Using Inktense pencils and blocks







I have used Derwent’s Inktense Watersoluable Pencils to add small dots of more intense color to my digital prints on silk.  An example is the detail above from the quilt, Color of Dreams, where the bright bits of magenta and orange were enhanced after printing and during quilt construction.  

These pencils (and the blocks made of the same material) become bright and colorfast when wet. You can either wet them after applying them, or you can apply them to wet fabric. You can also wet the blocks with a small paint brush and apply them with the paintbrush. They provide a way to have bright color without the stiffness of acrylic paint.



Below is a sample of batting which was wetted and ‘painted’ with inktense blocks to achieve smooth blended color on the batting which could still be easily stitched and allowed to show on the surface of the quilt collage.  I sometimes use them to paint color on to the batting edges of my raw edged quilts so there is no white batting halo to the edges.



Recently I applied them to old test print samples and leftovers of various fabrics. The prints were fragments of black and gray tree images like the one below.

Aspen treesBXWPrint

The fabrics varied from woven cottons, silks, silk noils, to nonwoven polyesters. The one below is densely woven cotton.



I also played with rubbing the blocks and drawing with the pencils on silk scraps with no printing on them. I applied color in successive layers letting the fabric dry in between applications. That way different colors could be applied over the top of previous applied colors.




Here is an image of the quilt in progress that resulted from using some of these samples. The samples had had several layers of the inktense pigment applied to them to try to achieve a very intense color. Because there is no acrylic binder the fabrics are very easy to stitch through.




On the silk noil bit seen below you can see magenta color rubbed over the light bluegreen underneath, giving a dry brush or pastel rubbing effect. I will spray the finished quilt with my usual UV-resistant acrylic coating treatment.


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