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Inktense Pencils Blog 7

November 4th, 2016

Inktense Pencils Blog 7

I recently finished an Inktense painting called "Sunflower Serenity" that was painted on 140lb watercolor paper -- an inexpensive brand.. I don't know why I used 140 lb paper, but I certainly can tell you that it's a pain to work with when using Inktense!!!!! It probably took me more than twice the time I normally spend on a painting, just because I had to keep brushing off the little balls of paper created by the many layers of ink I used. Very frustrating how much the paper peeled and the corners really got messed up.

I would highly recommend that if you're going to do a painting similar to this, with Inktense, you should use a 400 series watercolor paper -- it is very thick and holds up under the repeated layering that you'll do to get good shading and dimension! Strathmore is the best. Allowing each layer to dry before adding another layer is still essential.

Inktense Pencils blog 6

November 4th, 2016

Inktense Pencils blog 6

When beginning a painting with Inktense pencils, begin with the lightest color you want in the painting. Allow the first layer to dry completely before adding other layers. Each added layer will deepen the previous layer, so essentially you will be starting with the highlight, and ending with the shadows.

If you don't let the layers dry, the water will begin lifting off the paper, making a rough surface and tiny little balls of darker paper. If this does happen, I've found the best thing to do is to STOP. Once the painting is very dry, you can blow off, or gently wipe off the little paper balls. However, once this has happened you won't be able to get the smooth surface back, so do as little as you can to make that part of the paper wet again,

By using the method of applying paint, drying, more paint, drying, more shading paint, drying, deeper color, drying etc., you will keep the paper surface mostly in tact and will have smoother transitions between colors.
please see my two previous blogs about the type of paper to use.

Happy painting!
Meldra

Inktense Pencils blog 2

November 4th, 2016

Inktense Pencils blog 2

This is what a water-filled (Aqua brush) looks like. You can purchase them at craft or art supply stores. I have only seen 3 sizes --fine, medium and large. This one is the smallest. There are also sets of aqua brushes now that include a square (or flat tipped) brush.
The advantage of using an aqua brush with Inktense pencils is that it keeps a constantly wet brush and they have very good points that fit into pretty much all the tiny areas. The water flow is very controlled and doesn't puddle on the paper. Clean the brush off between colors, by swishing it in water -- however, be sure to tap it off afterwards, because it will create a puddle if you add extra water to the painting by going straight to the paper from the water container. You may gently squeeze the barrel to keep a constant flow going, but not too hard or you'll get a large drop that may spread further than you desired. Practice, practice, practice and you'll get the feel of the aqua brush. I really like painting with them!

Using Inktense Pencils - blog 1

November 4th, 2016

Using Inktense Pencils - blog 1

Inktense Pencils:
I have been experimenting with these for several years now and am beginning this blog with my findings. Each new blog, for awhile will be about Inktense pencils, until I exhaust the theme.

Finding 1: I use Strathmore 400 series Mixed Media paper, or watercolor paper most of the time. However I just discovered Arches "Art Board" that is cold press watercolor paper mounted on a stiff backing, and I love it! It doesn't curl at all, has the texture of pad-type watercolor paper, and holds up well to several layers of Inktense.
a) there are two ways to use the pencils to paint -- the first is to put the pencil directly on the paper and color the object with the pencil. Then go back and add water to turn the color into ink. This is a fairly basic way to use the pencils and it's quick. The down-side of this method is that you will see an uneven texture in the painting, caused by the rough surface of the paper. And, it's very difficult to control the intensity of the color.
b) the second way is to use them as you would use dried watercolors. Sharpen the pencils periodically. Wet the brush, tap it on a paper towel, then fill the brush with color by drawing it across the pencil. Begin with the lightest value of color you want to use and using a regular brush (size appropriate), or the water-filled brush (called Aqua brush), fill in the highlight area with the lightest color you are going to use. Do only a small section because you usually don't fill in an entire area with highlight color, so it must stay wet while you apply the second lightest color. Use the brush to blend the two colors so that there's a smooth transition between the colors. Let that dry thoroughly -- usually about 1/2 hr. - sometimes less depending upon the weather in your area. This type of painting with Inktense pencils results in a smoothly blended surface.

