantastic colors.
Adding color directly to a project for a layered look with the applicator, with a paintbrush or dragging project through a puddle are all good. One can deepen color by re-application.