Monday, April 26, 2010

InkTense on fabric RESULTS

So I did my experiments on the best technique I found using Derwent Inkense colour pencils on cotton fabric!! I purchased mine here

The technique I found is from Helen Stubbings' Colourque and Irena Bluhm's "Quilts of a different color" and from googling a lot of other blogs using these (or similar) techniques.

The green outline is a fabric marker I got from spotlight, you can get them in many colours.

This first one was colouring in with the pencil then using water to activate the inktense pigment. It bled all through, so I would really only use this if i needed to do a wash of colour.

This is the same application with the pencil first then I used Jo Sonja's Textile Medium instead of water to activate the inktense pigment. Much better!! most art supplies stores have this, I got mine at spotlight.

Blend the pencil colours very lightly on the fabric and build it up, then apply the textile medium by dabbing it on in very small amounts, the fabric absorbs the moisture very quickly, its not like a sealed canvas where you can move the colour around with the brush at the last minute.

The textile medium said to iron it to make it permanent but the inktense pencils are "special" and become permanent once activated. So just hang it up to dry completely and I think it would be fine.

And this is my awesome pencil roll holder I made for them.. love it!
Make your own at You Go Girl.
It took a few hours to cut my fabric (figure it all out), then the next day I took another 3hours putting it together.. there is a lot of pinning to get the pencil slots perfect :)
But it is well worth it! I found this fabric which is the spitting image of the fabric in the tutorial, so that was definitely a sign ... had to make it!

So thats it!.. love it, now just have to finish my current projects so I can incorporate it into "something"!!

One last tip, the pencils are pretty expensive, but the art store from the link at the top has pencils individually, so I got a 12pack and 4 single pencils, this was more than enough to get started. Also, any textile/fabric medium will do, but read their instructions first.

Go forth and create!! :)

jump a little into the future and check out my other post on this technique! HERE

Sunday, April 25, 2010

absentee faries

Hrmm.. Fairies in my Garden is lacking Fairies..

may have to be Flowers in my Garden.. which is kinda redundant as usually when there is a garden it should have flowers in it.. so maybe just Garden.. boring.. okay i'm going to have to try and put some fairies in it somehow.. oh bother..

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Saved my sanity

This soo saved my sanity!

I machine stiched-in-the-ditch for my latest quilt and there was a lot of starting and stopping to avoid the applique. unfortunately my beloved machine's auto cut cut many of the threads very short, and burying them has proved difficult and frustrating esp when trying to thread a 4-5mm long thread through the eyelet of a needle that is half way inserted into the quilt!

anywho.. found this.. after vowing i'd just cut them all off and not tie them at all, luckily i hadnt. (but it came close).
Although it will still take a couple of "sit down sessions" to fix them up it is much better

(i'm halfway now!! yay).
Update>finished burying threads! now debating whether or not to do more quilting on it before i bind

Thank you to Grace Howes! check her out here:

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