My Medicine Cabinet Mixed Media series continues today with another background created with a nail scrub brush. Today I am sharing the results of my attempts to use a nail scrub brush to create texture in Texture Paste. The result is pretty interesting, definitely one I wish I could show you all in person because it is much cooler than photos show.
Use a palette knife to apply Texture Paste over a tag in varying thickness. Avoid applying the any thicker than 1/8″. Leave some areas free of Texture Paste to add extra interest.
As I have mentioned in the other tutorials in this series, I am using Ranger Ink #8 manila tags for my surface, but this technique would work on any type of project and any surface that Texture Paste will adhere to.
Pounce the nail brush around the tag randomly tapping it into the Texture Paste. Vary how far you press the brush into the paste so that some areas have deep indentations and some areas have just a light impression from the bristles.
Wipe any Texture Paste off of the bristles of the brush every couple of taps. Cleaning as you go will keep the impressions more crisp. Gunked up bristles won’t make a good impression. After you have completed tapping over the surface, rinse the brush with water. Don’t allow the Texture Paste to dry in the brush.
Texture Paste can be dried with a heat tool. I prefer to let it air dry. Depending on thickness and humidity (hooray for summer in the midwest!) Texture Paste will air dry in about 20 minutes.
Mist the dried Texture Paste with Distress Spray Stain (color shown- Broken China). Allow the Distress Stan to sit for a few moments.
Blot the excess Distress Stain with a dry cloth.
Dry the Distress Stain with a heat tool.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Distress ink (color shown- Gathered Twigs) to the edges and onto the surface.
Adding a contrast shade to the edges and some of the surfaces areas really helps emphasise the texture and different depths. I used brown to create an aged look, however a darker shade of the base color would be gorgeous too!
The varying thickness of Texture Paste absorbs the Distress Stain differently, creating the look of multiple shades of the same color.
I love the fine texture of the areas where the Texture Paste was very thin. It reminds me of stucco.
This background is really an interesting one. I am not quite sure how I will finish it out. It reminds me of a lunar surface, but I am not sure I want to finish it out with a space theme! For now I think I will just enjoy the texture and cool coloration of it.
PS. I will be back Tuesday with another installment of this series. If you have missed any of the techniques up to this point, you can find them all in the Basics 101 gallery.