All About Texture

How is your week going, my friend? I hope it’s been good to you. We had a change of weather here, so I haven’t been able to resin my coasters, yet.  If you missed seeing them, you can catch up on this post HERE. They are a lot of fun to do, and I got a lot of great feedback on them! I’m ordering more of the coaster shapes, so if you’d like to order a custom set in a specific colour or colours, just drop me an email!  Today’s project is all about texture, inspired by Day 14 of the Scrap ‘N Stamp Random Acts of Cardness.


I also got some inspiration from a piece of abstract art I have in my living room. It’s not mixed media, but it has the illusion of texture and depth. Since I wanted to have physical texture, and use my alcohol inks, I started with a 5″ x 7″ panel of heavy weight Yupo. Next, I applied Ranger Texture Paste with a palette knife in 3 areas of the panel. For interest, some areas of the paste are thicker than others.  Set this aside to dry, while you decide on your colour palette.

Even though it’s spring  outside, I went with a warm palette. Sienna, Ember and Dijon are the Ranger alcohol ink colours I chose for my base. Pour the ink directly onto the panel, and then add alcohol blending solution on top. Tilt the panel from side to side, to spread the ink. Repeat this with each of the colours, blending them as you want. You definitely notice that the ink is absorbed into the texture paste, giving you darker colours. Use a small brush, if  you need help to spread the inks. This is how mine looked, after applying the ink.

All About Texture

I think it looks pretty cool! I like the warmth of the Sienna and Ember, with the glow of the Dijon.  By the way – you can get all 3 of these colours together in one package, or buy them individually! I like how Ranger & Tim Holtz put their new colour release together in 3 packs; it takes any guess work out of figuring out which colours go together. Just grab a pack, & get creating!


The panel with ink and texture paste is cool, but I wanted to add more interest. But, I wanted to keep it pretty ‘abstract’. To start, I inked up an older retired background stamp from Stampin’ Up! called En Francais.  It is a beautiful script stamp.  Ink up just part of the stamp at a time, with Gina K. Fired Brick ink. Stamp first on the bottom left hand corner, and then ink another area and stamp the upper right hand corner.  Okay, better – but needs something else. So, I used an older die set from SU! and die cut the dragonflies from Gina K. gold brushed metallic paper. Before gluing them onto the panel, blend on some of the Fired Brick ink randomly to the die cut.  Finally, I had 2 small birds die cut from vellum, so I covered them with the same ink, and glued them onto the upper left part of the panel. I think it’s done!

All About Texture

What do you think? Too much, or too little? I’m not sure what I’m going to use this panel for; I might just seal it and frame it as it is!


I hope that you enjoyed my abstract, multi-media, textured art piece today! Maybe you’ve been inspired to give it a try, yourself. It’s fun – just pull out your favourite colours, add texture with the paste or even glue on other things such as ribbon or other papers. Add inks, paints or stamps – just have fun. Then I hope you’ll share it!

All About Texture

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

2 thoughts on “All About Texture

    1. Thanks, Buffy! I’m glad that you liked these colours too. They were just calling out, for some reason 🙂

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