I do quite small and intricate pieces, by using very small brushes, and working on small single sections of my drawings. The best brush I've found is a fine point aqua brush.

Have a CREATIVE day! Meldra

Inktense Pencils - An Overview

November 4th, 2016

Inktense Pencils - An Overview

Derwent Inktense Pencils are one of the most joyful types of paint! The colors are filled with bright pigment, they become permenant, and can be used on fabric too! They come in a very transportable box, can easily travel with you, and only require a couple of brushes, water and paper towels -- basically, that is.
You're actually painting with ink, yet it won't spill. That in itself is a wonderful thing! To paint on fabric, all you need to do is put a bit of aloe vera jell on the fabric and paint while the jell is wet.

You may also use fabric painting medium, however aloevera jell is less expensive and can be used for other things.

To paint on fabric: Begin by painting an area (just one petal or leaf) and while it is still wet, add color, beginning at the darkest area first. Pull the color toward the light area. While the aloe is still wet, add in a tiny bit of deeper shade & blend colors. Allow to dry before adding any other layers. I heat set the color by putting a pillowcase or light cotton fabric over the painting. Set the iron on medium and make sure every part of the painting gets hot. After heat setting, you should be able to wash without any of the color fading or bleeding.

To set the paint on paper, I use a light coat of UV protection Krylon clear spray. It comes in either matte or gloss finish - either is fine to use.

Best paper to use when painting with Inktense

November 4th, 2016

Best paper to use when painting with Inktense

I've experimented with many different papers while painting with Inktense Pencils. Bear in mind that in order to get depth to the painting, you will need to add several layers of ink to each project. This means that you'll be adding water with every layer. The best paper I've found so far is this Strathmore best Mixed Media Paper, or if you want to use watercolor cold pressed paper, choose Strathmore, 400 series, "best". These papers do tend to curl, but the paper itself is very kind to you as you add layers - I've added up to 15 different layers without having the paper disintegrate. In this case, if you don't want to start over again, it's best to use the "Best"!

Inktense Pencils Blog 3

January 30th, 2016

Inktense Pencils Blog 3

This is a photo is of the Derwent Inktense Pencil set that I bought. Not being one to go into a new project with only the basics, I saved up my spending money in order to buy this 72 pencil set. I'm so glad I did because I love having many options available, and with all these colors, I don't have to create quite as many layers as I would have had to do with a smaller set in order to get the variations of color that I like to have in a painting. They can be purchased at DIck Blick or another fine art store. The smaller sets can usually be found at arts and crafts stores.

Once the ink dries in a painting, it is permanent. To add deeper shading, you can go over the dry ink and add layers to create variations in color. sometimes I add 10-15 layers in parts of the painting.

Inktense Pencils Blog 4

January 30th, 2016

Inktense Pencils Blog 4

One of the first things I did after I bought my set of Inktense Pencils, was to create this color chart. You see, when you look at the paint inside the pencil, it is not the same as when you put water to the color! A pencil that looks black, may actually be "Ionian Green" or one that looks brown could actually the color "thistle" which is a beautiful purple.

This chart helps me choose colors to use in my paintings and determine the ones I'll use for highlight and shading. Experiment with the colors and you'll find wonderful combinations to get the exact effect you want.

Inktense Pencils, Blog 5

January 30th, 2016

Inktense Pencils, Blog 5

Practice, experiment and play to see what works well together! This is a practice page for the project I'm currently working on. Each step of the way, I played with colors, wrote down the color names, and the steps (layers) I used. Then when I've found the right combination of colors, I begin painting. It creates a great reference sheet for similar future paintings, and helps me with the decision-making process.