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Sunday, February 20, 2011

A quick run through on how to use Derwent Inktense colour pencils on fabric

Draw your pattern on with removable pencil or water soluble pen
Sew your design on

Important: Remove ALL pencil or pen before starting to colour in. You dont want those to be permanent!

Colour in your areas, lightly does it. less is better to start with

TIP: For a softer shading put a paper towel underneath the fabric

TIP: Do adjoining sections on different days, ie dont even colour in the neibouring area until the first is both coloured and fixed.

Use a small high quality synthetic brush and apply your Textile Medium (NOT Water) in very little amounts (dont gloop it on - just lightly brush it bit by bit)
i.e. I didn't used more than a teaspoon of textile medium on this whole design

This is what happens when you A) hurry and B) applique your piece before you do your "Inktensing"
a wee bit of bleeding, but nothing major.

Seriously tho, take note of the before and after colours.. all I did was "activate" the pigment, it is the same piece, .. inktense pencils are very *special* and come to life when you put the textile medium on it


For some more info on this technique visit my previous post HERE

Enjoy!

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