How to Use Distress Ink For a Pretty Galaxy Entry

Hi everyone, I recently discovered Rebekah R. Jones on and WOW. She has a free 10-lesson class on that website that I love, love, love. There she gives you a plethora of techniques and tips to create amazing art journaling in your Bible.

In the very last class (Lesson 10) she did this beautiful entry in the Bible where she used Distress Inks to create a gorgeous galaxy page. Well, since I have been secretly drooling over everyone else’s similar pages, I knew I had to try this method.

Bible Journal Entry using Distress Inks
My Version of God’s Creation using Distress Ink.

Now, this was my first time using Distress Inks and I have to say, I think this will be my new go-to color applicator. The whole process was fun! It did take me a minute to get used to the blending tool that I used and to just get myself familiar with how the inks work on different paper, in addition to the blending.

I did a test page on plain printer paper and the ink has a lighter color. When I applied to my thin Bible page the color seemed more vibrant and dark. Both looked beautiful.

The process was simple, I started at the bottom of my page with the black soot distress ink. I  didn’t do much black at the bottom, just kind of eyeball the colors to get the effect you want. I used 5 different colors here. Maybe you will want to use more of one color than another. I started blending my black soot on the bottom and kind of up the sides a little for a more “rounded” look instead of straight across. I then went in  with the chipped sapphire and blended it in with the black a little and then continued up the page. I used the same process to introduce the faded jeans and wilted violet inks, and I finished with picked raspberry ink. I ended up going over each of my colors a second time until I was happy with how it all blended together.

But, happy I WAS! This entry brought a smile to my face, for sure. I think you are really going to be pleased with the outcome.

I am just learning all about these gorgeous Distress Inks, but I do know that they are water-based ink, so you can use them as watercolors, as well. I will have more posts in the future as I learn more and share those with you.

I highly encourage you to head over to the class I was referring to on to see the entire process video for yourself.

Enjoy and please share your projects with me!


Supplies Used for this project:

Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Mini Ink Blending Tool

Distress Ink – Black Soot

Distress Ink – Faded Jeans

Distress Ink – Chipped Sapphire

Distress Ink – Picked Raspberry

Distress Ink – Wilted Violet

Handwritten Thoughts Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp

Hero Arts Stars Pattern Stencil

Wink of Stella – Glitter Brush Marker – Glitter Clear – I used this for a clear shimmer over my moon and stars

Tsukineko Memento Luxe Mixed Media Inkpad, Wedding Dress – I used this to stencil in my moon and stars

Manila Craft Tags – I used these tags when making my tag to go along with my galaxy page



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