Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Paper, fabric and pencils, oh my!

Marny here...just a little bit of sharing this post.  Jill has given me a couple of things this week that I want to show to you all.  First, a special birthday card!

Look at these sweet little pieced blocks made from Carolyn Friedlander's Architextures.  Note Jill used a range of values, from dark to light, explored proportions, and had fun!  These are only 1 3/4" square.  Then she "quilted" them onto a card.  I like how the card looks against the cement.

But I also love how it looks in the "jungle".  The setting gives a different vibe to the subject matter, doesn't it.

Then I just have to share these Derwent Inktense pencils Jill gave me.  You draw or scribble with them like a pencil, then wash the pigment with a wet brush, leaving a permanent ink like effect.  You can use them on fabric, which means you can use them for quilting!  There is a non soluble "outliner" included too.  And white.  They can be gone over again once dry to layer colors and highlights and shadows.  So much to play with.  
So here was my first little experiment.  I chose what kind of followed the colors in the Architextures fabric.  The tip of the pencil is different from the color that results due to the nature of pigment/ink. 
A little wash of water.

Look how vibrant the colors are!

Playing with tones and value.

Now the more saturated and lighter is over the toned and darker.

Happy little trail.

Used the outliner here and filled in with pencil, then washed.  See the outline pencil is not soluble so it stays put.  I have always loved the look of pencil and watercolor.  The permanent ink wash here is so easy and the results are inspiring.
Thank you Jill!!

Till Tuesday...


  1. Marny, you have the bestest friend. What fun "tools!"

  2. Oh my gosh---I LOVE those pencils--I have a set too! They are amazing.


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