|"Serenity" 2010, thread-sketched with watercolor pencil shading.|
This little quilt I called "Serenity" was one of the first pieces I did using the pencils. For this one, I thread-sketched the scene, then used the pencils, with just a little water, to fill in the shading on the beach, palm tree and water.
I hadn't done much with them since then, until last fall I bought the Derwent Inktense™ Blocks, which look like pastels, but are concentrated blocks of watercolor. They are a little messier to handle, and easy to break, but give big, bold strokes of color.
To draw on fabric, I use bleached muslin which has been washed and dried without any fabric softener, and press it onto freezer paper to give a firm base.
|Derwent Inktense™ watercolor pencils and blocks|
Too much fabric medium can result in bleeding, as I found out.
|Sketched motifs using the pencils and blocks|
I really like the pencils and blocks, just need to spend more time to learn more about what I can do with them.
|Quilts in progress using the sketched motifs|