The sharpened pricision of a pencil and the vivid beauty of an ink... in one!
Derwent's Inktense Pencils and Blocks come in a large array of colors and, once dry, are permanent on paper. A little heat setting is required for permanence on fabrics. Inktense is really neat, not only because you can draw on a design, add water and watch the ink take on a new life but the space they take up is minimal. It's like having a whole bag of paints in a tiny tin that can fit in your pocket. The pencils are wonderful for fine lines while the blocks work great on broad strokes when you need a wider coverage of color.
There are many ways to use Inktense.
When wet it makes a fabulous watercolor effect on paper or keep paper dry for brilliant color and fine lines; perfect for manga and botanical art alike. Draw or paint onto silks and cottons (not suggested on synthetic fabrics, sorry!) or lay down a thick coat of pigment on paper and add water to create a paint to add to your stamping blocks. Inktense can also be used with regular ol' white school glue to create decopauge.
For silk, wet the surface and draw directly onto the damp material. Alternatively, you can wet a paint brush and lift the color right off of the pencil tip or block and apply to dry silk. After completely dry, just iron to set. After 24 hours the silk can be washed with luke warm water. A small amount of color may wash out during this process, if not all of the pigment was dissolved completely.
The application to cottons can be the same as for silk. Start with dry fabric and add water to your outlines as you go or start with a wet material and add color. Let the ink dry and bond with the fabric for 24 hours, then use an iron to heat set.
Here is a video of Sarah Taylor, Derwent Product Manager, giving us an example on a canvas bag using both the pencils and the blocks!
6 Pencil Set includes: Sun Yellow, Poppy Red, Violet, Bright Blue, Field Green, Ink Black
24 Pencil Set includes: Sherbet Lemon, Sun Yellow, Tangerine, Poppy Red, Chilli Red, Shiraz, Fuchsia, Violet, Iris Blue, Bright Blue, Deep Indigo, Sea Blue, Teal Green, Apple Green, Field Green, Leaf Green, Mustard, Baked Earth, Willow, Bark, Charcoal Grey, Ink Black, Antique White, Outliner
12 Block Set includes: Sun Yellow, Tangerine, Poppy Red, Fuchsia, Deep Indigo, Sea Blue, Teal Green, Apple Green, Leaf Green, Baked Earth, Bark, Ink Black
24 Block Set includes: Sherbet Lemon, Sun Yellow, Tangerine, Poppy Red, Chilli Red, Shiraz, Fuchsia, Violet, Iris Blue, Bright Blue, Deep Indigo, Sea Blue, Teal Green, Ionian Green, Apple Green, Field Green, Leaf Green, Mustard, Baked Earth, Willow, Bark, Charcoal Grey, Ink Black, Antique White
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These are amazing. The colors are intense. You can be extremely detailed or more water color like depending on the technique you use. I add a fabric medium to my mixing water and the colors are permanent. Awesome.
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I am giving it 3 stars based solely for the results I got on silk. I purchased the big pack of the blocks. Laying down the color on the wet fabric yeilded fantastic first results vibrant bands of color! Washout of the colors was about 90%. It went from bold to barely pastel. There aren't really any directions for this so I went with what was given here and was disappointed. I work with 5 & 8 mm silks. I will keep trying because I love the intensity of the colors and hope for better results with different methods maybe vinegar instead of water.... and a heat treatment before washing? I'll try it. Too expensive to let sit or give to the kiddos.
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