Do any of you use watercolor pencils or Inktense pencils to color fabric for use in your quilting?
I learned about this when trying to find something for my mother to do in the nursing home. Now I'm hooked on it, too. I use Derwent watercolor pencils and Derwent Inktense pencils (ink that is permanent color ). I use the dry pencils to color/shade the design. Then I brush on aloe vera gel using a very short, small, stiff brush. The gel activates the color, so it goes into the fabric but prevents bleeding. Water is very hard to control and will allow the color to bleed.
Here is my first journal quilt, 8" x 10", that I finished yesterday. I found an image on the internet, enlarged and cropped it, printed in black/white, traced the major lines in pen, and traced the design on fabric. I use a high quality muslin (Legacy Studio from Jo-Ann's) or a high quality cotton sateen (draw on the shiny side).