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Art Techniques Starting with the Letter D

Updated on September 14, 2016
Artistic Digital Image of the Alphabet Letter D
Artistic Digital Image of the Alphabet Letter D

Mixed Media Art Techniques Beginning with the Letter D

This web page covers mixed media art techniques that begin with the letter D. it is one page in a series of 26 that go through the alphabet from A-Z.

On this page, you will find information about traditional techniques such as drawing and decoupage. There is also information about more contemporary techniques including digital art, distressing, direct-to-paper -- and some fun items like the Drunken Scotch technique and the Dryer Sheet Technique.

I have text, pictures, video demonstrations, links to relevant web sites, a poll and a place for visitors to leave their comments. Please do so!

How do you use D techniques in your art?

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ATCs with Botanical Elements Made with Drunken Scotch Technique - Alcohol Inks (Drunken) Plus Scotch Glue

ATC With Fall Leaves Made with Drunken Scotch Technique
ATC With Fall Leaves Made with Drunken Scotch Technique

Drunken Scotch Technique

The Drunken Scotch Technique creates beautiful backgrounds or elements using Adirondack Alcohol Inks and a water based glue that dries clear. The original technique called for Scotch glue. I used Aileen's Tacky Glue in the artist trading cards shown here.

Different types of glues will produce different results, so its good to experiment.

The technique us done like this:

Step by Step

1. Select a sturdy material for your element. I have used chipboard, cardboard and watercolor paper. I have not tried regular cardstock. It may work or it may be too light.

2. Smear water based glue over your shape, being sure to cover every area.

3. Pour a few drops of alcohol inks on top of the glue. Use three or four different colors.

4. Jiggle the element around as best you can, attempting to spread the alcohol inks so all the white is covered.

5. Apply heat from a heat gun. The glue should bubble up in bubbles of various sizes -- but remove the heat before the bubbles burst. If they burst, you will have unattractive blotches of white glue showing. Continue to heat for awhile, allowing bubbles to rise and fall.

6. Set aside and allow to air dry completely.

Lastly, if desired, apply some metallic rub-ons or colored sprays to selected areas. In the images shown, I used metallic rub-ons in gold colors.

Drunken Scotch Technique Video Demo - How One Gal Does It

I've talked about the Drunken Scotch technique a little earlier. This video is the one that I learned from. The artist demonstrates how she does the technique to create awesome bird cages.

Ranger Distress Ink Techniques - by Tim Holtz

Tim demonstrates a number of fun things you can do with Rangers Distress Inks.

Photos of Distressed Projects

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ATC - Wild West Image TransferMasculine Birthday CardHeritage Advent CalendarATC with Distressed Glue FrameArtist Trading Card with Crackled SurfaceWild West Cowboy BootAltered Cigar Box, Theme Moulin RougeGrunge Tag, DistressedDistressed Masculine Greeting Card
ATC - Wild West Image Transfer
ATC - Wild West Image Transfer
Masculine Birthday Card
Masculine Birthday Card
Heritage Advent Calendar
Heritage Advent Calendar
ATC with Distressed Glue Frame
ATC with Distressed Glue Frame
Artist Trading Card with Crackled Surface
Artist Trading Card with Crackled Surface
Wild West Cowboy Boot
Wild West Cowboy Boot
Altered Cigar Box, Theme Moulin Rouge
Altered Cigar Box, Theme Moulin Rouge
Grunge Tag, Distressed
Grunge Tag, Distressed
Distressed Masculine Greeting Card
Distressed Masculine Greeting Card

Links to Art Techniques Beginning with D

Check here for information on the dryer sheet technique, distressing, dry embossing, drawing, decoupage and doodle-art.

Bird Cage Card Utilizing Distress Inks
Bird Cage Card Utilizing Distress Inks
Mini Album with Distressed Cover
Mini Album with Distressed Cover

Distressing Technique

Distressing is a technique to add an aged look to paper or other materials. Distressing techniques include ripping, tearing, sanding, and using inks and other materials to give the paper an aged look.

There is information about distressing at this link: Stamps: Distressing Techniques.

Drawing Lab -- a Great Book to Take your Drawing up a Notch

Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun (Lab Series)
Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun (Lab Series)

I've taken online workshops with Carla. She totally rocks. Apparently the people who rated her book agree with me.


© 2011 June Campbell

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    • Elyn MacInnis profile image

      Elyn MacInnis 

      5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Fun - I have drawn, doodled, and decoupaged too. I love to doodle especially.

    • Gypzeerose profile image

      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      Very cool. I have drawn, doodled and decoupaged.

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @rockingretro2: Oh thank you I confess to being way behind on this project. You have motivated me to get back to making these lenses again. Thanks.

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      6 years ago

      I am loving your alphabet! I am anxiously awaiting the rest of the letters.


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