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Old 02-24-2013, 03:18 PM
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Inktense is a watersoluble ink pencil to use on paper or fabric (cotton, silk). When dry (after applying water) it is permanent. Made by Derwent in UK.

Hello out there. Have you tried them? What was your experience? How do you control the water migration and bleeding.

While doing this, the fabric was lying on a smooth sheet of stiff plastic. The Intense was penciled in place. Then it was wetted.

Would it have helped to stop the bleeding by putting absorbent material between the fabric and plastic?

What size brush and what quality brush work best?

What medium works best for wetting the fabric?

I tried moving the fabric while stil wet. There are lots of ink marks all over the fabric.

How do you get it to dry fast so you can apply it to an adjacent area? inktense-dewent-002.jpg
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I have only played with my pencils a little bit. I saw a demo at a quilt show. I put paper towels, a couple of layers under my fabric. I believe your bleeding problem is from the water running across the plastic under it. I used a water brush. That is what she used in her demo. It is a tube filled with water and it has a brush at the end. I think I found them at Hobby Lobby or Michaels in the artist paint or colored pencil section. Look at a picture on line first since the employees didn't seem to know what I was talking about. This was at least a year ago. I put a paper towel on top and ironed mine dry. www.dickblick.com has the brushes. I guess you could use a regular paintbrush too. The water brush also works great to fill with liquid starch for applique. I love your work so far.
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My daughter used a fabric medium which didn't make the pencil run if she was really careful to to apply too much. but it did make the fabric quite stiff, I haven't had a chance to play with them further
http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...d-t170734.html
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Use either aloe vera gel or textile medium instead of water as the moistener. All your questions are answered on these three links.
http://www.eihqguild.citymax.com/f/D...e_Tutorial.PDF
http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...g-t131922.html
http://lindasteelequilts.blogspot.co...e-pencils.html

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​There is some information in QB tutorial section and the title is Colored pencils and quilting. It was posted by janeknapp and it is on Derwent Inktense pencils and fabric paint?
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The links to Jane's info are already posted.
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thanks for the info
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Thanks for the links and info. I'll get some aloe vera today to try. Where is textile medium available?
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Originally Posted by petthefabric View Post
Thanks for the links and info. I'll get some aloe vera today to try. Where is textile medium available?
Michael's, JoAnn's, Hobby Lobby and most art supply stores. You'll find it with the acrylic paints. With the aloe vera, be sure to get the gel, not the lotion.

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Attached are pix of my testing. The two on the left are with Golden Fabric Painting Medium, The middle column is with Aloe Vera Gel. The last column is first drawn with Prisma color pencil (oil base), top fabric medium, bottom aloe vera. The last column and the bottom of the other two columns were done with a paper towel blotter under the fabric.
I like the hand of both of these wetting mediums much better than mat Gel. I've not had the chance yet to wash them. The hand may change then. The only ones that didn't bleed beyond the outside line are the column on the right (there is one place it bled d/t my shaky hand going beyond the line). I figure the outside line would be the quilting line so that line won't show anyway, so I could stay back from the Prisma Color line when wetting. test-inktense-1.jpg
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